2023 2024 Opinions

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Thursday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WINTER TERM ONLY – Hybrid Pilot **NEW Format**

Participants select a presentation topic from a curated list of articles under Workshop Materials below. The articles typically have appeared in well-known Canadian and US monthly journals or the Opinion/Editorial pages (Globe & Mail, New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, etc) covering a wide range of current interests- from abortion rights to xenophobia in society. Anything is fair game except “no Trump”. There is “tech”, pop culture, arts, business, politics, international affairs, health & religion. You may also propose an article not on the list to the Facilitators. There will be two 25-minute presentations / workshop session.

This workshop will have a new delivery format, called “Hybrid mode” where some participants can be remote on Zoom, while others are simultaneously in-person in the classroom. Total attendance is limited to 25 participants with any combination of remote and up to 12 in-class. NOTE: Please indicate your preference when registering, however you are free to decide the day before each workshop by notifying a facilitator. Watch our Workshop Introduction Video: https://vimeo.com/838832719?share=copy


Ron Miller (ronmiller@rogers.com) has had a long career in the Aerospace industry after graduating as an engineer from McGill University. Ron has co-facilitated workshops at the Academy for the past 4 years and is interested in all things “tech”and science and in particular, multidisciplinary workshops. When not playing tennis or pickleball, Ron might be found working on his latest technology article for the Academy Magazine. 

Stephen Johnson  (stephenjohnson54@gmail.com) is a Chartered Accountant and is the co- founder of a Toronto asset management company. He is interested in history and current affairs. He has facilitated the Equality and Inequality workshop and the Democracy and Conflict Resolution workshop and also co- facilitated the Sport and Its Influence on Society workshop.

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