The 2021 Conference Committee is building a list of informative and exciting speakers.  Check below for individuals who will widen your horizon and provide more insight into your Rotary family.

More speakers will be added frequently.  Check with us regularly to see the latest.  Again, much more to come.

Dr. Paul Dhillon

 
Dr. Paul Dhillon is co-founder of The Review Course in Family Medicine and a Family Medicine/ER Physician in British Columbia. He has been recognized on multiple occasions by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association for his leadership and educational endeavours. A passionate educator he teaches across the country and is the author of multiple books. Most recently, The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors was published by the University of Regina Press, a book that chronicles the exciting stories of small-town doctors across Canada.
 
Outside of his civilian career, he is a Reservist Medical Officer and Captain with 12 Field Ambulance, Canadian Armed Forces, in Vancouver BC and served as Senior Medical Authority for domestic Arctic exercises. Currently he is the Clinical Training Officer at 12 Field Ambulance.
 
After completing his medical studies at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he completed a Master's degree in Disaster Medicine and studied at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, completing their diploma course before serving as an Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone during the last Ebola epidemic. He currently enjoys playing soccer with the Canadian Men's Medical Soccer team and raising his son, Darragh with his Irish wife, Sarah, on the west coast of Canada.
 
Most recently he was the lead Medical Planner for Vancouver Coastal Health for the Vancouver Convention Health Centre, a 271-bed extension of VGH as a part of the BC Covid-19 Response.

Lorelei Higgins

 
Lorelei Higgins is a Métis Canadian Cultural Mediator, Rotary Positive Peace Activator and a Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Program alumna. She has worked on community-based projects both locally and internationally with government agencies and the non-profit sector. These projects have been centered on peace and conflict transformation, with a focus on Indigenous human rights. Lorelei has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
 
In Lorelei’s current role as an Indigenous Relations Strategist with The City of Calgary, she is working to advance The City’s commitments to Truth and Reconciliation and to develop the Calgary Indigenous Relations Office.
 
Lorelei has an MBA, with a specialization in leadership, and she facilitates asset-based community development sessions utilizing an Indigenous appreciative inquiry lens. Lorelei is also a consultant with Mediators Beyond Borders International.
 
Lorelei is passionate about creating bold, open spaces for building peace through cross-cultural learning and helping to establish and nurture positive relationships. Lorelei attributes her global outlook, love of travel and curiosity for cultural exploration to her experience as a Rotary Exchange student in South Africa (1998-1999). Lorelei was selected as a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow and recently graduated from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
She is often found adventuring around the world with her two young children.

Neal McDonough

 
Multi-talented and award-winning actor Neal McDonough can be seen in a multitude of stellar productions in 2019. In addition to just wrapping his second season on Project Blue Book, he also gave a lightning rod performance in Paramount Networks' Yellowstone opposite Kevin Costner.
 
He can also soon be seen in his second season of Van Helsing as well as the Netflix hit series, Altered Carbon and as Sean Cahill in the final season of the USA hit TV series, Suits.
 
He also recently finished a season on the CW series The 100.
 
Next up is reprising his role as Damien Darhk on Legends of Tomorrow.
 
In addition to starring in six top-rated TV series this year, he is also starring (as the hero) and executive producing the new western feature film, The Warrant.
 
He has just wrapped the film Redstone as star and EP.
 
Not limited to TV and feature films, McDonough has also recently finished stage runs as Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Willy Wonka in Vancouver.
 
Other credits in his past also include Band of Brothers, Minority Report, Captain America, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Captain America, Walking Tall and more. More recently, he starred in the award-winning film, Greater, 1922, for Stephen King and Game Over Man for Netflix.

Scott R. Martin

 

Mediator, Architect and Social Entrepreneur

Dedicated to Sustainability and Peace Building. 2017 Rotary International Peace Fellow

As a Landscape Architect, Martin led large projects domestically and around the world, including Dubai and India. A love of travel and languages has guided him to live/ explore more than 70 countries and sparked a split from designing traditional gardens to a passion for the larger landscape of peace.

Martin is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders Int. (MBBI) and former Co-Leader of the Rwanda Team; working with survivors of genocide and sexual abuse to develop training in Trauma-Informed Mediation. Martin is currently the Global Partnerships Manager and Co-Founder of the Peace Conversation Program which is system for addressing intra-group conflict through dialogue and facilitation skill building.
 
In his free time, Martin designs Restorative Justice programs in schools for students and educators, is a volunteer mediator for the Juvenile Courts’ Victim/Offender Program, facilitates community dialogues and training for the LAPD and the Institute for Non-Violence LA, and works in prisons system with the Truth Project to help rehabilitate men- including violent crime and sex offenders. Most recently, Martin lead on a UNDP-funded training for youth leaders in Liberia ahead of their national elections.
 
In 2008, Martin founded The Living Christmas Company, a social benefit company which rents living Christmas trees as an alternative to cut or artificial trees. The company worked directly with Veteran Affairs, Los Angeles, to employ veterans to care and deliver the trees. In 2012, the billionaire investor Mark Cuban joined the team after a successful run on ABC’s Shark Tank.
 
2017 Rotary International Peace Fellow, Martin received a certificate in Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, is completing a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from California State University Dominguez Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).