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

POSTPONED: Where Are We Headed? Making Sense of Global Markets


We regret to inform you that the April 21 Geddes Lecture, Where are We Headed: Making Sense of Global Markets, is postponed to a future date. Our sincerest apologies. We will let you know when a new date is confirmed and registration opens. 

We will be issuing ticket refunds to everyone who paid online as soon as possible. It may take 3-4 business days for the refund transaction to appear on your credit cards.



Making sense of our shifting economic landscape can be challenging. Financial markets around the world are continually responding to the ongoing pandemic, supply chain issues, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, rising inflation and more. What does this mean for us, as individuals, and for our province? 

Join us as Evan Siddall, AIMCo CEO, sits down to chat with Alberta School of Business Dean Kyle Murray as they discuss how to make sense of global markets, as part of our Eric Geddes Lecture series. We will hear from Evan Siddall on Alberta’s role within financial markets and how he plans to lead AIMCo to ensure a bright future for our province.

Evan Siddall: CEO, AIMCo

Evan Siddall joined AIMCo as Chief Executive Officer in July, 2021. Previously, Evan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Under his leadership, CMHC transformed itself into a client-centered, innovative, impactful organization. Evan’s three decade career in finance also includes stints with leading investment banking firms in Toronto and New York and two years as a senior executive with Irving Oil Limited.
Evan has a B.A. in Management Economics from the University of Guelph, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has completed Harvard Business School’s Presidents Program in Leadership.

He co-founded Growling Beaver Brevet, the largest single day fundraiser for Parkinson’s in Canada, which has raised nearly $2 million in five years.

Kyle Murray
Dr. Kyle Murray, '94 BSc + '04 PhD, Dean, Alberta School of Business

Kyle Murray is Acting Dean of the University of Alberta School of Business, Canada's first and longest accredited business school, recognized for its research excellence, academic program quality, graduate career success, and economic impact within Alberta and Canada.

Dr. Murray earned his BSc and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He has been with the Alberta School of Business since 2008, serving as Vice Dean from 2017 to 2021 and as the Director of the School of Retailing from 2008 to 2017. Kyle has held faculty appointments at the Ivey School of Business (Canada) and Monash University (Australia), as well as visiting appointments at INSEAD (France) and TU Dublin (Ireland).

An expert in human decision-making, Kyle’s research interests focus on innovation and behaviour change challenges in business and society. He has published several books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in management, marketing, information systems and organizational behaviour. Kyle’s work has attracted millions in grant funding and his research and teaching have been recognized with a variety of awards, including the McCalla Professorship, Killam Professorship, Petro-Canada Young Innovators Award and the Mackenzie Teaching Award of Excellence.



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:

Courage to fail: A conversation with Kevin Lowe

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

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


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