Speakers Series

We see a growing hunger for information and ideas about spirituality and work. But mostly, we see a yearning for conversation, for engagement, in the larger questions relating to work. As part of our contribution to answering that need, we present provocative speakers from across Canada, the United States and around the world. They engage audiences and support our exploration of spirituality and how it relates to work.

“Attending the speaking events and hearing different perspectives on spirituality and work

was very helpful to me in my own exploration of the subject.”  

Executive, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Scheduled Speakers for 2010:

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Past Speakers 2010

Wisdom, Leadership and Decision-Making - Gary Boelhower Ph.D, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the College of St. Scholastica. *Video now live!

Uncovering Passion and Purpose in the Public Service- Monique Collette, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)



Running from the sabre-tooth tiger: An existential approach to work-Scott MacMillan, recent PhD in Management from Saint Mary's University.

Work as a Spiritual Gymnasium - Alan Lurie, a Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate firm based in New York and an ordained Rabbi.



The Ethical Culture: Taking Compliance to the Next Level -- John Dalla Costa, Centre for Ethical Orientation, Toronto, Ontario



Strange Bedfellows or Academic Partners: Academic Study of Spirituality and Business -- Margaret Benefiel, PhD, CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com, Professor of Spirituality and Organizational Leadership at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, and Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group

Corporate Karma: How Business Can Move Forward by Giving Back -- Peggie Pelosi, Founder, Orenda Connections

Inner Secrets of Successful Leaders -- Darwin Gillett, President, Gillett Associates

Seven Pillars to Success -- Raymond Aaron, Founder & Head Coach monthlymentor.com

Embodied Learning - Integrating Body and Spirit into Education -- Dr. Roxana NG, Professor, University of Toronto

Jazz for Life: A Path to Balance -- Tim Elliott, jazz pianist  

Spirituality in Management Reconciles Human Well-Being, Productivity and Profits -- Dr. J. Robert Ouimet, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holding O.C.B. Inc., Cordon Bleu International and Ouimet Tomasso Inc., Montreal, Quebec



Spiritual ity: Personal Reflections -- Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President of Saint Mary's University

Grace and Grit: Values, Integrity and Ethics through the Lens of Spirituality -- Tom Dailey, Co-Founder of Discovery Card and now President, Valtegrics, Chicago, Illinios

Leadership and Spirituality in the Workplace -- Jonathan Smith, Ashcroft International Business School, Cambridge, England

Towards a Critical Spirituality of Organizations -- Dr. Emma Bell, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London

Business as a Calling: A Christian Perspective -- Gordon T. Smith, President of reSource Leadership International and adjunct professor at Regent College, Vancouver, BC

The Secret of the BREATH -- Dr. Sastry Vankamamidi, faculty in engineering at Saint Mary’s University and Priest at the Vedanta Ashram Society, and Sri Venkateswara Temple Society in Halifax

Spirituality and Healthcare -- Dr. David Morrison, Spiritual Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Dr. Robert Rutledge, Oncologist, Capital Health Region, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Consolation and Desolation in the Workplace -- Father Con Mulvihill, Roman Catholic Priest, Chaplin at Saint Mary’s University and Superior of the Jesuit Community, Halifax

Centering Prayer -- Sister Anne Veronica MacNeil, SC, licensed Centering Prayer Facilitator and Area Coordinator of the Atlantic Region for Contemplative Outreach Canada

Wellness and Health Enhancement and Taichi Qigong -- Dr. Charles Beaupre, faculty member in the Asian Studies Program at Saint Mary’s University

Spirituality in the Workplace: In the Public Service -- Bill Davinski, Assistant Director, Individual Client Services and Benefits, Summerside Tax Centre

Meditation in Action -- David Sable, faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at Saint Mary’s University



All the Things You Are -- Tim Elliott, jazz pianist

The Work of Humanity: An Evening on Heaven on Earth -- Martin Rutte, Founder, Chair of the Board of Directors, Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace

Awake at Work -- Michael Carroll, Author and Consultant, Pennsylvania

WORDS @ WORK: Metaphor as Problem-Solver-- Catherine Graham

Being Complete with Your Own Religion -- Martin Rutte, Founder, Chair of the Board of Directors, Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace

Jazz for Life: A Path to Balance -- Tim Elliott, jazz pianist



Where are we going and how do we get there? Reflections on spirituality and work -- Scott MacMillan, Doctoral Candidate, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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