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Visiting Speakers

Visiting Speakers

Each year, we welcome speakers from a variety of disciplines and experiences to speak at the school.

2019-20

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  • A photo of Denise Pope

    Denise Pope

    “There is a real disconnect between what the girls are hearing and what their parents think about success. We are trying to get people all on the same page.”
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2018-19

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  • A photo of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    “If a door hasn’t opened, it’s because you haven’t kicked it hard enough.”
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  • A photo of Chrystia Freeland

    Chrystia Freeland

    “If we can just keep the world together until you take over, everything’s going to be fine.”
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  • A photo of Dr. Lisa Damour

    Dr. Lisa Damour

    “You’re not supposed to feel great all the time. We’re raising a generation that feels stressed about getting stressed.”
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  • A photo of Asmatullah Azizi Arab

    Asmatullah Azizi Arab

    “You have the capacity to do more than you think you can. You just need to let your thoughts wander freely to find your true passion and place. That’s when you become unstoppable.”
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2017-18

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  • A photo of Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem

    “All over the world, in my experience, young people, no matter how young, say things of great wisdom. They say ‘it’s not fair’ and ‘you’re not the boss of me’ — that is the basis of all social justice movements.”
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  • A photo of Anne Michaels

    Anne Michaels

    My motive for writing is to do something good in the world.
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  • A photo of David Johnston

    David Johnston

    “This country is a social innovation. The idea that diversity can work for you, and not against you, is a great lesson for Canada and the world.”
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  • A photo of Michelle Poler

    Michelle Poler

    Michelle Poler, the founder of the “Hello Fears” movement and creator of “100 Days Without Fear,” spoke to a packed student assembly about facing her fears, and later, to guests at the Branksome Hall Parents’ Association annual luncheon.
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2016-17

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  • A photo of Sarah LEVY'04

    Sarah LEVY'04

    Branksome alumna Sarah LEVY'04 delivered a heartfelt speech about her years at Branksome Hall and her successful performing arts career after graduation. Ms Levy is currently starring as Twyla Sands on the award-winning CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek, alongside her father, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O'Hara.
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  • A photo of Heather O’Neill

    Heather O’Neill

    Branksome readers had a special treat when award-winning Canadian novelist Heather O’Neill answered their questions about the writing life during her presentation in the PAC. O’Neill’s first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals won the 2007 Canada Reads and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.
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  • A photo of Toni TROW Myers'61

    Toni TROW Myers'61

    Toni TROW Myers'61, a pioneer in the field of IMAX filmmaking, was in attendance for our end-of-the-year Green Carpet celebration.
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Land Acknowledgement
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.
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