Trafalgar-Ross Lecture

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the annual Trafalgar-Ross Lecture Speakers of 2017. Jennifer Moroz ’90 and Carolyn Taylor ’90 will be co-lecturing this year on Friday, October 20. Jennifer is an award-winning journalist who most recently has led the successful redevelopment and relaunch of CBC Radio’s q as Executive Producer of the program. Carolyn, co-creator and star of Baroness von Sketch Show on CBC, is an award-winning writer, artist, actor, and comedian. They have remained friends since their time at Traf and throughout successful overlapping careers. We are eager for what will surely be an inspirational, entertaining, and memorable lecture.

The entire school community and friends are invited to attend.

One of the school’s most celebrated activities linking past and present is the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture. Donald Ross stipulated in his will that an annual lecture be given at the school “…on suitable subjects, in science, history, literature, and religion…” The Lectureship was re-established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory and intention of our founder, Donald Ross, “to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students.” Now called the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture, outstanding Canadians such as Maureen Forrester, Marc Garneau, David Suzuki and Adele Wiseman are invited each year to address the school during the month of October.

Past Speakers

The Lectureship was re-established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory and intention of our founder, Donald Ross, “to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students.”

1981 – David Suzuki – geneticist
1982 – Marie-Josée Drouin – economist
1983 – Diane Jones Konihowski – athlete
1984 – Adele Wiseman – author
1985 – Maureen Forrester – singer
1986 – Marc Garneau – astronaut
1987 – Anne Begor Lancashire ‘58 – university professor
1988 – Louise Mailhot – judge (Quebec)
1989 – Jane Poulson – physician
1990 – Peter Mansbridge – journalist
1991 – Lynn Johnston – cartoonist
1992 – David Lank – historian
1993 – Sunniva Sorby ‘78 – trans-Arctic explorer
1994 – Gretta Chambers- Chancellor of McGill, journalist
1995 – Sylvia Sweeney – athlete, filmmaker
1996 – Terry Mosher (Aislin) – editorial cartoonist
1997 – Margie Gillis – solo dance artist
1998 – Amanda Vincent – environmental biologist
1999 – Kathy Reichs – forensic anthropologist, author
2000 – Rosalie Abella – family court judge (Ontario)
2001 – Jessalyn Gilsig ’88 – actor
2002 – Lisa Campeau ’86 – international aid worker
2003 – Heather Munroe-Blum – Principal of McGill University
2004 – Margaret Somerville – ethicist
2005 – Charlotte Gray – historian and author
2006 – Moira Brown – marine biologist
2007 – Elizabeth May – politician
2008 – Nancy Dunton – architectural historian
2009 – Debbie Travis – designer, author, television personality and producer
2010 – Dr. Brenda Milner – neuropsychologist
2011 – Sylvie Fréchette, Olympic champion
2012 – Sheila Fraser, Former Auditor General of Canada
2013 – Heidi Hollinger, International Photographer
2014 – Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
2015 – Dr. Victoria Kaspi PhD, Astrophysicist                                                                          2016 – Kim Thúy, award-winning Author