At the School of Education, we are fortunate to have many influential trailblazers and knowledgeable others, join us throughout the year to speak with our Teacher Education Stream students, our Teacher Candidates, and our graduate students, as well as faculty, staff and school partners. Below are a few of our most recent guests.
Guest Lecturer, Environmental Advocacy
In a legendary career as a music and entertainment producer, personality and entrepreneur that spans nearly 50 years, Toronto-born Bob Ezrin has worked with a wide variety of artists including Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Jay-Z, KISS, U2, Peter Gabriel, 2Celllos, The Tenors, Nine Inch Nails and many others. He remains one of the most sought-after producers in the world today.
Mr. Ezrin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in April 2004, and into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in March 2006. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and in 2013 was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame.
He is also a serial activist with an emphasis on the Environment, a Free and Responsible Press, Mental Health and Music Education. He is a member of the boards of directors of The Canadian Journalism Foundation in Toronto and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in Los Angeles. He is a Leadership Circle member of MusiCounts in Toronto; Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership and, along with U2′s the Edge, the co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical instruments that are lost in natural disasters.
Mr. Ezrin lives with his wife Janet in Nashville and Toronto.
"On the world’s climate emergency, we should be more afraid than we are" by Bob Ezrin, The Globe and Mail Opinion - September 22, 2020
"Introducing Bob Ezrin"
Guest Lecturer, Media Artist in Residence
Dedicated to the art of storytelling, Linda is best known for work that explores the human experience, breaks stereotypes and encourages communications. As executive producer and co-creator of the multi-award winning Degrassi television franchise, her work has garnered international recognition. Consisting of over 500 episodes, the Degrassi franchise (1979-2017), won the prestigious Peabody Award, two International Emmys, over 25 Gemini/Canadian Screen Awards, two Prix Jeunesse International Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated four times for a Prime Time Emmy Award. In 2010, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television honoured Degrassi with a special on-air tribute, and Linda with an Academy Achievement Award.
As a strong advocate of both education and the mentoring process, Linda has been a guest lecturer at Yale and Ryerson Universities and at the University of Toronto. She also maintains an active involvement in a range of community and professional organizations, currently serving as vice chair of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In 1994, in recognition of her contribution to Canadian television programming, Linda was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2012, she was also appointed to the Order of Ontario, and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from both Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Toronto.
"Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler on why the franchise resonates with so many" by the CBC
"Linda on Empathy"
Guest Lecturer, Professor Indigenous Studies, Trent University
David Newhouse is Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River community near Brantford, Ontario. He is a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Chair of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, was the first Principal of the new Peter Gzowski College at Trent University and has been Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies, now the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies since 1993. He is also a Professor in the School of Business. Professor Newhouse is Co-Chair of the Trent Aboriginal Education Council. He was the IMC/U of S Aboriginal Scholar in Residence at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1998/99. He also teaches in the Graduate CED Program at Concordia University. In 2016, he received the Trent Award for Education Leadership and Innovation. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Trent University Faculty Association for the past decade serving for three years as President and currently serving as Grievance Officer.
His research interests focus on the emergence of modern Aboriginal society.
He is the founding editor of the CANDO Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development the first peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to Aboriginal economic development issues and a founding editorial board member of aboriginal policy studies, an academic journal focussing on urban Aboriginal issues. He is the past Chair and a current member of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) Standing Committee on Education. He also served as a member of the Policy Team on Economics for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He is a member of the National Aboriginal Benchmarking Committee of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and the AFN Chief’s Committee on Make Aboriginal Poverty History. He serves as the Science Officer for the Aboriginal Peoples Health research adjudication committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is currently National Director for the SSHRC ‘Urban Aboriginal Research Network’ project and co-director of Ontario-Quebec Region of the project with Kevin Fitzmaurice, from the University of Sudbury. He is also the Ontario lead for a 5 year CIHR research project: Poverty Action Research Project on Aboriginal health, economic development and poverty with the Eabametoong First Nation and the Assembly of First Nations.
"From ideas to impact: Indigenous Studies has educated a new generation of leaders" by Trent University