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Trafalgar-Ross Lectures

40th Annual Trafalgar Ross Lecture

October 22, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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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  • Past Speakers

    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
    2019 – Dr. Suzanne Fortier – Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University
    2020 – Sunniva Sorby '78 and Hilde Fålun Strøm – Citizen Scientists

2021 Speaker

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  • About Our Speaker

    Kassandra Churcher is originally from Montreal where her studies focused on ethics and education. Kassandra spent several years abroad working to develop curriculum and education policy in Ghana, Japan and South Korea before returning to Canada to begin her dissertation on culturally adapted curriculum at McGill University. During her doctoral residency at McGill University, she distinguished herself as a faculty lecturer at Concordia University in the areas of sex-role socialization, diversity in education, and philosophy of education with a focus on women’s contributions. She has dedicated the majority of her career to partnering with Indigenous communities to advocate and improve the access and quality of education services through her work as an education administrator and leader. 
     
    As a woman of colour, Ms. Churcher has made an intersectional feminist approach fundamental to her writing, advocacy, and work. She currently works and lives in Montreal where she works in creating supports and removing barriers in Inuit Post-Secondary Education. When she is not working, she enjoys sharing her ideas and thoughts through writing on a personal blog she maintains. 

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