Category Archives: Upcoming Speakers

The Tigray Conflict – David Ross (Ottawa) – October 26, 2021

4:40 PM, October 26th, 2021

 
David Ross has just returned to Canada from northern Ethiopia where he worked from March until September as an access and civil-military coordination officer. Contracted by RedR Australia to the United Nations  Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), David facilitated humanitarian access in Tigray Region, an area severely disrupted by conflict since November 2020. The emergency is vast, complex, and often dangerous. Moreover, the pressures caused by the several hundred thousand people who have flooded into cities and internally displaced person camps, continue to be immense. David  worked alongside many hard-working, innovative and committed humanitarians who made the tour of duty all the more fulfilling.

“Although the work conditions were often beyond challenging, the security situation volatile, access severely constrained, and the politics complex, it was certainly a tremendous experience and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to contribute. That said, the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia remains enormous, and it is unlikely that the crisis will be resolved anytime soon (indeed, it may well get worse before it gets better).”

David Ross spent 35 years as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the latter years being filled with two tours in Afghanistan and deployed operations planning. Post-retirement he pursued a Master’s degree in disaster and emergency management, which, when combined with his field experience, positioned him well for his Tigray deployment.

Join fellow Whiffers at 4:40 pm, Tuesday, Oct 26th to hear David’s overview and analysis of the Tigrayan conflict and the challenges facing humanitarians working in the region.

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The Importance of Mining to Canada, Donald R. Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited, November 30, 2021

4:40 PM, November 30th, 2021
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  Don R. Lindsay is President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck Resources Limited, one of Canada’s leading mining companies. Lindsay studied mining engineering at Queen’s University (B.Sc., Hons.), and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He worked underground in Uranium City, Saskatchewan, and was a foreman at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Continue reading The Importance of Mining to Canada, Donald R. Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited, November 30, 2021

Dr Kevin James, Professor of History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, and Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, January 25, 2022

Robbie Burns Dinner, Scottish Dress Encouraged The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph is the oldest – and the leading – academic unit in North America for research, graduate training, and teaching on Scottish history and Scottish culture. It is thanks to the steadfast and generous support of the Scottish Studies Foundation that the Scottish Studies Centre in the College of Arts at Guelph continues to build a distinguished reputation as a global centre of research. The Centre’s pre-eminence is exemplified by the externally endowed Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, the establishment of which in 2004 was a signal achievement in the advancement of Scottish scholarship. Continue reading Dr Kevin James, Professor of History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, and Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, January 25, 2022