Past Speakers

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

Dr. Paul Robinson, Professor

Date: March 11, 2021
Topic: The World in Moscow's Eyes: How do Russians See the World and the West

Dr. Robinson is currently a full professor at Ottawa University, at the faculty of Social Sciences, working in the fields of Public and International Affairs. He teaches courses in both official languages, on a variety of topics covering Military history, Russian international relations, and various aspects of Canadian and International security.


Dr. Erika Behresch, Associate Professor of English

Date: February 11, 2021
Topic: Lady Franklin of Russell Square - Lost Franklin Expedition

Erika Behrisch grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and spent her adolescent years and early adulthood in British Columbia, before moving to Kingston. She is professor of English, Culture and Communication at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her research is nineteenth-century naval exploration narratives, especially the parts of the story that get left out of the big history books. Her current project is on Royal Naval surgeons, and it includes an academic project and a novel.


John Gerrettsen, Retired Federal / Ontario Provincial Legislator

Date: January 14, 2021
Topic: Personal Experiences with COVID-19

In March, 2020, John and his wife, Assunta had just boarded the Sun Princess in California for a cruise featuring lots of relaxation, and even more Bridge. Almost immediately plans began to change as the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head in North America. One of the activities that was impacted very quickly was cruising, and horror stories developed quickly.


Professor Catherine Conaghan, Professor Emerita, Political Studies

Date: November 12, 2020
Topic: Review of the American Election of 03 November 2020

After earning her PhD from Yale University, Catherine was a faculty member at Simmons College and the Ohio State University before joining Queen’s in 1988. She has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Miami, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and the American University.


Heather Roberts, Director, Solid Waste Services

Date: March 12, 2020
Topic: City of Kingston Solid Waste Services - Challenges & Opportunities in a Global Waste Industry

Heather Roberts is the Director of the Solid Waste Services Department with the City of Kingston, since 2014, with 10 years’ experience in the municipal solid waste industry.  Heather is a graduate from Sir Sandford Fleming College with a Diploma in Environmental Studies, and also has a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) designation from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) in 2008. 


Dr. Jennifer Spence, Waterloo University

Date: February 13, 2020
Topic: Into the Vortex - Arctic Governance in Times of Uncertainty and Change

After a BA (Hon.) in political science from the University of British Columbia, and then an MA in conflict management and analysis from Royal Roads University, Jennifer Spence earned a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University in 2017. Previously she held a number of senior positions with a variety of Government of Canada Departments, as well as being a Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.


Bruce Campbell, Research Fellow, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Date: December 12, 2019
Topic: Lac-Mégantic - Lessons Learned (Or Not)

Bruce Campbell is the former Executive Director (1994-2015) of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), one of Canada’s leading policy research institutes. Bruce has authored or edited five books and numerous reports on public policy issues.  His commentaries have appeared in major newspapers and online news sites across Canada.  He has appeared before parliamentary committees, and interviewed on radio and TV in Canada and abroad. 


Professor Jonathan Rose, Queen’s University

Date: November 14, 2019
Topic: Lessons from the Canadian Federal Election - What Just Happened?

Dr. Jonathan Rose has taught at Queen’s, the International Studies Centre (Herstmonceux, UK), Charles University in Prague, and Kwansei Gakuin in Osaka, Japan, as a Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. In 2008, he was a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His teaching is varied. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Canadian politics, political communication, federalism, the mass media, electoral systems, intergovernmental relations and public policy.


Dr. Heather Stuart, Queen’s University

Date: October 19, 2019
Topic: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dr. Heather Stuart is a Professor working at the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She is also the Bell Canada Chair in Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research, the first ever in Canada.


LGen (Retired) The Honourable Roméo Dallaire

Date: September 12, 2019
Topic: What about our Walking Wounded

General Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers.  A celebrated advocate for human rights, General Dallaire is also a respected author, government and UN advisor, and former Canadian Senator.


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