Are we becoming a society of liars, cheats, bullies and thieves?

Do the ongoing scandals and negative advertising in Canadian politics, the popularity of Ashley Madison and the latest doping accusations in sport suggest that we are becoming a less civil society?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What is more powerful than a good conversation? Join us as President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations in the Community – a series for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us.

Winnipeg Art Gallery 
300 Memorial Blvd
Doors open \ 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion \ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception \ 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Featured Panelists

Jae Eadie
Former City of Winnipeg Councillor and former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Jae Eadie’s first career was in the insurance business, first as a property insurance underwriter before acquiring a partnership in a general insurance agency. In 1980, Eadie was elected to represent St. James on Winnipeg City Council. He remained in office for the next 26 years. During his time in municipal government Eadie held various positions and developed a strong interest in governance and policy issues. Eadie was active in municipal government activities outside of Winnipeg, serving on the boards of the former Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In 2013 Eadie was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his distinguished service to Canadian municipal government.


Dan Lett
Columnist, Winnipeg Free Press

Born and raised in and around Toronto, Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986. Since his arrival, Lett has worked at the Winnipeg Free Press covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa. He is a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations. Lett has also been honoured with the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Award and is a nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.


Andrea Rounce
Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba and Academic Director, Manitoba Institute for Policy Research

Dr. Andrea Rounce teaches and researches in public administration, working on topics such as public opinion about post-secondary education; government’s use of public opinion and consultation in decision-making; public servants and public political activities; elections; and public sector governance and financial reform. She is committed to working with the post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations, governments, and communities to create opportunities for Manitobans to discuss key public policy issues facing the province and the country.


Sarah Teetzel
Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education), Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba

Dr. Sarah Teetzel’s research focuses on applied ethical issues in sport and has worked with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Within the field of sport ethics, Teetzel’s main areas of interest include doping in sport, trans* athlete rights, and gender equity in sport.


Christian Lunny
Co-CEO, Dash Agency

As co-CEO at Dash Agency, Christian Lunny focuses on emerging technology, social platforms, and changing consumer media habits to develop ideas for clients. As a digital-savvy creative leader, Lunny stimulates transformational thinking and drives collaboration across social and digital disciplines. In 2015 he was named as one of Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30.