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Trent Voices: Newly Elected MP for Peterborough-Kawartha Maryam Monse ‘03f

Trent Voices: Newly Elected MP for Peterborough-Kawartha Maryam Monse ‘03f

October 22, 2019

Women Leaders in Peterborough Politics, Part 3 of 3. Newly re-elected MP Maryam Monsef.

Peterborough has a long history of being represented by Trent University alumni politicians. Currently, alumnus Dave Smith is the MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha. Alumnus Jeff Leal held that seat for the previous four terms (and sat on Peterborough City Council before that). There are also several alumni represented on area councils. Never before, though, have women taken on so many major political roles here. Right now, alumna Diane Therrien is Mayor of Peterborough, alumna Emily Whetung MacInnes is Chief of Curve Lake First Nation, and alumna Maryam Monsef is about to start her second term as MP for Peterborough-Kawartha – she was formerly Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality. All three of these women are in their 30s – relatively young for politics – and all three are breaking new ground.

TRENT Magazine was honoured to bring this trio together to talk about the state of local and Canadian politics today – in particular, about gender inclusivity and empowerment.

Trent Voices: Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Directer of Camp Kawartha

Trent Voices: Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Directer of Camp Kawartha

October 9, 2019

TRENT Magazine sat down with alumnus, environmental educator and director of Camp Kawartha and the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre for a conversation about education, leadership, and the relationship between kids and their natural environment.

Trent Voices: Emily Whetung MacInnes, Chief of Curve Lake First Nation

Trent Voices: Emily Whetung MacInnes, Chief of Curve Lake First Nation

October 4, 2019

Women Leaders in Peterborough Politics, Part 2 of 3. Emily Whetung MacInnes.

Peterborough has a long history of being represented by Trent University alumni politicians. Currently, alumnus Dave Smith is the MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha. Alumnus Jeff Leal held that seat for the previous four terms (and sat on Peterborough City Council before that). There are also several alumni represented on area municipal councils. Never before, though, have women taken on so many major political roles here. Right now, alumna Diane Therrien is Mayor of Peterborough, alumna Emily Whetung MacInnes is Chief of Curve Lake First Nation, and alumna Maryam Monsef is MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, as well as Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality. All three of these women are in their 30s – relatively young for politics – and all three are breaking new ground.

TRENT Magazine was honoured to bring this trio together to talk about the state of local and Canadian politics today – in particular, about gender inclusivity and empowerment.

This episode features Emily Whetung MacInnes. Look for the other episodes soon.

Trent Voices: Diane Therrien, Mayor of Peterborough

Trent Voices: Diane Therrien, Mayor of Peterborough

October 4, 2019

Women Leaders in Peterborough Politics, Part 1 of 3. Diane Therrien.

Peterborough has a long history of being represented by Trent University alumni politicians. Currently, alumnus Dave Smith is the MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha. Alumnus Jeff Leal held that seat for the previous four terms (and sat on Peterborough City Council before that). There are also several alumni represented on area municipal councils. Never before, though, have women taken on so many major political roles here. Right now, alumna Diane Therrien is Mayor of Peterborough, alumna Emily Whetung MacInnes is Chief of Curve Lake First Nation, and alumna Maryam Monsef is MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, as well as Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality. All three of these women are in their 30s – relatively young for politics – and all three are breaking new ground.

TRENT Magazine was honoured to bring this trio together to talk about the state of local and Canadian politics today – in particular, about gender inclusivity and empowerment.

This episode features Diane Therrien. Look for the other episodes soon.

Trent Voices: Cannabis Production CEO David Grand ‘79 on Legalization, Cultural Change, and the Pot Economy

Trent Voices: Cannabis Production CEO David Grand ‘79 on Legalization, Cultural Change, and the Pot Economy

April 8, 2019

Alumnus David Grand is the founder and CEO of Muskoka Grown, a 65,000-square-foot, top quality cannabis production facility, as well as a former member of the Trent University Board of Governors. Using the latest technologies, he is trying to create the gold standard of cannabis companies. Mr. Grand took TRENT Magazine’s editor, Donald Fraser, on a guided tour of the facility and followed it up with a conversation that tackled the science, economics, and social aspects of marijuana. We interviewed him in December, via Skype, and featured excerpts of this conversation in the March TRENT Magazine.

Trent Voices: Anastasia Kaschenko ‘12 Harvests Water from the Atmosphere to Help Water Scarce Parts of Africa

Trent Voices: Anastasia Kaschenko ‘12 Harvests Water from the Atmosphere to Help Water Scarce Parts of Africa

March 11, 2019

Anastasia Kaschenko is the chief technical officer and co-founder of Majik Water, a start-up currently creating new sources of affordable, clean drinking water for communities in Kenya and South Africa. Making use of technology that harvests moisture from the air, the company is aiding individuals and communities, but they’re also partnering with some of the world’s largest business to lessen industrial water consumption in areas most affected by shortages. TRENT Magazine/The Trent Voices podcast caught up with Anastasia in Australia. We're featuring the interview as the cover story for the Winter 2019 edition. Please visit www.trentmagazine.ca for more.

Trent Voices: Jenna Pilgrim ‘12 Helps Make Cryptocurrencies Less Cryptic

Trent Voices: Jenna Pilgrim ‘12 Helps Make Cryptocurrencies Less Cryptic

December 17, 2018

Alumna Jenna Pilgrim '12 is passionate about changing the way the world does business. Carving a career in the emerging cryptocurrency economy, she's a pioneer in way that people will be doing business in our not-so-distant future. She joins us on Trent Voices to explain both cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It's an insightful insider's look at an often misunderstood business infrastructure.

Jenna is currently the Director of Business Development at Bloq Inc., a multipurpose software company building the next generation of blockchain and token infrastructure.

She is also the Cofounder and COO of Streambed Media - a new era media company supported by a blockchain tech solution - aimed at reclaiming trust in media and video production.

Previously, Jenna was the Director of Business Development at the multi-million dollar Blockchain Research Institute, conducting the definitive investigation of blockchain strategies, opportunities, and implementation challenges and funded by companies and governments worldwide.

Trent Voices Richard Harrison, the 2017 Governor General’s Award Winner for Poetry

Trent Voices Richard Harrison, the 2017 Governor General’s Award Winner for Poetry

November 23, 2017

Trent University alumnus Richard Harrison ’76 has been named the winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry for On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, published by Hamilton's Wolsak & Wynn.

It was the latest honour for the book, which also won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry and the third prize for poetry in the 2017 Alcuin Society's Book Design Awards. On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the was also shortlisted for the City of Calgary's 2016 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and a finalist for the poetry category of the High Plains Book Awards.

We caught up with Richard for a Skype interview to discuss the award. The conversation ranged from the nature of the Canadian literary voice to the poetry of hockey to how Trent helped shape his career.

Of his award winning collection, he noted: “There is a pause moment, where many of the things I started 40 years ago [while at Trent] have now come to this point. And in some senses there is completion here.”

Harrison credits former Lady Eaton College Principal Douglas McCalla and faculty members Orm Mitchell and Michael Peterman for hosting readings and introducing him to writers such as Patrick Lane, Robert Kroetsch, Susan Musgrave, Margaret Laurence, and Adele Wiseman. He found the experience of listening to Patrick Lane read in the Sr. Common Room so powerful that it led him to try his own hand at creative writing.

He also credits Trent with helping feed his curiosity and creativity.

“Trent was small enough – and the faculty were friendly enough, not just in their discipline, but across disciplines. They were understanding of the nature of inquiry and allowed me to let inquiry lead me to where it wanted to go. And they encouraged me all the time to keep going. My professors understood that what I was doing was looking for a lifetime’s work, and that this was how I would find it.”

He looks back to academic movements such as those found in Trent’s Canadian Studies programs as being intergral to helping Canada focus on their own unique stories and their own unique literature – something he says has benefited him and his writing.

Richard Harrison’s eight books include the Governor General’s Award–finalist Big Breath of a Wish, and Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, a position he took up after being the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary in 1995. His work has been published, broadcast and displayed around the world, and his poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Trent Voices: Jason “The Human Kebab” Parsons, DJ and Hype Man for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

Trent Voices: Jason “The Human Kebab” Parsons, DJ and Hype Man for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

November 13, 2017

Jason “The Human Kebab” Parsons is DJ and Hype Man for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. On stage – when he’s not attached to his turntables – he’s a perpetual motion machine. On the mic he’s constantly urging the crowd to get into it – to really participate. His energy is infectious, which is definitely one of the aspects of the band that resonates with their legion of fans.

USS has been described as “a science experiment put to music” and they are, in a word, experimental. They mix elements of rock, hip hop, grunge, electronica, drum and bass, and more, creating a sound that is altogether their own. They are modern music in a blender.

#TrentVoices caught up with The Human Kebab via Skype for a conversation that ranged from the serious to the silly: from the origins of his unique stage name to jamming with Maestro Fresh Wes to touring the world making music to the impact of his Trent experience. But what we kept returning to was the importance of community – in this case, both the USS and the Trent University ones.

For a full archive of our podcast interviews, please visit our #TrentVoices podcast page.

Trent Voices Women In Power Part 1: Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet

Trent Voices Women In Power Part 1: Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet

November 10, 2017

The new season of Trent Voices, The TRENT Magazine Live/Trent Alumni Affairs podcast show, is kicking off with a "Women in Politics" mini-series that will feature interviews with successful Trent alumnae politicians, both past and present, including: Hochelaga NDP MP Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet '74, Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson '85, and long-standing Peterborough mayor Syvlia Sutherland '68. We'll also revisit interviews with Peterborough-Kawarthas Liberal MP and Minister for the Status of Women Maryam Monsef '03 and Peterborough city councillor Diane Therrien '10 -- hopefully adding fresh new content to these conversations.

This week, we start with Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, a Canadian anthropologist, unionist, and politician, who was first elected as an NDP MP in the 2011 election. She represents the electoral district of Hochelaga. Since November 2015, she has served as the NDP's Whip.

During our far-reaching conversation, we discuss her evolution from museum guide to union representative to Federal politician; gender representation in politics; and how gender and ethnic diversity have changed the nature of political discourse in the House of Commons.