Past Speakers

This page contains a list of past speakers for the Canadian Club of Kingston.

John Palmer, Conductor

Date: February 9, 2023
Topic: Conducting and Musical Score

John is the conductor of Orchestra Kingston, BrassWerks, occasional conductor of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and played bass trombone in the Kingston Symphony. He teaches theory/harmony at his home in Kingston, Ontario.


Ted Barris, Author, Broadcaster, Journalist

Date: January 12, 2023
Topic: Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory

Ted Barris, CM, is a Canadian award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster whose writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as in many magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for many CBC Radio network programs, PBS in the U.S. and on TV Ontario. After 18 years teaching, he recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.


Ken is a faculty member and Teaching Fellow in Marketing at Queen’s School of Business. He has taught in degree programs at Carleton University, Cornell, Radcliffe and Harvard, and in executive programs at the universities of Alberta, Dalhousie, Toronto and York. He has received numerous awards for courses in Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Business Strategy. He is co-author of Canada’s largest-selling introductory marketing text, Basic Marketing.


Antje McKeeny, Kingston Chief of Police

Date: December 22, 2022
Topic: Contemporary Policing

Antje McNeely joined the Kingston Police in April 1985. As a constable, sergeant (1992), staff sergeant (2001), and inspector (2007), she fulfilled assignments in the Uniformed Patrol, Special Services, Criminal Investigations, and Professional Standards units and headed the Patrol and Executive Services divisions. In July 2011, she was appointed as Deputy Chief, and assumed operational oversight for the Kingston Police and responsibility for developing strong strategic relationships within the Kingston community.


Honorable Hugh Segal, Political Strategist

Date: November 10, 2022
Topic: Facing the Unsettled World

Hugh Segal is a Canadian political strategist, author, commentator, academic, and former senator. From 1999 until 2014 he was a faculty member at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies. In 2003 Hugh Segal was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

He was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2005, serving until he resigned in 2014, to become master and later principal of Massey College in Toronto, retiring from there in 2019.


Elaine Dewar, Author, Investigative Journalist

Date: April 13, 2022
Topic: The Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years: An Investigation

Elaine Dewar is the author of seven non-fiction books, numerous magazine articles, and scripts for television. She has been honoured by nine Canadian national magazine awards, including the prestigious President’s Medal, the US based White Award for investigative journalism, awards from the Canadian Archeological Association and The Canadian Nurses’ Association, and the Hilary Weston Prize for narrative non-fiction. Most recently she was a finalist for the Governor General’s non-fiction award.


John Smol, Professor of Biology

Date: March 10, 2022
Topic: Climate Change: Longer Summers! (But why is our lake turning green?)

John Smol is a Distinguished University Professor in the Biology Department, Queen’s University. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and the President of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. He holds adjunct appointments in Canada, the U.S. and China.


Steven Heighton, Author

Date: March 10, 2022
Topic: Reaching Mithymna: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on Lesvos

Steven Heighton was born in Toronto and spent his youth there and in northern Ontario. Following some travel and work experience in western Canada and Australia, he earned a BA and MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After graduation, he travelled and worked for two years in Asia before settling back in Kingston and starting to write, at first part-time and eventually full-time.


Krishna Burra, Director of Administration, Limestone Board of Education

Date: January 13, 2022
Topic: Kingston Secondary School and The Effects of the Pandemic on Education

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Krishna Burra was a Queen’s Concurrent Education graduate in the mid-1990s with teachables in History and Mathematics. Upon graduation, he was hired by the Frontenac County Board of Education, a precursor board for the Limestone District School Board. In ten years of teaching he taught students from Grades 7-12. For several years, Krishna served as a department head of “Global Studies.” He is a previous Queen’s Associate Teacher of the Year and Queen’s Baillie Award winner for excellence in secondary teaching.


Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Royal Military College of Canada

Date: December 15, 2021
Topic: Intelligence As Democratic Statecraft

Christian Leuprecht (Ph.D, Queen’s) is Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership in the department of Political Science and Economics at RMC. At Queen’s University he is Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at the School of Policy Studies. He is a Munk Senior Fellow in Security and Defence at the Macdonald Laurier Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Military Journal and Canadian Defence Academy Press. Christian is a former Fulbright Research Chair in Canada-US Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC (2020) and a former Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defence College in Rome (2019). He is also an elected member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and a recipient of RMC’s Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research.


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