Featured Speakers - 2017 Grey Matters Conference

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Keynote Speaker - Susan Aglukark
Award Winning Singer-Songwriter | Speaker

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and most honored artists. An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Susan has been walking in a tension between two worlds, a defining note in her remarkable career. 

She was a rare and exotic presence in the mainstream music world—an Inuk woman, a modern woman, a strong woman with something important to say is sometimes very rare in the entertainment industry — Susan embodied pure, graceful honesty and strength. As her songs climbed the charts, her stories and her candor about the struggles of the Inuit and Aboriginal communities, and her bravery as she opened up about her own anger and struggle won her an audience beyond that of most pop artists. 

Aglukark’s musical success is even more interesting when you realize she didn’t start her career until she was 24, with no modern musical orthodoxy to draw on Aglukark was free to respond to the sounds and styles that touched or motivated or inspired her. The (real) appeal of her music is that in an era where the most popular music is often less relevant than style or mood, her lyrics are where she lives. “The songs are driven by the stories. It’s all about the stories.”

As much as she writes and sings about her people, the songs Susan Aglukark creates have something in them that speaks to all of us, whether it’s the longing of a woman growing old for the traditional life that she was taken away from, (“Bridge of Dreams”) to an gentle anthem for peace and tolerance, (“O Siem”—joy in community), Aglukark’s artistic vision is ultimately a universal one.

 


Dave Hepburn Speaker

Dave Hepburn

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Dave Hepburn
Physician | Radio & TV Host | Author

Dr. Dave Hepburn M.D. was the host of "Buy.O.Logic" - where health meets shopping, seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Canada.

If there was an award for “Best Bedside Manner”, Dr. Dave would win it every year. An award-winning syndicated newspaper columnist and author of the book The Doctor is In(sane) (2009), Dr. Dave's gift for communication with patients and readers alike is what engages his audiences.

In addition to his work as a physician, author and TV Host, for over 6 years he was also co-host of the popular syndicated radio program The ‘Wisequacks’.

A former Canadian Air Force doctor, Dr. Dave served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War aboard the HMCS Huron.

Dr. Dave has a passion for adventure and in 1995 he lived in the jungles of Vanuatu for eight months. While he was there, he was the sole Doctor and bush surgeon to 30,000 people on a remote South Pacific island called Tanna. An avid outdoorsman and white water enthusiast, he flew Sea King helicopters and has survived being a leader in the Canadian Boy Scouts for 14 years.

A dedicated fan to the sport of hockey, Dr. Dave coached at the highest level for 12 years. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the highest scoring defenseman in the longest hockey game in history. He still plays twice a week to maintain his girlish figure.

Dr. Dave was the track team doctor at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and the Medical Director for gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games in 1994. He has served as team doctor for the Canadian Junior National Rugby Team and the Victoria Salsa Hockey Team.

He lives in Victoria with his wife and 2 sons.