Young People’s World: Making Your Future Energy, Climate & Human Rights

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

Dr. James Hansen

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

WAC 2018: Professor Geoffrey Hinton

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.

Picture of Edward Snowden

WAC 2015: Edward Snowden

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.

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Previous WAC Speakers

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