Hallman Lecture Series

Hallman Lecture Series

Welcome to the Hallman Lecture Series at the University of Waterloo - where knowledge meets inspiration!

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Hallman Lecture: In motion towards building an inclusive and healthy world without barriers

Rick Hansen
Monday, June 10, 7 p.m. EDT

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair.

Hansen is also a three-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold medalist and six-time Paralympic medalist. He is the founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating an inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.

Through the power of his own story and the inspiration he’s found in others, Rick Hansen shares his vision and inspires audiences to join his journey to create an accessible, healthy and inclusive world, where people of all abilities can fully participate and contribute.

About the Lecture Series

The Hallman Lecture Series brings leading thinkers to University of Waterloo to engage the public on topics of health, well-being and health behaviour change. Established through a generous professorial endowment, this series aims to foster intellectual curiosity and the exchange of ideas amongst the general public, students, public health practitioners, educators and other professionals.

Professorial Endowment

The Series is made possible by the Lyle S. Hallman Professorial Endowment, a generous gift by developer and Order of Canada recipient Lyle S. Hallman (1922-2003) and his wife Wendy. This endowment enables us to invite distinguished speakers who have made significant contributions to their respective fields.


Our commitment to accessibility ensures that everyone can participate in the Hallman Lecture Series. If you require accommodations or have specific accessibility needs, please note these on your registration and we will do our best to make the event inclusive for all.

Past lectures

Explore the rich history of the Hallman Lecture Series by revisiting some of our memorable past lectures.