Illuminating Conversations 2018-2019

Live, one-on-one interviews with exceptional and engaging individuals

Be a part of our fifth season of these enriching evenings!

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Monday, August 20, 2018


Critically acclaimed author, historian and community activist, who has written on a wide variety of current social issues such as women’s health, neighbourhood change and food insecurity. Barrie-raised, Ms Curtis will share insights about the transformative potential of community-based projects focused on the common good.

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Monday, November 26, 2018


Barrie’s entrepreneurial, environmental visionary and CEO of Busch Systems will reveal what drives him to give back to our community through the Sandbox Initiative, Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the SmOffice program and the Dragon Boat races. Two-time winner of the Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Award, Craig will discuss what events and people have influenced his life and business decisions, how he mentors others, plus some of his many initiatives.

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Monday, January 28, 2019


A leader in education and sports at the local, national and international level, Senator Martha Deacon will reflect on her decades of involvement as an athletic coach, team leader, board member, consultant, educator, Director on the Canadian Olympic Committee and on Commonwealth Games Canada. In her current role as a newly appointed Senator, she is committed to advancing her lifelong causes of creating healthy, active environments for youth, supporting an equitable and inclusive system on sport participation and excellence in Canada in addition to causes related to Indigenous people, the environment, and international affairs.

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Monday April 1, 2019


Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Dr. Dawson examines the human dimensions of environmental change in the Arctic. One area of her studies focuses on how recent weather patterns have negatively affected the economies of some communities while bringing new economic opportunities to others. She also monitors Arctic marine governance and tourism. Jackie grew up in Barrie and is changing the way the world sees the Canadian Arctic.

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Monday April 29, 2019


With a resume that includes impressive examples of leadership, scholarship and distinguished awards, Dr. Golden’s deep commitment to social responsibility, especially homelessness and income inequality have underscored her former Presidencies of the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Conference Board of Canada (to name only a few). As a member of the Order of Canada and recipient of eight honorary degrees, Dr. Golden will share many interesting facts about the person behind her extraordinary accomplishments.

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For All Illuminating Conversations

Location: Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie

Time:  7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Tickets: Available through the TIFT box office at 705-792-1949 or the Five Points Theatre at 705-739-4228.

Illuminating Conversations is co-produced by Judy Blaney, Beth Foster and Lin Wilson.

Hosted by Beth Foster.

TIFT reserves the rights to change dates, locations and speakers. Tickets are general admission.

Pick up your pre-purchased tickets at the Five Points Theatre Box Office the night of the interview.