• Wade Davis

    Hear Wade Davis on his big new book about…Colombia

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  • Robert Frank

    Why do we behave against our self-interest? Because our neighbours do.

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  • Jared Diamond

    Have lunch with Jared Diamond, “one of the deepest thinkers of our time.”

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Upcoming Events


A New Way to Enjoy Original Thinking Upcoming RamsayDinners Robert Shiller on February 21, 2020 Famed Yale economist and Nobel Prize winner; Author of Irrational Exuberance and Narrative Economics Françoise Baylis on March 30, 2020 Medical ethicist, whistleblower and author of Altered Inheritance Sir Angus Deaton and Anne Case on May 19, 2020 Nobel Laureate Deaton and his wife decode America’s rising (more…)


Why do we behave against our self-interest? Because our neighbours do. That’s the view of Robert Frank, the noted New York Times economics columnist and best-selling author (his books have been translated into 23 languages). His latest, Under the Influence, extends the view that social networks profoundly shape how we act by observing that our social environments are themselves (more…)


Hear Wade Davis on his big new book about…Colombia? Wade Davis is one of the true trail-blazing thinkers, writers and speakers alive today.  Among his 20 books are One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence. Each has won adoring reviews (Into the Silence won the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book in the English language). Each has been (more…)


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Have lunch with Jared Diamond, “one of the deepest thinkers of our time.” In his mega-bestsellers, Guns, Germs and Steel, and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he unearths how successful nations recover from crises via a coping mechanism more often associated (more…)

RamsayTalks are different.
The speakers are always articulate, often ground-breaking and new to town. The audience? Well, come see for yourself.

RamsayTalks have been held in Toronto for over 40 years.

They began as luncheons‚ with speakers like Malcolm Gladwell, Valery Gergiev, Sir Edmund Hillary, Brent Hawkes and Margaret MacMillan. Then in 2009, they grew into breakfasts, smaller and more interactive gatherings with speakers like Samantha Power, Robin Ghivan, Tracy Kidder and Peter Gelb.

In 2010, Bob Ramsay partnered with the Globe and Mail and Mackenzie Financial to create the Keynote Speaker Series with leading thinkers who happen to be authors such as Ken Auletta, Sheena Iyengar, Nicholas Christakis, Tim Wu and Tony Hsieh.

In addition, in the summer of 2011 RamsayTalks co-produced the 20th anniversary reunion of Thelma & Louise, with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis live on stage at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Today, RamsayTalks include series programmed for larger venues such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with speakers such as Jane McGonigal, Robyn Doolittle and David Thomson.

Recent speakers have included: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Charles Bronfman, Wade Davis, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Niall Ferguson, Kathleen McLaughlin, Sandy Pentland, Eric Schmidt, Howard Schultz, Andrew Solomon, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Simon Winchester, and for the Sony Centre with Amy Cuddy.

Click here to view a video of past speakers. 

Who is Bob Ramsay?

He is the President of Ramsay Inc., the Toronto communications consultancy that presents RamsayTalks.

He is also deeply involved in the community. For many years, he was the fund-raising chair on the board of TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also served on the boards of the St. Lawrence Centre, Women’s College Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Film Centre and the International Festival of Authors, which he also chaired.

Bob Ramsay was born in Edmonton and received his BA in English at Princeton, and his diploma in publishing procedures from Harvard. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Medal in 2015 and the Bernier Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2017.

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