Date(s) - 05/21/19 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The metropolis of Chicago and the remote communities of the Canadian Arctic seem to almost be worlds apart. And the distinct environment and culture of each place has shaped the outlook of those who live there. Yet there is a surprising amount that unites the inhabitants of these communities—and that they can learn from each other—as they strive to understand their place in a rapidly changing world. This spring the Council will convene voices from the top of the world, and across Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, to celebrate their differences and explore their shared aspirations through the timeless art of storytelling. There’ll even be an opportunity for the audience to tell their stories at this innovative and unique Council experience.
Copies of Bruce and Vicki Heyman’s book,
The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.
Geoff Green is a global leader in polar education and youth engagement and is the founder and president of the award-winning Students on Ice Foundation. For over 25 years, Green has dedicated his career to raising awareness and understanding of the Arctic, the Antarctic, and places in between. A visionary and creative spirit, and someone who inspires action, Green has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. Most notably, he has been appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. In 2017, he completed his most ambitious project to date – the Canada C3 expedition, a 150-day, 25,000 km sailing journey around Canada’s coastline to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The expedition’s themes were youth engagement, environment, diversity & inclusion, and reconciliation. The successful Canadac3.ca journey reached an audience of over 20 million. Green and his partner Lisa Glithero live with their two children in Chelsea, Quebec.
Imran Khan is the founder and CEO of Embarc, a leading organization in the movement for experiential learning. Inspired by his students—most of whom had never visited downtown Chicago just a few miles away from their homes in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood—Khan brought experiences to his students that they never dreamed they’d have. And, in so doing, he transformed what his students saw as possible for their futures. These learning journeys consist of deep connections between people and have demonstrated tremendous success for all constituencies. Today, Embarc leads over 12,000 experiences a year bringing people together across economic, geographic, racial, and political difference.
Maatalii Okalik is a former president of the National Inuit Youth Council. In this role, she promoted and practiced Inuit languages, cultures, suicide prevention, education, empowerment, and reconciliation. She represented Inuit youth in Canada from the Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut regions and acted as the spokesperson for the Council. She has spoken at Canada’s Parliament addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, at United Nations forums including COP22 in Morocco. Okalik also worked with the government of Nunavut, as the chief of protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. She has held many leadership positions, including at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Students on Ice, and serving as the president of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. Okalik studied human rights and political science with a minor in aboriginal studies at Carleton University.
Nelson Tagoona, an Inuk musician best known for his inspirational messages and his unique blend of vocal percussion and traditional Inuit throat singing called “throat boxing”. At a young age, Tagoona realized the potential he had, his new-found confidence would carry him out of his isolated community and onto the path he always dreamed of. Through the years, he has become a renowned inspirational musician with a passionate drive to share his culture in a contemporary form which is relatable to those of all ages. He has had the opportunity to perform at such events as Aboriginal Day Live and the Pan-Am Games in 2015 among various other well-established events across Canada.
Bruce and Vicki Heyman
Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman are the co-founders of Uncharted LLC, an organization that convenes and connects a diverse group of Americans and Canadians for impact. There, they work on projects involving creative philanthropy, storytelling, and political activism. They are also the proud authors of The Art of Diplomacy, a journey through Canada and an in-depth look at why diplomacy matters now more than ever. Ambassador Heyman most recently served as the United States Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. He continues his work strengthening the relationship between Canada and the United States by serving as a strategic advisor to Canada 2020, a Canadian progressive think-tank based in Ottawa; as a co-chair of the advisory board to the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center; and as an honorary patron to the Council of the Great Lakes Region. Prior to Canada, Ambassador Heyman spent 33 years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as partner and managing director in the Chicago office.
Vicki Heyman serves on the board of Chicago Media Project, a community of documentary film supporters who believe in the power of media to bring about social change. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, an organization that promotes cross-border arts and cultural exchanges and is a member of the international advisory board of C2 Montreal. She is also an adviser to Embarc, a three-year program that provides community-driven, experiential learning opportunities to low-income Chicago high school students. While in Canada, Heyman served as an American cultural envoy, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She served on the Obama National Finance committee during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and as an Illinois Finance Co-Chair in the 2012 election. The Heymans have lived in Chicago for almost 40 years, where they enjoy their family, friends, and community.