Rick Hansen receives another standing ovation – June 2015 ideacity

June 17, 2015
This week we see the return of ideacity, the annual 50-presentation, 3 day conference which is celebrating its sweet sixteen in 2015. Presented by Moses Znaimer, ideacity plays host to a mélange of distinguished thinkers, from artistic talents and literary heavyweights, to innovative scientists and visionary entrepreneurs, ideacity is more than just a stage to air new concepts – it’s an incubator for inspiration. This year we have six engaging speakers performing at the event: NSB-Divider Rick-Hansen-HiRes6-1100x400

Rick Hansen | Man in Motion, Spinal Cord Research & Accessibility Advocate

Presentation: ‘Visible & Invisible Barriers to Success‘.

Session #7: Thursday, June 18th, 2:54PM (EST)

This marks Rick Hansen’s first appearance on the ideacity stage. He is CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities in Canada and around the world. As well as being a celebrated Paralympic athlete, Rick is best known for the Man In Motion World Tour, his epic two-year journey to push his wheelchair around the globe. Since the completion of the tour in 1987, he has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all by removing barriers and raising awareness for the potential of people with disabilities. In addition to leading a team of passionate difference makers at the Rick Hansen Foundation, he provides support to people with disabilities, spreads hope and inspiration through public speaking engagements and advises leaders on issues such as accessibility and inclusivity.     Patrick-Moore-HiRes2a-1100x400

Dr. Patrick Moore | The Sensible Environmentalist

Presentation: ‘The Sensible Environmentalists; Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout‘.

Session #9: Friday, June 19th, 9:23AM (EST)

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction for 15 years while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization. In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns.     peter-nowak1-1100x400

Peter Nowak | Journalist, Syndicated Blogger & Author

Presentation: ‘Humans 3.0 – Don’t Fear the Future‘.

Session #10: Friday, June 19th, 11:26AM (EST)

Peter Nowak is an award-winning technology journalist and author of the 2015 book, Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species. The book is the product of Peter’s 15 years’ experience covering technology for The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC and New Zealand Herald. Where other technology writers can get bogged down with conjecture or technical specifications, Peter looks at the big picture and gets to the heart of what the technology means to us as a culture. He has the remarkable ability to break complex issues down into understandable and relatable terms, without dumbing them down.     terry-mosher-2-1100x400

Terry Mosher aka AISLIN | Current Events Cartoonist

Presentation: ‘Without Humor We Are All Dead‘ (interviewing Patrick Chappatte) along with the conference wrap up.

Session #12: Friday, June 19th, 4:39PM (EST)

Terry Mosher is no stranger to the ideacity stage, having appeared in a handful of previous appearances. “How refreshing…” the humorist Josh Freed once said, “…they gave Terry Mosher the Order of Canada for not being nice!” Indeed, Terry has drawn political cartoons out of Montreal, many of them controversial, since 1967. He brazenly signs his work with his elder daughter’s name, Aislin. During that time, Mosher has published 47 books and won numerous awards, all too blah-blah-blah to list here. At 72 years old, he probably should have hung up his pen years ago. However, his primary source of income is from the Montreal Gazette, where they insist upon receiving at least three Aislin cartoons a week. Well, why not? The newspaper’s cheques haven’t started to bounce yet. And, most importantly, Mosher’s dog Sparky continues to need kibble. At the 2014 ideacity conference Terry delivered a presentation titled ‘Explaining Canada Through the Eyes of Many‘ which you can watch it here.     Bowser-Blue-Hires1-1100x400

Bowser & Blue| Award-Winning Musical Comedy Duo

Presentation: ‘ideacity song‘.

Session #8: Friday, June 18th, 5:48PM (EST)

George Bowser and Rick Blue write and perform music and comedy. They have appeared frequently at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and can often be seen on CBC television and the Comedy Channel in shows compiled from those appearances. Their Christmas CTV special Two Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire was nominated for a Gemini award. They have recorded with Supertramp’s Rick Davies, and with Katrina and the Waves. Here’s a link to their 2006 ideacity performance.   NSB-Divider If you’d like further info on any of the speakers featured this week, feel free to contact us and follow the #ideacity conference online: