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Perspectives: Canada in the World


Perspectives: Canada in the World is a series of public lectures featuring internationally recognized speakers talking about issues that are important to our community and beyond. Our fascinating guests are sure to spark your intellectual curiosity. 

Our next guest is Chris Hadfield, who will speak on “Preparing for the Unexpected: How to Manage Through Complexity and Change”. 

Astronaut | Author | Musician | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station


Thursday, January 18, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic

​​​​Tickets are $57.23 (including GST and fees).

​​​​​All tickets are general seating, on a first-come first-serve basis. 


Book signing opportunity following presentation.


Hadfield HeadshotBeing a commander of a spaceship means facing the highest of stakes — human lives, irreplaceable and expensive equipment, and worldwide scrutiny.

Colonel Chris Hadfield commanded the International Space Station for six months off planet and is experienced in managing people, complexity, and change under extreme circumstances. Surrounded by life-threatening risk, his daily routine was to prepare for and solve worst-case scenarios, from both a team and leadership perspective, while cultivating an optimistic and positive work environment.

During this speech, Hadfield will draw from the experiences and lessons learned during his 21 years in the astronaut corps to share the best strategies and tactics to help individuals, teams, and leaders prepare for and meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Key topics include:

  • Learning how to be comfortable with ambiguity and approach it with curiosity and possibility.
  • How to best manage stress and lead under pressure.
  • How to build resilient teams and encourage collaboration amongst diverse teams.

Book Signing and Photo Opportunity

Chris Hadfield is an award-winning author who has written an autobiography and other books, delighting readers of all ages. A limited number of Chris Hadfield's books will be available for purchase after his presentation at RDP. He will also be present to sign books and for photographs with event attendees. 

Thank you to our Valued Sponsors

Perspectives: Canada in the World is organized by the Red Deer Polytechnic Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and presented by NXL Technologies.

NXL Technologies

Thank you to our other valued sponsors:

RDP Alumni logo    SA logo         Warren Sinclair logo        

Would your organization like to sponsor this community-focused speakers' series? Please constance [dot] gallant [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (email Constance Gallant) in RDP's Philanthropy & Alumni Relations department for information.

Past Speakers

The Perspectives: Canada in the World speakers' series first began in 2002. Since then, an illustrious group of individuals have joined us at RDP to share their insights on issues that are important to Canadians and our role in the world.

Who else has spoken at Perspectives? View our lecture series' impressive list of past guests.


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