Series 17

“You Are Here: A Come From Away Story” – The Making of a Film

In 2016, during one of the most divisive and turbulent political campaigns in recent American history, a modest sized musical about a community in Newfoundland announced that it would open on Broadway.  On paper, a musical about what happened on a far-flung Canadian island on September 11, 2001, would hardly seem like a winning proposition.  But that’s exactly what happened – “Come From Away” became one of the most successful shows to open in New York in 2017.  Its message of kindness, compassion and generosity towards strangers was exactly what the world needed to hear during the corrosive political discourse

By Laura Fox |

Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

With the invention of lasers, the intensity of a light wave was increased by orders of magnitude over what had been achieved with a light bulb or sunlight. This much higher intensity led to new phenomena being observed, such as violet light coming out when red light went into the material. After Gérard Mourou and I developed chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, the intensity again increased by more than a factor of 1,000 and it once again made new types of interactions possible between light and matter. We developed a laser that could deliver short pulses of light

By Laura Fox |

Neuroplasticity: How Nuroprosthesis for Reaching and Grasping can be Used to Overcome Paralysis

In this lecture I will present neuroprosthesis for grasping, which does not belong to a typical
“garden variety” neuroprostheses that one can commonly find discussed in the literature.
In the literature, the neuroprostheses for grasping are used to replace and substitute function,
and patients are expected to depend on these devices their entire lives to reach and grasp objects.

This lecture will showcase a neuroprosthetic application, which is aimed at restoring
voluntary hand function after severe stroke and spinal cord injury, instead of making the users
depend on technology to perform reaching and

By Laura Fox |

Where Captain Nemo Got It Right and Wrong – Microbial Life in the Ancient Waters of the Deep Earth

From Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, to Astronaut Mark Watney stranded on Mars, we remain fascinated by the theme of Exploration. Fact can be stranger than fiction however as we discover that even here on Earth, there are parts of the planet we have only begun to probe for new habitable domains and microbial ecosystems.

Today we will journey with explorers past, present and future as we descend into some of the places on Earth where life ekes out an existence far from the energy of sunlight. We will discuss microorganisms that draw their energy for life not from the sun

By Peter Fox |

Don’t worry. Nothing is under control.

This talk is a walk through one life as a performing artist growing up in Burlington. I am a professional actor, director, and mime – all lifestyles which have undergone tremendous innovation to continue to exist. I’ll trace through my first job as a performer – working in the City of Burlington’s buskering program at Spencer Smith Park as a street Mime – to being accepted into the ranks of Cirque de Soleil. We’ll talk about success – what it could be and what it couldn’t – and whatever else comes up.

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By Peter Fox |

Cells as drugs – the next frontier in pharmaceuticals

Drugs based on human white blood cells are revolutionizing cancer treatment and curing patients of their cancer. Dr. Bramson will discuss the science behind this exciting new avenue in pharmaceuticals and contemplate the future of this emerging field.

By Peter Fox |

Whistling for Innovation




  • Overcoming obstacles, adversity and criticism – in order to have the greatest success, you must tackle the greatest challenges.
  • Discuss “perseverance” in detail.
  • Gain from Ron’s experience by learning how to succeed through innovation, leadership, team work and communication.
  • Learn the techniques behind professional management; minimal amount of regulation and maximum amount of flexibility.
By Peter Fox |

Innovation is a Team Sport

Innovation is a team sport. But just as a hockey team can’t win with a roster comprised of all left-wingers, Hamilton’s innovation agenda will not succeed without bringing together the right mix of talent, skill, capability and passion. Building upon his career as an Engineer turned entrepreneur turned investor and now turned ecosystem developer, Ty will talk about the remarkable transformation underway in Hamilton and how academia, public institutions and the private sector are collaborating to transform Hamilton into an innovation superpower and why we should all be ‘walking with a swagger.’

By Sharon |


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