The Walrus Talks Leadership in Nanaimo on March 13

Ruby Barclay, Peer Support Navigator for Vancouver Island University's Tuition Waiver Program, is one of the featured speakers at The Walrus Talks Leadership, taking place in VIU's Malaspina Theatre on March 13.

February 14, 2018 - 11:15am

The Walrus Foundation and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are pleased to announce a special event exploring how our ideas and choices can shape the future of culture, reconciliation, economic development, and more.

Tickets are now on sale for Vancouver Island University Presents The Walrus Talks Leadership. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 13 starting at 7 pm in VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310) on the Nanaimo Campus.

“We are pleased to host The Walrus Talks – an internationally recognized series of talks that seek to inspire and promote important conversations about issues that affect the future of our communities and the nation,” says Dr. Ralph Nilson, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor. “Speakers will be addressing a range of important topics, from fostering leadership skills, to globalization, to reconciliation between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We believe it is the responsibility of universities to foster and encourage dialogue on these important issues facing our country.”

The Walrus Talks format features seven speakers for seven minutes each on topics related to a single theme. This event will feature a lineup of thoughtful, inspiring presentations from young and established business leaders, academics, politicians, and more.


Speakers are:

  • Ruby Barclay, peer support navigator for the Tuition Waiver Program, Vancouver Island University
  • Stephen Kakfwi, former Northwest Territories premier and former Dene Nation president
  • Alicia Raimundo, a mental health and youth engagement advocate
  • Katharina Rout, translator and honorary research associate, Vancouver Island University
  • Judith Sayers, president, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
  • Scotty Taylor, a Guthrie Therapeutic Community alumni and arborist
  • George Hanson, president, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance


Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors), and can be purchased at The Walrus Talks Leadership

For more information, to arrange a media pass, or to book an interview with any of our speakers, please contact Blair Elliott at or 1-416-971-5004, ext. 245.

For more information about The Walrus Talks, please visit the FAQ page.




The Walrus is a registered charitable non-profit foundation (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year; producing the national series of The Walrus Talks; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and training young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.




Vancouver Island University is a dynamic, teaching-focused institution supporting a student population of almost 15,000 learners and employing more than 2,300 faculty and staff. With roots dating back to 1936, VIU continues to foster student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs from academic undergraduate and master’s degrees, to applied, technical, vocational and developmental diplomas and certificates. VIU is deeply connected to coastal and First Nations communities and works closely with these communities to create a supportive, culturally relevant learning environment. Another focus is providing access to quality post-secondary education for non-traditional learners who face a variety of barriers.

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