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Critical Reasoning and Workshop on Mobilizing Values to Advance Flourishing Pathways

January 15 @ 11:00 - 13:00


PathwaysSpeakers: John Verdon, Lalith Gunaratne, Paul Maillet, Gabriela Gref-Innes

Title: Critical Reasoning and workshop on Mobilizing Values to Advance Flourishing Pathways

About the event: John Verdon, Lalith Gunaratne, Gabriela Gref-Innes, and Paul Maillet will make a short presentation on Pathways to Critical Reasoning and conduct a participatory workshop/World Cafe on “Mobilizing Values to advance a flourishing pathway”.

Following our Values Committee’s past presentations we are bringing our contribution to Pathways project by focusing the light on how, why and what motivates us into action…we will explore what role knowledge, trust, self-control, fear/authority, etc have on our actions. We are looking forward to your participation.

Speakers Bios:

Lalith Gunaratne is a parent, a renewable energy entrepreneur in the solar and small hydro businesses and a mindfulness practitioner. He is involved in oursun Canada Inc. www.canada.meeco.net and Sage Ontario for Mindful Leadership www.sageontario.org

John Verdon suffers from an undisciplined mind as education in psychology, anthropology, sociology and philosophy suggests. A free-range thinker he forages in many domains including foresight, economics, complexity, and technology. He is retired after 25 years as a public servant (15 years as a strategic foresight analyst for National Defence). Currently, he is a consultant and writer. His current project is a book ‘The Wealth of People” – exploring theory and philosophy for flourishing human capital in the 21st Century.

Paul Maillet is a retired senior military officer, an aerospace engineering Air Force officer, who also was a former Director of Defence Ethics in the Canadian Department of National Defence following the Somalia affair. Since retirement in 2001, Paul formed the PAUL MAILLET CENTER FOR ETHICS, AND PEACE SERVICES working in the field of organizational ethics through strengthening governance, building integrity, controlling corruption and peace services. Paul is an accredited Peace Professional from the Civilian Peace Service Canada.  Paul is also co-chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Peace Institute, working to create a federal department or institution of peace in our government, and a viable alternative prior to considering military intervention in global affairs. Paul has worked for numerous domestic federal government departments,  aboriginal communities; and international projects in developing countries, such as the Mideast, elections support in Ukraine, Tanzania, and currently regarding Sri Lanka.

Gabriela Gref Innes has been on active retirement for 6 years after having worked for the Federal Government for 35 years as an international commerce professional in various capacities and departments, having brought up a large family, having had her own company, having helped numerous social causes and people achieve their dreams and having built a large network in various sectors especially Humanitarian (UN and Development) and Space (Canadian and International programs) and last but not least having been a CACOR member for many years. The last 6 years have proven to me that “retirement” is a paradox….for there is no life without “engagement”, since life = action (mental or physical) and for as long as one is a member of an association such as CACOR or other active networks and has a large family of relatives and friends and acts on her/his values, one is always engaged, therefore alive.

Date: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Place: Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

Cost: $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10


January 15
11:00 - 13:00
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Army Officer’s Mess
149 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, On Canada
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