CURAC/ARUCC 2017 Conference Highlights At Carleton University



The Carleton University Retirees’ Association had a tremendously successful Conference. Highlights of the meeting included a bumper crop of CURAC Awardees. (Please see About us > Award Holders > awards-2017). This page highlights another remarkable segment of the meeting, namely the impressive array of speakers. The short bios of these speakers are republished here, along with a link to PDF copies of their talks (note: some PDFs are large and take a while to download).


Click on a talk title to download a PDF of the slides.

Dr. Ian Lee is a Faculty member at Carleton’s Sprott School of Business since 1988. He previously worked in the public and private sectors including stints with the Bank of Montreal, Canada Post and the Privy Council Office. Ian is a frequent commentator on economic issues appearing regularly on the CBC, including the On the Money program.
The talk is titled Trump and the Canadian Economy.


Dr. Matthew J. Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa where he has been the recipient of a number of teaching and book awards. He specializes in Canadian business and economic history. He is the author of Profiting the Crown: Canada’s Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990 and Canada and the Cost of World War II: The International Operations of Canada’s Department of Finance, 1939-1947 (with R. B. Bryce). The former book was the recipient of the 2006 National Business Book Award. His latest research has taken him into the realm of brewing history. His work on brewing has been recently published in The Walrus, Canada’s History Magazine, Legion Magazine, the Canadian Historical Review, and the international journal of Business History. He is also a regular contributor to Taps: The Beer Magazine. Bellamy is currently working on a book-length history of the Labatt’s brewery.


Dr. Jeff Turnbull is a leading medical educator and specialist in internal medicine. He is currently Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital and an ex officio member of the board of governors of the hospital. A former Vice-Dean at the University of Ottawa, he has served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Canadian Medical Association. He has also served as Senior Medical Officer for Correction Services Canada. He is a committed medical educator with special interests in poverty and its impact on health equity.

His talk is titled Health and Health Equity: our Collective Responsibility.


Dr. William Dalziel is with the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario and an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa He specializes in dementia and frailty, and is the author of some 100 research papers in the field of dementia diagnosis, treatment and care.

His talk is titled Successful Aging: a Shared Responsibility.


Dr. Yoni Freedhoff As Medical Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, Dr. Freedhoff was the third physician in Canada to receive their board certification in Bariatric medicine from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). He has also served as the Canadian Obesity Network’s inaugural Family Medicine Chair, and is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Freedhoff has been referred to as Canada’s most outspoken obesity expert. His advocacy efforts in both obesity and nutrition policy have landed him speaking at both the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate regarding his concerns surrounding Canada’s Food Guide and as a member of multiple stakeholder groups run by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada Dr. Freedhoff is quoted regularly in the national and international press and appears frequently on television. He writes an award winning blog, has co-authored a freely downloadable medical textbook on the office-based management of obesity, and his first book for the public, The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, is a #1 National Canadian bestseller.

His talk is titled How to Stop Worrying and Love Healthy Living.


Dr. Rebecca Trueman is Chair of Applied Science and Environmental Technology at Algonquin College, Ottawa. Named as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2015, she is an expert in global change and the ways in which it relates to sustainability.

The title of her talk is The Joint Algonquin-Carleton Bachelor of Information Technology Program: a Little BIT of Success.


Prof.Ross Finnie is a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Education Policy Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa. He was educated at Queen’s University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has previously held positions at Queen’s, Carleton and Laval universities. Professor Finnie does empirical policy-related research in a range of areas related to labour and public economics, with a particular focus on education issues. See for more on that work, including the research underlying the presentation he will be making.

Prof. Finnie’s talk is titled Barista or Better? New Evidence on Earnings of Post-Secondary Graduates: a Tax Linkage Approach.


Dr.  Tim Pychyl is the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education (CIE) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. It is through his role in the CIE that he is responsible for the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton. Tim’s passion as a faculty member has been his teaching which has been recognized with numerous awards including the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award (1998), a 3M National Teaching Fellowship (1999), University Medal for Distinguished Teaching (2006) and Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award (2012). It is his passion for students and their learning that led him to leadership in the Centre for Initiatives in Education. Tim’s psychological research complements his scholarship of teaching, and he has produced a popular blog and podcast to summarize his research-related books and journal articles for students and the general public. See to learn more.
His talk is titled Learning in Retirement.