Lunchtime Learning Series

Aerial view of the Acadia University campusEvery week, we invite ALL members and members of our local community to join us for a free, casual Lunchtime Learning session (formerly Brown Bag Lunch series).

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. No registration is required.

This year, we will meet every Friday at noon. This is a change from past years, but we hope everyone can still join us. The location for our weekly sessions is also new this term. We will be holding each session in Patterson Hall, Room 107. Patterson Hall is the home of the F.C. Manning School of Business. Inside the front doors, turn left and the room is at the end of the hall. Occasionally we may need to use an alternate space, but this will be clearly indicated below.

In the event of bad weather, we follow our Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy for this series...

Our general rule is if NSCC - Kingstec Campus is closed due to inclement weather, Acadia Lifelong Learning classes and events will be cancelled for that day, even if the Acadia University campus remains officially open. Please check local radio stations or CBC's Storm Centre webpage for possible cancellation announcements.


This Week's Topic


Friday, September 28, 2018


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Patterson Hall, Room 107 (main level, turn left inside the doors and it's at the end of the hall)

Session Title:

Rationalizing Government at the Municipal Level

Guest Speaker:

Mayor Peter Muttart



Is government working for the people? Are there other methods by which it can, at the local level, better provide basic as well as value-added in the areas of social, educational, recreational, cultural and other human services?

Are Municipal Governments just "talking the talk" or are they really making an effort to "walk the walk"?

This lunch and learn provides a peek under the hood at how municipal government works (or does not) and provokes us to think outside the box for ways to improve the government that claims to be closest to the people.



Peter has resided in Starrs Point near Port Williams with his wife Janet Muttart since 1970. Janet and Peter have 4 children. Two of them (and 4 grandkids) reside in Kentville and Starrs Point, respectively. Peter’s record of service includes: •Founding partner of muttarts law firm, Kentville •Queen’s Counsel His service to the community and recognitions received have included: •Commissioner of Village of Port Williams •Church Trustee •Member of the Annapolis Valley Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia •President of the Rotary Club of Kentville •President of the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce •Chairman of the V.O.N. Kings Branch •Chair of a Municipal Community Economic Development Strategy Committee •Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce •Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce •Director of the Council for Canadian Unity •Ranked for more than 15 years running by Martindale-Hubble as “BV Distinguished” (for an explanation of the ranking, go to: ) •Rotary Paul Harris Fellow •Volunteer award for activity with the local arts community •Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce •Chair of the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, a board mandated by the province and all local governments in the Valley to grow and sustain the economy of the Valley.


Fall 2018 Schedule




Sept. 28 Mayor Peter Muttart Rationalizing Government at the Municipal Level
Oct. 5 Linda K Ellis DNA Profiling: How do they do it? Why does it work? What can it tell us?
Oct. 12 Blanca Baquero A Different Kind of Bag
Oct. 19 Jen Kelday Strengthening the Primary Health Care System
Oct. 26 Michael Shaw Why Electric Cars Win!
Nov. 2 Janna Wentzell Exercise...more effective than a pill?
Nov. 9 TBA TBA
Nov. 16 Elysia Davis Shrink it and pink it: a female perspective from inside the sporting goods industry
Nov. 23 John Murimboh Travel Hacking 101: Luxury Travel on a Shoestring
Nov. 30 Students of HIST 3203 Unlock the Wolfville Legion's Archival Records


We are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2019 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until December 31, 2018.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form