Speaker Date Topic
Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum, Financial Advisor Aug 25, 2017
Berlin Wall, At The National Club, 303 Bay St.
Berlin Wall, At The National Club, 303 Bay St.

Christian was born in 1960 in West Berlin and grew up in Germany in a country divided. He was one-year-old when the Berlin Wall was built.

After boarding school, he studied architecture and business administration to prepare to take over the family business, but he changed his mind to pursue a career in financial planning after an emotional event in the family.

In 1999, he moved to Canada and started to work as a Financial Advisor for an Insurance Broker in Trenton. Eventually he opened his own financial planning practice specializing in safe retirement income strategies.

His biggest challenge came in 2007 when his eldest daughter Kate at age 14 was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was put on 7 different drugs to manage the pain and swelling of her joints.

He went on a mission to find better treatment away from side-effects of these drugs.

After years of searching he found a Naturopathic Doctor who helped Kate to reduce the medications and regaining a fun filled and pain free life.

This experience made him become very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and even organized educational public presentations for better health.

Professor Ernie Seaquist Sep 29, 2017
"The Search for New Worlds like the Earth"
"The Search for New Worlds like the Earth"

Ernie Seaquist is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. His career of research and teaching there spans a period of 50 years, working in the specialty area of the birth of new stars and the resulting impact upon their environment. He has published about 200 research papers and graduated 14 PhD and 12 MSc students.

Ernie is a long standing supporter of Canada’s engagement in astronomical research, and has served in many senior capacities in this role. He served for 11 years as the Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of its David Dunlap Observatory. He served as President of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) and on numerous national and international committees planning major facilities for research. These include two terms on CASCA’s Long Range Planning Panel outlining priorities for Canadian astronomy, and one term as Chair of its review panel. He also served on and chaired many panels and boards associated with multiple agencies, including the National Research Council of Canada, the international James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Space Agency and the U.S. Associated Universities Inc. His interest in Canada’s engagement in large radio astronomy projects led to membership on the site selection panel for the international Square Kilometre Array, which will be the largest radio telescope ever built when completed in the next decade.

His most recent activity includes a term of four years as Director General of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) which supports the acquisition of major research facilities for its 20 member universities. ACURA was successful in obtaining federal funding ($243M) for Canadian participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope, an international giant optical telescope project with many international partners. If completed today it would be the largest of its kind in the world.

Alex Andras Oct 13, 2017

Alex Andras is an educator, motivational speaker, musician and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) rights activist. A well-known, and well-respected student educator and activist within the Humber College community, Alex is currently making his way towards a PhD in Social Work, sharing his story and moving rooms of people as he goes.

Activism has been in Alex's blood since birth, being the son of a well-known activist in the Toronto community, John Andras, and the grandson of Kenneth B. Andras.

Raised for a good part of his life in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough, Alex shares the discrimination and difficulties he has faced as a transgender man growing up in a society that didn't acknowledge him, proving that he is stronger than he could have ever believed with a little help from his family.

An unconventional coming of age story, educational, emotional, and inspiring, sometimes we must draw strength from adversity.