Free virtual speakers series - Striving and Thriving

Free CO web series Striving and Thriving to take place Nov. 16-19

Colleges Ontario's virtual speakers series runs Nov. 16 to 19 and is open to everyone. Be sure to register for this FREE series where prominent public figures will offer insightful analyses of today's top issues.

Each 60-minute session will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be hosted via Zoom. There will be opportunities to ask interactive questions at each session.

You must register for each speaker individually.

Featured speakers

DESMOND COLE, Monday, Nov. 16

The freedom to learn

Desmond Cole is a journalist, activist and author. He has spent the last 10 years reporting and commentating on politics and social justice. He is especially interested in the struggle for Black liberation within Canada.

Cole's work includes ten years of local and national news coverage, five years of radio broadcasting at Newstalk 1010, a disruptive opinion column with the Toronto Star and an award-winning magazine feature. He is the author of the No. 1 national bestseller The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.

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DAVID FRUM, Tuesday, Nov. 17

U.S. election outcome: The good, the bad and the future of Canada-U.S. relations

David Frum is currently a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.”

Frum has been active in Republican politics since Ronald Reagan's first campaign in 1980. From 2014 through 2017, Frum served as chairman of the board of trustees of the leading U.K. centre-right think tank, Policy Exchange. In 2001 to 2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to former U.S. president George W. Bush.

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NICHOLAS THOMPSON, Wednesday, Nov. 18

The new world in 2021

As the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, Nicholas Thompson stakes out a bold, optimistic vision for covering the changing realm of digital culture.

From artificial intelligence to entertainment, privacy to social media, ethics to war, Thompson leads the news cycle. In talks, he champions the ways tech can enhance our lives.

With a massive following on social media, Thompson was No. 4 on LinkedIn’s 2018 list of top influencers, just behind Melinda Gates and one spot ahead of Justin Trudeau.

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GARRY WATANABE, Thursday, Nov. 19

Building resilience skills for uncertain times

Garry Watanabe has a master’s degree in sport psychology and is an expert in coach development. He is also a lawyer and an instructor at Queen's University.

He spent five years in corporate law before a passion for coaching led him to become a professional swimming coach. He spent the next eight years directing elite swimming programs in Canada and southern California.

He now works for Third Factor, a company that helps people harness the power of pressure.

(Note: For participants in the colleges' Board Excellence and Leadership Excellence programs, this session counts as one (1) elective credit for the advanced good governance certificate or the leadership excellence certificate. Visit The College Centre for more information.)

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