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 https://trenttalks.podbean.com/e/trent-voices-radio-show-episode-26-bill-kimball/

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).

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 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.”

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A panel discussion featuring: Dalal Al-Waheidi ’98, Anne Larcade '81, Nancy Austin '76 and Rann Sharma '97.

The panel, moderated by former Trent president, Bonnie Patterson, consisted of women from the private and public sectors, not-for-profit organizations, male-dominated professions, female-dominated professions, and governmental representation. The panel included Dalal Al-Waheidi '98, executive director of Global We Day at Free the Children; Anne Larcade '81, president and CEO of Sequel Hotels and Resorts; Nancy Austin '76, executive lead on the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee, and Rann Sharma '97, global head people operations and culture at Free the Children. Admissions from this sold-out event went to support Trent’s chapter of the World University Service of Canada, a program that is raising money to fund refugees to study at Trent.

Upon completion of the panel discussion, Lee Hays, director of Alumni Affairs, announced the formation of the Community for Trent Women (CTW), a life-long learning and leadership community providing opportunities for collaboration, mentorship and support to empower women and support each other to achieve professional goals. 

“This will be an inclusive community representing diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures, helping to expand global awareness,” said Ms. Hays. “The CTW intends to identify and celebrate remarkable Trent women who are advancing communities around the world through their local or global efforts.” 

Anyone interested in getting involved, as a founding board member or as a community member can contact leehays@trentu.ca or joannesokolow@trentu.ca for more information.

The Ideas That Change the World Fund was established in 2011 upon the retirement of Alumni Affairs director Tony Storey, in support of an annual event designated to celebrate the exploration of learning and innovation. 

Alan Martin is the Director of Research for Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) -- an organization best known for their Nobel Peace Prize-nominated work to halt the trade in conflict diamonds from Africa.

Prior to joining PAC, Alan worked as a researcher to the late Jack Layton. Before that he spent over a decade working as a journalist in Canada, the UK and various countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

He has also taught international journalism as an Adjunct Professor within Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Born and raised in Southern Africa, he holds a Master’s degree in conflict and development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

During the interview we talk about blood diamonds, the unexpected results of the recent Federal election, and the state of responsible journalism today.

Some of Trent University’s brightest alumni came together October 15 to give a critical appraisal of the state of Canadian media.  A full house at Bagnani House were treated to “Through A Canadian Lens, The Current and Future Landscape of Television and Film.” This insightful event drew Peterborough community members, as well as Trent faculty, staff, and students to hear about the changing nature of television broadcasting and film.

The talk featured four notable Trent alumni as part of the Life After Trent program: Stephen Stohn ’66, President of Epitome Pictures, multi-award winning executive producer of Degrassi, and top entertainment lawyer; Bill Corcoran ’70, who has been in the television and motion picture industry for forty years as director, and an assistant director and producer who has directed over 300 hours of television and 30 movies; and Bay Weyman ’76, an award winning Canadian filmmaker with over 25 years’ experience  writing, producing and directing documentary films through his company Close Up Films.  Molly Blyth ’01, who has been a professor at Trent since 1986, moderated the event.

The panelists were each cautiously optimistic about the future of TV/film in Canada.

Mr. Weyman cited fewer funding options and documentary’s “mutant younger brother,” reality TV, for a tougher Canadian documentary landscape.  He tempered this by noting an increase in the number – and success – of documentary film festivals as well as the success of new creative approaches to documentaries.

Mr. Corcoran stressed the need for Canadian filmmakers to be strong storytellers.  He also pointed out that, rather than “broadcasting” – getting content out to huge numbers all at once – film and television is now “narrowcasting” – being extremely viewer specific in targeting age, gender, nationality, interest, and more.  Due to streaming and video-sharing sites, getting content out has never been easier.  “The ability to monetize it,” he notes, “is another matter altogether.”

Mr. Stohn addressed the need for a stronger government role when it comes to operating procedures for streaming channels, such as Netflix – that the financial gulf between American content providers and the rest of the world is too great. 

“Politicians have a role to provide structure to an industry that ranks only behind mining and oil and gas in Canada,” explain Mr. Stohn.  For Stohn, this issue has not been adequately addressed by the government or the CRTC. 

At the same time, he says that TV is currently enjoying a creative Renaissance – that the over 450 new series’ being created this year alone speak to the ability for quality content to be shared.

The panelist all agreed, if there is one thing that is certain about Canadian television and film, it is that nothing is certain.

Catharine Parr Traill Principal, Michael Eamon, comes in to talk all things Traill:  Its early history as a women's only college, its role as community hub, ghosts (or not ghosts), and its Hufflepuffness.

Part 2 of 2 with Trent alumnus, Ian Tamblyn, has recorded 38 albums, written 13 plays, and been honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic.  He's also a wonderful conversationalist and storyteller.  We caught up with Ian while he was in town playing a show at Folk Under the Clock.  This is part one of the interview with a true Canadian Treasure. Look for Part 1 in our podcast list.

Trent alumnus, Ian Tamblyn, has recorded 38 albums, written 13 plays, and been honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic.  He's also a wonderful conversationalist and storyteller.  We caught up with Ian while he was in town playing a show at Folk Under the Clock.  This is part one of the interview with a true Canadian Treasure.  Look for part two next week.

From the Ideas That Change the World Symposium at Trent, The Education panel and their discussion on "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education."

Panelists include: 

Jennifer Dettman '88

Executive Director, Studio and Unscripted Content CBC

Maureen Loweth '76
Dean Centre for Business, George Brown College

Don Tapscott '66
Chancellor of Trent University

Justin Chiu '73
Executive Director, Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong

Narrowly focused on the need for "technical" skills in a technological world, some commentators question whether the liberal arts have any significant enduring value. The members of our panel on "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education" bring grounded, real-world perspectives to the question of where such an education fits in society and the economy. What are the "big-picture" competencies required in the global arena? Just what are employers looking for when they consider new hirings or promotions? What does the research actually tell us about the value of experiential learning, "soft" skills, and communication abilities? Don’t burn your degree just yet.

Co-host, Jenna Pilgrim caught up with Briagh Hoskins-Hasbury and Bretton Clark, who make up the team of "The Land: Canadian Adventures." The Land specializes in all-inclusive, four-season day excursions, overnight trips and outdoor team building in the Kawarthas' most beautiful locations! Also: Their involvement with Fast Start: Trent's extra-curricular program that opens the door to entrepreneurship for  students and community members.

As a young, vibrant twenty-something woman, Diane Therrien is skewing the traditional demographics of Peterborough's City Hall.  City Councillor, Trent Alumni Councillor, all 'round good person, Diane chats about politics, activism, and local beer.

With tales that take us through an awkward Much Music debut with Bon Jovi to a strange encounter with Diana Ross' hair to a Robert Plant dinner that takes a turn to the strange, Christopher Ward offers an hour of entertaining talk.

Ward has written songs for Diana Ross, Hilary Duff, Wynonna Judd, The Backstreet Boys, Meredith Brooks, Tina Arena, Amanda Marshall, Roch Voisine and many others. His best-known song is the worldwide # 1 hit for Alannah Myles, ‘Black Velvet’.

Previously, Ward was a member of the ‘Second City Touring Company’, based in Toronto. In 1984, as Canada’s first ‘VJ’, he helped launch MuchMusic, where he interviewed artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Tina Turner.

During his time at Trent, Christopher helped launch Trent Radio.

Former MuchMusic VJ/Billboard #1 songwriter Christopher Ward recounts the financial perils of dining with Robert Plant. The cast of characters includes Mike Myers, Alannah Myles, Robert Plant, and...  Don Rickles?

It's a teaser for the full length interview being played on Trent Radio (92.7FM), next Monday, July 6th, at 7pm.  It will also be posted right here on the Trent Talks Podbean page.

It's one heck of a good listen.  Be sure to tune in!

Su Ditta is best known for her work as Associate Curator, Media Arts in the Contemporary Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada and as Head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. She has also held posts as Adjunct Curator: Media Arts at the Oakville Galleries and with the Canada Council for the Arts, managing the Media, Visual and Interarts component of  Flying Squad, an organizational/management development and capacity building grant program.

Su currently leads Wild Ideas Arts Consulting, a private arts management consulting firm that specializes in providing organizational development and capacity building services for not-for-profit arts and culture organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions. Many listeners will recognize her as a fixture on the Peterborough arts scene.

Stephen Stohn is an 11 time Gemini Award winner and executive producer of Degrassi: The Next Generation -- as well as a nearly 20-year executive producer of The Juno Awards.  He's also one of Canada's most respected entertainment lawyers.

We discuss his career, but also roll back the clock and talk about his involvement in launching both Arthur Newspaper and Trent Radio.

Be sure to subscribe to the Trent Talks podcast.  Upcoming interviews include:

"The Human Kebab" Jason Parsons: Jason is a DJ, emcee, producer, writer, and voice actor.  He's best known as half of the Canadian alternative band USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker).

Christopher Ward: Canada's first VJ, Christopher helped pioneer Much Music.  As a music journalist he has interviewed 2 ex-Beatles, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and many, many other acts.  He has also written a slew of hits for musical acts such as Diana Ross, Backstreet Boys, Alannah Myles, and more -- including the #1 Billboard hit "Black Velvet."

Alan Martin: The research director for Partnership Africa Canada -- an organization that undertakes investigative research, advocacy and policy dialogue on issues relating to conflict, natural resource governance and human rights in Africa.  In particular, the relationship between rough diamonds and civil war.

Dr. Suresh Narine: Suresh was names one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40 leaders," as director of the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research. His research has led to zero-trans-fat margarines, shortening, and confections; polyurethane foams, elastomers, and plastics from canola oil; and lubricants from vegetable oils.  Really cool stuff!

Only “around 5 people” have EVER heard this Lights cover of the Degrassi theme.

A teaser of our full length interview with Stephen Stohn.

Former MuchMusic VJ -- and Trent Alumnus -- Christopher Ward talks about the perils of interviewing a Beatle. This is a bit of off the floor pre-interview chat. The full interview with Christopher is coming soon.

Dan Fewings treats us to a couple of tunes and talks about the legendary Acoustic Potluck, the current Trent/Peterborough music scene, clowning around and more.

Also: Christopher Wilton on how he went from a cultural studies student to a sommelier and wine instructor. PLUS he hooks us up with some summer sips.

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