Sept 6: THE LIFE OF A CONCERT PIANIST

The oh-so-glamorous life of a concert pianist revealed. This presentation takes us backstage to experience the high-strung, travel-laden, cosmopolitan life of a modern concert pianist.

Daniel Wnukowski is an internationally recognized Polish-Canadian concert pianist. He has a M.Mus from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London, UK) and a B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins Institute.  He is the founder of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival and the pan-Canadian outreach project, Piano Six “New Generation”.

Sept 13: DEVELOPING A WINNING MINDSET

The winning mindset of successful athletes involves three qualities: confidence, mental toughness and effective management of thoughts and emotions. Resiliency is one component that helps overcome significant obstacles. We will learn about the mental preparation strategies that are often used by elite athletes on their road to success.

Paul Dennis, BPHE, B.Ed, MA, PhD, has spent 20 years with Toronto Maple Leafs as their player development coach and as a consultant to NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.  He is currently an advisor to the Ontario Hockey League and Hockey Canada.

Sept. 20: THE ARCTIC IN THE MODERN ERA

Part One of this presentation will look at the physical Arctic, and the first peoples to occupy its vastness. The second part will focus on the modern Arctic. The Inuit are confronted by the headwinds of western culture and climate change. Despite these challenges, they are determined to gain a future homeland that is truly theirs.

Peter Middleton is a retired Outdoor Educator with a passion for the Canadian Arctic. His travels, as a guide to the Arctic, spanned nearly five decades, and provided him with a wealth of direct experience and perspective. Global challenges, both to the ecology and the Inuit culture, are particular areas of interest. Peter has presented to the GTLLI on two previous occasions.

Sept 27: CANADA: A NATION OF INNOVATION

Innovation is the basis of a strong economy. This presentation describes an ‘Education for Innovation’ initiative supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and intended to cultivate and celebrate innovation in Canada. We will hear about Canadian innovators and the learning activities used to promote innovation mindsets in youth.

Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams was a full Professor of the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University and is presently an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She leads the Education for Innovation project and has authored many academic publications and teaching resources.