Trafalgar-Ross Lecture

October 20, 2017 marked our most celebrated annual event, the TrafalgarRoss Lecture. The entire student body and staff, along with many Old Girls, parents, friends of the school, and special guests, were present to hear co-lecturers Carolyn Taylor and Jennifer Moroz (both Traf Class of ’90) give a thoughtful, inspiring, and humorous talk about making dreams happen while staying true to yourself. They also spoke about their Traf friendship…”one friendship…two paths!” Jen is Executive Producer of CBC’s “q” and will soon take on a new role leading the redevelopment of CBC News. Carolyn is living her dream as co-creator, showrunner, and star of CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show. In a surprise announcement, both women were presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumna award, the Trafalgar Old Girls’ Association’s highest honour.

One of the school’s most celebrated activities linking past and present is the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture. Donald Ross stipulated in his will that an annual lecture be given at the school “…on suitable subjects, in science, history, literature, and religion…” The Lectureship was re-established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory and intention of our founder, Donald Ross, “to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students.” Now called the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture, outstanding Canadians such as Maureen Forrester, Marc Garneau, David Suzuki and Adele Wiseman are invited each year to address the school during the month of October.

Past Speakers

The Lectureship was re-established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory and intention of our founder, Donald Ross, “to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students.”

  • 1981 – David Suzuki – geneticist
  • 1982 – Marie-Josée Drouin – economist
  • 1983 – Diane Jones Konihowski – athlete
  • 1984 – Adele Wiseman – author
  • 1985 – Maureen Forrester – singer
  • 1986 – Marc Garneau – astronaut
  • 1987 – Anne Begor Lancashire ‘58 – university professor
  • 1988 – Louise Mailhot – judge (Quebec)
  • 1989 – Jane Poulson – physician
  • 1990 – Peter Mansbridge – journalist
  • 1991 – Lynn Johnston – cartoonist
  • 1992 – David Lank – historian
  • 1993 – Sunniva Sorby ‘78 – trans-Arctic explorer
  • 1994 – Gretta Chambers- Chancellor of McGill, journalist
  • 1995 – Sylvia Sweeney – athlete, filmmaker
  • 1996 – Terry Mosher (Aislin) – editorial cartoonist
  • 1997 – Margie Gillis – solo dance artist
  • 1998 – Amanda Vincent – environmental biologist
  • 1999 – Kathy Reichs – forensic anthropologist, author
  • 2000 – Rosalie Abella – family court judge (Ontario)
  • 2001 – Jessalyn Gilsig ’88 – actor
  • 2002 – Lisa Campeau ’86 – international aid worker
  • 2003 – Heather Munroe-Blum – Principal of McGill University
  • 2004 – Margaret Somerville – ethicist
  • 2005 – Charlotte Gray – historian and author
  • 2006 – Moira Brown – marine biologist
  • 2007 – Elizabeth May – politician
  • 2008 – Nancy Dunton – architectural historian
  • 2009 – Debbie Travis – designer, author, television personality and producer
  • 2010 – Dr. Brenda Milner – neuropsychologist
  • 2011 – Sylvie Fréchette – Olympic champion
  • 2012 – Sheila Fraser – Former Auditor General of Canada
  • 2013 – Heidi Hollinger – International Photographer
  • 2014 – Maude Barlow – National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
  • 2015 – Dr. Victoria Kaspi PhD – Astrophysicist
  • 2016 – Kim Thúy – award-winning Author