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Academic Affairs

Cyr Hall • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Scholars' Symposium Keynote Speaker

Candy Palmater

photo of comedian Candy Palmater

Canadian Comedian/Aboriginal Comedian

Candy Palmater is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic who was raised by bikers in the wilds of Northern New Brunswick. She is an activist, actor, writer, international speaker and an award winning award show host; as well as the executive producer of three films on Mi'kmaw culture. Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award winning TV series, The Candy Show which is now in its fifth season, you can watch weekly on APTN.

Candy has appeared in Forgive Me (she has a Screen Nova Scotia Nomination for Best Actor in Supporting Role 2015), Sex & Violence and Call Me Fitz. She is a regular contributor to DNTO on CBC radio, as well as Guest Host of Q on CBC Radio and TV, and can be seen every Tuesday nights on Laughing Drum as part of the APTN National News. Candy has just finished up filming on Season 10 of Trailer Park Boys for Netflix and is currently working on a new National Television Series on APTN titled Sex & Candy.

Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice Labour and Aboriginal law in a large corporate firm until show biz came knocking.

Before pursuing entertainment full time, Candy worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade. She is currently working on a Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University and teaches a course at Dalhousie University.

Candy spends most of her time in airports and airplanes as she travels the globe speaking to audiences, large and small, about the power of love, kindness and self-acceptance. Candy believes we are more alike than different and that you can NEVER have too much Candy.