Past Speakers

The global energy transition and Canada's energy paradox - Sheperd lecture topic 2017


Chris Turner

Award- winning author and sustainability strategist 

October 3, 2017

Chris Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom. He’s the author of The War on Science, and the bestsellers, The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need and The Great Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy where he sheds light on the global sustainability movement. His reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues appears regularly in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic and many other publications.


Hyperlink to PDF copy on lecture to The Carbon Conversations



Founder of Navdanya

November 16, 2014

Dr. Shiva is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and holds a PhD in Quantum Theory from the University of Western Ontario. In 1991, she founded “Navdanya,” a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially seeds, and to oppose the aims of the World Trade Organization agreement, which would have all seeds susceptible to genetic modification patents, becoming intellectual property.


Winona Laduke lecture on Economics For The Seventh Generation


Winona Laduke

Executive Director of Honor the Earth 

November 8, 2013 

Winona LaDuke(Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, Ms. LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is currently executive director of Honor the Earth, an organization she helped found, that works to build a just, green economy in Native America.


Hyperlink to PDF copy on The Sacred Headwaters, lecture by Dr.Wade Davis


Dr. Wade Davis


November 23, 2012 

Wade Davis has served as a National Geographic Society's Explorer-in-Residence, and is an anthropologist, international speaker and bestselling author, whose work includes The Serpent and The Rainbow and most recently, The Sacred Headwaters. The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), is is a grassroots and charitable organization, with strong roots to Trent students, which promotes dialogue and understanding of world issues to enable people especially youth, to engage in positive social and environmental change.


Hyperlink to PDF copy on lecture to The Secret History of the war on Cancer


Dr. Devra David

Founding director, Center for Environmental Oncology

November 23, 2010 

Dr. Davis completed her Ph.D. in Science Studies at the University of Chicago in 1972 and her M.P.H. in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in 1982. She served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counsellors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program and was the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. A lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Prof. Davis was among those awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She has received awards from the American Cancer Society, the Euro-American Women’s Council and the United Nations for her work in cancer research and awareness.


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. lecture on Our Environmental Destiny


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Attorney and Environmental Activist

May 22, 2008 

World-famous environmental activist, R.F. Kennedy, Jr. engaged and inspired us about our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the environment for future generations.