Rob Baker - Tragically Hip Guitarist
Born in Kingston, Rob picked up the guitar at age 12 and was soon playing in local bands. When the five-gig-a-week pace began to distract him from his studies (Queen’s University) he decided to pull back, finish his BFA, and just play music for fun with his friends. He has continued to do just that for the past 30 years ... writing, recording and touring internationally with the Tragically Hip. Currently, the band is working on their 14th studio album at their studio in Bath, ON.
When he’s not on the road or recording with The Hip, Rob spends time writing and recording in his home studio, studies other instruments (pedal steel, banjo, mandolin...), and occasionally collaborates with fellow musician and friend, Craig Northey. Their band Strippers Union has released two studio albums to date, neither of which received critical acclaim (they're really good though). Mostly Rob enjoys spending time in his community with his wife, Leslie (BAH '90, MAC'93), and son, Boris (BScH KIN ’16).
Rob and his Kingston bandmates have been big supporters of their community, giving time, money, and profile to both local and national charities, focusing their efforts on medical, musical, and environmental causes.
This is Rob’s third time judging 3MT.
Amit Chakma - Western University President
Amit Chakma is the 10th President & Vice-Chancellor of Western University. President Chakma arrived at Western in July 2009 after serving the University of Waterloo since 2001 as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, and as a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Engineering and then Vice-President (Research) and International Liaison Officer at the University of Regina. He began his academic career as a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary. On November 22, 2012, Western's Board of Governors re-appointed Amit to a second term as President extending to June 30, 2019.
Amit is a graduate of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (Dip. Ing., 1982) and the University of British Columbia (Master of Applied Science, 1984 and PhD, chemical engineering, 1987). The author of more than 100 articles, he is an expert in areas related to petroleum research and energy management. His research interests include mass transfer, gas separation, gas processing, membrane separation, petroleum waste management, greenhouse gas control technology, and energy and environmental systems modeling.
In addition to his roles at Western, President Chakma serves as Chair of the World University Service of Canada, as a member of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council of Canada, and as a council member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He was the inaugural Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. He also served in 2012 as Chair of the Federal government's Advisory Panel on Canada's International Education Strategy which helped to inform the development and launch of Canada's new international education strategy unveiled in January 2014 titled Harnessing our knowledge advantage to drive innovation and prosperity.
In 1998, Amit was recognized with Canada‘s Top 40 Under 40 Award, given annually to honour Canada's best and brightest in their fields younger than 40. He is also a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to Canadian post-secondary education. In 2014 he was named among RBC's Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners and became the first Canadian university president to receive the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Eric Lindros - Former NHL Player
Considered one of the most dominant power forwards in the history of hockey, Eric Lindros’s NHL career spanned 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Dallas Stars.
Over the course of his distinguished NHL career, Lindros accumulated career totals of 372 goals and 493 assists for 865 points. The 6-time NHL All-Star was the recipient of both the Lester B. Pearson Award (NHLPA Most Outstanding Player) and the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in 1994-95. ‘The Big E’, as he came to be known within the hockey world, made an immediate impact on the league with his offensive talent and imposing physical presence. Lindros is identified by most fans by his time in Philadelphia where he played eight seasons with the Flyers. The bulk of these years saw Lindros center the famous ‘Legion of Doom’ line with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg. Lindros captained the Flyers from 1994-95 through March 1999.
On the international stage, Lindros appeared in over 90 games with the Canadian Maple Leaf on his chest, and has one of the most impressive international resumes of any player to ever represent Canada. He suited up in three World Junior tournaments for Canada (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92), serving as captain in 1990-91 and 1991-92, and capturing gold in 1989-90 and 1990-91. He also donned the red and white Canadian sweater in the 1991 Canada Cup, as a teenager, where he was a member of the championship-winning Canadian squad.
Lindros would also represent Canada in three separate Olympic games: 1992 in Albertville, France (silver medal); 1998 in Nagano, Japan (4th place), where he served as Captain; and the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Salt Lake, Lindros contributed to the team that brought the Olympic hockey gold medal back to Canada for the first time in over fifty years. He also suited up for Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where his Canadian side was defeated in the final series by Team U.S.A.
Prior to his professional career, Lindros was a household name at the junior level, starring for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, guiding them to a Memorial Cup title in 1990.
Lindros, who retired from hockey in November 2007 after sustaining several concussions during this career, now lives in Toronto where he pursues business interests and continues to enjoy playing the game of hockey with friends.
Christine Magee - Sleep Country Canada Co-Founder and Chair
Christine Magee is the co-founder and chair of Sleep Country Canada. Together with her partner Steve Gunn and their dedicated team of professional associates, Sleep Country has become the #1 Mattress Retailer in the country and continues to expand its offering of mattresses, pillows, linens and headboards. Sleep Country has successfully grown to over 213 corporate-owned stores in Canada.
Since inception in 1994, Christine has personalized the brand as the spokesperson. As the face of the company, Christine provides credibility and builds trust ensuring that customers know that there is a passionate team of professionals who are dedicated to helping customers get a great night’s sleep.
Christine and Sleep Country are active in the community providing support and commitment to a variety of organizations and important public issues. Sleep Country proudly donates “gently” used beds collected from our customers’ homes to local families in need and those that cannot be donated are 100% recycled. As part of her strong philanthropic commitment, Christine has been asked on many occasions to speak to a diverse group of charities, schools, conferences and events. She has also taken on an active role in mentoring students through her involvement with Ivey School of Business, 20 Under 20 and the Women’s Executive Network.
Active Board appointments include SiriusXM Canada, the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, the Diabetes Campaign Committee, Cott Corporation from 2004-2008 and MacDonald’s Canada 1999-2004. She is also an active member of the Women’s President Organization, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Other recognitions include – Sleep Country Canada received the Passion Capitalist Award, announced live on BNN November 20, 2014. Sleep Country and Dormez-vous named Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Cultures –National Post, November 20, 2014. Christine was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Top 100™ Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame on December 4, 2013, Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Top 100™ Most Powerful Women, 2007, 2010, 2011, Possibility Thinker Award, 2012, Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International, 2010, the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance 2009 Retailer of the Year, Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Ryerson University, 2006, the CIRAS Henry Singer Award for Exceptional Leadership in Retailing and Services from the University of Alberta School of Business, 2006, the Wilfrid Laurier University Outstanding Business Leader Award, 2005, Marketing Hall of Legends, 2005, and the Retail Council of Canada Hall of Fame, 2005. Christine was named Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, Retail/Wholesale by Ernst & Young in 1998 and recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1997.
Christine holds an Honor’s Business and Administration Degree from Western University.
Kevin Newman - Media Personality
Kevin Newman has been a familiar face to television viewers in Canada and the United States for 35 years. His career as an Anchor and Journalist has taken him to every major hotspot in the world, and every major city in North America. He has earned a reputation for integrity, passion, and innovation through his work at the News divisions of CTV, ABC, Global and CBC. He is currently Co-Host and Correspondent to CTV News’ Investigative series ‘W5’ and back-up anchor of Canada’s #1 Newscast CTV National News.
Previously Kevin served as Bell Media ‘Digital News Evangelist’, creator and host of ‘Kevin Newman Live’, and host of ’CTV Question Period’. During his decade as the Founding Anchor & Executive Editor of ‘Global National’, Kevin led a team which developed and built a new national newscast which became #1 five years after its launch. Alongside his assignments with Bell Media, Kevin is pioneering the development of quality storytelling for mobile platforms through his own company, NewMan Media Ltd. Kevin is Executive Producer of an innovative four-screen adventure series ‘Operation Unplugged’, co-creator of iBard eTextbooks for Apple’s iPad, and Producer/Writer/Narrator of multiple international award-winning documentaries.
His career at ABC News in the United States included hosting Good Morning America, reporting for Nightline with Ted Koppel, and substitute anchoring and reporting for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Canada’s leading tech start-up incubator, Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario, which is one of six Hubs partnered with Google in the world. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Canada 2100, which seeks to make financing more available to mid-size Canadian technology companies.
Kevin’s career in Journalism has garnered multiple Emmy Awards in the United States, and Gemini Awards in Canada including ‘Best Anchor’. He was part of the Peabody-Award winning team at ABC News that covered the arrival of the Millennium. His international reporting includes coverage from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Moscow, Israel, London and Washington. He is currently writing a memoir with his son, Alex, which will be published by Penguin Random House Books in 2015.
Kevin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from his alma mater, Western University, in June 2011. He is an honorary member of Treble Victor Group and Military Minds which help military veterans integrate into civilian life. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1986. They have two grown children, Alex and Erica.
Adrian Owen - Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognition & Neuroimaging
Professor Adrian M. Owen is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cognition and Neuroimaging at Western University, Canada.
His work combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients. His most recent work, reported in the journals Science (2006), The New England Journal of Medicine (2010), and The Lancet (2011) has shown that functional neuroimaging can reveal conscious awareness in some patients who appear to be entirely vegetative, and can even allow some of these individuals to communicate their thoughts and wishes to the outside world. These findings have attracted widespread media attention on TV, radio, in print and online and have been the subject of several TV and radio documentaries.
Dr. Owen has played multiple editorial roles including 8 years as Deputy Editor of The European Journal of Neuroscience and a current appointment to the editorial board of The Journal of Neuroscience. Since 1990, Dr Owen has published over 200 articles and chapters in scientific journals and books.
Masters of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies - Joseph Donohue
Joseph is a Master of Engineering Science candidate entering the final term of his studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Before attending Western he received a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering from Laurentian University. Joseph’s current area of research is in biochemical engineering with a specialization in water treatment. He is an active member of a research team lead by his supervisors Dr. Jesse Zhu and Dr. George Nakhla to scale-up a mobile bioreactor to treat municipal wastewater. His three-minute thesis presentation on this work won him first place in last year’s Canada-wide three-minute thesis competition.
Master of Ceremonies - Alexander Moszczynski
Alex is a PhD student in Neuroscience at Western University. His undergraduate at the University of Toronto specialized in Neuroscience with a major in Animal Physiology in 2012. His undergraduate research focused on clinical sleep medicine (Brian Murray, Sunnybrook Hospital) and anesthetic effects on respiration (Richard Horner, U of T). Due to experiences with ALS patients in the sleep clinic, he chose ALS research for his PhD focus. With supervisors Michael Strong and Arthur Brown, Alex is studying the pathological underpinnings of cognitive impairment in ALS, and comparing this to degenerative processes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Alex currently has 7 publications including 2 book chapters. He is also a founding member and chair of the graduate student radio show and podcast GradCast, which highlights graduate student research in an accessible format for the general public.