Posted on August 21, 2015 by Tia Lalani

Augustana is delighted to welcome bestselling novelist, award-winning screenwriter and journalist, producer, consultant and speaker Todd Babiak as keynote speaker!

Augustana 2015 Opening Convocation
Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
9 am  |  Tuesday, September 1

Augustana has re-introduced our tradition of holding an Opening Convocation. The ceremony, which includes an academic procession in full regalia, is an occasion to welcome new and returning students, to formally invest new faculty, and to celebrate Augustana’s mission and core values.

Opening Convocation will be a central event in the new Student Academic Information Launch (SAIL) portion of Augustana’s Fall 2015 Orientation activities and will be held this year in the new Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. Events following the ceremony include student cohort reflection groups and a downtown Camrose Scavenger Hunt and BBQ.

This year, we welcome a very special keynote speaker to Augustana!

toddbabiak300Todd Babiak

The bestselling novelist, award-winning screenwriter and journalist, producer, consultant and speaker attended Augustana in 1991. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta in 1995, and then his Masters of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal.

He began scheming about Story Engine when he was hired to write a city vision. As he listened to citizens and leaders, seeking passion and consensus, it occurred to him they weren’t only thinking of a vision, but captivating each other with stories about how the city could achieve it. This, it seemed, was the real magic.

It couldn’t be a coincidence that the most successful companies in the world were, fundamentally, driven by story. Todd and his collaborator Shawn Ohler built, tested, and launched Story Engine, a process to help businesses, start-ups, organizations, governments, and leaders use the power of story as the core of their strategic planning.

Todd Babiak has published three bestselling novels. His first novel, Choke Hold, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a winner of the Henry Kreisel Award, and his second novel, The Garneau Block, was a longlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Alberta Book Award for best novel. The Book of Stanley is in development as a television series. His screenplay The Great One, co-authored with Jason Margolis, won a Praxis Screenwriting Fellowship.

His fourth novel, Toby: A Man, was published by HarperCollins in January 2010. It was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the Georges Bugnet Award for best work of fiction by an Alberta author. He was, for 10 years, a columnist at the Edmonton Journal.

Come Barbarians, his fifth novel, a literary thriller set in France, was published in late 2013 by HarperCollins. It was chosen as a 2013 Globe and Mail best book.

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