Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series, Edmonton: Dr. Marie Wilson

  • Fairmont Hotel Macdonald 10065 100 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5J 0N6 Canada

The Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series profiles extraordinarily successful women.

Our speakers talk candidly about their careers, and the passion, vision and determination that drive them. They discuss our place in our society and the ethical responsibilities and consequences of our actions.

In relating their lives, you will hear about challenges as well as triumphs; humorous incidents and stories of loss; humbling moments of reflection and inspiring calls to action.

The Famous 5 Foundation’s Leadership Lunches were launched on Oct. 18, 1996 to bring women together to plan the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the "Persons" Case on Oct. 18, 1999.  In 2004, Enbridge became our title sponsor. The Famous 5 Foundation is proud to continue to partner with Enbridge to present our 14th Annual Speaker Series featuring five dynamic and engaging women.

Dr. Marie Wilson (C.M., O.NWT.)
Commissioner, 2009-2015
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Marie Wilson became one of three Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada following decades of experience as an award-winning journalist, trainer, and senior executive manager. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she has been a university professor, a high school teacher in Africa, a senior executive manager in both federal and territorial Crown Corporations, and an independent consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management.
As a journalist, Dr. Wilson worked in print, radio and television as a regional and national reporter, program host, and regional director. As head of CBC North for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she launched the first daily television news service for northern Canada, and developed the Arctic Winter Games and True North Concert series for national broadcast.
Beyond the CBC, she delivered training through the South African Broadcasting Corporation during that country’s transition to democracy.  She also served as an associate board member for what became the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, APTN.
Dr. Wilson was appointed the 2016 Professor of Practice in Global Governance at the Institute for Study of International Development, McGill University, and a 2016-2017 Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is the recipient of a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Northerner of the Year Award, honourary doctorates from St. Thomas University, University of Manitoba and the Atlantic School of Theology, among other recognitions. In 2016 she was awarded both the Order of Canada and the Order of the Northwest Territories.
Dr. Wilson and her husband, Stephen Kakfwi, are blessed with three children and four grandchildren.


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