Speaking Engagements

In addition to assisting you in organizing and delivering effective seminars, forums and retreats, Circle Square Solutions can also provide an excellent guest speaker for your event, please contact us for information



On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being excellent) you received all 5’s on the evalution form.

Comments included: “the very best speech”“fantastic and educational!”“awesome” and “The best! A1″

George delivered the keynote speech at our 2015 Local Government Leadership Academy Elected Officials Seminar series – held at several events throughout BC for new and returning mayors, chairs, councillors and directors in January and February 2015. His presentation: Somewhere Down the Crazy River: Advice from a Grizzled Veteran for Your Political Journey was an absolute hit. Inspiring, engaging, enlightening and very funny, over 90% of seminar evaluations rated it good to excellent, and comments were overwhelmingly positive. Using song lyrics, stories from his own political life, a healthy dose of common sense and a lot of humour, George provided a road map for making it through the electoral term with your dignity, integrity and sanity intact. He did an excellent job and was a pleasure to work with – we highly recommend him for speaking engagements and instructional work.


Our Speakers

“Predicting the Past; Understanding the Future”, BC Colleges
June 20, 2016

“The Vital Role of Parents within the Education System”, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
April 29, 2016

“Having Your Way With Government”, Keynote at Southern Interior Local Government Association
April 21, 2016

Inaugural Conference, Walk-in Clinics of BC Keynote
March 4, 2016

“Can Education Be a Kind of Magic?”, BC Association of School Business Officials Keynote
February 11, 2016

“Building an Effective Relationship with Government”, Kidney Foundation of Canada
February 6, 2016

“The Future of Lobbying”, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC, national conference
January 22, 2016

“Hurdles to Competitiveness: Can First Nations Be Part of the Solution”, Truck Loggers Association Convention Panel
January 14, 2016

Kamloops – Luncheon Keynote
“Building Partnerships and Futures”, First Nations and Oil Pipeline Development Summit
October 27, 2015

“Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders”, National Debate Seminar Keynote
October 23, 2015

“How Can We Be More Effective With Government”, BC CEO Network
October 2, 2015

Vancouver (with Bob de Faye)
“Building a Collaborative (and Successful) Team”, Summer Institute for Future Legislators, UBC
July 12, 2015

“Health Care Forum 2015”, BC Business Council
June 4, 2015

“Speed-Dating Your MLA”, Canadian Mental Health Association
May 4, 2015

Prince George
“LGLA keynote speech”
February 4, 2015

“LGLA keynote speech”
January 27 and 28, 2015

“LGLA keynote speech”
January 20, 2015

Richmond – Local Government Leadership Academy keynotes
“Somewhere Down the Crazy River: Advice from a Grizzled Veteran for your Political Journey”
January  13, 14 & 19, 2015

Vancouver – Canadian Mental Health Association
“Building an Effective Relationship with Government”
January 10, 2015

Kamloops – BCSTA
“Can We Build a New Relationship in Education?”
October 3, 2014

Grand Forks – BC School Trustees Association
“Making Connections and Building Relationships”
September 19, 2014

Abbotsford School District Panel
“Education: Where BC Stands”
August 23, 2014


Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (UBC)
“Advice to Future Legislators”
July 12, 2014

Affinity Institute Panel
“Building a better relationship with First Nations”
June 13, 2014

BC Hospice Association
“Getting the attention of government”
May 10, 2014

BC School Trustees Association
“Effective ways to connect with your community as you prepare for trustee elections”
April 24, 2014

United Way Public Policy Institute
“The Power of Partnerships”
April 10, 2014

Simon Fraser University “Rethinking Regional Governance” Conference
“Everything you ever wanted to know about regional governance…but were afraid to ask!”
March 1, 2014

Western Silvicultural Contractors Association
“Reflections of a Recovering Politician.”
January 30, 2014

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada
“How can public servants best navigate the political environment and work with politicians?”
November 26. 2013

Union of BC Municipalities (staff)
“I’ll buy that! The Politics of Persuading Government”
November 14. 2013

Council of Forest Industries
“Cause for Optimism in a Volatile World?”
November 7. 2013

Keynote speech to the Abbotsford School District Leadership Conference
“Ten (okay maybe Twelve) Things I Learned as BC’s Education Minister”
August 19th, 2013

BC Pharmacy Association, guest speaker
“Government Advocacy:  Why it Matters”
Kelowna, May 31, 2013

Global Television, Election 2013 panelist
Vancouver, May 14, 2013

BC Business Council, Election Panel
“What to expect from the BC Election”
Vancouver, May 9, 2013

BC Care Providers Association Panel
“BC Health Care, Past and Present:  What would you do differently?”
Whistler, May 7, 2013

Southern Interior Local Government Association
“Speed-Dating Your Minister”
Salmon Arm, May 3, 2013

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Election Panel
”What should Public Servants expect from this Election?”
Victoria, May 1, 2013

University of Victoria, Election Panel
“What’s not being discussed in this election?”
April 30, 2013

Department of Political Science public lecture
“The Tsay Keh Dene Story”
University of Victoria, January 22, 2013

Chinese Foreign Affairs University and Capital Normal University
“Understanding Canadian Government and Politics”
Beijing, November 4-9, 2012

Okanagan-Kootenay Region School District Forum
“Reflections of a Recovering Education Minister”
Revelstoke, October 13, 2012

ERDI Education Innovation Conference
“Innovation and Excellence in BC Education”
Whistler, October 11, 2012

The Annual Fraser Forum
“Self-Regulation and Kids’ Mental Health”
Fraser, June 21, 2014

Cowichan Valley School District administrators
“Leadership Development Keynote sessions”
Cowichan Valley, May 2, 2014

“Self-Regulation and Early Childhood Education”
Mexico City, March 25, 2014

Surrey and Langley District Parent Advisory Councils
“Parent introduction to the Self-Regulation framework”
Surrey, March 8. 2014