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Great Conversations

In the spirit of discussion, debate and discovery, this series brings leading global experts to a local audience to share thoughts, ideas and perspectives — from cultivating creativity to pushing personal limits to measuring wrinkles in space-time.

Don’t miss out on these intellectually engaging, thought-provoking evenings that are sure to get you talking, leaving you to pursue great conversations of your own.


October 23

Create Creativity and Find Strengths in Invisible DisabilitiesRick Green
Rick Green, CM, OOnt, BSc, Founder of TotallyADD.com

Rick Green returns to Great Conversations for ADHD Awareness Month to explore the question, does having ADHD lead to increased creativity? By encouraging them to leverage their unique strengths, Rick empowers those with invisible disabilities like ADHD and other neurobiological disorders. He also inspires by demonstrating that creativity is a process, an attitude and a muscle that can be improved, developed and honed — by anyone and everyone ­— in an ongoing way.

Moderated by Dr. Russell Schachar from SickKids.

With special guest stand-up comedian Michael McCreary, a.k.a. Aspie Comic. 

Tickets
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Parking $5 

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7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Food and beverage available for purchase.


November 1

Learn Life Lessons from an AstronautDave Williams
Dr. Dave Williams 

Eleven days before his seventh birthday, a curious kid from Saskatchewan committed to a long-term goal: space travel. Despite setbacks like a cancer diagnosis, his curiosity, passion and resilience allowed him to keep sight of his goal. Thirty-seven years later, Dr. Dave completed his first spaceflight. With two space shuttle missions, seventeen hours of spacewalks, five honorary degrees and the Orders of Ontario and Canada under his belt, Dr. Dave has led a life that most people can only dream of.

The Weather Network's Chris Mei sits down with the former astronaut to talk about his impressive career – astronaut, ER doctor and CEO – and the importance of relishing the value of each moment to exceed personal limits and live to the fullest.

Dr. Dave Williams’s memoir Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe will be available for purchase and signing.

 Presented in collaboration with Simon & Schuster Canada.

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Parking $5 

7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Food and beverage available for purchase.


November 28

Explore the Universe with Gravitational Waves
Rainer WeissRainer Weiss, PhD, 2017 Nobel Laureate 

A trailblazer in gravitational wave research, Rainer Weiss won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics for his role in detecting faint ripples flying through the universe at the speed of light.

What exactly are gravitational waves, and why is their discovery so ground-breaking?

At the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Dr. Weiss uses laser interferometry to measure the minute distortions in space-time caused by cataclysmic cosmic events in the universe such as colliding neutron stars or black holes. While telescopes and observatories have allowed us to “see” the universe, gravitational wave detectors allow us to “hear” the universe, providing another layer of information that was previously unavailable.

Presenting the key elements that led to this breakthrough discovery, Dr. Weiss discusses the nature of gravitational waves and how their discovery has opened an unprecedented window onto the cosmos — launching a new era of astrophysics.

Moderated by Sara Seager, PhD, astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. 

Presented by
"The Charles Darrow Lecture Series" in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre and the Ontario Science Centre.

Tickets
$20 | $15 for Members

Parking $5 

7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Non-Members — purchase tickets here.

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Food and beverage available for purchase.