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Shelley Ambrose, BA’83, has been engaging Canadians in a dialogue about our place in the world for decades. As Executive Director of the Walrus Foundation and Publisher of The Walrus magazine, she energizes the national debate in innovative and thought-provoking ways. And her passion for captivating readers was fostered at Western.


Shelley Ambrose started her career as a reporter for The Globe and Mail and Windsor Star before serving for more than a decade as a producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside and later for The Pamela Wallin Show. After three years in public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in New York, organizing media and events and building the Canadian brand, she returned to Canada in 2006. Ms. Ambrose has produced hundreds of events, including forums, lectures, festivals, book tours, Arctic tours, royal visits, and Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday celebrations in Toronto and New York.

She joined the Walrus Foundation in 2006 as its Executive Director and Publisher of The Walrus magazine. Today, the Walrus Foundation is an industry leader in creating “content-fueled conversations.” The Walrus magazine is available in print, tablet and phone; Walrus TV features original documentaries based on the magazine’s stories, and more, airing on the Smithsonian Channel; and the Foundation has hosted 140 Walrus Talks speakers on various topics in 11 different cities.

For Ms. Ambrose, her work today is a continuation of the Canadian conversation she has engaged in her whole life. She sits on the Advisory Council for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities in Western’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Both her mother and father attended Western, prior to moving the family west to Calgary when she was five. She earned an English degree from Western in 1983.

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