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President’s Lunches in the Lodge

President’s Lunches in the Lodge

Inspired by his experience at his Oxford College, Exeter, President Lahey hosts a popular event for students: “Lunches in the Lodge” — designed to connect students with King’s alumni.

The format is simple — and effective. Periodically throughout the term, twelve students, selected on a first-come, first-served basis, join the president for a light meal and conversation with a King’s alumni member.

Alumni guests share their career paths and experiences, showing how their King’s education set the stage for the contributions they have made to their community after King’s.

Past Lunches


Naomi Rosenfeld

Vice Chair of the King’s Board of Governors
March 20, 2024

Dr. Owen Averill, BA(Hons)’04

Family Physician
New Glasgow, N.S.
February 28, 2024

Kate MacKeigan, BA’09

Information Manager
Shared Services Canada
January 31, 2024

Andrew Soren, BA(Hons)’02

Founder and CEO
Eudaimonic by Design
November 23, 2023

Marie-France LeBlanc, BJ’92

President & CEO, North End Community Health Centre
October 17, 2023

Jenn Thornhill Verma
BJ(Hons)’02, MFA’19

Journalist, visual artist and non-profit executive
September 27, 2023



Alexandra McCann

Executive Director of ONSIDE, the Organization for Nova Scotia Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship
March 29, 2023

Tanya Bilsbury, BSc(Hons)’05

PhD candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University
November 30, 2022



Trevor Murphy, standing in front of a shelf of recordsTrevor Murphy, BJ (Hons) ’06

Publicist and Musician
March 18, 2022

Kathryn MorseKathryn Morse, BJ ‘89

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality
March 3, 2022

Chère Chapman, BSc(Hons) ’94

CEO Ardea Outcomes, November 26, 2021

Hannah Rittner, BA(Hons)’11

Playwright, Screenwriter and Producer
October 14, 2021







Harry Critchley, BA(Hons)’15

Law Student, Schulich School of Law
February 14, 2020

Stefan Leslie, BA(Hons)’96

CEO at Research Nova Scotia
January 24, 2020

Trina Roache, BJ’00

Video Journalist with APTN Investigates
November 8, 2019

Wilson Bell, BA(Hons)’00

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, History, and Politics – Thompson Rivers University
October 18, 2019

Nevin French, BA’00

Vice President Public Policy, Information Technology Association of Canada
September 27, 2019






Shannon Brownlee, BA(Hons)’96

Associate Director (Cinema & Media Studies); Assistant Professor – Cinema and Media Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies, Dalhousie University
March 25, 2019

Stephanie McGrath, BJ(Hons)’99

Vice President of Strategy at VERB Interactive
January 25, 2019

Doug Ruck, BA’72

Chair King’s Board of Governors
November 2, 2018

Lindsay Cameron Wilson , BA’95, BJ’99

Host Love Food and The Food Podcast. Co-author of seven cookbooks
September 24, 2018




Stephanie Dick, BA(Hons)’07

Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
April 5, 2018

Alex McLean, BA(Hons)’96 and Susan Leblanc, BA(Hons)’97

Artistic Directors, Zuppa Theatre
March 21, 2018

Simon Jackson, BSc ’86

Department of Medicine & Professor, Division of Cardiology
February 7, 2018

Wanda Taylor,BJ’08

Author, Acquisitions Editor, Formac Publishing, Mentor Apprentice, King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction
January 25, 2018

Brian McGuigan, BA(Hons)’85

Manager, Aboriginal Policy for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
November 3, 2017

Stephen Marche, BA(Hons)’97

Esquire columnist and author.
November 15, 2017

Barb Stegemann, BA ’91, BJ ’99

Founder, The 7 Virtues, Author and Social Business Innovator
November 23, 2017

Helen MacDonnell, BA’86, MFA’15

Writer, speaker and mental health advocate. Founder of Women & Wellness,an award-winning awareness and fundraising event for mental health in Canada
October 16, 2017

Joshua Bates, BA(Hons)’02

Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Directorate, Department of Justice at Government of Nova Scotia
September 27, 2017

Tyler MacLean, BA (Hons)’11

Legal Aid Manitoba
March 29, 2017