Welcome to our Presidents’ Suites Guest Speaker Series web site section. We have always been inspired by the TED talks concept.
Inspired by the TED concept, we decided to share with our community the knowledge, passion and inspiration of some of our renowned and talented guests. Short talks/demonstrations are organized a few times a year where our guest present on a specific topic. Admission is free for everyone wishing to attend. In recent Guest Speaker Series presentations, we partnered with local organisations such as the Temiskaming Art Gallery, The Classic Theatre and ARTEM.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. (From the TED web site )
Our Past Guest Speaker Series
Dr. Douglas Baldwin
Topic: Why Cobalt is one of the most important economic events in Ontario’s and Canada’s history.
Cobalt Fever: Silver discoveries touch off grandiose predictions, a stock market craze, scheming brokers, foreign investments, and huge profits
Religion: Cobalt’s cosmopolitan nature, ethnic diversity and incidents of discrimination: the growth and role of religion in the mining camp
Policing Cobalt: The OPP in Cobalt, high-grading, bling-pigs, the morality police
Best Old Town I Know: The arduous life of the silver miner and the struggle for better wages, safer working conditions and health conditions.
Jim and Sue Waddington
Sue and Jim have been on a quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. The talk compared photographs of some of the 500 paintings sites they have found with the corresponding artwork. They discussed how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the famous painters. They also discussed the link that the Group of Seven had with Cobalt and the Temiskaming region, especially Franklin Carmicheal and A. Y. Jackson.
Lucinda shared her son’s journey to independence which gives family members, neighbours, friends, caregivers hope ideas and an example of what is possible when individuals with disabilities are given a chance.
Dr. Julia Davids & Martin Davids
- Chair of Choral Activities at North Park University Chicago
- Artistic Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir since 2004
- Co-author of ‘Vocal Technique-A guide for Conductors, Teachers and Singers”.
- Acclaimed violonist which founded and directs the Callipygia Players’ Chicago’s premier Baroque chamber music ensemble.
- He is principal second violin with the Haymarket Opera Company.
- He performs on a Baroque violin by Ferdinado Alberti from 1750.