Kevin Newman and Karina LeBlanc explore ‘destiny’ at Western’s Walrus Talks event

Award-winning journalist Kevin Newman and Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Karina LeBlanc headline a special event this week at Western University, which is part of the Walrus Foundation’s educational mandate to provide forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians.

The Walrus Talks Destiny will explore human potential and how we become the people we are through opportunity, ambition and circumstance.

This year’s event, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Paul Davenport Theatre in Talbot College, brings some of Canada’s most inspiring minds to share thought-provoking ideas exploring destiny in all its forms.

Presenters include the following:

Stephanie Duhaime, BA’03, BESc’03, former charge d’affaires of Canada’s diplomatic mission in Iraq;
Karina LeBlanc, goalkeeper for Canada’s women’s national soccer team, UNICEF ambassador;
Kevin Newman, BA’81, anchor/correspondent, CTV News;
Ryan North, writer of Romeo and/or Juliet, To Be or Not To Be, creator of Dinosaur Comics;
Elaine Overholt, BMus’75, performance and vocal master;
David Simmonds, BA’07, Vice-President (Public Affairs), McKesson Canada;
Candace Brunette, Western’s Director of Indigenous Services; and
Mark Daley, BSc’99, PhD’03, Western’s Associate Vice-President (Research).

General admission is $20. Students tickets are $12.

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation. Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars and leaders of business and the arts.

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