Monday, September 23, 2019
11:00am - 1:30pm |Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
Join some of Canada’s brightest minds during an out of this world experience while raising funds for healthcare enhancements for our hospital.
Keynote speaker Dr. Roberta Bondar, celebrated researcher of neuroscience and the first Canadian woman in space will provide a fresh new business networking experience at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre.
Following lunch, we welcome Erica Sigurdson and Dave Hemstad, comedians both regularly featured on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters. Both Dave and Erica will take to the stage for hilarious performances of the very stand up comedy that made them two of the biggest names in Canadian comedy over the last decade. Topping it all off, Dave and Erica will end the show on stage together for some hilarious riffing on health care, social media hi-jinks and more!
Tickets are available now for $125 per person or table of 6 for $700 with proceeds going towards the purchase of ceiling-mounted patient lifts for our hospital.
Dr. Roberta Bondar | Canada's First Female Astronaut
The world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography and environment education. Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992, she conducted experiments for 18 countries in the first International Microgravity Laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station.
For over a decade after her spaceflight, she headed an international research team working with NASA on neurological symptoms seen after spaceflight, and their connections to neurological diseases on Earth.
Trained as a member of NASA’s Earth Observation Team, Dr. Bondar expanded her professional photographic expertise as an honors student in Professional Nature Photography. Her fine art photographic works are held in private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada, the U.S. and England. She is the author of four best selling books featuring her writing and photography.
Dr. Bondar continues to use fine art photography to explore and reveal Earth’s natural environment from the surface, seeing the world through the creative lenses of medical doctor, scientist, photographer, astronaut and writer. In her current project Protecting Space for Birds, Dr. Bondar is integrating three views of migratory bird corridors in the Americas and Asia-Europe-Africa—space, surface and aerial—to give us insight into the habitats needed by and to protect endangered and threatened birds.
Dr. Bondar’s distinctions are diverse and include: Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, 28 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American Universities, Chancellor of Trent University 2003-2009, a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Erica Sigurdson | Comedian, Writer - featured on CBC Radio's The Debaters
Best known for her rapier wit on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters, Erica Sigurdson is in high demand for radio, television and live appearances.
In addition to her twenty-seven appearances on The Debaters, Erica has recorded five television specials in 2013 alone.
Her comedy festival credits include:
•The Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2013
•The Halifax Comedy Festival 2004, 2010, 2013
•Montreal Just For Laughs 2005, 2013
•The Hubcap Comedy Festival 2008, 2012
•The Vancouver Comedy Festival 2004.2009; 2012, 2013, 2014
•St. John’s Comedy Festival 2007, 2012
•Sudbury Comedy Festival 2007
•Kitchener -Waterloo Festival 2011, 2014
•The Edmonton Comedy Festival 2011, 2014
In 2007 Erica was awarded a Leo Award for Best Comedy Screenwriting, along with co-writer Peter Kelamis, for their writing on the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.
Dave Hemstad | Comedian, Writer - featured on CBC Radio's The Debaters
Dave Hemstad is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee who began performing on national television in 2002.
In addition to his own half hour "Comedy Now" special on CTV and his 2 Gala performances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Dave has taped multiple appearances for both the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals on CBC.
Dave has many acting credits to his name including having starred in the Showcase comedy series "Almost Heroes". Dave is currently a regular on CBC's smash hit The Debaters and a contributing writer on the CBC series "Still Standing".