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Dear Canada,
As you celebrate 150 years of Confederation I hear the words of Chief Dan George spoken on Canada's 100th birthday, “Today, when you celebrate your 100 years, oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land."

Chief Dan George finished with,“Oh God! Like the thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success-his education, his skills- and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society”. Let us look at what has changed in the last 50 years.

The United Nations predicts the world’s population will surpass 10 billion by 2030. It’s a sobering reality that will undoubtedly put a significant stress on the planet’s natural resources. This has brought clean technology to the forefront, making it Canada’s fastest-growing sector and galvanizing researchers like Majid Bahrami to create new solutions for a planet in flux. This lecture provides an overview of Dr.

A thwarted coup, a purge of the media, military and intelligentsia, and the recent detente with Russia have raised alarms in the West about its ally, Turkey. What do these events mean for the future of the Turkish Republic – a democratic regime that seemed to have accommodated an Islamist political movement without resorting to authoritarianism and civil violence? How does one explain the coup and the reaction of the government? What will be the role of foreign powers now?

Has the recent news of the U.S. presidential election left you mystified? Have you wondered what makes a red state red and a blue state blue, and what it means when one of those states turns purple? Have you heard newscasters discussing the Electoral College and found yourself wondering if the so-called “leader of the free world” is to be elected by 538 college students? Wonder no more.

Randall MacKinnon, the SENIORSage for MackINNOVATION, has served in various roles and positions for a diverse range of innovative local, national and international service organizations since 1970. He has extensive volunteer and professional experience in the fields of mental health, innovation and training. As a social entrepreneur, he initiated ThoughtLeadersDigest.com.

Meguido Zola was completely unknown until 19-mumble-mumble. Then he was born. Even then, he continued to be unknown but to a select few. Today though, he is seldom mistaken for anyone else. His name, Meguido, means “storyteller” and he is, among many things, a professional storyteller, performance poet and award-winning writer for children and young adults.

Randall MacKinnon, the SENIORSage for MackINNOVATION, has served in various roles and positions for a diverse range of innovative local, national and international service organizations since 1970. He has extensive volunteer and professional experience in the fields of mental health, innovation and training. As a social entrepreneur, he initiated ThoughtLeadersDigest.com.

Peter Liang works as Communications Manager at Statistics Canada’s Vancouver Office. As Communications Manager, his responsibilities include media relations, respondent relations and community outreach. Peter has a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and speaks English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish. He has a wide variety of interests including travel, cinema, music and most racquet sports.

Admission: Free

Magdalena Mot emigrated from Romania and has been a long-term Surrey resident. She currently works at Back in Motion helping newcomers find professional employment in Canada. Magdalena believes in giving back to her community and has been a Co-Chair of the Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable since 2015.