Julia obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University and a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In her current role with Environmental Defence Canada, she works to advance climate action at the federal level. She has previously worked with both Greenpeace Canada and Oceana Canada. Julia has been organizing around climate justice for over a decade.
David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting Mayors in their climate leadership and for building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist, a lawyer and author of the book “Solved: How the World’s Great Cities are Fixing the Climate Crisis”.
Frances Lankin has been a lifelong advocate for workers’ and women’s rights. Lankin served for 11 years in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1990-2001), holding the positions of Minister of Government Services and Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Minister of Economic Development and Trade. She also spent more than 10 years as the CEO of United Way Toronto. She has contributed to a number of diverse government bodies and initiatives including Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Federal Grants, and Contributions and Co-Commissioner of the Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance in Ontario. She has also served on several Crown, not-for-profit, charitable and corporate boards. Lankin is a Member of Privy Council, a Member of the Order of Canada, and was appointed to the Senate on March 18, 2016.
Osnat was born in Israel but lived most of her adult life outside of Israel, in England and North America. She is a practicing digital artist and photographer and has been working as one for the last thirty years.
She graduated from London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University) in London England with a diploma in Art and Design and continued her studies later on to acquire a Postgraduate diploma in Digital Imaging and Animation.
Since moving to Toronto fifteen years ago she has a been teaching art history courses around various educational facilities in Toronto including the Life Institute which is part of Ryerson University Chang School of Continuing Education for the fifty plus, the Prosserman JCC, U of T continuing Education, and other smaller venues. She has been covering many periods, topics and artists. Her enthusiasm and passion for art has made her courses fun, engaging and informative.
Iain Scott is one of Canada’s best-known and most popular opera educators and tour leaders.
For 25 years, he was a regular and frequent guest on CBC radio’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera”
… and for 8 seasons was a guest panelist on the “Texaco Opera Quiz” from the Metropolitan in New York.
He now regularly teaches courses at the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Jewish Community Centres, etc. … and increasingly in private homes.
He is in constant demand as a lecturer for guilds, societies and opera companies across North America, including …
- the Smithsonian Institution
- the Chautauqua Institution
- Opera America and
- almost every Wagner Society in the US and Canada.
Each Spring and Fall, he organizes a variety of Opera tours to European and North American opera houses. Detailed itineraries for his tours are on his website www.opera-is.com (the “I.S.” is for “Iain Scott”)
Brian Carlile, born and brought up in the UK, has a broad background in the world of professional music.
As a player in major symphony and chamber orchestras and as a session musician, conductor, contractor and organiser, his working life has taken him across continents and through society.
As a music writer and arranger, he has experienced the creative process from the ground up. As a speaker he gets to explore and share his perspectives and insights with interested audiences.
Arkady Spivak attended York University, Glendon College until 2000, working on a BA in Theatre and Business.
In 2003 Arkady founded Talk Is Free Theatre. Since then the company has produced 96 productions in Barrie and toured nationally and internationally. Talk Is Free Theatre won a prestigious Dora Award for its co-production of Assassins, which was also seen in Toronto and at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.
In the fall of 2018, Spivak produced the largest theatre experience in the world, entitled The Curious Voyage. It was the 3-day long journey, in which each patron became the protagonist of their own story, and was transported, quite literally, between Barrie and London, UK. This spring Spivak has created and is producing WOW, a multi-disciplinary collection of immersive art, making it the first festival of its kind anywhere in the world.
Derek Kwan is an actor, singer, and theatre creator working at the intersection of theatre, music and movement in a number of forms including opera, clown, and puppetry. His career has taken him across Canada and the globe, from London, England, to performances in Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Derek received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performer, Musical Division for his portrayal of Boursicot in Mr. Shi and His Lover. Performance highlights include: (theatre) a Deaf/hearing integrated production of The Tempest (Citadel Theatre), a Mandarin adaptation of the children’s classic The Blue Bird (Theatre de la Sardine, Taipei), Blood Weddings (Modern Times/Aluna, Toronto), the first male-identified performer of I, Claudia (Theatre Ignite, Taipei), the outdoor winter promenade show Tails From the City (Common Boots Theatre, Toronto); (opera/music theatre) celebrating Toronto’s first multi-cultural neighbourhood in The Ward Cabaret, an apocalyptic animal cabaret The Cave (LUMINATO/Toronto), an immersive Sweeney Todd in London, England (Talk is Free Theatre), Mr. Shi and His Lover (touring to Ottawa; Yokohama, Japan; Guanajuato, Mexico; Macao, China), Play of Daniel (Toronto Consort), The Lesson of Da Ji (Toronto Masque Theatre).
Michael’s career has spanned almost twenty years and has taken him across Canada, the United States and to the UK and Australia in a wide range of roles, mostly in stage musicals. Trained in classical and operatic singing, his favourite roles include Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Link in Hairspray (Toronto premiere), Sam in Mamma Mia!, Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza and Homer in Floyd Collins. Michael starred in a one-person interactive play, Every Brilliant Thing, which continues to tour internationally. He is passionate about mental health and is currently writing his first musical, which deals with addiction. Michael made his directing debut with Into the Woods, currently scheduled for a major revival.
“Canada’s Word Lady”, bestselling and award-winning author and founding editor of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary Katherine Barber is an authority on English usage, particularly in Canada. She is known to legions of fans for her knack for making the history of the English language lively and entertaining. She offers word histories and usage commentaries on her “Wordlady” blog, www.katherinebarber.blogspot.com