Fall Lectures 2018

Sept 28th to Nov 2nd

The Atrium Building, McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Ave., South. Click on Location Map

Understanding the 21st Century

How do we begin to understand the 21st century? Our world is a very complex and confusing place where change is happening at an ever faster pace. The speakers will cover a range of topics providing insights into this century’s problems and possibilities.

Sept 28th

Jim Magahey

The exponential growth in computing capacity combined with new machine learning capabilities has created exciting opportunities for technology to change our healthcare services.  Artificial intelligence, cloud and web based services, and IoT devices have allowed for creative new models and improvements in the identification, diagnosis and the treatment of disease.  This talk will touch upon how a machine learns in the field of medical sciences and how it has, and will, change and disrupt approaches previously in place.

Jim Magahey is the Executive Lead responsible for the strategic innovation collaboration recently formed between Hamilton Health Sciences and IBM Canada.  His primary responsibility is to drive Healthcare Innovation in Hamilton, helping area hospital clinicians, researchers, academics and entrepreneurs accelerate the development and commercialization of new healthcare innovations.  He is the business leader of the new IBM Innovation Space, a modern new collaborative centre located in downtown Hamilton that provides innovators and entrepreneurs access to advanced technology tools and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes and expand Hamilton’s reputation as a growing leader in the Life Sciences industry.

Jim has over twenty-five years of experience in the Information Technology industry holding executive and senior management positions in several technology companies.  He has a diverse set of skills having spent over twenty years marketing information products, services and software, both domestically and internationally.  Jim has over ten years of experience developing strategic customer relationships with strong experience in the financial services industry.

Jim holds an undergraduate degree from York University in Mathematics and Computer Science and has post-graduate Marketing, Sales and Management training from Western University Business School, Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business and Management.   Jim was born in Toronto and currently resides in the city with his wife and their two teenage sons.

October 5th


October 12th

George Soleas

George Soleas will speak of his own journey into the wine-making world, his new vision for the LCBO and the dynamics of the world market for Canada in the twenty-first century.

George Soleas is the President & Chief Executive Officer of LCBO, the largest liquor jurisdiction in Canada with 667 stores and annual sales of over $6 billion. He is responsible for corporate strategy, executive leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.
George was born in Cyprus and trained as a chef until the island was invaded by Turkey and he was forced to flee to Canada.  Once settled in his new home, George went on to receive his B.Sc. from McMaster University, a diploma in Oenology from U.C. Davis, and later his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
After serving more than 11 years with the Canadian Wine Industry, George joined LCBO in 1997 in Quality Assurance where he held progressively senior leadership positions until he was named President & Chief Executive Officer in early 2016.
George serves as a professional affiliate of both the McMaster Institute of Transportation & Logistics and the Brock University Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute. He was appointed to the Special Graduate Faculty of the University of Guelph in support of the Department of Food Science. George’s executive training includes the New CEO Workshop at Harvard Business School and the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.
George is a recipient of the Ontario Imported Wine-Spirits-Beer Association’s Industry Partnership Award, the Greek Wine Industry Award, and was recently inducted into the Jurade de Saint Emilion. In 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Retail Council of Canada and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions.
George lives in Burlington with his wife Christine. When not working, traveling and enjoying food, wine and soccer, he loves spending time with his two children Ireena and John.


October 19th David Galbraith

A cultural landscape is the combined product of nature and humanity in a defined place. The 1,100 ha of gardens, natural areas, and parklands owned and stewarded by Royal Botanical Gardens are just such a landscape. We will look at the factors that have contributed to the landscape we see today, and the many people who have been part of the 9,000 year story of human presence in this place.


David Galbraith serves as Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens. A wildlife biologist by training, he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D. at Queen’s University. Following time in England and Quebec, David joined RBG’s staff in early 1995 to coordinate conservation projects among botanical gardens across Canada. He is responsible for the RBG’s library and archives, as well as both the external researchers who come to RBG and RBG’s own research staff. Working with the archives and with archaeologists has fueled David’s passion for telling stories about history and the landscape. He was named the Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year in 2010 and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2017.


October 26th

Stanley Zlotkin

Tens of millions of infants and young children living in developing countries have limited access to high quality foods – the result is mineral and vitamin deficiencies that affect their growth and development. In late 1990s, UNICEF challenged me and my lab to come up with a solution. We suggested fortifying foods in the home with powdered minerals and vitamins packaged in a small sachet – called Sprinkles. UNICEF is now distributing over 15 million sachets a year in 65 countries.

Stanley Zlotkin CM, OOnt, MD, PhD, FRCPC is a Professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and a Clinician/Scientist in the Department of Paediatrics at SickKids. He received his MD degree from McMaster University, his fellowship training in Paediatrics at McGill and his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.

In the late 1990s Dr. Zlotkin led the development of ‘home fortification’ with micronutrient powders.  By partnering with United Nations agencies over the past decades, essential minerals and vitamins have been distributed to millions of infants and young children globally for the control of nutritional anaemia.  His current research and advocacy is focused on preventing malnutrition in children.  He was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his international advocacy work for children, the CIHR National Knowledge Translation Award in 2006, the Order of Canada in 2007 and the Order of Ontario in 2016, for his contributions to improving the lives of children.  Dr. Zlotkin was appointed as the inaugural Chief of Global Child Health at SickKids in 2012.


November 2nd

Don Thompson

The art trade is the least transparent and least regulated major commercial activity in today’s world and produces some astronomical prices. What are the major forces at play in this market and are they likely to change in the future?

Don Thompson is an economist and the Emeritus Nabisco Brands Professor of Marketing and Strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. He has an MBA and PhD from The University of California, Berkeley and has taught at the Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics. He is the author of fourteen widely published books, notably The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles and Disruptions in the Contemporary Art Market (2017), The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Backstories from the Curious World of Contemporary Art (2014), Oracles (2012) and The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art (2008). He writes on the economics of the art market for publications as diverse as The Times (London), Harper’s Magazine, and The Art Economist.  He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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