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Trafalgar-Ross Lectures

Words that Resonate

One of the school’s most celebrated annual events: the TrafalgarRoss Lecture brings together the entire student body and staff, along with many Old Girls, parents, friends of the school, and special guests.

The series was re-established in 1981 to honour the memory and intention of Trafalgar's founder, Donald Ross, “to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students.”

Now called the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture, outstanding Canadians such as Maureen Forrester, Marc Garneau, David Suzuki and Adele Wiseman are invited each year to address the school during the month of October.

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    1981 – David Suzuki – Geneticist
    1982 – Marie-Josée Drouin – Economist
    1983 – Diane Jones Konihowski – Athlete
    1984 – Adele Wiseman – Author
    1985 – Maureen Forrester – Singer
    1986 – Marc Garneau – Astronaut
    1987 – Anne Begor Lancashire ‘58 – University Professor
    1988 – Louise Mailhot – Judge (Quebec)
    1989 – Jane Poulson – Physician
    1990 – Peter Mansbridge – Journalist
    1991 – Lynn Johnston – Cartoonist
    1992 – David Lank – Historian
    1993 – Sunniva Sorby ‘78 – Antarctic Explorer
    1994 – Gretta Chambers- Chancellor of McGill, Journalist
    1995 – Sylvia Sweeney – Athlete, Filmmaker
    1996 – Terry Mosher (Aislin) – Editorial Cartoonist
    1997 – Margie Gillis – Solo Dance Artist
    1998 – Amanda Vincent – Environmental Biologist
    1999 – Kathy Reichs – Forensic Anthropologist, author
    2000 – Rosalie Abella – Family Court Judge (Ontario)
    2001 – Jessalyn Gilsig ’88 – Actor
    2002 – Lisa Campeau ’86 – International aid worker
    2003 – Heather Munroe-Blum – Principal of McGill University
    2004 – Margaret Somerville – Ethicist
    2005 – Charlotte Gray – Historian and Author
    2006 – Moira Brown – Marine Biologist
    2007 – Elizabeth May – Politician
    2008 – Nancy Dunton – Architectural Historian
    2009 – Debbie Travis – Designer, author, television personality and producer
    2010 – Dr. Brenda Milner – Neuropsychologist
    2011 – Sylvie Fréchette – Olympic champion
    2012 – Sheila Fraser – Former Auditor General of Canada
    2013 – Heidi Hollinger – International Photographer
    2014 – Maude Barlow – National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
    2015 – Dr. Victoria Kaspi PhD – Astrophysicist
    2016 – Kim Thúy – Award-winning Author
    2017 – Carolyn Taylor ’90 – Award-winning Writer/Actor/Comedian
    2017 – Jennifer Moroz ’90 – Award-winning Journalist/Producer
    2018 – Joanna Goodman ’86 – Author

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