The Vancouver Institute

Since 1916, the Vancouver Institute has brought the University of British Columbia and Vancouver community together through free public lectures and discussions. Driven by volunteer membership and donations, the Institute hosts influential academics and political leaders from around the world. The Global Reporting centre is proud to partner with The Vancouver Institute. In collaboration, both organizations support interdisciplinary ideas and a strong, community-driven culture at UBC.

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WHO OWNS OUTER SPACE? SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE FINAL FRONTIER

Dr. Michael Byers’s work focuses on Outer Space, Arctic sovereignty, climate change, the law of the sea, the laws of war, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. Dr. Aaron Boley seeks to put the solar system in context with the many other planetary systems we know exist. His research seeks to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the galaxy.

UNDER A WHITE SKY: THE NATURE OF THE FUTURE

Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture | Ms. Elizabeth Kolbert is an observer and commentator on the crisis faced by humans in the Anthropocene for The New Yorker magazine. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) and Under a White Sky (2021) is her latest book.

THE CRITICAL UNIVERSITY: PLACE AS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Dr. Clare Haru Crowston's research interests lie in the early modern history of women and gender, and of working people in early modern France. She has authored the books Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France (2013) and Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (2001); the latter was awarded the Berkshire Prize for the best first book in history by a woman in North America and the Hagley Prize in business history.

HOW WILL CANADA PROSPER IN THE NEXT AGE OF UNCERTAINTY?

Dr. Stephen Poloz is a distinguished economist with four decades of experience in financial markets, forecasting, and economic policy. He is the author of The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future (2022). Dr. Poloz was the ninth Governor of the Bank of Canada until June 2020. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Export Development Canada.

HOW UBC ENABLED THE COVID-19 MRNA VACCINES

Dr. Pieter Cullis is globally known for his contributions to the field of lipid nanoparticles. His research has contributed to the development of nanomedicines employing lipid nanoparticle delivery technology leading to five clinically approved drugs for cancer therapies, gene therapies, and vaccines, including BNT162b2, the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine marketed by Pfizer/BioNTech.

THE DEFENSE OF CULTURAL SPACE

As head of PEN Canada for over a decade, Mr. Brendan de Caires defends freedom of expression, and helps exiled writers to establish in Canada. In this capacity Mr. de Caires has edited and co-authored country studies of Mexico, Honduras, India and Guatemala. He is the author of The Winter of a Hundred Books (2010), and A Country Worth Living In (2010)

PROTECTING HUMANKIND’S COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE: THE PROBLEM OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

Dr. Cécile Fabre is a political philosopher whose research interests include theories of distributive and reparative justice, the philosophy of democracy, and the moral and political philosophy of cultural heritage. Her works have been published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

EXPLORING THE HIDDEN EARTH – GROUNDWATERS AND DEEP SUBSURFACE LIFE

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar has revolutionized the development of innovative mechanisms for groundwater remediation. In 2013 Canadian Geographic magazine listed her among the Ten Canadians “Changing the World” for her discovery of the “billion-year-old water” and its implications for life on other planets.