General Meetings

Past General Meetings

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  • Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

12:30pm: Light lunch and conversation

1:30pm: Business Meeting
2:00pm: Concert by EnChor, Artistic Director Morna Edmundson

Where: St. John's College


  • General Meeting with on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - new date!

"Microbes and Their Effect on Healthy Living and Aging"

Dr. Finlay will discuss how the microbiome has previously unrecognized effects on human health and disease, and how it affects the body's development in our early life, and has a major effect as we age. His lecture will be based on the information in his newly-released book (co-authored with his daughter, Jessica), The Whole-body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes - Inside and Out - for Lifelong Health.

When: Wednesday, February 20 from 1pm to 3:30pm.
Please note new date

1:00pm: Cookies, coffee, tea and conversation
1:30pm: Business Meeting
2:00pm: Speaker Brett Finlay, Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Where: Jack Poole Hall at the Alumni Centre



  • General Meeting on November 21 at 1pm 

“The Magic of Soil"

“Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.” This announcement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization appeared in Scientific American in Dec. 2014, and the world carried on, but not quite. 
Phil Gregory, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, transitioned from exoplanet research to exploring what is necessary to sustain human life on planet Earth. He will share his 3-plus year journey through conventional agriculture, soil biology, desertification, and animal grazing. The good news is that during the past 30 years there has been an amazing revolution in our understanding of soil biology and nature's complexity. This offers tremendous potential to deal with food security and global warming in a way where nature can do most of the work.
Phil Gregory received his BSc and MSc from Queen's University, and a PhD in Physics from University of Manchester. During three years (1970-3) as a postdoc and visiting assistant professor in the U of T Astronomy Department, he made headline news around the world with the discovery of giant radio outbursts from a celestial X-ray source, Cygnus X-3. The outbursts were caused by jets of plasma travelling at close to the speed of light, emanating from either a black hole or neutron star.
After joining the Physics Department at UBC in 1973, he initiated a 12-year project called the Galactic Radio Patrol to study transient radio sources using the giant 91 meter diameter Green Bank telescope of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory. This project yielded many new astronomical puzzles and several astronomical catalogues. The project ended in 1988 when the giant telescope suddenly collapsed into a heap of twisted steel girders.
In 1989 he developed a keen interest in Bayesian statistics, which led in 1992 to the Gregory-Loredo Bayesian Algorithm for the detection of periodic signals of unknown shape. He retired early in 2001 to complete his text book on Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences. From 2005 to 2017, he participated in the great exoplanet discovery boom and invented several Bayesian statistical tools for aiding the discovery of exoplanets. In 2015, concerned with the fate of humanity, he turned his attention to agriculture and soil biology, and has been busy promoting the potential of the new soil biology revolution through lectures and videos. He lives with his wife Jackie on Bowen Island.
All emeriti and partners are welcome. 
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 1pm 
1pm: Coffee, tea and cookies 
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Presentation by Ken Carty and Richard Johnston
Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd.



  • General Meeting on October 17 at 1pm 

“The Electoral System Referendum”
British Columbians are to vote in a November referendum to decide how their electoral politics and government should be conducted and organized.

The referendum will ask two questions:

1) Should BC maintain its current voting system or change to one based on the concept of proportional representation.
2) If we are to move to PR how would you rank the three proposed options.

If the response to the first question is for change, the second will be used to decide what kind of system is to be adopted.
Electoral systems are both complex and consequential. To explore the issues raised by the referendum we have two speakers.


Ken Carty - on the left - (Emeritus political science) will discuss the basic features of the current system and explore and explain the options that the government has presented.
Richard Johnston - on the right - (Canada Research Chair in Elections and Representation) will consider the impact of changing the system for electoral and legislative politics.

All emeriti and partners are welcome. 
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 1pm 
1pm: Coffee, tea and cookies 
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Presentation by Ken Carty and Richard Johnston
Where: Sage Restaurant, University Centre (Old Faculty Club), 6331 Crescent Road
General Meetings 2017-2018:
  • Annual General Meeting with Judith Hall, Medical Genetics and Wine and Cheese Reception on April 18 at 1pm 
Judith Hall, Professor Emerita of Medical Genetics will speak on "Epigenetics: The Intersection of Genes and the Environment."
Judith Hall was Chair of Pediatrics at the BC Children’s Hospital and UBC for 10 years, and served as president of the boards of many Pediatric and Genetic organizations. Her research is in the fields of congenital anomalies (birth defects) and non-traditional inheritance. She has received many honours including Officer of Order of Canada, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, several Lifetime Achievement Awards, and most recently, an honorary degree from UBC. She is a Past President of UBCAPE and currently Co-Chair of the Association's Committee on Continuing Scholarly Activity.
Epigenetics is all about the control of turning genes on and off, in a time-specific, tissue-specific manner. Once the human genome had been sequenced, it became clear that only 2% of our DNA is for coding proteins. The function of the rest is not entirely clear, but is highly conserved, and therefore probably really not “junk”. This talk will aim to give a feel for the exciting new developments in the field, having to do with controlling gene expression in a time-and-development/agespecific,tissue- and organ-specific, and gender-specific manner. It has become clear that during the course of evolution, messages about the environment are transmitted from one generation to the next. Epidemiologic, animal, and historical studies have provided insights into these multi-generational effects. Some of the findings provide insights that require a new kind of family history.

When: Wednesday, April 18 at 1pm
1pm: Coffee, tea and cookies and book display
1:30pm Presentation of President's Award of Distinguished Service by UBC Emeriti and remarks by President Ono

2:15pm: Business meeting
2:45pm: Presentation by Judith Hall, Professor Emerita of Medical Genetics

4:15pm: Wine and Cheese Reception

Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre  
  • General Meeting on March 21 at 2pm
Piano Recital by Robert Silverman, CM, Professor Emeritus of Music
Program selected from Chopin's Ballades, Sherzos, Nocturnes and Mazurkas
In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of renowned conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Sympho
ny, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as every major orchestra in Canada. Robert Silverman's comprehensive discography ranks among the largest of any Canadian pianist in history.
His recent album of late Chopin works  (on Isomike) was named the Best Recording of the Month by Stereophile Magazine in February of this year. In the same issue, another of his albums—the complete sonatas of Rachmaninoff—was included in the annual column, "Records to Die For.” His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an integral recording of the Mozart sonatas was released in 2010, again on the Isomike label.
In 2013 Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry. Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, Orpheum Masters and Isomike. Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where a generous selection of his recordings can be heard. Many of his recordings are available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Audio High. Visit him online at
When: Wednesday, March 21

2:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
2:45pm: Business meeting
3:00pm: Performance by Robert Silverman, Professor Emeritus of Music (2003)
The Wine and Cheese Reception, Book Display and Awards Ceremony have been postponed to April 18.

Where:  St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall


  • General Meeting on February 7 at 1pm
When: Wednesday, February 7 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Panel discussion chaired by Paul Marantz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre 


  • General Meeting on February 7 at 1pm

"Free expression and a respectful environment: Are these objectives compatible at a 21st Century University?"

Many universities are grappling with the vexing challenge of combining the robust protection of free speech with the fostering of a respectful environment for learning and work. The stakes are high, and much damage can result when matters go awry, as was recently the case at Dalhousie and Wilfred Laurier University.  At UBC, a Working Group, led by Professor Neil Guppy, has spent many months drafting an authoritative statement for the University. An initial draft was released in early November. Not surprisingly, it provoked much discussion and some strong criticism. If the protection of free speech means allowing all speech that is legal, including speech that some find offensive or hurtful, and the promotion of a respectful environment means eliminating speech that some find offensive or hurtful, how can these conflicting objectives be reconciled at a world-class 21st Century university? The three distinguished members of our panel, who have given much thought to these issues, will discuss their perspectives on how UBC can best protect free expression while fostering a respectful environment.
Neil Guppy, Professor of Sociology, has been a Department Head, Associate Dean (Students), and Associate Vice President (Academic Programs). Current
ly he is the Senior Advisor (to the Provost) on Academic Freedom, and the Acting Principal of Vantage College.
Sally Thorne is a Professor in the School of Nursing, and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, in the Faculty of Applied Science. She is a member of the President’s Working Group on Freedom of Expression, involved in the drafting of the Draft Statement. 
Paul Russell, Professor of Philosophy at UBC, is also a Professor at Lund University, where he is Director of the Lund/Gothenburg Responsibility Project.
Among many other honours, he was awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and the UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize.
The UBC “Freedom of Expression Statement Draft” of November 8, 2017, may be found at
This web site also provides access to invited commentaries on the Statement Draft by nine members of the UBC community as well as more than 180 submissions that were made to the Working Group in response to the Statement Draft.
The UBC Calendar contains current policy statements on “Academic Freedom & Responsibility” and a “Respectful Environment”.
The highly influential “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression” at the University of Chicago, which provides a basis for the so-called “Chicago Principles” that have been officially endorsed by more than 30 American Universities, can be found by clicking on the link.
When: Wednesday, February 7 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Panel discussion chaired by Paul Marantz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre 

  • General Meeting on November 15 at 1pm
A Mid-Term Assessment of the Trudeau Liberal Government: 
A Presentation by Four UBC Experts
Chaired by Ken Carty, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

On November 4, 2017 the ‘new’ Trudeau Liberal government will celebrate two years in office. This makes it an appropriate time for a mid-term assessment of its record.
The government was elected on the basis that the country wanted a change from the policies and modalities of the Harper Conservative government. It ran on a platform of “Real Change” (
Our review will ask how they have performed:
• How do they compare to the previous Conservative government?
• How have they done in terms of their own platform promises?











When: Wednesday, November 15 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Panel discussion chaired by Ken Carty, Professor Emeritus Political Science

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre  


  • General Meeting with Wade Davis on October 11 at 2pm
Into the silence: the Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.
If the quest for Mount Everest began as a grand imperial gesture, as redemp- tion for an empire of explorers that had lost the race to the poles, it ended as  a mission of regeneration for a country and a people bled white by war. Of the twenty-six British climbers who, on three expeditions (1921-24), walked 400 miles off the map to find and assault the highest mountain on Earth, twenty had seen the worst of the fighting. Six had been severely wounded, two others nearly killed by disease at the Front, one hospitalized twice with shell shock. Four as army surgeons dealt for the duration with the agonies of the dying.
Two lost brothers, killed in action. All had endured the slaughter, the coughing of the guns, the bones and barbed wire, the white faces of the dead.
In a monumental work of history and adventure, ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: ‘The price of life is death.’ Mallory walked on because for him, as for all of his generation, death was but ‘a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day.’ As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. They were not cavalier, but death was no stranger. They had seen so much of it that it had no hold on them. What mattered What mattered was how one lived, the moments of being alive. For all of them Everest had become an exalted radiance, a sentinel in the sky, a symbol of hope in a world gone mad.
Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosys- tems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer- in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Author of 20 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the Natioal Geographic Society. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, and the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University. In 2016 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

When: Wednesday, October 11 from 2 to 4:30pm

2:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
3:00pm: Business meeting
3:15pm: Speaker Wade Davis

Where:  Cecil Green Park House at 6251 Cecil Green Park Road

General Meetings 2016-2017:

Annual General Meeting with Nancy Hermiston, UBC School of Music on Wednesday, April 26
When: Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00-3:30pm
1:00pm: Coffee, tea, sandwiches and conversation
1:30pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Nancy Hermiston, Director UBC Opera Ensemble, UBC School of Music

Where: Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre


  • General Meeting with UBC President, Santa Ono on March 29 at 1pm
President Ono will speak on March 29. More information will follow soon.
Prior to the lecture, books of UBC Emeriti will be displayed in the room.

When: Wednesday, March 29 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Book Display, coffee, tea and conversation
1:50pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Speaker UBC President, Santa Ono

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre







  • General Meeting with Arthur Ray, Professor Emeritus of History, on February 8 at 1pm
The three hundred and forty years-old Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and Contemporary Aboriginal Rights and Environmental Issues in Canada
As Canada’s most famous economic historian Harold Innis pointed out long ago, Canada is a creation of the fur trade. Crown-First Nations relations were forged in this enterprise also. For most parts of the country, the London-based Hudson’s Bay Company was the dominant Euro-Canadian fur trading institution. Its extraordinary historical legacy is the vast Hudson’s Bay Company archives, which have been designated as a UNESCO world heritage resource. This archives includes miles of records for over 500 posts from coast to coast to coast across the country and the London Headquarters records.
The company’s remarkable archives offer crucial insights to many issues of great concern in Canada today such as: aboriginal economic rights, climate change, and the environmental impacts of northern development. I will provide examples by focusing on the records of one of the company’s earliest and most important posts—York Factory on the western shores Hudson Bay. The discussion draws on my ongoing editorial project for the Champlain Society that will publish the York Factory post journals and related documents for 1714-17. Of the thousands of company post journals, in my view these are the most extraordinary. Captain and Governor James Knight kept these journals. In his seventies at the time, Knight was one of the most experienced men who would ever assume command of a company post. His entries reveal him as someone who was, in effect, an applied ethnographer, a cultural-physical geographer, and an astute and ambitious businessman. 


When: Wednesday, February 8 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:50pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Speaker Arthur Ray

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre


  • General Meeting with Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Eva Oberle from the Human Early Learning Partnership on November 16 at 1pm

The Human Early Learning Partnership is an interdisciplinary research institute in the School of Population and Public Health in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children through interdisciplinary research and mobilizing knowledge. Join Professor and HELP Director, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Assistant Professor, Dr. Eva Oberle, to explore the groundbreaking research related to HELP’s human development program of researching a comprehensive child development monitoring system. 

The central components of the monitoring system include the population-level tools, the Early Development Instrument and the Middle Years Development Instrument. Data from these tools provide essential insights into how the health and well-being of children in BC is changing over time and how both risk and resiliency influence development at every stage across the early life course. This system as a whole is essential to improve our understanding of children’s developmental out-comes in British Columbia and supports evidence-based decision making within governments, institutions and communities to improve investments in children and families. Other interdisciplinary research being conducted at HELP regarding efforts to understand and promote children’s social and emotional competence and well-being will also be discussed.

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture Program in the world renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), her research focuses on identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency in children and adolescents.





Eva Oberle is an Assistant Professor with the Human Early Learning Partnership. Her research investigates factors linked to positive child development and strategies for promoting mental health and well-being in the school context in particular. Her main focus is on social and emotional learning in schools, risk and resilience, and positive youth develpment.






When: Wednesday, November 16 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:50pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Speakers Kimberley Schonert-Reichl and Eva Oberle

Where: Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre


  • General Meeting with Tom Kirkwood on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

As Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health and then Dean of Ageing at Newcastle University, Professor Kirkwood led the Institute to become the largest on aging in the UK and one of the foremost of its kind in the world. His research has been on the scientific basis of aging and its relationship with age-related disability and disease, including the impact of social and behavioural factors. He has advised the UK government on aspects of population ageing and contributed extensively to shaping public debate through frequent contributions to television, radio, and print media. His books include the award-winning Time of Our lives: The Science of Human Aging; Chance, Development and Aging (with Caleb Finch); The end of Aging; and An age of Wonders; The Story of the Newcastle 85+ Study (with Gordon Morris).

Professor Kirkwood is coming to UBC as a Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor and will give three talks on the New Science of Aging. The first, "Why and How are We living Longer?", will be presented as a Vancouver Institute Lecture on Saturday, October 1, at 8:15pm. His second will be a Green College Public Lecture at 5:00pm (reception following) on Tuesday, October 4, entitled "How close Are We to Discovering the "Secret of Eternal Youth?". We are honoured that Prof. Kirkwood will present a third lecture, "Why Grow Old"?, at our first UBCAPE General Meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend all three lectures.

"Why Grow Old?" will deal will the hypothesis that aging is a genetically programmed "sacrifice" of the individual to free up living space for offspring and aid evolution by promoting the turnover of generations. Prof. Kirkwood will argue that this hypothesis, while attractive, is wrong: The more we learn about the diversity of aging across the species, the more we understand about why some animals live longer than others, why dietary restriction sometimes (but not always) extends life, and why some species exhibit a pattern of reproduction called "big bang", closely followed by death. Answering "why grow old?" leads to deep insights into the root causes of this most mysterious process.

When: Wednesday, October 5 from 2:50pm to 4pm, followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception.
2:50pm: Business meeting
3:00pm: Speaker Tom Kirkwood
4:00pm: Wine and Cheese Reception

Where: St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall


Academic Year 2015-2016

  • General Meeting with Philip Resnick on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2017 will mark the sesquicentennial of Confederation. A key feature of the Canadian political system has been the ongoing relationship between English-speaking Canada and French Canada, ore especially Quebec. This talk will provide an overview of French Canada's place within Confederation down to today. It will touch on French Canada's ongoing concern for the defence of its language, culture, and identity, and on some of the tensions that have arisen between Quebec and the rest of Canada. It will also address some of the new challenges facing Quebec in the years to come. It will conclude with reflections on how well French Canada has fared within the federal structure created in 1867.

Philip Resnick is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. His research interests have included Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative nationalism, and democratic theory. His publications include: Letter to a Québécois Friend, The Masks of Proteus; Canadian Reflections on the State, Thinking English Canada, The Politics of Resentment: B.C. Regionalism and Canadian Unity, The European Roots of Canadian Identity, The Labyrinth of North American Identities, and most recently, a collection of poems entitled Footsteps of the Past.

When: Wednesday, March 23 from 1pm to 4pm.
1:00pm: Coffee, tea and cookies
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Speaker Philip Resnick

Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd


  • General Meeting with Brian Rodrigues, Wednesday, February 17 from 1 to 3:30pm at Cecil Green Park House

Dr. Brian Rodrigues is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia and will speak about “Diabetes Mellitus”. 

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most commonly encountered chronic illnesses found today.  Its incidence has reached pandemic proportions, and globally, approximately 346 million people are affected by this disease. This number is projected to grow to 438 million by 2030 (7.8% of the adult population). In Canada, more than 9 million individuals live with diabetes or prediabetes.  Diabetes is a disease with devastating human, social and economic impacts. It poses a serious problem since poor treatment can lead to serious consequences such as renal failure, blindness, heart attack, stroke and end-limb amputation. In fact, 75% of people with diabetes experience complications requiring hospitalization.  Direct diabetes costs range from $1,000 to 15,000/year (individually) and 1/7 of our annual health care dollars are spent managing this disease.  By 2020, diabetes is expected to cost the health care system 16.9 billion dollars a year (through hospitalizations, physician visits, and medications as a result of diabetes and its complications).  In his talk, Brian Rodrigues, will describe diabetes, its aetiology, current treatment paradigms, and research on the horizon.

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2015, from 1pm to 4pm.

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and cookies
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Brian Rodrigues


Where: Cecil Green Park House, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road


  • General Meeting with Lynn Smith on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Lynn Smith taught law at the University of British Columbia from 1981-97 in areas including Constitutional Law, Evidence, Civil Litigation, and Real Property. She has published books and articles in the fields of Charter equality rights, civil litigation and evidence, human rights, administrative law, and women's equality. She was Dean of the U.B.C. Law Faculty 1991-1197. In 1998, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and served as a Justice of that Court until her retirement in September 2012. She is an Honorary Professor at the U.B.C. Faculty of Law and is teaching a seminar on Charter Litigation.

She was a founding Director of Canada's Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and served as its national Chair and Chair of its Legal Committee. At various times, she served on the Boards of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the Vancouver Community Legal Assistance Society, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Vancouver Foundation, B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre (as Chair), and Science World.

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, from 1pm to 4pm.
1:00pm: Coffee, tea and cookies
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Speaker Lynn Smith

Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd


  • First General Meeting with Herbert Rosengarten on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm, followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception from 4-6pm, hosted by Dr. Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President Academice, pro term.

Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd

Herbert Rosengarten is a Professor Emeritus and former Head of teh English Department at UBC. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Brasenose College (Oxford), and Pembroke College (Cambridge). His interests lie in British fiction of the Victorian period, especially the work of the Brontë family, and he has edited a number of the Brontë novels for Oxford University Press. His most recent publication is a survey of Brontë criticism that appeared in the Brontës in Context, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.


The Legacy Project, led by a group of professors emeriti, current faculty, and UBC staff, is intended to gather the personal reminiscences of past and present members of the UBC community, through autobiographical narratives and filmed interviews.



General Meeting 2014-2015:

  • Annual General Meeting with EnChor on Wednesday, April 22 at St. John's College

    When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 1:00-4:00pm
    Where: St. John's College

    EnChor is an auditioned SATB choir based in Vancouver directed by Carrie Tennant. The choir is the creation of the late Dr. Diane Loomer, CM. She felt there was a largely untapped well of experienced singers who had reached their 55th birthday and were still interested in performing high quality music.

    EnChor has performed by invitation at Podium 2010 in Saskatoon, Festival 500 in Newfoundland (2011), BCCF Chorfest (2014) and Bard on the Beach (2014). EnChor gives at least two public concerts a year, forms the Concert Choir for the Vancouver Symphony's Traditional Christmas Concerts (together with the UBC Opera Ensemble) and performs by special arrangement at private functions, assisted living facilities and hospices.

    During the 2014-15 Season, Morna Edmundson (daughter of Don Russell, Professor Emeritus of Physics) is EnChor's Interim Conductor. She is one of Canada's best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence. Passionate since childhood about choral singing, she obtained degrees and diplomas in vocal music in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm, Sweden. In 1987, she co-founded Elektra Women's Choir with Diane Loomer, a treasured partnership that lasted 22 years. In 2009, Morna became Elektra's sole Artistic Director. For 14 years Morna was Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she was Music Director of the mixed-voice Youth Chamber Choir. In June 2011, Morna received a Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her work with Elektra. In June 2013 she began a three-year term as a Board member of Chorus America. Morna is honoured to be serving as EnChor's Interim Conductor this season.


  • General Meeting with Dr. Evan Woods

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 1:00-4:00pm
Where: Cecil Green Park House at 6251 Cecil Green Park Road

Dr. Evan Wood is the Canada Research Chair in Inner City Medicine at UBC. He is also the new Medical Director for Addiction Services at Vancouver Coastal Health, where he is focusing on expanding evidence-based medicine approaches to addictions care at VCH. In addition to those portfolios, Dr. Wood is also co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Canada Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship, a research training program funded by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In 2003, Dr. Wood was selected for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Peter Lougheed Award as the nation's top New Investigator. In 2006, he received the Ron Ghitter Award in Human Rights. He was the receipient of a leadership award from the Canadian Medical Association in 2007, and in 2010 received a Physician of the Year award from the British Medical Journal for this ground-breaking research in the area of drug addiction.

Past General Meetings


  • General Meeting with UBC President Arvind Gupta

When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 2:00-4:30pm
Where: Michael Smith Laboratories, Lecture Hall, 2185 East Mall

Dr. Arvind Gupta was named UBC's 13th President on March 12, 2014. Professor Gupta obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto and joined the Department of Computer Science at UBC in 2009. He is a well-regarded expert in research and innovation policy with a record of accomplishment building meaningful research collaborations.

His research expertiese is in the field of combinational algorithms with applications to fields such as bioinformatics,which utilizes computer science to understand genetics. He has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and supervised 30 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

From 2000 to 2014, he was the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, a national Canadian not-for-profit research organization dedicated to developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills in partnership with academica, companies and government.

Since 2012, Professor Gupta has been a member of the Government of Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), an advisory body that provides external policy advice on science and technology issues and produces regular national reports measuring Canada's science and technology performance against international standards of excellence.

In 2010, he was appointed to the six-member Jenkin's expert panel to review federal government support to industrial research and development. The recommendations from this report have had a significant impact on federal innovation policy.

  • General Meeting with Bill Reese

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 2:15-4:00pm at Cecil Green House

Where: Cecil Green Park House at 6251 Cecil Green Park Road

Dr. Bill Rees, "Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable?"

  • General Meeting with John Wright, Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Film

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 2:00-4:30pm at Cecil Green House

followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception offered by
Vice President Academics and Provost: Dr. David Farrar

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 2-4:30pm;
Wine and Cheese Reception 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Cecil Green Park House at 6251 Cecil Green Park Road

Dr. John Wright, "Starting a classical theatre company: an easy guide to a pauper's grave for retired academics"

John Wright began his career as an actor in Vancouver in the 1960s, appearing on stage at the Freddy Wood Theatre, the "Old Aud," and The Vancouver Playhouse and Queen Elizabeth theatres. He holds a BA in Theatre and English from UBC (1964) and an MFA in directing from Stanford. John's directing credits range from Aeschylus to Ayckbourn, as well as film and television dramas and documentaries.

In 1988 he joined the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC, where he taught film directing and acting and chaired the MFA in Film Production. He found himself again drawn by the powerful intimacy and imaginative scope of live theatre and directed several notable stage productions at UBC, including his own adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and three adaptations by colleagues. John was Head of Theatre and Film from 1994 to 1999 and retired from UBC in 2002.

Motivated by the resonance of classical works in the modern world John co-founded Blackbird Theatre, a professional company dedicated to performing the classics. (Founding members also included Errol Durbach as dramaturge.) John has directed all but one of Blackbird's productions, including Errol Durbach's adaptations of Peer Gynt (which won the Jessie award for Outstanding Production of 2006/07) and a translation of Hecuba by George McWhirter. In 2010 he was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame as a Pioneer.


General Meetings 2013-2014:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - AGM,
Earth Science Building, room 1012, 2207 Main Mall.

Dr. Allen Sens, “Can Terrorists Win? The Future of the Age of Terrorism”.

1:00pm Coffee, tea, sandwiches, cookies and conversation
1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Dr. Allen Sens

Global terrosrism has evolved in significant ways since September 11, 2001. Terrorism has become more deadly and more concentrated in specific locales. Some terrorist organizations have become more politically and financially independent, while others have become more reliant on state sponsorship. Terrorist groups are making extensive use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and the Internaet has become a mechanism for recruitment and radicalization. The global trends that fuel and facilitate these developments are likely to intensify in the future, suggesting that terrorism will be an increasingly significant threat to global security in the short and long term. It is possible that terrorism may start ot achieve strategic victories, something it has largely failed to do as a tactic of political violence.

Allen G. Sens (Ph.D., Queens) is a Professor of Teaching in the Political Science Department at UBC. He specializes in international conflict and conflict management, with a research focus on Peace Operations. His teaching interests include international relations, international security, armed conflict, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and nuclear weapons and arms control.

Dr. Sens has served as a consultant to the Canadian government on peacekeeping and NATO expansion. From 1999 to 2010, he was Chair of the UBC International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program. He has served as an Assistant Dean for Student Services and as an Advisor on experiential learning for the President's Office. He is active in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. In 2003 he was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Dr. Carol Mayer, "A museum collection, a murdered missionary and the raising of a curse".

Curator Africa/Pacific, MOA. Co-wrote “No longer captive of the Past: the story of a reconciliation ceremony on the Island of Erronango, Rep. of Vanuato, Western Pacific. Her involvement started with a small donation from MOA, led to the organization of the reconciliation ceremony.
1.00-4.00pm, Cecil Green Park Road

In a glass-topped case in the UBC Museum of Anthropology there is a small collection of early 19th century objects from the Pacific, once owned by the missionary John Williams, murdered in 1839 on the island of Erromango. They were donated by the Canadian/First Nations descendants of John Williams. In the display case they are surrounded by a series of labels that tell the story of Williams' death and the negotiations that led to a series of unique theatricalised rituals on Erromango intended to raise a curse believed to exist in retribution for the murder of Williams and other missionairies. Dr. Mayer will tell the story of how a single phone call led to a reconcilliation that changed history and created a set of complex obligations and relationships between a vilage in Erromango and a family in Western Canada.

Dr. Mayer is head of the Curatorial Department at the MOA where she is responsible for the Pacific Islands collections.She was introduced to the arts of the Pacific during her undergraduate years and has since worked collaboratively with artists, community members and scholars in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It was this way of working that has guided her curatorial practice at MOA and ultimately led to the 2009 reconciliation ceremony on Erromango. She has curated more than forty exhibitions and is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Thirtieth Anniversary of Independence Medal for het cultural contributions to the Republic of Vanuatu.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Jane Coop, Piano Recital
12.45-3.00pm. St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall.

12:45 pm Coffee, tea, cookies and conversation
1:20 pm Business meeting
1:30 pm Piano Recital by Jane Coop, Professor Emerita of Music


Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada's most prominent and distinguished artists, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where she began her musical education with Alexandra Munn and Gladys Egbert. For advanced studies, her principal teachers were Anton Kuerti in Toronto and Leon Gleisher in Blatimore. She has played in over twenty countries, in such eminent hallls as the Bolshoi Hall in St. Petersburg, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Hong Kong Cultrual Centre, the Bejing Concert Hall and the Salle Gaveau (Paris).

Her commitment to teaching is centred around her long time position at UBC's School of Music, where she was Professor and Head of the Piano Division. In 2003, she was designated Distinguished University Scholar by President Martha Piper, and in 2007 she received a Killam Teaching Award. In December 2012, Jane Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Recital Program
Domenico Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
Johannes Brahms: Variations Op. 21 No. 1
Frederic Chopin: Scherzo in E Major, Op. 54
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 2 Etudes Tableaux from Op. 39

For more information about Jane Coop, including audio clips, visit


Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Dr. Bill Rees, "The Ecological Footprint"
1.00-4.00pm, Cecil Green Park Road
Unfortunately, this talk was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Instead, Dr. Ken Craig held a talk on "Knowing the Pain". 

"Dr. Kenneth Craig is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management, the journal of the Canadian Pain Society. His current research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This research focuses upon pain assessment, socialization of individual differences in pain experience and expression, nonverbal communication, social parameters of care delivery and pain in infants and children and people with communication limitations and is published in better than 200 articles in scholarly journals and volumes and books.

At UBC, he has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Distinguished Scholar in the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology. He presently is Chair of the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board. Honours have included status as a CIHR Senior Investigator, the Canada Council I. W. Killam Research Fellowship, the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award, the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science and the American Pain Society Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief. He has served as President of the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association."
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Dr. Max Cynader, "Enhancing the Plasticity of the Brain" from 2:00-4:00pm
Followed by Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Provost from 4.30-6pm.

Cecil Green Park Road

Dr. Max Cynader's research has focused on the nature of the processing performed by the cerebral cortex, especially the sensory cortices dealing with vision and audition, and on the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying the development and adaptability of the cortex. He has worked to understand the mechanisms by which early use or misuse of the brain affects its functioning for the rest of the organism's life.

Dr. Cynader is Director of the Brain Research Centre, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at Vancouver Coastal Health and The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada Research Chair in Brain Development at UBC and is Professor of Ophthalmology. He obtained his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and taught at Dalhousie University before coming to UBC in 1988.

When: Wednesday, February 7 from 1 to 3:30pm

1:00pm: Coffee, tea and conversation
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Panel discussion chaired by Paul Marantz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Where:  Jack Poole Hall, Alumni Centre 

  • General Meeting on October 17 at 1pm 
“The Electoral System Referendum”

British Columbians are to vote in a November referendum to decide how their electoral politics and government should be conducted and organized.

The referendum will ask two questions:
1) Should BC maintain its current voting system or change to one based on the concept of proportional representation.
2) If we are to move to PR how would you rank the three proposed options.

If the response to the first question is for change, the second will be used to decide what kind of system is to be adopted.

Electoral systems are both complex and consequential. To explore the issues raised by the referendum we have two speakers.
Ken Carty (Emeritus political science) will discuss the basic features of the current system and explore and explain the options that the government has presented.
Richard Johnston (Canada Research Chair in Elections and Representation) will consider the impact of changing the system for electoral and legislative politics.

All emeriti and partners are welcome. 
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 1pm 
1pm: Coffee, tea and cookies 
1:45pm: Business meeting
2:00pm: Presentation by Ken Carty and Richard Johnston
Where: Sage Restaurant, University Centre (Old Faculty Club), 6331 Crescent Road