Panel Discussion Series



Join us for this brand new four-part series designed to inspire fresh perspectives and deeper dialogues on questions at the heart of our season. Admission is free and open to all. Venues are to be announced.


April 12, 2018 | 7:00pm

What happens when you strive to be ‘the best?’ When you are at the top of your game where do you go from there? Join us for this Chariots of Fire-inspired conversation focusing on how pursuing excellence in any field shapes a person. Moderated by Bruce Sellery (Television Host).

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Lisa Roman


Standing under six feet tall, Lisa Roman has always had to overcome the fact that she was relatively short to be a rower. But she hasn’t let that deter her from her Olympic dream that was sparked when she made the national U23 team and won gold with the eight at the 2011 U23 World Championships. Roman began competing internationally as a senior in 2013 and has stood on three straight world championship podiums with the eight, winning silver in 2014 to go with bronze medals in 2013 and 2015. Until a fourth place finish at the 2016 regatta in Lucerne, she had also reached the podium at every World Cup event at which she had competed with the eight. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, the eight advanced to the A final, finishing fifth.

Susanne Grainger


Grainger made her international debut at the 2011 U23 World Championships where she helped Canada win gold in the women’s eight. But it was about this time, when she was 21, that Grainger was diagnosed with hypothyroid disorder, which presented a serious challenge to her ability to train and recover. Working with doctors, she was able to push through as they found the right dose of medication to bring her thyroid levels back to normal. Grainger returned to the U23 world championships in 2012 and won a second straight gold medal, this time in the four. She made her debut with the senior national team in 2013, winning world championship bronze with the eight. She continued to compete in the big boat in 2014 and 2015, winning silver and bronze at the world championships. She made her Olympic debut with the eight at Rio 2016, finishing fifth. Grainger had been a member of the varsity eight while representing the University of Virginia.



Ehrhardt grew up in Espanola, Ontario, and joined a track club at the age of 11. In high school, she broke the Canadian High School record and was offered over 50 NCAA athletic scholarships. She attended the University of Western Ontario, where she studied health promotion, and graduated as Western’s athlete of the year in 2015. She is 6-time Canadian triple jump champion, 4-time Canadian University champion, a Canadian and Ontario university record holder, and the 2017 World Francophone Games Champion. She hopes to be the first Canadian female triple jumper to qualify for the Olympics.



Zelinka is a two-time Olympian who grew up in London, ON, where she became hooked on track and field during elementary school. She attended Sir Frederick Banting high school, where she finished her high school career (1996-2000) with an overall record of the most provincial medals ever won in the history of OFSAA. She placed 4th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and set a new Canadian record in the Heptathlon. In 2012, she broke the Canadian Record in the heptathlon at the Olympic Trials with 6599pts, passing her previous record from Beijing. A couple of days later, she also earned a spot on the Olympic team in the 100m hurdles after winning the finals. She placed 7th in hurdles and 6th in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games and was the first athlete to compete in the finals of both events at the same Olympic Games. She currently resides in Calgary with her daughter Anika.

Paul Rosen


Rosen is a decorated three-time Paralympian and Gold Medalist, and a respected disability advocate. At 15 years old, Rosen was well on his way to making his dream of becoming an NHL Hockey player a reality. Skating hard in a hockey tournament in 1975, Paul’s skate caught a rut causing his leg to jam, breaking his leg in 14 places. Paul’s leg was shattered, as well as his hopes of playing professional hockey. For the next two decades, Rosen endured countless surgeries to repair his leg, until in 1999 it became necessary to amputate his leg. In 2002, he made the Canadian Sledge Hockey Team for the Salt Lake City Paralympics. At 41, he was the oldest rookie in Sledge Hockey History. Four years later, at the 2006 Torino Paralympic Games, he led Team Canada to a Gold medal. In 2007, he also competed at the Para PanAmerican Games in sitting volleyball. Rosen finished off his competitive career on home soil at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, and has since become an official ambassador and spokesperson for National Benefit Authority. He has been honoured with a Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Prime Minister of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.


Bruce Sellery

BRUCE SELLERY - Financial Journalist, Television Host, Bestselling Author

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Past Panels


October 4, 2017 | 7:00pm

Emma Donoghue

London arts leaders will discuss and debate challenges and opportunities facing them in our city. Speakers: Emma Donoghue (Internationally acclaimed Author, Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter), Andrew Chung (General Manager, Violinist, London Symphonia), Andrea Halwa (Executive Director, London Arts Council), and Kathy Navackas (Executive Producer, The London Fringe Theatre Festival).


January 11, 2018 | 6:00pm

Daniel MacIvor

The Grand launches its commitment to new work with the COMPASS, New Play Development Program. A dynamic group of playwrights and theatre creators discuss what sparks their creativity and why new plays matter in the larger cultural context.  Speakers: Leslie Arden (Performer, Director, Teacher, and Librettist), Trina Davies (Playwright), Dennis Garnhum (Artistic Director, Grand Theatre), and Daniel MacIvor (Playwright).


March 12, 2018 | 7:00pm

Sally Armstrong

Acclaimed journalist and activist Sally Armstrong, award-winning director and playwright Carey Perloff, and Toronto Star chief investigative reporter Kevin Donovan join us for a discussion of the complexities of ‘human rights’ versus ‘human wrongs,’ and the significance of sharing under-told stories on the stage to enlighten, humanize, and effect change.

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