Speaker: Veronica Tennant
VERONICA TENNANT, C.C. ; LL.D; D.Litt.
Producer-Director, Performer, Host, Prima Ballerina
As Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, Veronica Tennant won a devoted following as a dancer of extraordinary versatility and dramatic power. She gave her farewell performances in Romeo and Juliet and - A Passion For Dance - Celebrating the Tennant Magic in 1989. Tennant overlapped immediately as Host of Sunday Arts Entertainment on CBC Television launching her present career as a producer/director. As actor Veronica Tennant has played at the Shaw Festival and also in the title role in The Piano Man’s Daughter in a 22 performance national tour with Timothy Findley. Veronica Tennant has performed widely as narrator with The Toronto Symphony, The NAC Orchestra, and debuted her musical narrative of The Little Match Girl with The Vancouver Symphony.
Hailed as a “great communicator”, Veronica Tennant has extensive credits as an “inspiring and effervescent” keynote speaker including; The Canadian Club, Staff of the House of Commons; Convocations at UofT and McGill University. She has lectured as Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow - University of California, York University and spoken at the Canadian Club-New York, Royal Military Institute, P.E.N., Idea City, Peter Gzowski’s Benefit for Literacy, among many others.
Called the “consummate host” Veronica Tennant has MCeed; The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Canada Day Protocol Show on Parliament Hill (bilingual) twice, Gala for Queen Elizabeth 11 at Roy Thomson Hall as well as hosting the Chalmers Awards, Governor General’s Literary Awards and an extensive variety of Conferences, Fundraisers and Tribute celebrations. Veronica Tennant is a National Ambassador for UNICEF Canada. In 2010, she opened the Unique Lives Series at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.