UBC Connects with Isabel Allende – The Alchemy of Truth: The power of story to change the world

In this era of #metoo, #timesup, #letstalk and #blacklivesmatter, story-telling—individually and collectively—matters more than ever. In this talk, famed novelist Isabel Allende unpacks the power of story to, as she says, “make the world good—not just better.” An unrepentant feminist who exhorts audiences to speak with passion and purpose about what must not be forgotten, Allende explores themes of social justice, female empowerment, and personal and political freedom with hope and good humour.

My Career Story: Making Networking Less Awkward

Building a strong professional network is critical to career success, yet some people find it challenging. Listen to this panel discussion and Q&A with four UBC alumni as they share stories of how they navigated the peaks and valleys of networking in their career journeys. Presented in partnership with the UBC Centre for Student Involvement &… Read more

Conversations About Mental Health – In Calgary

Did you know that nearly one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or substance use problem each year? Young people age 15 to 24 years are more likely to experience a mental health and/or substance use challenge than any other age group. Yet, many find mental health uncomfortable to discuss, leading them to… Read more

Master Mind Master Class with Naheed Nenshi

Throughout his career, including his three terms as mayor of the City of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement. Hear his talk “Creating the Cities and Country We Deserve.”

Uncivil discourse: What is everyone so angry about?

The world seems more divided than ever. Social media has made it easy to follow like-minded individuals, creating echo chambers where dissenting opinions can be filtered out. As our viewpoints have grown more polarized, conversations between opposing sides – online or in person – have become more heated. This environment has enabled populist movements to… Read more

Great Trekker Series: Toronto – With Brian Wong, BCom’09

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to get ahead just a bit faster than everyone else? Brian Wong, BCom’09, is one of those people. When he was only 14, Brian enrolled at the UBC Sauder School of Business, becoming the school’s youngest grad at 18. He was still in his teens when he became one of… Read more

Southern resident killer whales: Risks and realities

Headlines have linked the decline of Southern resident killer whales to just about everything—noise, shipping, toxins, whale watching and fishing. But are these the real threats to the survival of this iconic species? Hear from UBC marine mammal researcher Andrew Trites as he separates facts and research from popular assumptions.

Data for Good – In Seattle

The Pacific Northwest enjoys an enviable reputation for its attractive job market, scenic beauty, and the quality of life available to its residents. At the same time, it is clear that many aspects of life in this region, from health to urban infrastructure, business and beyond, could be greatly improved by data-guided optimizations. The Cascadia… Read more

Healthy Aging: Conversations that Matter (in Hong Kong)

Want a preview of what your future may look like? How are your aging parents or grandparents living their elder years?  Will you age the same way? While aging is inevitable for us all, there are steps we can take to help our loved ones, and ourselves, lead longer, healthier, and more independent lives. Hear… Read more