How can we use democracy as a tool for solving climate change? Do we have a responsibility to reflect scientific findings in policy? What power does today’s youth have in shaping the future of our climate?
Dr. James Hansen will address these key issues and more in his Keynote Address. We will have the fortune of hearing not only about his extensive experience as an environmental advocate, scientist, and professor, but also the opportunity to engage in an open-discourse on the climate. We request that students come to the address with questions and issues in mind. The address will not merely be a lecture, but a two-way exchange of ideas.
Geoffrey Hinton was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning and deep learning. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.
Two years ago, Edward Snowden gave the WAC 2015 Lionel Gelber Keynote Address. In June 2013, Snowden leaked highly classified information about the scale and scope of NSA and CIA counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence operations around the globe. Since then, he has become a household name and is among the most influential privacy activists in the world. At the Keynote Address, Snowden explained his views on global privacy issues, government involvement in citizens' lives, and the dangers of the digital age.
WAC has featured many current, popular, and influential speakers in the past. Here's a quick summary of some big names at WAC: Nanor Balyozian - Syrian political advocate Dr. Samantha Nutt - Founder of War Child North America Stephen Lewis - former United Nations ambassador Ralph Nader - American political activist Lord David Owen - former British Foreign Secretary Marc Garneau - astronaut turned politician John Stackhouse - editor of the Globe and Mail