[Robert J. Sawyer] Science Fiction Writer
ROBERT J. SAWYER
Hugo and Nebula Winner


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Sawyer Keynote Addresses


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[Robert J. Sawyer]

Robert J. Sawyer is a highly sought-after public speaker, who has given keynote addresses at over 100 corporate, government, and association conferences, annual meetings, and banquets:

  • Keynote Speaker
    Techniche 2018
    Guwahati, India
    30 August-2 September 2018

  • Speaker
    La Ciudad de las Ideas
    Puebla, Mexico
    17-19 November 2017

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Philosophy Teachers' Association
    Toronto, Ontario
    April 24, 2017

  • Keynote Speaker
    Genre-LA Speculative Fiction Creative Writing Conference
    Los Angeles, California
    January 27-29, 2017

  • Keynote Speaker
    SaskTel Technical Career Path Conference
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    November 9, 2016

  • Keynote Speaker
    Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference
    Denver, Colorado
    September 11-13, 2016

  • Keynote Speaker
    Word on the Lake Writers' Conference
    Salmon Arm, British Columbia
    May 20-22, 2016

  • Keynote Speaker
    International Association of Privacy Professionals
    Canadian Privacy Symposium

    Toronto, Ontario
    May 12, 2016

  • Keynote Speaker
    Creative Ink Festival
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    May 7, 2016

  • Keynote Speaker
    University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    November 12, 2015

  • Keynote Speaker
    Healthspottr Innovation Salon
    Aspen, Colorado
    August 25, 2015

  • Keynote Speaker
    6th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
    University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    Oshawa, Ontario
    April 29, 2015

  • Featured Speaker
    Spur: A Festival of Politics, Arts and Ideas
    Calgary, Alberta
    April 25, 2015

  • Keynote Speaker
    George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum
    Canandaigua, New York
    November 2, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    Niagara-on-the-Lake Writers' Circle Rising Spirit Awards Celebration
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
    October 31, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Medical Physics Division
    New York, New York
    October 15, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    Write on the Sound Writers' Conference
    Edmonds, Washington
    October 3-5, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    12th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS 2014)
    Montreal, Quebec
    June 18, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    NorthWords Writers Festival
    Yellowknife, NWT
    June 5-8, 2014

  • Featured Debater
    44th St. Gallen Symposium
    St. Gallen, Swtizerland
    May 7-9, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Library Association Super Conference
    Toronto, Ontario
    January 31, 2014

  • Keynote Speaker
    Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre
    McMaster University
    Hamilton, Ontario
    September 13-15, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker
    China Science and Technology Museum
    Beijing, China
    August 22, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker
    Mensa Education & Research Foundation Colloquium 2013
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    July 2, 2013

  • Presenter
    IdeaCity
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 21, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker
    Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    May 3, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker
    Lockheed Martin
    Center for Leadership Excellence
    Bethesda, Maryland
    February 12, 2013

  • Lecturer
    28th Annual Darwin College Lecture Series
    Cambridge University
    Cambridge, UK
    February 1, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker
    Surrey International Writers' Conference
    Surrey, British Columbia
    October 19-21, 2012

  • Keynote Speaker
    Institute for Quantum Computing
    Tenth-Anniversary Celebration
    Waterloo, Ontario
    September 29, 2012

  • Featured Speaker
    SETIcon II
    The SETI Institute
    Santa Clara, California
    June 22-24, 2012

  • Keynote Speaker
    American Association of Managing General Agents
    Annual Automation and Technology Conference
    Atlanta, Georgia
    March 5, 2012

  • Speaker
    TEDxManitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    February 9, 2012

  • Keynote Speaker
    Science Media Centre of Canada
    Annual General Meeting
    Ottawa, Ontario
    October 17, 2011

  • Keynote Speaker
    When Words Collide
    Calgary, Alberta
    August 12-14, 2011

  • Presenter
    IdeaCity
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 15, 2011

  • Keynote Speaker
    6th Annual Graduate Students Research Conference
    University of Regina
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    April 1, 2011

  • Speaker
    TEDxManitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    February 15, 2011

  • Keynote Speaker
    The iSchool Institute
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    January 26, 2011

  • Keynote Speaker
    Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Dallas, Texas
    September 15-17, 2010

  • Featured Speaker
    SETIcon
    The SETI Institute
    Santa Clara, California
    August 13-15, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Social Science on the Final Frontier: A Conference on Science Fiction and Society
    Laurentian University
    Sudbury, Ontario
    August 23-25, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Pacific Northwest Library Association and
    Washington Library Association Joint Conference
    Victoria, British Columbia
    August 11, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Community Foundation of Mississauga
    Mississauga, Ontario
    May 13, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Toward a Science of Consciousness
    Tucson, Arizona
    April 14-18, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    April 13, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ceridian
    Client Advisory Board Meeting
    Phoenix, Arizona
    March 3, 2010

  • Keynote Speaker
    Surrey International Writers' Conference
    Surrey, British Columbia
    October 23-25, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba
    Annual Meeting
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    October 23, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Queen's University
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Kingston, Ontario
    October 14, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Health Canada
    Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
    Ottawa, Ontario
    October 14, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Hansard Association of Canada
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    August 13, 2009

  • Banquet Speaker
    Canadian Light Source
    12th Annual Users' Meeting
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    June 17, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Science Writers' Association
    Sudbury, Ontario
    May 25, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Alberta Land Surveyors' Association
    Banff, Alberta
    April 23, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Garanti Bank
    Istanbul, Turkey
    February 3, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Quantum Leadership's "Time to Exit the Labyrinth" conference
    Istanbul, Turkey
    February 2, 2009

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Roundtable on Academic Materials
    Toronto, Ontario
    December 2, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Science Teachers Association of Ontario
    Toronto, Ontario
    November 13, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Grey-Bruce Health Services
    Mildmay, Ontario
    October 29, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Surrey International Writers' Conference
    Surrey, British Columbia
    October 24-26, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario's Digital Economy Conference
    Muskoka, Ontario
    October 2, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Meeting Professionals International
    Toronto, Ontario
    September 4, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    The MEARIE Group Insurance and Risk Management Conference
    Huntsville, Ontario
    June 25, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker, Session Producer, and Moderator
    Gartner IT Security Summit
    Washington, D.C.
    June 2-4, 2008

  • The Walrus Magazine debate
    Robert J. Sawyer vs. Hal Niedzviecki
    "Should We Embrace the Surveillance Society?"
    (moderated by Carol Off, co-host of CBC Radio's As It Happens)
    University Club of Toronto, May 8, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Muskoka E-Business Forum
    Muskoka, Ontario
    March 26, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Trinity College School
    Academic Honours Night
    Port Hope, Ontario
    February 25, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Calgary City Teachers Association
    Annual Meeting
    Calgary, Alberta
    February 14, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Ministry of the Environment
    Engineers Professional Development Day
    Toronto, Ontario
    February 20, 2008

  • Keynote Speaker at Dedication Ceremony
    The David J. Williams III Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Collection
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, Kansas
    December 4, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Home Care Association
    Annual Meeting
    Victoria, British Columbia
    December 3, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Alberta Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Health Workforce Division
    Edmonton, Alberta
    November 19, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Manitoba Public Libraries
    Annual Meeting
    Brandon, Manitoba
    November 8, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Sanofi Pasteur (Sanofi-Aventis)
    Internal Conference
    Toronto, Ontario
    October 26, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Public Library Association Readers' Advisory Symposium
    Toronto, Ontario
    October 26, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council
    Annual Meeting
    Mississauga, Ontario
    October 19, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    University of Waterloo Department of Physics & Astronomy
    50th Anniversary Celebration
    Waterloo, Ontario
    October 2, 2007
    (Speech broadcast as an episode of TVOntario's Big Ideas series)

  • Keynote Speaker
    Chengdu International Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference
    Chengdu, China
    August 24-27, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Osprey Media Income Fund Leadership Conference
    Collingwood, Ontario
    June 22, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    48th Annual International Conference on Health and Science Communication
    (annual meetings of the Association of Biomedical Communications Directors and the Health and Science Communication Association)
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 15, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Public Relations Society
    Annual Meeting
    Edmonton, Alberta
    June 14, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Cancer Patient Education Network
    Annual Meeting
    Montreal, Quebec
    May 31, 2007

  • The Annual Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture
    Saskatchewan Library Association
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    May 3, 2007

  • The Annual Peter Sim Memorial Lecture
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    Calgary, Alberta
    March 15, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    McMaster University Science for Peace / Pugwash Society
    Hamilton, Ontario
    March 10, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Durham District School Board Creativity Conference
    Ajax, Ontario
    February 21, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker
    Surrey International Writers' Conference
    Surrey, British Columbia
    October 20-22, 2006

  • Keynote Speaker
    Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Conference
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    October 15-16, 2006

  • Keynote Speaker
    CA Technologies (Computer Associates) "Council for Technical Excellence" Inaugural Meeting
    Islandia, New York
    May 4, 2006

  • Keynote Speaker giving The Dr. Bryant Galusha Lecture
    Federation of State Medical Boards
    Annual Meeting
    Boston, Massachusetts
    April 22, 2006

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Mutual Insurance Association
    Annual Meeting
    Windsor, Ontario
    October 24, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    The Uses of Science Fiction
    Multidisciplinary conference sponsored by the Philosophy Department
    Brock University
    St. Catharines, Ontario
    October 20-22, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    Documentation and Training 2005
    Boston University
    September 17-18, 2005

  • Featured Speaker
    McLuhan International Festival of the Future
    University of Toronto
    September 26, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    CLEAR: The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation 2005 Conference
    Phoenix, Arizona
    September 15, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    The Learning Partnership
    Toronto, Ontario
    October 4, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
    113th Annual General Meeting
    Huntsville, Ontario
    February 23, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Library Association Super Conference
    Toronto, Ontario
    February 4, 2005

  • Keynote Speaker
    Western Regional Computer Advisory Committee Symposium 2004
    Sponsored by two universities, three colleges, and 20 school boards
    London, Ontario
    December 9, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Banquet 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    November 20, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    Business of Science Symposium
    Sponsored by Manitoba Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    October 26-27, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Space Summit
    Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
    September 25, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    Canadian Association of Science Centres
    Annual Meeting
    Edmonton, Alberta
    June 3-5, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    2nd International Symposium on Physical Sciences in Space
    Sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency
    Toronto, Ontario
    May 23-27, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    BioMedex 2004: The Annual Convention of Canada's Biopharmaceutical and Health Technology Industry
    Montreal, Quebec
    April 29-30, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker
    Science Fiction and Social Change Symposium
    Mount Royal College
    Calgary, Alberta
    February 6-7, 2004

  • The sole "Noted Author" luncheon speaker
    New York Library Association
    Annual Meeting
    Saratoga Springs, New York
    November 7, 2003

  • Presenter
    IdeaCity
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 19, 2003

  • Keynote Speaker
    12th Annual Canadian Conference on Intelligent Systems
    Calgary, Alberta
    May 30-31, 2002

  • Featured Speaker
    Life Communicators Association
    Annual Meeting
    Reno, Nevada
    September 23-26, 2001

  • Keynote Speaker
    "Think Canada 2001" SF Festival
    Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
    April 29, 2001

  • Keynote Speaker
    Contact 4 Japan
    Tokyo, Japan
    November 3-5, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    Writers Guild of Alberta
    Annual General Meeting
    Red Deer, Alberta
    October 20-22, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    S/SF: The First Canadian Conference on Science and Science Fiction
    National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa
    September 12, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    Authors in August
    Collingwood, Ontario
    August 26, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    National Life
    Group Insurance Brokers Conference
    Orangeville, Ontario
    May 29-30, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    Writers Circle of Durham Region
    Annual General Meeting
    Oshawa, Ontario
    May 13, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    Jefferson Community College North Country Writers' Festival
    Watertown, New York
    April 25-27, 2000

  • Keynote Speaker
    Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción Awards Ceremony
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
    December 1, 1999

  • Guest Speaker
    The Library of Congress
    Washington, D.C.
    November 10, 1999
    (Read Rob's talk)

  • Opening-Day Luncheon Speaker
    Canadian Booksellers Association Annual Convention
    (now known as BookExpo Canada)
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 17, 1998

  • Keynote Speaker
    Crime Writers of Canada's "Murder on the Maitland"
    Harriston, Ontario
    May 22-24, 1998

  • Keynote Speaker
    76th Annual Conference of the Canadian Authors Association
    St. Catharines, Ontario
    June 26-29, 1997


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