Discover new ideas. Challenge your opinions. Explore current events. Come listen to experts in their respective fields speak about topics that relate to issues we are facing in our lives, our community, and our world.

The lectures are held at the John Elliott Theatre and run for one hour. Tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre box office and are free of charge.  

Recordings of select virtual lectures are also available on our HHPL YouTube channel

The 2023-2024 Halton Hills Lecture Series schedule:

Relocation of Mississauga of the Credit First Nation in 1847

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

Join us to learn about the relocation of Mississauga of the Credit First Nation from River Credit to its current location near Hagersville. Founded in 1825, Mission Village was a highly successful settlement that was seen as a model Indigenous community. Central to its history is Peter Jones, one of the Mississaugas’ Chiefs and a Methodist minister, who had strong ties to both the Indigenous and settler communities. This presentation will explore the history of Mission Village and the need for relocation, the work of Peter Jones, and the establishment of the modern MCFN Reserve.  

Darin Wybenga is the Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator for Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. He previously worked as a history and geography teacher, curriculum coordinator, and vice-principal, and offers presentations on the history of treaty lands, territory, and the people of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. 

Bernie Saunders in Conversation with Rico Phillips

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. 

This lecture will be held live on Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the start of the event. 

Join author and former NHL player Bernie Saunders for a conversation about his book, Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me BlackSaunders grew up with an exceptional passion and talent for hockeyplaying at the college-level for Western Michigan University before joining the Quebec Nordiques in the National Hockey League. Despite these successes, Saunders would eventually leave hockey for the corporate sector when the racism he experienced from spectators, coaches, and other players became overwhelming. Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me Black is the story of a player who, despite his talent, was forced to leave the game that he loved.  

The conversation will be moderated by Rico Phillips, the Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion for the Ontario Hockey League and winner of the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.  

Safe Sport with Allison Forsyth

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

Join Allison Forsyth, COO, Partner ITP Sport & Recreation, Olympian, and World Championship bronze medalist skier for a conversation on Safe Sport in Canada. Allison is driving her passion for changing the system and shifting a culture motivated by her own sexual abuse victimization in the Canadian Sport System.  

Now Allison thrives in bringing the real conversation to organizations and their participants. As an athlete, advocate, and change maker, she will speak to different forms of maltreatment, how to minimize environmental and cultural risks, and the gaps every organization must be aware of that is not covered by policies or current training. She is shifting sport culture for the better.

Halton Hills - The Sum of its Parts

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

Join Mark Rowe, Archivist with the Esquesing Historical Society, for a special presentation on the history of Halton Hills. The lecture begins with a brief history of this land and its European settlement, then culminates in an overview of the constituent parts of Halton Hills during its first 50 years.

J. Mark Rowe is a local historian and archivist for the Esquesing Historical Society. He is the author of several books, including Georgetown: Reflections of a Small Town, Acton: The History of Leathertown, and Glen Williams: An Oasis in the Credit Valley. His contributions to preserving local history and heritage have been recognized by the Town of Halton Hills, Halton Region, and with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Public reception at 6:00 pm featuring remarks from the Mayor, entertainment, and light refreshments. Lecture begins at 7:30 pm.

A Story of Black History Told Through Art with Francesca Durham

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. This is a virtual program and will be offered through Zoom

Black art stands as a testament to the resilience, innovation, and boundless imagination of these artists throughout history. In 2023 the Helson Gallery hosted the sixth annual Emancipation Art Exhibit, to explore and celebrate freedom though the perspectives of Black artists. Join us to learn more about this successful exhibition from Francesca Durham of the Halton Black History Awareness Society, as she relates how the exhibit served as a profound expression of the multifaceted Black experience, and the struggles, triumphs, and aspirations of a diverse community that has been both marginalized and celebrated. 

Personal Awareness and Safety Tips

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

The Personal Awareness and Safety Tips presentation aims to equip individuals with essential knowledge and practical strategies to enhance personal safety and promote a sense of awareness in various environments. This engaging and informative session will provide participants with valuable insights, empowering them to make informed decisions and take proactive measures to protect themselves and others from becoming a victim.

Nichelle Laus is a safety expert and former police officer who left the police force after 15 years to pursue her love of fitness. She is passionate about helping individuals transform not only physically but emotionally, physiologically, and mentally.

Bird Friendly Communities - Conservation in Local Practice

Monday, March 18, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

Municipalities are on the frontlines of conserving birds and biodiversity in Canada. Many of the problems facing wild bird populations already have solutions – practices that can be mobilized at a local level through grassroots organizing, knowledge translation, environmental stewardship, and policy change. Join us to learn about the various initiatives for the betterment of healthy bird populations that are ongoing in municipalities participating in the Bird Friendly Cities program by Nature Canada. Brendon Samuels, the local Bird Team coordinator for London, Ontario will share his experiences and provide suggestions of practical ideas that can help people to understand and coexist with birds, reduce key threats, and link bird conservation with climate action.

Brendon Samuels is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Western University in London, Ontario, where he works at the Advanced Facility for Avian Research on research into strategies for preventing bird-window collisions. He also acts as the coordinator of the London Bird Team under the Bird Friendly Cities Program by Nature Canada and is the research coordinator for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada. When not at work, Brendon can usually be found tending to his naturalized garden and pet parrots.

Artificial Intelligence & Everyday Life

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office

Join Amanda Tkaczyk for a talk on artificial intelligence (AI) and the foundations for developing your AI literacy skills. Using examples from across the world, Tkaczyk discuss the ways AI is shaping our lives from food to fashion, in addition to how AI can be used for good and how AI can create ethical and environmental harms. Attendees will learn about popular tools and emerging trends in this quickly changing field.

Amanda Tkaczyk is an award-winning educator who is passionate about co-designing meaningful experiences. In addition to nearly a decade of professional IT experience, Amanda is a Certified Information Privacy Professional - Canada and completed her Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) in 2021.

Journey North with John Dunn

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre Box Office.

John's richly illustrated talk covers the series of paddling, hiking and skiing journeys he has made through Canada from south to north. John brings his adventures to life with stories, images and video from 400 days of wilderness expeditions, spanning 8,000 km from the British Columbia coast to the northernmost tip of Canada.

John Dunn is a wilderness traveller and photographer with a passion for the vast and rugged landscapes of the Canadian north. He has completed some 30 arctic expeditions, totalling over 1300 days in the field. Born in England, John graduated in geology and worked in the Australian Outback for many years. After moving to Canada, he pursued his dream of exploring the Arctic and sharing his experiences through his presentations and photographs. Images from his epic 3,000km Baffin Island expedition were published in National Geographic. John is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Learn more about John Dunn by visiting his website.

More lectures to be announced. Check back for updates. 

The 2023-2024 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.