The sequencing of the human genome has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in that it has opened the human genetic blueprint to investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the understanding of health and complex diseases. As a result of this revolutionary sequencing of human genomes, our knowledge about how and why we differ from each other as well as how interactions between genes and culture have shaped our community is now more clearly understood. How can this knowledge be used to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and personalized treatment approaches? What does the Genomics Revolution mean for you and your health? What is the potential for future generations?

Join UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in partnership with alumni UBC, to hear from five top UBC researchers and learn about the work they are doing to accelerate the genomics revolution which is advancing their fields.

 


Moderator

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Panelists & Talks

Dr. Jehannine Austin – Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

Dr. Martin Dawes – It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

Dr. Howard Lim – Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

Dr. Corey Nislow – Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

Dr. Chris Overall – Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors, Genome BC

catalina-lopez-correa-320x486In January 2016, Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa joined Genome BC as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors. With over 18 years of international experience in both the academic and private sectors, Dr. Lopez-Correa brings her deep understanding of genomics to the Genome BC leadership team.

Dr. Lopez-Correa holds an MD from UPB University in Colombia, a Masters in Genetics from Paris VII/Pasteur Institute and a PhD in Medical Biosciences-Genetics from KULeuven in Belgium. Most recently she was the Vice-President and CSO, Scientific Affairs, at Genome Quebec where she was instrumental in developing competitive teams for national and provincial research projects, and raising the profile of Genome Quebec on the global stage.

Previous experience also includes a role as Senior Scientist with Eli Lilly and Company. During Dr. Lopez-Correa’s time at Eli Lilly, she was part of the Pharmacogenomics and Translational Medicine Group in charge of discovering and validating genetic/genomic biomarkers in different therapeutic areas (oncology, cardio-metabolic and neurosciences). She also helped develop the company’s tailored therapeutics and personalized medicine strategy. Dr. Lopez-Correa also held the position of Head of Cytogenomics laboratory at deCODE genetics where she developed screening strategies to detect genomic rearrangements. She has also worked for two different American biotech companies in the UK (Genomica and Informax).

Since 2002, Dr. Lopez-Correa has served as evaluator for large multinational projects funded by the European Commission, the IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiatives) and the NIH and has been recognized by several awards nationally and internationally. As part of her commitment to international development, Dr. Lopez-Correa funded the not for profit organization ODNS (Organisation pour le Développement avec des Nouvelles Solidarités) in 2012 and has been involved in several initiatives aimed at demonstrating the impact of genomics in developing countries.

Dr. Jehannine Austin

Associate Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics; Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics; Acting Head, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine

 

Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

The conditions that are most common in humans (e.g. cancer, psychiatric illness, diabetes, heart disease) are complex – that is,jehannine-austin-320x214 they arise as a result of interactions between genetic and environmental influences. Lifestyle modifications (e.g. quitting smoking, exercise, nutrition) can reduce the risk for these conditions, but studies show that providing people with information about their genetic risk does not reliably provoke adoption of healthy behaviours that can reduce risk. This talk will focus on the role of genetic counseling in personalized prevention approaches to common complex disease by empowering people to act on genomic risk information to engage in risk reduction behaviours.

BIO: Jehannine completed her BSc (Hons, Biochemistry) at Bath University, and her PhD in Neuropsychiatric Genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK before completing training as a Genetic Counselor at UBC in 2003. She was first appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2007, and in the Department of Medical Genetics in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

She holds/has held multiple external salary awards including a CIHR New Investigator Award, a Michael Smith Career Investigator Award, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and received CIHR’s 2007 Maud Menten New Investigator Award. She is co-author of the book “How to talk with families about genetics and psychiatric illness” (W.W Norton, 2011), Graduate Advisor to the UBC Genetic Counseling program, and a Board Certified Genetic Counselor.

Dr. Martin Dawes

Director & Co-Founder, Personalized Medicine Institute; Head, Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine

It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

martin-dawes-320x386There is a journey of using genetic tests to avoid adverse reactions to drugs used commonly in Family Practice. More than half consultations in Family Practice involve complex decisions about medication, adding a genetic test makes things more complex. Dr Dawes and his team had to go back to the drawing board and rediscover how to help patients and professionals identify the safe effective drugs for the individual person.

BIO: Dr. Dawes is the Head of the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Cofounder of the Personalized Medicine Institute. He started his clinical practice as a family physician in Oxford. Following the completion of his PhD in 1992, he helped develop a Master’s program in Evidence Based Health Care, which allows clinicians to engage in research. He has directed the UK Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and was the head of family practice at McGill University before coming to UBC in 2010. His research includes genomics in primary care and lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes.

Dr. Dawes is currently leading a new research project entitled “The Implementation of Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care in British Columbia”. This novel project is valued at over $720,000, and is being funded through Genome BC’s User Partnership Program, Rx&D’s Health Research Foundation and other partners. The project will also link in with TELUS Health, the largest electronic medical record (EMR) vendor in Canada.

Dr. Howard Lim

Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency; Clinical Physician Professor, Medical Oncology Division, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

The use of whole genome sequencing technology to understand tumor biology can be used in the hopes of finding actionable howard-lim-320x480targets for patients with cancer. Dr Lim will provide an overview about how the use of this information can lead to success and how we can learn from the failures.

BIO: Lim is a Medical Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre, specializing in Gastrointestinal Cancer. He is the Program Director of the Medical Oncology Training Program and is the Chair of the GI Tumor Group.

Dr Lim is also an active member of the GI Outcomes Unit, and the Personalized Onco-genomics Program – a clinical research initiative that’s embedding genomic sequencing into the diagnostic and treatment planning for patients with incurable cancers.

Prior to going to medical school, he was fortunate to do research at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre under Dr. Marcel Bally, in the Department of Advanced Therapeutics. One of the great things that he witnessed was how research could be translated over to patient care seamlessly.

Dr. Lim completed his training in Medical Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and then did additional training in Gastrointestinal Malignancies at the Oregon Health Sciences University, before coming to the BC Cancer Agency in 2008.

Dr. Corey Nislow

Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

corey-nislow-320x480At its core, all of biology can be considered a combination of the forces of natural selection, organism fitness and the extraordinary results required to meet these two challenges. For the past two decades Dr. Nislow’s lab has sought to understand how genotype is revealed in phenotype; by using diverse models from yeast to man and every environment imaginable. This talk will describe the lessons we have learned from such models and how we are applying them to patients.

BIO: Dr. Corey Nislow’s laboratory uses cutting edge tools to address this central question: how can we understand the biological commonalities in all of the life sciences; from embryonic development, to the spread of infectious diseases to better ways to treat cancer. Each of these disciplines, and in fact all of biology, can be explained in the context of competition, interaction and evolution. Therefore his lab studies the interface between genes and the environment using parallel genome-wide screens, high throughput cell-based assays and next generation sequencing of microbial and human populations. He and his scientific partner, Dr. Guri Giaever shift between model systems to understand how genes and drugs interact during normal and pathological states. Most recently, his lab is exploring how laboratory experiments can co-opt evolutionary processes to understand drug action.

He enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics and drug discovery for undergraduate and graduate students. Corey completed a BA in developmental biology at New College and a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Colorado. He was also an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. He led discovery teams at two biotechnology companies (MJ Research and Cytokinetics Inc., in the San Francisco Bay Area) and at Stanford University. Prior to joining UBC, he was associate professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Donnelly Sequencing Centre.

Dr. Chris Overall

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Protease Proteomics & Systems Biology; Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.

How can only 20,061 human genes encode the complexity of humans when similar numbers of similar genes also encode worms chris-overall-320x480and flys? Mapping and sequencing genes is just the start of this answer. Genes encode proteins and it is proteins that are responsible for forming the cells and tissues of humans. Further, proteins orchestrate the complexity of coordinated signaling between cells and organs that keep us healthy. Dr. Overall will discuss the huge diversity of protein forms, now known as “proteoforms”, and how they lead to the incredible complexity of human cells and tissues. It is through understanding proteoforms that disease mechanisms can be deciphered, new drug targets validated, and accurate diagnostic tests devised that will lead to new medical interventions to treat disease early. By reducing disease and its detrimental outcomes, proteomic biomarkers hold enormous promise to revolutionize diagnostics and personalized medicine ensuring sustainable health care costs.

BIO: Proteases are nature’s biological molecular scissors. Being involved in the fate of every protein—from protein synthesis and maturation, to function changing adaptations in response to changing needs of tissues and cells, and finally in protein removal, proteases are essential to maintaining healthy cells and tissues. Yet, with the good comes the bad. Proteases can dramatically worsen disease and cause tissue destruction leading to disability, pain and death in some diseases like cancer. Thus, Dr. Overall has a long-standing fascination in proteases from his undergraduate days to now. Indeed, he is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology and holds a seven-year $5.55M CIHR Foundation Grant to investigate proteases.

Dr. Overall completed his undergraduate BDS, Honors Science and Masters degrees at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto; and was a MRC Centennial Fellow in his post-doctoral work with Dr. Michael Smith, UBC, learning protein engineering. On Sabbaticals in 1997-1998 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at British Biotech Pharmaceuticals, Oxford, UK; and again in 2004/2008 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the Expert Protease Platform, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland; and in 2010-2012 was an External Senior Fellow and is now an Honorary Professor, at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany.

With over 15,500 citations for his 237 papers he has an h index of 67 and this has been recognized by numerous awards including the 2002 CIHR Scientist of the Year, the UBC Killam Senior Researcher Award (Science) 2005, and several life time achievement awards. He was the Chair of the 2003 Matrix Metalloproteinase Gordon Research Conference and the 2010 Protease Gordon Research Conference. More recently his interests are evolving to deciphering immune deficiencies and chronic inflammatory diseases by the use of proteomics and degradomics, a term he coined. He was elected as Co-Chair of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Chromosome–Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) in 2014 and was recently elected in 2016 to the Executive Committee of HUPO.


Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Current issues in molecular biology: The genome revolution in vaccine research (2004). Caister Academic Press. doi:10.21775/cimb.006.017 [Link]

Hillenmeyer, M., Fung, E., Wildenhain, J., Pierce, S., Hoon, S., Lee, W., . . . Giaever, G. (2008). The Chemical Genomic Portrait of Yeast: Uncovering a Phenotype for All Genes. Science, 320(5874), 362-365. [Link]

Hofker, M. H., Fu, J., & Wijmenga, C. (10/01/2014). Biochimica et biophysica acta. molecular basis of disease: The genome revolution and its role in understanding complex diseases Elsevier. [Link]

Peixoto, R. D., Renouf, D., & Lim, H. (2014). A population based analysis of prognostic factors in advanced biliary tract cancer. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology, 5(6), 428–432. http://doi.org/10.3978/j.issn.2078-6891.2014.081 [Link]


UBC Library Research Guides

Medical Education

Medical Genetics

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Winemakers in BC have traditionally used stainless steel and oak barrel vessels in the fermentation and ageing processes. Yet there are two new kids on the block: amphora (clay) and concrete now making their way into local cellars. Each affects the makeup of the wine differently, not only because of the diverse materials but also because they allow varying amounts of oxygen to be exposed to the wine within. Winemakers and experts have their preferences as there are advantages and disadvantages to all types in their cost-effectiveness, insulating properties and space efficiency. But what are their effects on taste and expressions of terroir? Historically, consumers can recognize and appreciate the unique qualities that fermentation in oak can impart to wines, but can they recognize the qualities of the others? Does the vessel play an important role in consumer’s enjoyment of wine?

This event happened on January 26, 2017 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.


Moderator

DJ Kearney, BA’84 – Director of Wine, newdistrict.ca; Wine Educator, Wine Writer, Judge, Presenter & Chef (@djwines)

Debaters

Darryl Brooker – Chief Winemaker, Mission Hill Family Estate (@MissionHillWine)
Christine Coletta – Co-owner, Okanagan Crush Pad (@Chrisscoletta)
Sid Cross, LLB’62 – Bon Vivant (@winefoodguru)
Tony Holler, BSc’74, MD’79 – Majority Owner & President, Poplar Grove Winery (@poplargrovewine)
Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’11 – Researcher, UBC Wine Research Centre
Sandra Oldfield – CEO/President, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (@SandraOldfield)
David Scholefield, BA’75 – VP wine strategy + liquid art selections, Trialto Wine Group Ltd. (@TrialtoBC)
Howard Soon, BSc’74 – Master Winemaker, Sandhill Single Vineyard Wine (@SandhillWines)

Participating Wineries

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery
BC Wine Studio
Black Dog Cellars
Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
Desert Hills Estate Winery
Evolve Cellars
Little Straw Vineyards Estate Winery
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Monte Creek Ranch Winery
Niche Wine Company
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
Sandhill
The View Winery
Therapy Vineyards & Guest House
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
TIME Estate Winery
Upper Bench Estate Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery


Panelist Biographies

DJ Kearney, BA’84

DJ Kearney is the Director of Wine at newdistrict.ca, where she oversees wine selections and purchasing, curates mixed wine packs, and creates educational articles and videos sharing her wine knowledge. She’s been a regular contributor for WineAlign, Chief Judge of the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards and Drink Editor at Vancouver magazine, the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers BC Chapter and Chief Technical Judge of the Best Sommelier of BC competition.  She recently started a series of Judge training workshops to help mentor the next generation of wine judges across the country.  DJ has trained over a thousand sommelier candidates throughout North America for the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and has consulted for many global wine marketing bodies.  She’s a veteran speaker, seminar moderator and presenter, and has refereed the lively UBC Grape Debate several times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, the WSET Diploma, and the ISG Sommelier Diploma,  and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master of Wine designation.

Darryl Brooker

With the 2015 harvest, Darryl Brooker assumed the role of Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate. Both Darryl Brooker and Proprietor, Anthony von Mandl share the same winemaking philosophy and commitment to excellence and continuous improvement that is key to success for the Okanagan to reach new levels of international acclaim.

Darryl came to Mission Hill Family Estate after joining CedarCreek Estate Winery in 2010 where he worked tirelessly to take the winery to the next level over five years. Prior to that, Darryl was the Senior Winemaker – Ontario at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries. With over 18 years of experience making premium wines in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, Darryl’s prior experience also includes winemaking at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia. Darryl is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia (Bachelor of Applied Science – Wine Science) and also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in Wine Business.

After studying and making wine in Australia, his passion led him to New Zealand and more recently to Canada in 2003. He has a clear vision and passion for cool-climate wines, making him the perfect fit for the Okanagan Valley and its distinctive climate. As Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate, Darryl is able to focus his efforts on making fine wines that reflect the terroir of unique estate vineyard sites located in the northern and southern portions of the Okanagan Valley. Microclimates within the valley provide challenging opportunities to achieve single vineyard wines that truly represent their terroir, intensified by Darryl Brooker’s passion.

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is co-owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, a purpose-built custom crush family-run winery located in Summerland, BC. She oversees operations and focuses on branding, sales, marketing, and public relations. Christine has been a key player in the wine industry since 1990 having spent nine years as the executive director of the BC Wine Institute where she was instrumental in establishing the VQA program. During that period the number of BC wineries grew from 16 to 55 and has since risen to over 260.  After that, she spent fourteen years as a consultant in the field of marketing, branding and communications. She had the privilege of working on many BC top wine brands in addition to working for Wines of Australia, Wines of Chile, and the Washington Wine Commission. Christine is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative and astute marketing experts and has been recognized with several prestigious industry awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation, a charity that she founded with a group of friends in 2006 that support people in the hospitality industry who are facing financial crisis due to medical issues.

Sid Cross, LLB’ 62

Sid Cross is globally respected for his extensive knowledge of wine and food, his tasting ability and his memory. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of his passion for wine and food including visiting the wine regions and dining at many of the best restaurants around the world. He is the Honorary President of The International Wine & Food Society (www.iwfs.org) headquartered in London England and for many years held the position of Wines Committee Chair in charge of an extensive expansion of their Vintage Card. Author of the popular 2012 Monograph “An Appreciation of the Age of Wine”.

He is a frequent wine judge, panelist and entertaining educator on wine and food topics. These include among many The BC Lieutenant- Governor Awards For Excellence, BC Wine Awards for the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, and Whistler’s Cornucopia.

Sid is co-founder and advisor to The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia (www.chefstablesociety.ca) in demand as a culinary judge including the Olympic Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver, the Canadian Culinary Championships, Fairmont Hotel Apprentice Chef Competition, International Chocolate Awards, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and Oceanwise’s BC Sustainable Seafood Chowder Chowdown Competition.

Sid is a well-known wine and food guru internationally. He is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du Vin de Bordeaux (www.academie.vins-bordeaux.fr) and be awarded The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America (‘for outstanding knowledge of food and wines and for imparting this knowledge to others’). He has also been promoted by the French Government from Chevalier to Officer status in the prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole.

Read Sid’s blog at http://blog.iwfs.org and reach him via Twitter @winefoodguru.

Tony Holler, BSc’ 74, MD’ 79

Tony grew up in Summerland, BC, on their family farm which was predominantly apples but included soft fruits and pears. He studied sciences at Okanagan College and moved on to UBC where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Medical degree. Tony worked at the University Hospital for 11 years as an Emergency Room Physician and was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine. In 1993, Tony and others founded ID Biomedical Corporation (IDB) which was focused on molecular diagnostics and vaccines. In 1999, Tony became the CEO of the company and the company’s focus shifted to the development of vaccine products.

IDB acquired a number of companies including the vaccine assets of Shire Pharmaceuticals. This made IDB a fully integrated vaccine company with expertise in research and development, pilot scale manufacturing, regulatory affairs and commercial manufacturing.

In December 2005, IDB was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline for $1.7 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $300 million of debt. Since the acquisition, Tony has focused on working with a number of companies providing strategic advice and sitting on their boards. He is currently Chairman of CRH Medical Corporation, a NYSE listed medical device company; Chairman of Sunniva Healthcare; Advisory Board Member of Roadmap Capital, a private equity firm focused on late stage technology companies; and a board member of Response Biomedical.

Tony is an avid wine drinker and collector. Over the years, Tony has acquired approximately 5000 bottles from wineries all over the world. His interest in Okanagan wines started in the early 2000s when he starting tasting wines from some of the top producers in the valley.  This led Tony to believe that the Okanagan is capable of producing world class wines and led to the purchase of Poplar Grove Winery.

Since the beginning, Poplar Grove Winery has been known for making exceptionally good red wines, but the winery had limited production. In 2007, Tony purchased 75% interest in Poplar Grove and with the assistance of a variety of consultants, developed a new business plan for Poplar Grove.  Today, Tony Holler owns 95% of Poplar Grove and the new business plan for the winery is being realized. Poplar Grove has a brand new 10,000 square foot tasting room and fine dining restaurant, as well as a new, state of the art production facility.

Barbara Holler, Tony’s wife, is the Owner and Operator of Holler Estate Vineyards which owns roughly 100 acres of land which is comprised of vineyards on the Naramata Bench and on the Eastern bank of Osoyoos Lake, close to the USA border. The vineyards on the Naramata Bench have a very different terroir (heat units, rainfall, soil composition, and farming practices) than the vineyards in Osoyoos.  This allows Holler Estate Vineyards to grow various varietals where they grow best and allows Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate gown fruit.  Two of Tony and Barb’s sons, Matthew and Andrew, manage the vineyards making sure that the grapes are cared for everyday rain or shine.

Currently, Poplar Grove produces approximately 25,000 cases per year. Poplar Grove will shortly begin the strategic planning for the next 10 years (2017-2027).  Poplar Grove is an Estate Winery and the goal is to be a multi-generational business.

Poplar Grove is focused on the same business practices which Tony has used successfully in other businesses; high quality products, high quality people, high quality facilities, an achievable business plan, access to capital and a continuous focus on improvement in all aspects of the business.

Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’ 11

Jay Martiniuk is a winemaker and microbiologist born and raised on a vineyard in the South Okanagan. As part of his family’s winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, he played an integral role in crafting their inaugural vintage in 2005 and has since worked as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose under winemaker Pascal Madevon. As Stoneboat’s winemaker until 2013, Jay developed the winery’s winemaking program and helped to establish Stoneboat’s reputation as an award-winning Pinot varietal producer.

A one-time Latin major, Jay graduated with a BSc in food sciences from UBC in 2011, where he studied at the Wine Research Centre. He returned to the Wine Research Centre in 2013, where he is a graduate student. Jay’s research is focused on characterizing the microbial terroir of the Okanagan wine region. He is conducting a multi-year survey of several winery and vineyard sites to identify differences in yeast population composition and to search for regionally unique yeast species and strains with win-making potential. Jay is also a student in UBC’s ECOSCOPE program, which trains graduate students in microbial ecology and entrepreneurship.

David Scholefield, BA’ 75

David Scholefield is one of Canada’s most experienced and well-traveled wine personalities. His renowned palate, sharp wit and great passion for wine have established him as a much sought-after wine speaker, teacher and judge.

David’s devotion to wine sustained him throughout his long career as senior wine buyer for the BCLDB, where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd disproportionate allocations of the world’s finest wines onto the shelves of BC liquor stores.

He has judged at international wine competitions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Chile, and Brazil. He was Chief Judge at Vancouver Magazine’s International Wine Competition from its inception until 2010, when he became Vice President of Wine Strategy at the Trialto Wine Group, attracted by the company’s maxim ‘Wines of People, Place, and Time’.

David is a passionate advocate for BC wine, and was a key player in the emergence of BC’s wine culture throughout his career at the BCLDB and his subsequent work with the British Columbia Wine Institute. As a partner in Okanagan Crush Pad, he is now directly involved in the dream of producing wine that is the purest possible expression of the Okanagan’s unique environment.

Sandra Oldfield

A native of California, Sandra Oldfield arrived at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in 1995 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Enology from UC Davis. She made the wines for the first 20 vintages and has been the winery’s CEO since 2010.  She is passionate about the BC wine industry and has been instrumental in beginning BC’s first sub appellation–the Golden Mile Bench, founding Oliver’s Festival of the Grape and creating #BCWineChat on twitter. Tinhorn Creek is Canada’s only carbon neutral winery and has been awarded Canada’s Safest Employer in hospitality.  In 2016 Sandra was named Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter and hopes to keep pushing the BC wine industry to greater heights in the years to come.

Howard Soon, BSc’ 74

Born in 1952, Howard Soon was raised amid the 1960’s culture of Vancouver’s quintessential neighborhood, Kitsilano. He studied Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia and Business Administration at the University of Mantioba. After five years at Labatt Brewing Company, Soon moved to the Okanagan in 1980 to begin his winemaking career.

In 1997, he was handed his most prestigious assignment – Sandhill. His collaborative relationships with our growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines.

“At Sandhill we appreciate that great wine begins in the soil and on the vines, with grapes that have been nurtured to balanced ripeness,” says Soon.

His determination to be at the leading edge of winemaking and working with the best grapes in the Okanagan have become fundamental to Sandhill’s exploratory Small Lots Program.

“Small Lots is the best of the best,” says Soon. “Every year we experiment with new techniques or plant new varieties. We also look for those individual barrels that stand out from the rest. It provides a glimpse into our wine-making future.”

Soon is one of a select group of certified wine educators in Canada and is a much sought-after speaker. He is an experienced judge of wine and has served on the panels of several major wine competitions in Canada and the U.S.

In 1998, Soon received the Founder’s Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival, recognizing his contribution to British Columbia’s wine industry. In 2009, Sandhill was named “Winery of the Year” at the Canadian Wine Awards, by Wine Access. Under Howard Soon’s leadership, Sandhill was the first winery to ever receive the top three awards; Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year. Soon was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) in 2012. Most recently, Soon was recognized at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Celebrating Excellence Awards with the highly coveted Spirited Industry Professional Award.

Howard enjoys  serving on  the Faculty Advisory Board for Land and Food Systems at UBC and also on the Board of Directors of the Okanagan  Symphony Orchestra, British Columbia’s third largest Symphony.

A Pioneer in the British Columbia Wine Industry, Howard Soon was the first winemaker in British Columbia to:

  • Receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France
  • Release a series of single vineyard designated wines
  • Produce a Super Tuscan blend – Sandhill Small Lots Three
  • Receive Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year, 2009 Canadian Wine Awards, Wine Access

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Cannings, R. (2009). Roadside nature tours through the okanagan: A guide to british columbia’s wine country Greystone Books [Link]

Fang, F., Li, J., Zhang, P., Tang, K., Wang, W., Pan, Q., & Huang, W. (2008). Effects of grape variety, harvest date, fermentation vessel and wine ageing on flavonoid concentration in red wines. Food Research International, 41(1), 53-60. doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2007.09.004 [Link]

Schmidt, D., & Velten, K. (2015). BIO web of conferences: Modeling and simulation of the bubble-induced flow in wine fermentation vessels EDP Sciences. doi:10.1051/bioconf/20150502015 [Link]


UBC Library Research Guides

Food Science

Wine Research

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who raise legal and safety-related concerns. In some jurisdictions, legislators have responded to their constituents by making regulatory changes allowing these types of companies to legally operate.  Vancouverites, however, have seen nothing but delayed decisions and increased regulations that make it difficult – if not impossible – for these services to exist.

Hear from UBC and community experts, from Mobi, Car2Go and the City of Vancouver, as they examine the pros, cons, and unanswered questions about the state of the sharing economy in Vancouver.

This event took place November 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


Moderator

Gloria Macarenko – CBC News Host (B.C. AlmanacOur Vancouver; CBC Radio One’s The Story from Here)

Panelists

David Holzer – Regional Director, Car2Go, North America

Mia Kohout – General Manager, Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi; Co-Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Momentum Magazine Ltd

Geoff Meggs – Vancouver City Councillor

Marc-David Seidel – Associate Professor and Director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business.


Panelist Biographies

Gloria Macarenko

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host seat on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.  Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.

Previously, Macarenko hosted the award-winning newscast CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6. She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada.

Gloria Macarenko herself is an award-winning journalist and senior leader on the news team. In her many years with CBC, she has been awarded a Jack Webster Award for “Best News Reporting”, multiple RTNDA Awards and a Leo award for “Best Anchor in a News Program” with former co-host Ian Hanomansing. Gloria has guest hosted on The National and CBC News Now. From her extensive coverage of the Sochi Olympics, as much a news story as a sports story considering the numerous human rights issues that dominated the Games, to profound interviews with local families affected by the Right-to-Die legal challenge, and families who looked to the courts for justice after losing loved ones to a drunk-driving accident, Macarenko has the ability to touch the heart of audiences no matter how challenging the story.

Macarenko’s relationship with British Columbia goes far beyond the newsroom. You can see her volunteering and hosting for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women’s Forum.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, her travels take her around B.C. When not in the host chair, or on the road, she can be found enjoying a good book or sampling the spectacular culinary adventures Vancouver is known for.

David Holzer

David Holzer is Regional Director for car2go North America where he is responsible for operations, future business development, and government relations in the Western region. In this role he oversees some of car2go’s largest locations – Vancouver, Calgary, Portland, and Seattle – assuring the smooth operation of a combined fleet of more than 2,500 car2go vehicles used by more than 345,000 members. Prior to joining car2go in 2011, David spent four years with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as the Fleet Manager for the 4,600 games vehicles. A born and raised Vancouverite, he is as passionate about golf as he is about getting people interested in the benefits of the sharing economy…especially his two children.

 

 

Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout is the General Manager of Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi, Vancouver’s new public bike sharing program.  Mia is thrilled that Vancouverites finally have access to a bike sharing program and is excited to see how Mobi has already changed the way that people live, work and play in the city.  Mia believes that bike share is a catalyst for community change and a great way to get more people riding bikes.

Mia is currently also the co-owner & Editor-in-Chief of Momentum Mag and the founder of Bike to Work Week in Metro Vancouver. She has spent the last decade promoting everyday bicycling in Vancouver and North America. She has a passion for inspiring change in people and cities and loves working towards a happier, healthier and more sustainable future. Mia graduated from UBC in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Geoff Meggs

Councillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He is committed to working for a city in which eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing, and expanding quality public transit are priorities, and believes that if you work in Vancouver, you should be able to live in Vancouver.

An award-winning journalist and author, Councillor Meggs’ career has combined senior leadership positions in government and the labour movement. As a journalist, he was the first to sound the alarm about the threat of salmon farming to wild salmon stocks and later exposed waste and mismanagement in the health care system.

He served as director of communications in the Office of the Premier under Premier Glen Clark, and later served as director of communications and executive director of the BC Federation of Labour. As executive assistant to Mayor Larry Campbell, Councillor Meggs worked on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid; the fight to win major new investments in buses and rapid transit; the creation of Vancouver’s supervised injection site; and many other community issues. After leaving the BC Federation of Labour in 2008, he has provided strategic communications services to a range of clients through his own firm, Tideline Communications. He has served on the boards of the Georgia Strait Alliance, the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association, his strata council, and several daycares.

Born in Ontario and raised in Toronto and Ottawa, he has been a resident of Vancouver since 1976. He lived in the Fairview and Strathcona neighbourhoods before settling in False Creek, where he currently resides with his family.

Marc-David Seidel

Marc-David L. Seidel, director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research, holds the Professorship in Innovation and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) at the Sauder School of Business. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, Division Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division, and former Division Chair of the Organizational Theory Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

His current research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, social networks, and life course models. He received his B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Law & Society at Cornell University; his M.B.A. at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.


Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Greenwald, J. (2016). GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPANSION REVEALS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN AUTO COVERAGE. Business Insurance, 50(8), 22-n/a. [Link]

Guza, M. T. (2016). Transitioning the traditional business model for television: Personal data sharing by streaming video mobile apps (Order No. 10123994). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1807434701). [Link]

Viola, R., & Roodt, S. (01/01/2013). Business innovation, development, and advancement in the digital economy: Web 2.0: How this is shaping and changing the traditional business model Business Science Reference. [Link]


UBC Library Research Guides

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What role does the vessel play?

Winemakers in BC have traditionally used stainless steel and oak barrel vessels in the fermentation and ageing processes. Yet there are two new kids on the block: amphora (clay) and concrete now making their way into local cellars. Each affects the makeup of the wine differently, not only because of the diverse materials but also because they allow varying amounts of oxygen to be exposed to the wine within. Winemakers and experts have their preferences as there are advantages and disadvantages to all types in their cost-effectiveness, insulating properties and space efficiency. But what are their effects on taste and expressions of terroir? Historically, consumers can recognize and appreciate the unique qualities that fermentation in oak can impart to wines, but can they recognize the qualities of the others? Does the vessel play an important role in consumer’s enjoyment of wine?

Join us for The Grape Debate, where our panel of winemakers and experts will debate the merits of amphora, concrete, oak and stainless steel vessels, while guiding you through a tasting where you will have the opportunity to experience examples of all styles. Following the program, sip your way through some of the finest BC VQA wines at a wine tasting and drop by the pop-up shop presented by Everything Wine where you can purchase some of your favourites.


Event Details

Date: January 26, 2017

Time: 6:00-9:30 PM

(Debate- 6:00-7:30 PM Wine Tasting- 7:30-9:30 PM)

Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Tickets: Grape Debate & Wine Tasting: $84, Wine Tasting only: $57.50

Prices include taxes and applicable service fees. This is a 19+ event – all attendees must be 19 or older and able to present 2 pieces of ID.

Buy Tickets

Please note that you will be redirected to Dine Out Vancouver’s ticketing site, Tickets Tonight, to complete your order.

Questions? Please contact us at alumni.events@ubc.ca or 604-822-2035.


Moderator

DJ Kearney, BA’84 – Director of Wine, newdistrict.ca; Wine Educator, Wine Writer, Judge, Presenter & Chef (@djwines)

Debaters

Darryl Brooker – Chief Winemaker, Mission Hill Family Estate (@MissionHillWine)
Christine Coletta – Co-owner, Okanagan Crush Pad (@Chrisscoletta)
Sid Cross, LLB’62 – Bon Vivant (@winefoodguru)
Tony Holler, BSc’74, MD’79 – Majority Owner & President, Poplar Grove Winery (@poplargrovewine)
Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’11 – Researcher, UBC Wine Research Centre
Sandra Oldfield – CEO/President, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (@SandraOldfield)
David Scholefield, BA’75 – VP wine strategy + liquid art selections, Trialto Wine Group Ltd. (@TrialtoBC)
Howard Soon, BSc’74 – Master Winemaker, Sandhill Single Vineyard Wine (@SandhillWines)

Participating Wineries

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery
BC Wine Studio
Black Dog Cellars
Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
Desert Hills Estate Winery
Evolve Cellars
Little Straw Vineyards Estate Winery
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Monte Creek Ranch Winery
Niche Wine Company
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
Sandhill
The View Winery
Therapy Vineyards & Guest House
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
TIME Estate Winery
Upper Bench Estate Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery

Panelist Biographies

DJ Kearney, BA’84

DJ Kearney is the Director of Wine at newdistrict.ca, where she oversees wine selections and purchasing, curates mixed wine packs, and creates educational articles and videos sharing her wine knowledge. She’s been a regular contributor for WineAlign, Chief Judge of the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards and Drink Editor at Vancouver magazine, the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers BC Chapter and Chief Technical Judge of the Best Sommelier of BC competition.  She recently started a series of Judge training workshops to help mentor the next generation of wine judges across the country.  DJ has trained over a thousand sommelier candidates throughout North America for the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and has consulted for many global wine marketing bodies.  She’s a veteran speaker, seminar moderator and presenter, and has refereed the lively UBC Grape Debate several times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, the WSET Diploma, and the ISG Sommelier Diploma,  and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master of Wine designation.

Darryl Brooker

With the 2015 harvest, Darryl Brooker assumed the role of Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate. Both Darryl Brooker and Proprietor, Anthony von Mandl share the same winemaking philosophy and commitment to excellence and continuous improvement that is key to success for the Okanagan to reach new levels of international acclaim.

Darryl came to Mission Hill Family Estate after joining CedarCreek Estate Winery in 2010 where he worked tirelessly to take the winery to the next level over five years. Prior to that, Darryl was the Senior Winemaker – Ontario at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries. With over 18 years of experience making premium wines in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, Darryl’s prior experience also includes winemaking at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia. Darryl is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia (Bachelor of Applied Science – Wine Science) and also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in Wine Business.

After studying and making wine in Australia, his passion led him to New Zealand and more recently to Canada in 2003. He has a clear vision and passion for cool-climate wines, making him the perfect fit for the Okanagan Valley and its distinctive climate. As Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate, Darryl is able to focus his efforts on making fine wines that reflect the terroir of unique estate vineyard sites located in the northern and southern portions of the Okanagan Valley. Microclimates within the valley provide challenging opportunities to achieve single vineyard wines that truly represent their terroir, intensified by Darryl Brooker’s passion.

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is co-owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, a purpose-built custom crush family-run winery located in Summerland, BC. She oversees operations and focuses on branding, sales, marketing, and public relations. Christine has been a key player in the wine industry since 1990 having spent nine years as the executive director of the BC Wine Institute where she was instrumental in establishing the VQA program. During that period the number of BC wineries grew from 16 to 55 and has since risen to over 260.  After that, she spent fourteen years as a consultant in the field of marketing, branding and communications. She had the privilege of working on many BC top wine brands in addition to working for Wines of Australia, Wines of Chile, and the Washington Wine Commission. Christine is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative and astute marketing experts and has been recognized with several prestigious industry awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation, a charity that she founded with a group of friends in 2006 that support people in the hospitality industry who are facing financial crisis due to medical issues.

Sid Cross, LLB’ 62

Sid Cross is globally respected for his extensive knowledge of wine and food, his tasting ability and his memory. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of his passion for wine and food including visiting the wine regions and dining at many of the best restaurants around the world. He is the Honorary President of The International Wine & Food Society (www.iwfs.org) headquartered in London England and for many years held the position of Wines Committee Chair in charge of an extensive expansion of their Vintage Card. Author of the popular 2012 Monograph “An Appreciation of the Age of Wine”.

He is a frequent wine judge, panelist and entertaining educator on wine and food topics. These include among many The BC Lieutenant- Governor Awards For Excellence, BC Wine Awards for the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, and Whistler’s Cornucopia.

Sid is co-founder and advisor to The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia (www.chefstablesociety.ca) in demand as a culinary judge including the Olympic Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver, the Canadian Culinary Championships, Fairmont Hotel Apprentice Chef Competition, International Chocolate Awards, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and Oceanwise’s BC Sustainable Seafood Chowder Chowdown Competition.

Sid is a well-known wine and food guru internationally. He is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du Vin de Bordeaux (www.academie.vins-bordeaux.fr) and be awarded The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America (‘for outstanding knowledge of food and wines and for imparting this knowledge to others’). He has also been promoted by the French Government from Chevalier to Officer status in the prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole.

Read Sid’s blog at http://blog.iwfs.org and reach him via Twitter @winefoodguru.

Tony Holler, BSc’ 74, MD’ 79

Tony grew up in Summerland, BC, on their family farm which was predominantly apples but included soft fruits and pears. He studied sciences at Okanagan College and moved on to UBC where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Medical degree. Tony worked at the University Hospital for 11 years as an Emergency Room Physician and was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine. In 1993, Tony and others founded ID Biomedical Corporation (IDB) which was focused on molecular diagnostics and vaccines. In 1999, Tony became the CEO of the company and the company’s focus shifted to the development of vaccine products.

IDB acquired a number of companies including the vaccine assets of Shire Pharmaceuticals. This made IDB a fully integrated vaccine company with expertise in research and development, pilot scale manufacturing, regulatory affairs and commercial manufacturing.

In December 2005, IDB was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline for $1.7 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $300 million of debt. Since the acquisition, Tony has focused on working with a number of companies providing strategic advice and sitting on their boards. He is currently Chairman of CRH Medical Corporation, a NYSE listed medical device company; Chairman of Sunniva Healthcare; Advisory Board Member of Roadmap Capital, a private equity firm focused on late stage technology companies; and a board member of Response Biomedical.

Tony is an avid wine drinker and collector. Over the years, Tony has acquired approximately 5000 bottles from wineries all over the world. His interest in Okanagan wines started in the early 2000s when he starting tasting wines from some of the top producers in the valley.  This led Tony to believe that the Okanagan is capable of producing world class wines and led to the purchase of Poplar Grove Winery.

Since the beginning, Poplar Grove Winery has been known for making exceptionally good red wines, but the winery had limited production. In 2007, Tony purchased 75% interest in Poplar Grove and with the assistance of a variety of consultants, developed a new business plan for Poplar Grove.  Today, Tony Holler owns 95% of Poplar Grove and the new business plan for the winery is being realized. Poplar Grove has a brand new 10,000 square foot tasting room and fine dining restaurant, as well as a new, state of the art production facility.

Barbara Holler, Tony’s wife, is the Owner and Operator of Holler Estate Vineyards which owns roughly 100 acres of land which is comprised of vineyards on the Naramata Bench and on the Eastern bank of Osoyoos Lake, close to the USA border. The vineyards on the Naramata Bench have a very different terroir (heat units, rainfall, soil composition, and farming practices) than the vineyards in Osoyoos.  This allows Holler Estate Vineyards to grow various varietals where they grow best and allows Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate gown fruit.  Two of Tony and Barb’s sons, Matthew and Andrew, manage the vineyards making sure that the grapes are cared for everyday rain or shine.

Currently, Poplar Grove produces approximately 25,000 cases per year. Poplar Grove will shortly begin the strategic planning for the next 10 years (2017-2027).  Poplar Grove is an Estate Winery and the goal is to be a multi-generational business.

Poplar Grove is focused on the same business practices which Tony has used successfully in other businesses; high quality products, high quality people, high quality facilities, an achievable business plan, access to capital and a continuous focus on improvement in all aspects of the business.

Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’ 11

Jay Martiniuk is a winemaker and microbiologist born and raised on a vineyard in the South Okanagan. As part of his family’s winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, he played an integral role in crafting their inaugural vintage in 2005 and has since worked as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose under winemaker Pascal Madevon. As Stoneboat’s winemaker until 2013, Jay developed the winery’s winemaking program and helped to establish Stoneboat’s reputation as an award-winning Pinot varietal producer.

A one-time Latin major, Jay graduated with a BSc in food sciences from UBC in 2011, where he studied at the Wine Research Centre. He returned to the Wine Research Centre in 2013, where he is a graduate student. Jay’s research is focused on characterizing the microbial terroir of the Okanagan wine region. He is conducting a multi-year survey of several winery and vineyard sites to identify differences in yeast population composition and to search for regionally unique yeast species and strains with win-making potential. Jay is also a student in UBC’s ECOSCOPE program, which trains graduate students in microbial ecology and entrepreneurship.

David Scholefield, BA’ 75

David Scholefield is one of Canada’s most experienced and well-traveled wine personalities. His renowned palate, sharp wit and great passion for wine have established him as a much sought-after wine speaker, teacher and judge.

David’s devotion to wine sustained him throughout his long career as senior wine buyer for the BCLDB, where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd disproportionate allocations of the world’s finest wines onto the shelves of BC liquor stores.

He has judged at international wine competitions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Chile, and Brazil. He was Chief Judge at Vancouver Magazine’s International Wine Competition from its inception until 2010, when he became Vice President of Wine Strategy at the Trialto Wine Group, attracted by the company’s maxim ‘Wines of People, Place, and Time’.

David is a passionate advocate for BC wine, and was a key player in the emergence of BC’s wine culture throughout his career at the BCLDB and his subsequent work with the British Columbia Wine Institute. As a partner in Okanagan Crush Pad, he is now directly involved in the dream of producing wine that is the purest possible expression of the Okanagan’s unique environment.

Sandra Oldfield

A native of California, Sandra Oldfield arrived at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in 1995 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Enology from UC Davis. She made the wines for the first 20 vintages and has been the winery’s CEO since 2010.  She is passionate about the BC wine industry and has been instrumental in beginning BC’s first sub appellation–the Golden Mile Bench, founding Oliver’s Festival of the Grape and creating #BCWineChat on twitter. Tinhorn Creek is Canada’s only carbon neutral winery and has been awarded Canada’s Safest Employer in hospitality.  In 2016 Sandra was named Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter and hopes to keep pushing the BC wine industry to greater heights in the years to come.

Howard Soon, BSc’ 74

Born in 1952, Howard Soon was raised amid the 1960’s culture of Vancouver’s quintessential neighborhood, Kitsilano. He studied Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia and Business Administration at the University of Mantioba. After five years at Labatt Brewing Company, Soon moved to the Okanagan in 1980 to begin his winemaking career.

In 1997, he was handed his most prestigious assignment – Sandhill. His collaborative relationships with our growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines.

“At Sandhill we appreciate that great wine begins in the soil and on the vines, with grapes that have been nurtured to balanced ripeness,” says Soon.

His determination to be at the leading edge of winemaking and working with the best grapes in the Okanagan have become fundamental to Sandhill’s exploratory Small Lots Program.

“Small Lots is the best of the best,” says Soon. “Every year we experiment with new techniques or plant new varieties. We also look for those individual barrels that stand out from the rest. It provides a glimpse into our wine-making future.”

Soon is one of a select group of certified wine educators in Canada and is a much sought-after speaker. He is an experienced judge of wine and has served on the panels of several major wine competitions in Canada and the U.S.

In 1998, Soon received the Founder’s Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival, recognizing his contribution to British Columbia’s wine industry. In 2009, Sandhill was named “Winery of the Year” at the Canadian Wine Awards, by Wine Access. Under Howard Soon’s leadership, Sandhill was the first winery to ever receive the top three awards; Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year. Soon was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) in 2012. Most recently, Soon was recognized at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Celebrating Excellence Awards with the highly coveted Spirited Industry Professional Award.

Howard enjoys  serving on  the Faculty Advisory Board for Land and Food Systems at UBC and also on the Board of Directors of the Okanagan  Symphony Orchestra, British Columbia’s third largest Symphony.

A Pioneer in the British Columbia Wine Industry, Howard Soon was the first winemaker in British Columbia to:

  • Receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France
  • Release a series of single vineyard designated wines
  • Produce a Super Tuscan blend – Sandhill Small Lots Three
  • Receive Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year, 2009 Canadian Wine Awards, Wine Access

 

 

 

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Presented by UBC Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in partnership with alumni UBC

The sequencing of the human genome has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in that it has opened the human genetic blueprint to investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the understanding of health and complex diseases.  As a result of this revolutionary sequencing of human genomes, our knowledge about how and why we differ from each other as well as how interactions between genes and culture have shaped our community is now more clearly understood. How can this knowledge be used to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and personalized treatment approaches? What does the Genomics Revolution mean for you and your health? What is the potential for future generations?

Join UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in partnership with alumni UBC, to hear from five top UBC researchers and learn about the work they are doing to accelerate the genomics revolution which is advancing their fields.

 


Moderator

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Panelists & Talks

Dr. Jehannine Austin – Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

Dr. Martin Dawes – It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

Dr. Howard Lim – Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

Dr. Corey Nislow – Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

Dr. Chris Overall – Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors, Genome BC

catalina-lopez-correa-320x486In January 2016, Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa joined Genome BC as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors. With over 18 years of international experience in both the academic and private sectors, Dr. Lopez-Correa brings her deep understanding of genomics to the Genome BC leadership team.

Dr. Lopez-Correa holds an MD from UPB University in Colombia, a Masters in Genetics from Paris VII/Pasteur Institute and a PhD in Medical Biosciences-Genetics from KULeuven in Belgium. Most recently she was the Vice-President and CSO, Scientific Affairs, at Genome Quebec where she was instrumental in developing competitive teams for national and provincial research projects, and raising the profile of Genome Quebec on the global stage.

Previous experience also includes a role as Senior Scientist with Eli Lilly and Company. During Dr. Lopez-Correa’s time at Eli Lilly, she was part of the Pharmacogenomics and Translational Medicine Group in charge of discovering and validating genetic/genomic biomarkers in different therapeutic areas (oncology, cardio-metabolic and neurosciences). She also helped develop the company’s tailored therapeutics and personalized medicine strategy.  Dr. Lopez-Correa also held the position of Head of Cytogenomics laboratory at deCODE genetics where she developed screening strategies to detect genomic rearrangements. She has also worked for two different American biotech companies in the UK (Genomica and Informax).

Since 2002, Dr. Lopez-Correa has served as evaluator for large multinational projects funded by the European Commission, the IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiatives) and the NIH and has been recognized by several awards nationally and internationally. As part of her commitment to international development, Dr. Lopez-Correa funded the not for profit organization ODNS (Organisation pour le Développement avec des Nouvelles Solidarités) in 2012 and has been involved in several initiatives aimed at demonstrating the impact of genomics in developing countries.

Dr. Jehannine Austin

Associate Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics; Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics; Acting Head, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine

 

Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

The conditions that are most common in humans (e.g. cancer, psychiatric illness, diabetes, heart disease) are complex – that is,jehannine-austin-320x214 they arise as a result of interactions between genetic and environmental influences. Lifestyle modifications (e.g. quitting smoking, exercise, nutrition) can reduce the risk for these conditions, but studies show that providing people with information about their genetic risk does not reliably provoke adoption of healthy behaviours that can reduce risk. This talk will focus on the role of genetic counseling in personalized prevention approaches to common complex disease by empowering people to act on genomic risk information to engage in risk reduction behaviours.

BIO: Jehannine completed her BSc (Hons, Biochemistry) at Bath University, and her PhD in Neuropsychiatric Genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK before completing training as a Genetic Counselor at UBC in 2003. She was first appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2007, and in the Department of Medical Genetics in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

She holds/has held multiple external salary awards including a CIHR New Investigator Award, a Michael Smith Career Investigator Award, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and received CIHR’s 2007 Maud Menten New Investigator Award. She is co-author of the book “How to talk with families about genetics and psychiatric illness” (W.W Norton, 2011), Graduate Advisor to the UBC Genetic Counseling program, and a Board Certified Genetic Counselor.

Dr. Martin Dawes

Director & Co-Founder, Personalized Medicine Institute; Head, Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine

It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

martin-dawes-320x386There is a journey of using genetic tests to avoid adverse reactions to drugs used commonly in Family Practice. More than half consultations in Family Practice involve complex decisions about medication, adding a genetic test makes things more complex. Dr Dawes and his team had to go back to the drawing board and rediscover how to help patients and professionals identify the safe effective drugs for the individual person.

BIO: Dr. Dawes is the Head of the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Cofounder of the Personalized Medicine Institute. He started his clinical practice as a family physician in Oxford. Following the completion of his PhD in 1992, he helped develop a Master’s program in Evidence Based Health Care, which allows clinicians to engage in research. He has directed the UK Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and was the head of family practice at McGill University before coming to UBC in 2010. His research includes genomics in primary care and lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes.

Dr. Dawes is currently leading a new research project entitled “The Implementation of Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care in British Columbia”. This novel project is valued at over $720,000, and is being funded through Genome BC’s User Partnership Program, Rx&D’s Health Research Foundation and other partners. The project will also link in with TELUS Health, the largest electronic medical record (EMR) vendor in Canada.

Dr. Howard Lim

Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency; Clinical Physician Professor, Medical Oncology Division, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

The use of whole genome sequencing technology to understand tumor biology can be used in the hopes of finding actionable howard-lim-320x480targets for patients with cancer.  Dr Lim will provide an overview about how the use of this information can lead to success and how we can learn from the failures.

BIO: Lim is a Medical Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre, specializing in Gastrointestinal Cancer. He is the Program Director of the Medical Oncology Training Program and is the Chair of the GI Tumor Group.

Dr Lim is also an active member of the GI Outcomes Unit, and the Personalized Onco-genomics Program – a clinical research initiative that’s embedding genomic sequencing into the diagnostic and treatment planning for patients with incurable cancers.

Prior to going to medical school, he was fortunate to do research at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre under Dr. Marcel Bally, in the Department of Advanced Therapeutics. One of the great things that he witnessed was how research could be translated over to patient care seamlessly.

Dr. Lim completed his training in Medical Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and then did additional training in Gastrointestinal Malignancies at the Oregon Health Sciences University, before coming to the BC Cancer Agency in 2008.

Dr. Corey Nislow

Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

corey-nislow-320x480At its core, all of biology can be considered a combination of the forces of natural selection, organism fitness and the extraordinary results required to meet these two challenges. For the past two decades Dr. Nislow’s lab has sought to understand how genotype is revealed in phenotype; by using diverse models from yeast to man and every environment imaginable. This talk will describe the lessons we have learned from such models and how we are applying them to patients.

BIO: Dr. Corey Nislow’s laboratory uses cutting edge tools to address this central question: how can we understand the biological commonalities in all of the life sciences; from embryonic development, to the spread of infectious diseases to better ways to treat cancer. Each of these disciplines, and in fact all of biology, can be explained in the context of competition, interaction and evolution. Therefore his lab studies the interface between genes and the environment using parallel genome-wide screens, high throughput cell-based assays and next generation sequencing of microbial and human populations. He and his scientific partner, Dr. Guri Giaever shift between model systems to understand how genes and drugs interact during normal and pathological states. Most recently, his lab is exploring how laboratory experiments can co-opt evolutionary processes to understand drug action.

He enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics and drug discovery for undergraduate and graduate students. Corey completed a BA in developmental biology at New College and a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Colorado. He was also an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. He led discovery teams at two biotechnology companies (MJ Research and Cytokinetics Inc., in the San Francisco Bay Area) and at Stanford University. Prior to joining UBC, he was associate professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Donnelly Sequencing Centre.

Dr. Chris Overall

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Protease Proteomics & Systems Biology; Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.

How can only 20,061 human genes encode the complexity of humans when similar numbers of similar genes also encode worms chris-overall-320x480and flys? Mapping and sequencing genes is just the start of this answer. Genes encode proteins and it is proteins that are responsible for forming the cells and tissues of humans. Further, proteins orchestrate the complexity of coordinated signaling between cells and organs that keep us healthy. Dr. Overall will discuss the huge diversity of protein forms, now known as “proteoforms”, and how they lead to the incredible complexity of human cells and tissues. It is through understanding proteoforms that disease mechanisms can be deciphered, new drug targets validated, and accurate diagnostic tests devised that will lead to new medical interventions to treat disease early. By reducing disease and its detrimental outcomes, proteomic biomarkers hold enormous promise to revolutionize diagnostics and personalized medicine ensuring sustainable health care costs.

BIO: Proteases are nature’s biological molecular scissors. Being involved in the fate of every protein—from protein synthesis and maturation, to function changing adaptations in response to changing needs of tissues and cells, and finally in protein removal, proteases are essential to maintaining healthy cells and tissues. Yet, with the good comes the bad. Proteases can dramatically worsen disease and cause tissue destruction leading to disability, pain and death in some diseases like cancer. Thus, Dr. Overall has a long-standing fascination in proteases from his undergraduate days to now. Indeed, he is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology and holds a seven-year $5.55M CIHR Foundation Grant to investigate proteases.

Dr. Overall completed his undergraduate BDS, Honors Science and Masters degrees at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto; and was a MRC Centennial Fellow in his post-doctoral work with Dr. Michael Smith, UBC, learning protein engineering. On Sabbaticals in 1997-1998 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at British Biotech Pharmaceuticals, Oxford, UK; and again in 2004/2008 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the Expert Protease Platform, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland; and in 2010-2012 was an External Senior Fellow and is now an Honorary Professor, at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany.

With over 15,500 citations for his 237 papers he has an h index of 67 and this has been recognized by numerous awards including the 2002 CIHR Scientist of the Year, the UBC Killam Senior Researcher Award (Science) 2005, and several life time achievement awards. He was the Chair of the 2003 Matrix Metalloproteinase Gordon Research Conference and the 2010 Protease Gordon Research Conference. More recently his interests are evolving to deciphering immune deficiencies and chronic inflammatory diseases by the use of proteomics and degradomics, a term he coined. He was elected as Co-Chair of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Chromosome–Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) in 2014 and was recently elected in 2016 to the Executive Committee of HUPO.


Click here to register for this event online. Click here for the event details. Questions? Please contact Sarah Irwin, Alumni Engagement Manager, UBC Medicine at sarah.irwin@ubc.ca or 604-875-4111 x67741.

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. From his Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin to his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus, and his Grammy-winning Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra, American composer John Corigliano has built one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work of any composer in the last forty years. His “architectural” method of composing has allowed him to forge a strikingly wide range of musical materials into arches of compelling aural logic. Take a look into the mind and method of this internationally-renowned composer.

This event took place November 18, 2016, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on UBC’s Vancouver campus.


Speaker Biography

mmmc_corigliano_757x422-560x312John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.

Recent scores include One Sweet Morning (2011) a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music.) Other important scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977). The Houston Symphony Orchestra commissioned Corigliano to create a new orchestral version of Stomp which premieres in fall 2015.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for their stunning new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, conducted by James Conlon, staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjac and starring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman and Patti LuPone.

Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US and Europe, Caracas, Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond.

Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.


Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Bergman, E. (2013). Of Rage and Remembrance, Music and Memory: The Work of Mourning in John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 and Choral Chaconne. American Music, 31(3), 340-361. doi:10.5406/americanmusic.31.3.0340 [Link]

Renthan, C. (2013). “History as it should have been”: Haunts of the historical sublime in John Corigliano’s and William Hoffman’s the Ghosts of Versailles. Twentieth Century Music, 10(2), 249-272. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1586011204?accountid=14656 [Link]

Townsend, A. (2003). John Corigliano’s “A Dylan Thomas Trilogy” The Choral Journal, 44(4), 29-37. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/23554579 [Link]


UBC Library Research Guides

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Mary-Lou Florian, Research Associate Emerita at the Royal British Columbia Museum, recipient of the 125th Commemorative Medal from the Governor-General of Canada and UBC alumna has made her new book, Comparative Anatomy of Branches, Roots and Wood of Some North American Dicotyledonous and Coniferous Trees and Woody Shrubs Used in Ethnographic Artifacts: Identification and Conservation Concerns available through UBC’s cIRcle Digital Repository.

 

After retiring in 1991 from her position as Chief of Conservation Services for the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Florian has devoted her time to research and writing – publishing several books related to the conservation of museum objects. 

 

Keen to make her research more widely available, Florian approached UBC Library to make her new book available through its Open Collections. “I thank the University of British Columbia cIRcle Digital Repository for accepting my book. I am incredibly pleased the information will be available for anyone interested. An author could not wish anything more,” she said.

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In 1989, Ms. Florian “served as the conservationist on the Jason Project, the Mediterranean expedition led by Robert Ballard (who would later lead the discovery of the Titanic’s final resting place)”. Since then, she “has given numerous mycology and museum-related lectures and courses in North America and Europe and is a past recipient of the Governor General’s 125 Commemorative Medal for her contribution to community heritage preservation”. (Courtesy of UBC’s Trek Magazine)

 

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Read her latest book, Comparative Anatomy of Branches, Roots and Wood of Some North American Dicotyledonous and Coniferous Trees and Woody Shrubs Used in Ethnographic Artifacts: Identification and Conservation Concerns via cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository

 

 

Mary-Lou Florian, one of Canada's most esteemed conservation scientists makes her most recent book available through UBC's Open Collections.

 

Mary-Lou Florian, Research Associate Emerita at the Royal British Columbia Museum, recipient of the 125th Commemorative Medal from the Governor-General of Canada and UBC alumna has made her new book, Comparative Anatomy of Branches, Roots and Wood of Some North American Dicotyledonous and Coniferous Trees and Woody Shrubs Used in Ethnographic Artifacts: Identification and Conservation Concerns available through UBC’s cIRcle Digital Repository.

After retiring in 1991 from her position as Chief of Conservation Services for the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Florian has devoted her time to research and writing – publishing several books related to the conservation of museum objects. 

Keen to make her research more widely available, Florian approached UBC Library to make her new book available through its Open Collections. “I thank the University of British Columbia cIRcle Digital Repository for accepting my book. I am incredibly pleased the information will be available for anyone interested. An author could not wish anything more,” she said.

A comparative anatomy of tissues that were used historically in making ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, Florian hopes the book will be useful as a lab manual for teaching and reference for research, not only for ethnographic reasons, but also for many aspects of plant anatomy and identification and forestry.

“We are thrilled to provide open access to Mary-Lou’s latest book,” said Amber Saundry, Digital Repository Librarian at UBC Library, “In a short amount of time, we’ve seen strong use and interest in its specialized and unique information from conservators, curators, researchers and educators. We look forward to welcoming her future work to UBC Library via cIRcle and Open Collections“.

There is much excitement in the conservation community about the new-found accessibility of Florian’s research, “This book will be extremely useful for conservators and other collections professionals working with baskets, bark and other ethnographic materials,” says Eric Pourchot, Institutional Advancement Director at the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, “Thank you for making her research available.” 

Anne Lama, UBC’s Library Conservator is thrilled to have access to Florian’s new book, especially after encountering Florian’s research so often during her studies in the restoration of books and paper and preventive conservation at the University Paris-Sorbonne as well as her work at the National Archives in Paris. “I am thrilled she is still publishing and sharing her findings,” said Lama.

Lama expects to use the book often in her work at UBC Library. “I will be able to learn a lot from this research and it will be an excellent reference when making recommendations about the conservations of objects in our collections”.

cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository for published and unpublished material produced by the UBC community and its partners was created to showcase and preserve intellectual output, and support teaching, learning, and research activities. Items in cIRcle are presented through UBC Library’s Open Collections, which provides additional features that increase the findability and promotion of research. Items can be found via search engines (such as Google) and have permanent URLs and Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), so they can be discovered, accessed, and preserved long-term for future generations.

Borrow Mary-Lou Florian’s books.

More about Open Access at UBC Library.

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Brian Wong, UBC alumus and co-founder and CEO of Kiip, a leading mobile advertising network that uses innovative reward systems to redefine how brands connect with consumers visited the Point Grey campus recently to talk about his new book The Cheat Code. One of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding at the age of 19, Wong has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 three times, Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch, and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.  In The Cheat Code, Wong shares 71 bite-sized and virtually effortless short-cuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for ourselves and our ideas, and accelerate our success.

We chatted with Brian about his UBC experience, some of his most inflential reads and his favourite spot to study on-campus. 

As UBC Alumni, do you have any advice to students about making the most out of their university experience and the resources available to them?

My first piece of advice is to leverage all the resources available at UBC. e@UBC is a great example, it’s a great program for business advice. My second piece of advice is to go global. UBC offers programs abroad. Get funding that’s part of the program and a school-approved semester in another country.

Is there a particular shortcut (of all 71 in The Cheat Code) that you feel is most important for students? Why?

Kill Your Fear…because until you do that, you’re not able to do any of the other cheat codes.

Are there any books that you read as a student at UBC Library that changed the way you think or the way you approach your business and your life?

#1 Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

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Predictably Irrational defined the serendipity model we use at Kiip.

Borrow Predictably Irrational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 The Purple Cow by Seth Godin

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This unique book that taught me how to succeed exponentially. 

Borrow The Purple Cow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 #3 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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Charlie & the Chocolate Factory taught me how imagination is important to be innovative in business.

Borrow Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you have a favourite spot to study at UBC?

The Forest Sciences Centre!

Watch the webcast of Brian’s event sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC from September 7th, 2016. 

This October and November, attend new Chinese and Japanese-language book clubs, created in partnership between Asian Library and alumniUBC. The events are an opportunity for alumni, current students, and other interested community members with advanced fluency in Chinese or Japanese, to form ties with others in their respective literary communities.

Each book club offers a separate meet and greet and discussion at a cost of $10 per person for both events. The cost includes a copy of the book distributed at Session 1 and light refreshments. More information can be found on the Asian Library’s website.

Chinese Language Book Club

Book selection:《中外文學交流史 中國-加拿大卷》Literary Interactions between China and Canada by Dr. Lai Fong Leung
Discussion facilitator: Dr. Lai Fong Leung, MA’76, PHD’86

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The book Literary Interactions between China and Canada is one of the 17 volume project “Literary Interactions between China and Foreign Countries” produced by Shandong Education Press. This 450,000-word book is the first work to explore the topic and it lays the foundation for future studies. The book, largely based on primary sources, recreates the ethnic Chinese community as a cultural community from the mid-19th century to the present.

Session 1: Meet and Greet

Monday, October 24
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre
(1871 West Mall, Room 604) 

$10 | Register online

Session 2: Discussion

Monday, November 21
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre
(1871 West Mall, Room 604)

 

Japanese Language Book Club 

Book selection: ねむりNemuri by Haruki Murakami
Discussion Facilitator: Kazuhiko Imai, MA student in the UBC Department of Asian Studies

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Haruki Murakami is an internationally acclaimed author best known for dissolving boundaries between the fantastical and real. Yet this short story is rather intimately psychological, while the surrealistic feel is unquestionably present in the backdrop. Accompanied by interpretive illustrations by a German artist Kat Menschik, this short story, ね むり Nemuri (“Sleep”), was revived in 2010, after Murakami himself reworked the original version published more than twenty years ago.

Session 1: Meet and Greet

Tuesday, October 25
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre
(1871 West Mall, Room 604) 

$10 | Register online

Session 2: Discussion

Tuesday, November 22
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre
(1871 West Mall, Room 604)

 

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