Brown Bag Lunch Series

Dr. Graham Daborn speaking at a seminarEvery week, we invite ALL members and members of our local community to join us for a free, casual lunchtime learning session.

Brown Bag Lunches are meant to offer you a slice of life while you enjoy a slice of your meal. We cover topics both big and small in scope, from local to international, and from arts to sciences. We aim to offer lively talks, from engaging speakers, that anyone in the audience can enjoy. And yes, many members do actually bring their lunch to eat during the presentation.

We meet every Thursday at noon in Seminary House, Room 229 (main level). Alternate locations are noted in the schedule.


This Week's Topic


February 23, 2017


12:00pm - 1:00pm


K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium

Session Title:

Dementia in Canada - A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities

Guest Speaker:

Senator Kelvin Ogilvie



Dementia is a growing public health concern in Canada. Over the next 15 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to double – to 1.4 million by 2031 compared to 750,000 now.

Last November, after months of studying the impact of dementia in Canada, the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled its report, Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities.

Among its 29 recommendations, the report calls for the creation of a Canadian Partnership to Address Dementia and to implement a National Dementia Strategy so Canada can meet the challenges posed by dementia before it evolves into a full-fledged crisis.

In his talk, Senator Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, the Chair, will outline the committee’s recommendations aimed at helping the growing number of Canadians who will develop some form of dementia. 

Just recently, the Senate completed a very successful digital media campaign on dementia, where many indicated their support for a National Dementia Strategy. As Canadians begin to more fully understand dementia and how it affects them, they are increasingly supportive of the need to address this challenge.

Senator Ogilvie is encouraging the federal government to act on the committee’s recommendations.


The Honourable Kelvin K. Ogilvie, C.M., Ph.D., D.Sc., H.Col., F.C.I.C ., was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2009. He is Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology which produced two significant reports in 2016:
   1. Report on Obesity “Obesity in Canada: A Whole of Society Approach for a Healthier Canada” March 2016
   2. Report on Dementia: “Dementia in Canada: A National strategy for Dementia Friendly Communities” Nov 2016 (Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology)

He also co-Chaired the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying which reported to Parliament on an extremely tight deadline early last year after the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter.

Prior to his Senate appointment he was President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University (1993-2003) where he led the development and implementation of the Acadia Advantage program which was recognized by, and incorporated into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in 1999. He is a leading expert on bio technology, bioorganic chemistry and genetic engineering,

He has served on numerous national and international organizations, including the Atomic Energy Control Board, the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the National Advisory Board for Science and Technology, and the Canadian eBusiness Initiative. He has served as scientific advisor to numerous technology companies and as a consultant and expert witness for international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He is a widely sought after speaker, has a number of patents, and his 150 scientific publications have received more than 5500 citations. He completed a three-year term to Chair of the Premier’s Council for Innovation (Nova Scotia), membership on the Board of Genome Canada, was a member of the Expert Panel on Federal Laboratories (Treasury Board), chaired the Scientific Advisory Board of NRC’s Institute of Marine Bioscience, and chaired the Advisory Board for the Atlantic Innovation Fund.

His scientific accomplishments include the development of the “Gene Machine”, an automated process for the manufacture of DNA. He is the inventor of Ganciclovir, a drug used worldwide to fight infections that occur when one’s immune system is weakened. Both of these achievements were recognized in 2000 as "Milestones of Canadian Chemistry in the 20th Century" by the Canadian Society of Chemistry.

His awards include Order of Canada in 1991, the Manning Principal Award as Canada’s outstanding contributor to innovation in 1992 and he was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in Ottawa in November, 2011.



Winter 2017 Schedule




Jan. 26   Wes Booth ALL Does Facebook
Feb. 2 Trevor Lloyd Incidents of Travel in Yucatan
Feb. 9 Frank Lussing The SARS Crisis of 2003 - Lessons Learned
Feb. 16 --- Weather cancellation; rescheduled to March 16
Feb. 23 Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie Dementia in Canada - A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities
Mar. 2 Anna Kiefte Personal Red Cross Preparedness
Mar. 9 Susan Surette-Draper La Rochelle - An Acadian Returns
Mar. 16 David Mossman A Geologist's Adventures in Machu Picchu
Mar. 23 Carolyn Mallory Voyage to Sable Island
Mar. 30 Jean Leung The Path to Becoming an Artist
Apr. 6 Graham Daborn Tidal Power