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Registration, the hospitality suite, and games all start Friday, June 2nd, 2017. Join us to meet old friends and make new ones while you get your game on!

We'll continue to update this page as our speaker line-up is confirmed, so check back often. You can also like Mensa Canada on Facebook and follow @MensaCanada on Twitter.


Speaker Bios and Presentation Synopses


Eric RoweKEYNOTE PRESENTATION: WHAT DO YOUR DIGITAL DEVICES KNOW ABOUT YOU AND WHERE ARE WE HEADED?

Eric Rowe works in the Forensics and Informatics Section of the Criminal Investigations Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency. Before joining CRA he spent eight years as a civilian member of the RCMP teaching digital forensics at the Canadian Police College. He holds specialized certificates in digital forensics, an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation, a degree in privacy law and is a certified cell phone analyst. Starting out with a degree in Philosophy however, he has always been interested in reflecting on the social, ethical, and other aspects of his career.

A sample of the programming currently being finalized includes the following tentative speakers and presentations:

EVOLUTION OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC SITUATION IN CANADA

  • How did the Canadian population evolve over the past decades, in particular with respect to fertility, mortality, internal migration and immigration? How could it evolve in the coming decades in terms of growth, distribution and ethnocultural composition? See some of the answers based on Statistics Canada population projections.

Julien Bérard-Chagnon and Jean-Dominique Morency are demographers at Statistics Canada. Julien’s interests include population measurement, population trends, demolinguistics, literacy and demographic models. Jean-Dominique has worked on population projections by microsimulation and is a co-author of a recent Statistics Canada report on immigration and ethnocultural diversity in Canada.

IP: WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • What is intellectual property (IP)? How to make the most of your inventions and creations by protecting the IP built into them? Find out about forms of IP protection such as patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs. See what distinguishes them from each other and get a clear understanding of the value and benefits each offers.

Christopher Fitz-Hardy is a patent examiner with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). He has been a speaker for CIPO’s Outreach group since 2009, delivering presentations and case studies to audiences as large as 1000 attendees at various colleges, universities, government departments and business organizations.

PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP

  • Discover some of the secrets of successful public speaking!

Barbara LehtiniemiBarbara Lehtiniemi, freelance writer, member of Mensa Ottawa, and past-editor of Mensa Ottawa's award-winning newsletter, The Opineon, shares some of the secrets she learned at the Toastmaster’s Club.

THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

  • What is it, and what role could it play in the development of Canada over the next 50 years?

Ethel CôtéEthel Côté is a member of mécènESS Inc., former board member of the Intercontinental Network of Social Solidarity Economy Network RIPESS, chair of RIPESS Women SSE, Member du CCEDNET, board member of Coop Zone, collaborator on the Social Enterprise Stimulus Ottawa and Social Enterprise Platform, founding member of the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable, President of Vox Theatre, Social Enterprise in Ottawa.

JOURNALISM NOW AND NEXT

  • An exploration of the multitude of economic, technological, political and ethical issues facing the profession - including the presence of fake news.

Randy Boswell PortraitAfter a long, wide-ranging career with the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News, where he covered city hall, had a business column, wrote a variety of feature stories, served as city editor and developed a national history beat, Randy Boswell became a full-time professor at Carleton University in 2012. He has been shortlisted for the Pierre Berton Award, Canada’s top prize for popularizing Canadian history, was the 2010 winner of the Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award and was co-writer of a 1997 National Newspaper Award-nominated special project on Gatineau Park.

THE GERMAN ENIGMA IN WWII – CODEMAKING & CODEBREAKING

  • How did the Enigma Machine evolve? What impact did its invention, and the breaking of its code play in WWII? What impact did the Enigma have on the science of cryptography?

Richard Brisson, a retired manager of Canada's Communications Security Establishment, has collected WWII Enigma machines and other cryptographic and espionage artifacts for the last 25 years. He will bring part of his collection to the AG, including a real WWII era German Enigma machine, sharing his knowledge about its fascinating history.

LONG-TERM PLANNING FOR CANADA

  • Do we need a Department for Long-Term Planning that would allow Canadians and their Governments to look beyond current crises and the next election?

Joseph Federer, Mensa member and serial entrepreneur, challenges Canadians to consider what we would like to have happen over the long-term, with proper planning and execution. Using the example of a domed city in Canada’s far north, Federer explores how can we take on large projects that create excitement, innovation, and development even if they take longer than one election period to complete.

META-COGNITION: THINKING ABOUT THINKING

  • Discover how the field of clinical psychology has experienced growth, intriguing errors of logic, and interesting mishaps as well as a number of amazing developments in the last century and a half.

Teresa Allan portraitTeresa Allan is a Mensa member and a psychological researcher and CBT therapist at the University of Ottawa. She'll look at where psychology has been and discuss where the field is headed now. Then she will explain how some of these developments and changes have and will benefit and impact persons of high-IQ.

CANADA’S RESPONSE TO THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

  • Aram Adjemian published a book in 2015, the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which explores the Canadian reaction to atrocities perpetrated on the Armenian people from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s. The publication adds a uniquely Canadian perspective to the already substantial historical record of those events, and sheds light on overlooked aspects of the early years of the Department of External Affairs.

Aram Adjemian, a Mensan, has a B.A. (Major Political Science, Minor Philosophy) and an M.A. (History) from Concordia University, where he specialized in genocide and human rights studies. He is currently a Parliamentary Research Assistant for Senator Serge Joyal.

ÉCRIRE L’HISTOIRE
Sylvie Ouellette portraitAuteure touche-à-tout qui refuse de se cantonner dans un seul genre, Sylvie Ouellette aime créer des scènes qui entraînent ses lecteurs au cœur même des histoires qu’elle raconte, comme si un film se projetait devant leurs yeux. En parallèle d’une carrière en communication scientifique, sa vie d’écrivaine a démarré à Londres où elle a d’abord publié des romans érotiques. Au Québec, plusieurs de ces titres seront traduits. S’ensuivent deux romans historiques, dont le dernier, Le Secret du docteur Barry, connait notamment un beau succès en France, et un thriller psychologique, Showtime. Son dernier roman, L'Inconnu de Sandy Cove, fait renaître un mystérieux personnage du folklore acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse.Lors de sa conférence, Sylvie offrira un bref survol du monde de la littérature historique, puis expliquera sa démarche créative pour créer des romans susceptibles de captiver autant que d’informer.
MENSA CANADA THEN AND NOW
Fun presentation about the Canadian Chapter's first 50 years by Brian Katz who was present at its founding in Ottawa in 1967.
AVIATION

  • What will we be flying in the next 50 years?

tleslie_picTim Leslie, long-time Mensan, former RCAF pilot and National Research Council test pilot with over 35 years of experience, will discuss some significant aviation milestones in his career and provide insights as to where he believes the next 50 years will take us. The talk will cover the world's first completely biofuel-powered flight, developments in microgravity research, the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge, and other fascinating topics.

ECONOMICS

  • In which direction will we be headed from here?
  • Will international trade agreements continue to build a world economy?
  • What School of economics might be best for Canada?

mbuffton_picMatt Buffton, Institute for Liberal Studies.

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

  • Militarily-speaking, what's happening now and what might happen in the future, in Canada and beyond?

rlittle_picRichard Little is a Mensa member currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Frank DolinarFrank Dolinar is a long-time Mensan from East Lansing, Michigan, whose specialties include nanotechnology and analytics. A dynamic and engaging speaker, he has recently offered presentations on the private (non-government) funded space program and how science fiction has inspired developments in science and technology. He has also completed a master’s degree in predictive analytics, and expects to be opening a consultancy company in the near future. THE OLD COPPER CULTURE OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION

  • My talk focuses on a possible transit point in the prehistoric copper trade of Lake Duluth and environs. It examines megalithic remains, the availability of copper to fuel the Bronze Age, and provides an overview of conditions in this time ranging from the 5th millenium B.C. to the fall of Troy. I hope to show similarities with current arms races over critical military resources and sine non quo materials of war.

Charles Bruns, a Mensan, graduated with B.S. in Sociology and Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin. He worked 17 years for DNR-fisheries in Minnesota as a creel clerk. Basically he submerged into the forests and peaks of the BWCA/Questico wilderness and discovered evidence of archaic civilization there. He pursues a retirement of writing and speaking on world Neolithic cultures and the Old Copper Culture of the Great Lakes region.

REIKI AND CRYSTALS

Kathy Glover ScottKathy Glover Scott will speak to subtle energies in general, how to discern them, and other aspects related to spirituality. Copies of her books on these topics will be available for purchase.

TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS
Professor Nérée St-Amand, who is a Full Professor of Social Work at the University of Ottawa, has been experimenting with singing bowls over the past 20 years, including on his many trips to Nepal. As part of his presentation, he will include a short video about Nepal and the making of singing bowls. He will also introduce a simplified chakra chart to accompany his presentation, continuing the exploration of ways in which energy flows through our bodies and spirits. A number of Tibetan singing bowls and other products will be available for purchase.
FINAL REPORT ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION - WHAT IF WE IMPLEMENTED ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS?

  • How would the lives of Canada's aboriginal communities change over the next 50 years if all of the recommendation sin this seminal report were implemented?
  • How would this impact our society as a whole?

Speaker - TBA.

 

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