The Last Lecture of 2016

April 13, 2016

The Last Lecture offers graduating students an opportunity to come together and reflect upon their experiences at Trent University, bring closure to the time that they have spent here, and celebrate their many accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom.

This annual event features an address by a graduating student, a distinguished alumna/us and a faculty member who will offer their words of inspiration to the Convocation Class. Each lecturer speaks under one theme, offering their personal reflections, stories and words of wisdom to the graduating class. The Last Lecture helps to signify the beginning of the next step on your journey.

Unlike convocation where you sit by program and alphabetical order, at the Last Lecture you may choose to sit next to the person you sat beside in your first year lecture, and that same person might be your best friend today. Gather together a group of close friends and celebrate your last Trent lecture together. 

2016 Speakers:
Opening Remarks delivered by the Dean of Arts and Science (Humanities), Dr. Moira Howes
Graduating Class – Lexie Houghton, Otonabee College
Alumni – Stephen Brown ‘86
Faculty – Dr. David Beresford, Biology and Environmental Resource Studies
For full bios and more information, please visit

Billy K’s Grab Bag of 45’s

April 11, 2016

A short anecdote from Bill Kimball about his "Billy K's Grab Bag of 45's" show from the 1980's.  To listen to the full interview, please visit


Trent Voices Episode 34: Jim Maxwell

April 11, 2016

Jim Maxwell has been making waves in the field of Hollywood matte painting – the painted background that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is nonexistent in real life or would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. And he has made some very prominent ones in his career: from recreating the Vatican in The Borgias to sweeping panoramas of floating armadas in Vikings.

Maxwell has received no shortage of recognition from the entertainment industry for his work, with a nod from the Emmy Awards for The Borgias in 2012, then two more nominations for his work on Vikings in 2013 and2014. He won Canadian Screen Awards in 2014 and 2015, also for his work on Vikings.

During his time at Trent, Maxwell was a member of The Spleen Bishops – whose Celtic music stylings made them household and “pubhold” names around these parts. 

In this episode, we talk about his experience creating movie effects magic, the changing technology behind the new Star Wars movie, as well as what it’s like to attend black-tie Hollywood award shows.  We then go back in time and remember The Spleen Bishops, how Celtic music became a phenomenon in Peterborough, and the gig that broke beer sales at the legendary Underdog pub (underneath the Red Dog).


Trent Voices Episode 32: Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

March 15, 2016

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is the Chief Economist and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group that just might make you doubt what you think you know about multinational financial organizations.  He’s also the Global Economic Advisor for MasterCard Worldwide. Prior to his global role, he was Economic Advisor to MasterCard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. He has served as economic strategist and advisor to over fifty leading multinational companies, advised executives and boards of directors for over 100 leading international businesses, and has delivered key note addresses at various prestigious business conferences around the world.  He is a regular commentator interviewed on CNBC, BBC World, CNN, CCTV (China), CBN (Shanghai), BTV (Beijing), Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Forum and many others.

Hedrick-Wong believes that economic growth drives shared prosperity – that it is not just limited to a single class or group of individuals. The Center for Inclusive Growth works to expand the middle class—in both developing and developed nations —in order for a better sharing of the benefits of economic development. According to Hedrick Wong, “in this situation, there is large-scale betterment—a boost to the common good—and growth for MasterCard’s business as well: a win-win process.”

He stresses the importance of taking this a step further. “We work with governments to create a deeper understanding of the importance of inclusive growth—and of equity,” he explains. “The impact of this can lead to being a win-win-win situation.”

It’s a revolutionary approach to economic development.  And one we delve into during this extended interview.


Dalal Al Waheidi — The Future of Canada: My (Our) Journey to Global Citizenship

March 10, 2016

Dalal Al Waheidi discusses what it means to be a global citizen -- including the “why” behind global citizenship and its significance especially in the current political climate.

Al Waheidi was the 2016 Jack Matthews Fellow at Trent. She is the executive director of We Day Global, where she is responsible for leading the team that brings the power of We Day to cities in Canada, the US and the UK. Ms. Al-Waheidi joined Free the Children in 2002 after graduating from Trent with a degree in International Development Studies, and has held a variety of roles including international project director, chief operations director and executive director.

“Dalal truly embodies the uniquely Canadian values of global citizenship that Jack Matthews embedded in the institutions he established,” said Dr. Michael Allcott, director of TIP. “An immigrant to Canada, her extraordinary leadership and commitment to others is an example of the strength of the Canadian mosaic—her work so far has empowered thousands of young Canadians to engage civic discourse and service, and to begin changing the world for the better.”


Trent Voices, Episode 31: Andressa Lacerda

March 4, 2016


2015 Ph.D. grad Andressa Lacerda is in mid-career stride, despite being only 26.  She’s a founding partner and the CFO in Noble Inc., a company that will manufacture and distribute filtration systems to remove nanosilvers from wastewater as well as introduce pharmaceuticals that will cure cancer and diseases that are caused by virus’.  Her partner in this is Adam Noble, a whiz-kid who has set both the Trent community and world on fire with research that he accomplished in the labs at the university when he was just a high school student. 


Andessa helped mentor Adam into becoming one of Canada’s “20 Under 20” in 2014.  Together they have just signed on as cornerstone tenants of Trent University’s new Research and Innovation Park, with a $20 million, 50,000-square-foot production facility to be built soon.


Andressa’s own research has shed new light onto neurological disorders – in particular how mutations of LITAF protein cause the genetic Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. 


It’s a fascinating discussion – and one where another of Andressa’s talents shine: the ability to take complex ideas and make them relatable to students and laypeople.


Trent Voices, Episode 28: Jack Roe

February 10, 2016

Jack Roe has been an on air presence for CBC Radio, 680 NEWS, CKPT (now Energy 99.7) and (back in 1973-5) Trent Radio, where this interview took place. The conversation ranges across his 40+ year career in radio and captures memories from the magical to the manic: from interviews with Chris Hadfield to interviews with a guy who traveled North America blowing himself up at county fairs, from carving out community radio to almost getting arrested in pre-unification Germany.  Roe also gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the one of the most demanding radio studios in Canada, and then offers views on the state of modern radio -- as well as advice for media studies/journalism students on how they can find their own way in the shifting media landscape.

It's an honest, intimate, and often humorous conversation that shines the light on an individual who is much more used to shining the light on others.


Trent Voices Radio Show, Episode 27: Stewart Wheeler

February 2, 2016

Our interview with Canada's Ambassador to Iceland, Stewart Wheeler, takes us on a journey from Trent to Bogotá to Afghanistan to Iceland and speaks to the ability to evolve, learn, and communicate.

Stewart began his career in the public service in 1993, working in the Public Information Office at the House of Commons. In 1994, he joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada.

He has served abroad in Washington, D.C., as second secretary, covering congressional relations and energy trade policy; Bogotá, as political counsellor; London, as head of the public affairs team at Canada House; and Kabul, as political program manager at the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan (2010 to 2011).

Stewart has also had a variety of assignments at headquarters, serving as parliamentary relations officer, departmental spokesperson in the Press Office, deputy director of Mexico Relations, deputy director of corporate and internal communications, and, most recently, director of Cabinet relations.

He earned the Minister’s Award for Foreign Policy Excellence as a member of the Kosovo Task Force in 1999.

From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Wheeler served as press secretary to the governor general and in that capacity accompanied the governor general on her State Visit to Iceland in 2003.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.


Trent Voices Radio Show, Episode 26: Bill Kimball

January 27, 2016

Since graduating from Trent University in 1980 with a degree in Cultural Studies, Bill Kimball has been involved in many aspects of the Peterborough arts community, particularly in the areas of contemporary dance and theatre.  He has contributed to the creation of live performance spaces in Peterborough, beginning with City Stage, a performance space operated by Artspace in the early 1980’s and continuing to the present with various renovations and improvements to the Market Hall. In 1994, Bill created a nationally recognized dance presenting program called Peterborough New Dance, and later expanded the mandate to theatre and other forms of performance while changing the name to Public Energy, a name which reflects his desire for the arts to be integrated into public life as much as possible. Bill is currently the Artistic Producer at Public Energy.

Our interview with Bill covers the "Town and Gown" history of the arts, in particular the impact of Artspace, Peterborough New Dance, Public Energy, and the Electric City Culture Council.


One-on-One: Maryam Monsef

January 19, 2016

TRENT Magazine sat down for a one-on-one with the newly minted Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef.  We discuss her first days on Parliament Hill, the life-altering experience of becoming a cabinet member, and how the position of Minister of Democratic Institutions will help shape future governments of Canada.  Here is an excerpt from that discussion.

Look for the full story in the February edition of TRENT Magazine.