Upcoming Talks / Forums

Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto offers Talks and Forums throughout the year. Forums are offered in the Fall and Winter at Tartu, 310 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Our popular Spring Talks lecture series will be held at Innis College. We encourage participation with our Q and A after the presentations. Academy members automatically receive an invitation to each talk via email.

In accordance with health protocols, masks are encouraged but not required for in-person events.

If you are not an Academy member, you can request information about the Academy’s Talks program by emailing academylifelonglearningto@gmail.com.

Spring Talks 2024 (at Innis College)

Spring Talks are free for Academy members. Non-members may attend Spring Talks for a fee of $10.00 per talk.

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Spring Talks Info


Bruce Sellery: “Moolala: Why Smart People do Dumb Things with Money (and What you can do about it)” on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (Spring Talk #2)

Bruce Sellery

Coffee at 9:30 a.m. – Note:  Speaker will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Personal finance expert Bruce Sellery is CEO of Credit Canada, National Money Columnist for CBC Radio, contributor to Cityline TV, host of podcast Moolala, and author of two bestselling books. Bruce hosted Million Dollar Neighborhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and spent 10 years with BNN Bloomberg. Previously a brand manager at Procter & Gamble, he serves on the advisory board of Queen’s University Business School and is past-president of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne: “How Federalism Can Work Better in Canada" on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 (Spring Talk #3)

Kathleen Wynn

Coffee at 9:30 a.m. – Speaker at 10:15 a.m.

Kathleen Wynne had a 22-year political career: as trustee on the Toronto School Board, as MPP in the Ontario Legislature, as Minister of Education and of Aboriginal Affairs, as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as Premier of Ontario from 2013-2018. She continued as MPP for Don Valley West until 2022. Since 2021, she has been a Professor at the University of Toronto where she mentors future politicos and change-makers.

Elizabeth Hay: “Don’t Touch That Dial. Reasons to Love Radio” on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (Spring Talk #4)

Elizabeth Hay

Coffee at 9:30 a.m. – Speaker at 10:15 a.m.

Elizabeth Hay is the Giller Prize-winning author of six novels, including ‘Late Nights on Air’ and ‘Snow Road Station’. Her memoir about her parents, ‘All Things Consoled’, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. A former broadcaster for CBC Radio, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City, and makes her home in Ottawa.

Jay Cox, Piera Savage and Kyle Elliott in Panel Discussion: “The Justice System and Reality” On Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (Spring Talk #5)

Coffee at 9:30 a.m. – Panel at 10:15 a.m.

Moderator: Peter Drumm

Toronto activist and community developer Andrew 'Jay’ Cox is co-founder and COO of myRESET which aims to reintegrate people with a criminal record back into the workforce.

Piera Savage, a staff lawyer at Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), works towards racial equity by advocating for BLAC's clients and breaking down systemic barriers to equality.

Lawyer Kyle Elliott leads diversity and inclusion outreach initiatives at Blake, Cassels & Graydon and is president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

Fall / Winter Forums

When you bring your lunch, we have set up the lounge as our area to enjoy social time with members.  We will have coffee available. The forums will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Lunch bag and apple.

Please join us.

Fall and Winter Forums are held at Tartu Auditorium.