Treehouse Talks

3 PEOPLE x 3 TOPICS = 1,000 IDEAS

June 12, 2015

We're back at the Beeton Auditorium from 6:30-8:30 on Friday, June 12 at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) for our next Talks, featuring:

  • Britt Welter-Nolan: Curating for Participation
  • Christiana Davy: What have you got to lose? Love, grief and wildlife conservation in a wonder-full world
  • Bryan Good: Digital transformation – we ain’t seen nothing yet

For more information please contact Nicolas Rouleau at nicolas@treehousegroup.org.

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Britt Welter-Nolan

What happens when spaces foster emergence through participation, creativity and design?  How do we create spaces that are continually changing and responsive to their audience?  How can we leave room for people to co-create exhibitions and explore topics that may not have a natural home?  Britt's practice poses questions and leaves intentional gaps in programming, her idea of curation proposes that public spaces are facilitators of dialogue that expand and re-imagine language, images and ideas.  

Britt Welter-Nolan’s curatorial, art education and design background bends institutional frameworks by presenting alternative modes of interaction with a focus on play and inclusion. A co-curator of Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, she began her career with Bruce Mau and has since developed a hybrid programmatic and curatorial practice over the past 10 years. She has worked with the AGO to create collaborative web and community arts projects and served recently as the Managing Director of Artistic Projects at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto,  she is currently the Director of Public Programs for the recently launched Myseum of Toronto.

Christiana Davy

Christina Davy is a conservation ecologist who researches the recovery of threatened wildlife populations. She is currently a Liber Ero Fellow at Trent University and the University of Winnipeg, where she studies the genetic response of bat populations to white nose syndrome. She is also the Freshwater Turtle Project Leader at Wildlife Preservation Canada.

Christina completed her M.Sc. at Western University studying habitat use of Mediterranean bats, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she studied conservation genetics of freshwater turtles. She has worked with reptiles, bats and birds on four continents, in academia as well as with NGOs and government agencies. She is especially interested in how effective science communication can increase public engagement with the conservation of wildlife and wild spaces.

Bryan Good

Information technology has already created tremendous change in our work world and our personal lives – and this pace of change is only going to increase.  In this presentation, we will examine what is driving the continued changes, take a tour of where digital transformation is going, and discuss some of the implications.

Bryan Good has been focused on new technologies and the business implications of technology for the past twenty years.  He is currently Director of Technology Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada, a consulting and professional services firm.  He was previously Head of IT Strategy and Planning, and Head of Applied Innovation at a major Canadian bank.  He has consulted with companies across a range of industries, in Canada, the US and South America.  He and his wife live in downtown Toronto, and have six year old twins.


About the Talks

Since 2010 we've been giving some of Toronto's most curious and creative people a chance to connect over great conversations. Attendees have been inspired by a range of dynamic speakers, first at the MaRS Discovery District (2010) and then at the Toronto Reference Library (2011-Present).

All Treehouse Talks are free for anyone who would like to come.

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Previous Treehouse Talks

2015 Sessions

Aarthi Ashok: Infectious prions: a tale of cannibals and cows
Amro Zayed: Bees are the bee's knees! [dancing is not optional]
Arjumand Siddiqi: From Cells to Society: The Making and Transforming of our Health
Chad Gaffield: Big Data vs. Human Complexity: And the winner is? 
Ewa Kasinska: Numeracy versus Literacy
Joseph Pickerill: South Sudan: Emerging State or Descending Chaos? 
Katie McKenna: Does art change the world? Lessons from the emerging field of "impact producing”
Maripier Isabelle: Everybody Else Is Doing It so Why Can't We? Social Interactions & Policy Making
Joe Berridge: On Urban Development
Lisa Forman A Human Right to Health
Michael Valpy Fractured: The Generational Cleavage in Canadian Society 
Owen Roberts: Learnings from a Canadian Biotech Adventure
Trevor Haldenby: Bringing The Future to Life

2014 Sessions

Alex Jadad: Living a happy and healthy life until our last breath: our greatest challenge
Arvid Ågren: Jumping Genes and Mendelian Outlaws
Derek Quenneville: Making at the Library
Gail Fraser: Avian Life
Jim Harris: The Impending Revolution: Reasons for Hope 
Lauren Segal: Being an Opera Singer: A physicist's view on the preparation, practice and performance of Opera
Lorna MacDonald: Alec and Mabel: Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck
Marni Jackson: Culture as Barnraising: Al Purdy and The A Frame Story
Matt Risk: Faith, Fear, Fraud, and Fascination
Meaghan Johnson: The Art of the Audience
Mel Cappe: InCome InEquality InCanada
Nora Young: Cyborg Selves: Bodies, Big Data, and Technology
Ralph Baker: Financial Literacy: If a 12 Year Old Can Master It, So Can You
Rene Harrison: Microgravity: Not just about bad hair
Rudy Boonstra: The Role of Chronic Stress in Natural Populations
Vince Tropepe: Stem Cell Science: A brave new world
Wallid Hejazi: Islamic Finance
Willy Bloome: Eulogy for Winter

2013 Sessions

Bridget Stutchbury: The triage concept: should we let some species go extinct to save others?
Ian Clark: Can MOOCs help reform Ontario Universities?
Elizabeth Edwards on microbial diversity: Getting to the Root of the Tree of Life
Hendrik Poinar: De-Extinction: Reviving lost species of the Pleistocene- hype or hubris?
Dr. Herbert Kronzucker: The Ecology of Hunger: The Reach of the North American Dinner Fork 

Dr. James Maskalyk: Helping others without hurting yourself  
Jeffrey Rosenthal: Why Statisticians Don’t Believe in ESP
Jennifer Spear: Everything is an Offer
Leila Boujnane: Wild About Cheese

Matt Thompson: The Open Manifesto: how to work smarter, supercharge collaboration and redesign the world
Maydianne Andrade: Everything I need to know about evolution, I learned from a cannibalistic spider 
Michael Anton Dila: A Start-up is a Bomb
Michael Hartley: Time for an Aral Spring? Why the Arab Spring did not penetrate Central Asia
Oona Fraser: Ambiguity, conflict, nuance and paradox.
Rob Spekkens: If correlation doesn't imply causation, what does? 
Sandra Martin: The ten top myths about obituaries 
Stuart Candy: Confessions of a guerrilla futurist
Susan Kates: We & Them: Teaching GenY, GenX & Boomers
Tim Hurson:Why We All Go to the Same Different Meeting Together
Timothy Nash: Sustainable Investing 101
William Thorsell: Three Helpful Ideas for Toronto

2012 Sessions

Andrea Hamilton: Social Networking Meets Crowdsourcing Offline
Andrew Westoll: Releasing Your Inner Ape
Assaf Weisz: Changing the Future
Camilla Gryski: The Labyrinth: Path, symbol, and metaphor
Darryl Gwynne: Why Are Males Masculine, Females Feminine and Occasionally Vice Versa? (Darwinian Sexual Selection as an Exercise in Critical Thinking)
Denise Balkissoon: Why Can’t I Quit Facebook?
Erin Bury: Tapping into Interest Graphs to Curate Online News
George Elliott Clarke: Harper’s Tea-Party Government
Ilana Ben-Ari: Toys as Tools for Change
Jeff Warren: The Elements of Experience
Dr. Jody Culham: How many brains do you have?
Dr. John Godfrey: Is Global Citizenship possible?
John Sobol: Know Your Media, Know Your Self
Jon Duschinsky: The (New) Power of People
Jorge Ulloa: The Global Water Cooler — Multiculturalism in the Workplace
Karl Schroeder: Tomorrow’s Toronto: A Foresight Exercise on the Future of our City
Katerina Cizek & Graeme Stewart: Re-imagining our Vertical City
Laurence Packer: Bees
Marcius Extavour: Science and politics don’t mix… or do they?
Mariella Bertelli: “Happily ever after?” An exploration of the fairy tale, its past, its future and its place in today’s culture
Mandy Wintink: The Sweet Smell of Failure
Stan Chu Ilo: Do We Still Need Religion Today? A new look at Islam, Christianity, and the Secular West
Stephen Morris: A physicist in the sandbox
Tom Heintzman: The Role of the Individual in Transforming Energy Systems

2011 Sessions

Andrea Dana Eisen: Being a Teacher to the Stars
Aruna Handa: Eating Our Words: Making good on the promise of a better life
Craig D. Adams: Input Output Cinema & Other Nonsense Buzzwords
Eric Boyd: DYI Transhumanism
Gabrielle McLaughlin: The Boulevard of Baroquen Dreams
Harvey Weingarten: The Future of Canada’s Public University System
Dr. James Robert Brown: Thought Experiments, Or How to Learn Cool Stuff Just by Thinking
Jessa Gamble: Daily Rhythms Around the World
John Beebe: More than diverse: Faces Of Complexity: A Photographic Exploration
John Paul Morgan: Invention Is As Often About Decision As It Is About Discovery
Dr. Jordan Peterson: Planning the Ideal Future, Rationale, & Strategy
Father Joseph Ogbonnaya: The Challenges of Integral Development
Lee Smolin: Is Time Real or an Illusion?
Miroslav Lovric: What if we could touch infinity?
Dr. Monika Havelka: How to Build a Whale: Mechanisms of Macroevolutionary Change
Nathalie Desrosiers: Liberty and Twitter: Civil Liberties in the XXIst Century
Justice Robert Sharpe: The Canadian Constitution as a Living Tree
Ryan North: A Brief History of Comics, And How Comics On The Internet Will Save The World (Or At Least Save Comics, But That’s Still Pretty Good)
Salima Syera Virani: “The Personal Brand” and its Importance for Entrepreneurs
Sheila McCook: Newspapers: A Physical Check-Up
Simon Cole: Collecting Contemporary in Toronto

2010 Sessions

Abigale Miller: Mealworms: Food or Not Food?
Amie Sergas: The Social Value of Roller Derby
Ana Serrano: No, Interactive Storytelling is Not an Oxymoron
Bob McDonald: What if everything you know is wrong?
Dan Falk: The Enigma of Time
Darren O’Donnell and The Torontonians: You, Too, Can Be 14
Donna Francis: Knitting Science and Art Together
Jeff Woodrow: Thinking of Someone Else for a Change
Leehe Lev: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
Loreen Barbour: Life in Northern Russia
Micah Toub: The Jungian Shadow: How to turn your enemy into a role model
Mike Paduada: Careers from Math to the Moon
Mirella Amato: The Challenges of Beerology
Nadja Sayej: Fear and Loathing in the Art World
Nicolas Rouleau: Law and International Development
Nogah Kornberg: Teaching the G-Word to 9-Year-Olds
Russell Zeid: Nexialism
Sasha Grujicic: Technology and Change: How it’s happened, how it’s accelerating, and how we need to deal with it
Sasha Van Bon Bon: Decriminalizing the Sex Trade in Canada and Beyond
Shawn Micallef: Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto
Shirley Khalil: Empowerment and healing using music
Steve Ferrara: Street Art in Toronto
Susan G. Cole: The Age of Queer: Does the word ‘lesbian’ still mean anything?
Zahra Ebrahim: Design and Social Change