What makes a wine world class?

The Okanagan’s wine industry is relatively young compared to the world’s classic wine regions. It was largely a local endeavor in its early days, but over the past few decades the world has taken notice. Okanagan wines are already held in high regard, but can our new world wines truly compete with the old? What… Read more

Can we raise children in Vancouver?

Vancouver has developed a reputation as a difficult place to raise kids. The high cost of childcare – for those who can find a spot – and the difficulty finding suitable housing have led many prospective parents to delay starting a family or explore alternatives, such as life in the suburbs. Those who choose to… Read more

In Conversation with Professor Santa J. Ono (North Shore)

Hear from Professor Ono as he shares his early priorities and interests as well as gathers input from alumni and friends on how we can continue to strengthen our university. Recorded in North Vancouver, BC, on July 27, 2017.

Exploring Academia’s Influence on the Bay Area Tech Sector

It’s no surprise that great universities can have a positive influence on industry. When you have the brightest minds conducting leading edge research, the benefits are clear. In the Bay Area, a cluster of high profile academic institutions have contributed to the growth of a robust, world-leading innovation ecosystem. But how do these relationships work and… Read more

Are Canada’s pipeline approvals at odds with our climate commitments?

For years the possibility of new and expanded pipelines running across BC have raised questions related to First Nations land rights, coastal tanker traffic, and the nature of inter-provincial relationships. Underlying these questions, however, has always been the larger question of why we are continuing to invest in fossil fuel infrastructure at all given our… Read more

Can Victoria be saved from its own popularity?

Can good city planning, a solid housing strategy, and a diversifying economy support growth while maintaining the lifestyle that will continue to make Victoria a desirable place to live, build a career, or raise a family?

In Conversation with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Santa J. Ono in Tokyo

Professor Santa Ono recently took office as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Professor Ono shares his early priorities and interests as well as gather input from alumni and friends on how we can continue to strengthen our university. He also speaks with Professor Andrea Damascelli, Professor and Scientific Director… Read more

Big Data, Big Issues: Should we be worried?

Scientific innovation is accelerating at a breathtaking rate, with big data and related disciplines such as genomics opening up new possibilities in areas including health, sustainability and the environment. As advances are made though, as a population, are we even aware of the types of moral, ethical and scientific questions that we should be asking?… Read more