Eric Geddes Lectures

The Geddes Lecture Series brings together leaders from the community with Alberta's world-class researchers to inspire and promote awareness and discussion on impactful and relevant business topics. 

Upcoming LectureS

Our Social Impact

More than ever, business leaders in Edmonton, Alberta and around the world are being challenged to assume responsibilities that extend beyond financial expectations. Whether private, public or not-for-profit, inspired leaders are able to create synergies between business objectives and a positive impact on the community.

Join the Alberta School of Business on August 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss the important role that business can play in addressing social issues. 

Date: Wednesday, August 24

Time: 12 - 1 p.m

Location: Virtual through Zoom



Dr. Emily Block

Emily Block is an associate professor in the department of strategy, entrepreneurship and management. Her research focuses on the generation and interpretation of symbols. 

Dr. Angelique Slade Shantz

Angelique Slade Shantz is an assistant professor in the department of strategy, entrepreneurship and management. Her research focuses on the role of business in addressing challenges predominantly occurring at the intersection of entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation.


Virtual through Zoom

  • FREE

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Your FREE Ticket Includes

  • A lunch hour of inspiring conversation
  • Q&A
  • Access to post-event takeaways and video recording

Schedule of Events

  • Welcome & Guest Introductions
  • Fireside Chat
  • Q&A 

Schedule of Events

  • Welcome & Panellist Introductions
  • Panel Discussion
  • Q&A 

Past Lectures

From artificial intelligence to innovations in health, the Geddes Lecture Series has covered several timely topics in business today. Check out some of our past lectures:

The Digital Transformation

The Future of Work

Artificial Intelligence: Using AI in Your Business (Podcast)

Cannabis & the Retail Market: Six Months Later (Podcast)

Building a New Economic Future for Alberta: Innovation in Health, Technology and Delivery (Video)


What if I have to cancel due to illness?

We are happy to refund your ticket if you are unable to attend. Please contact Vi Warkentin at chapters@ualberta.ca for further information.

Will there be vegetarian options or dietary alternatives?

Please indicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions during registration. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Does the room allow for physical distancing?

The Wayne Gretzky Ballroom Salons B & C can comfortably host more than 200 guests. Attendance has been limited to 150 people and tables are limited to six guests.

Do I have to wear a mask during the event?

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces based on current public health restrictions. Guests can remove their masks once they are seated at their table and when eating and drinking.

Upcoming Lectures

Geddes Lecture on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence: Using AI in Your Business

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Royal Alberta Museum, 9810 103 A Ave NW, Edmonton


  • Cory Janssen, '04 BCom
    Co-founder and CEO of AltaML Inc.
  • Anna Koop
    Senior Scientific Advisor, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
  • Patrick Pilarski
    Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute Fellow
  • Curtis Stange
    President and CEO, ATB

The panel discussion was moderated by Kyle Murray, Vice Dean & Professor of Marketing, University of Alberta School of Business.


Breakfast Lectures: $45 per person

Lunch Lectures: $60 per person

Event Format

  • Welcome
  • Panelist Introductions - 20 min
  • Panel Discussion - 20 min
  • Q&A - 15 min
  • Conclusion / Wrap-up

Recent Lecture Topics

Interested in what other topics the lecture series has previously covered? Check out some of our recent lectures:

Listing of Past Lectures


Sarah Kowalevsky

Acting Assistant Dean, Advancement
Email: sarah.kowalevsky@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-0147


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