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Throughout his career, including his three terms as mayor of the City of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement. On November 1st, join fellow UBC alumni, students, and friends in Vancouver for the next Master Mind Master Class where he will deliver the talk “Creating the Cities and Country We Deserve.”

The Master Mind Master Class speaker series is an alumni UBC program that offers an unprecedented look into the minds of modern thinkers making a unique impact on the world, and the lessons they’ve learned.

Speaker Biography
Naheed Nenshi, A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary’s 36th mayor on October 25, 2010 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

Prior to being elected, Mayor Nenshi was with McKinsey and Company, later forming his own business to help public, private and non-profit organizations grow. He designed policy for the Government of Alberta, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and worked with the United Nations to determine how business can help the poorest people on the planet. He then entered academia, where he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business.

For his work, Mayor Nenshi was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, was awarded the President’s Award from the Canadian Institute of Planners, and received the Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for his contributions to community mental health. In 2013, after his stewardship of the community during devastating flooding, Maclean’s magazine called him the second-most influential person in Canada, after the Prime Minister. He was also awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the UK-based City Mayor’s Foundation as the best mayor in the world.

In 2014, he was also honoured by Elder Pete Standing Alone with the Blackfoot name A’paistootsiipsii, which means “Clan Leader” or “He who moves camp and the others follow”. In 2016, Elder Bruce Starlight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation honoured him with the name Iitiya: “Always Ready”.

Mayor Nenshi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was President of the Students’ Union, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Moderator Biography
Anita Bathe

As the lead reporter for CBC News at 6pm, Anita Bathe takes viewers through some of the most important stories happening around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley every night. Anita is an award-winning journalist for her coverage of breaking news.  She has been awarded two local BCAB awards, two local RTDNA awards, a national RTDNA, and the Jack Webster Fellowship. Her job is different every day and that’s what she loves about it.  One day she will be out covering the latest news on BC’s premier, the next day she may be braving the elements bringing live coverage of the latest snowfall.

When she’s not working, Anita enjoys experiencing new places and new cultures through travel. She can also be found reading a good book or attempting to cook up a new dish.

UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies warmly invites you to a panel discussion and Q & A on documentary filmmaking with writer/director Cheuk Kwan and cinematographer Kwoi Gin. Selections from their award-winning documentary series Chinese Restaurants will be screened. All members of the UBC community and the general public are welcome.

These films trace the lives of the Chinese Diaspora through a popular icon – the family-run Chinese restaurant. Follow Cheuk Kwan and Kwoi Gin as they take us around the world, visiting families in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, India, Israel, Madagascar, Mauritius, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey. These families share stories of struggles, migration, displacement, and belonging, giving us diverse perspectives on what it means to be “Chinese” today.

Cheuk Kwan, Director

cheukkwanCheuk Kwan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. After earning his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering in the U.S., he immigrated to Canada in 1976 where he embarked upon a successful career in Information Technology.

Kwan’s international and diasporic upbringing gave him an early start in world travel and opportunities to meet people from numerous countries – he speaks English, Japanese, French and several Chinese dialects. His engineering career later brought him to Europe, Saudi Arabia, and back to Japan and Hong Kong.

In 1978, the community activist co-founded The Asianadian, a progressive and influential magazine dedicated to the promotion of Asian Canadian arts, culture and politics. It dealt with, among other issues, stereotypical representations of Asians in film and mass media.

The following year, Kwan helped lead the Anti-W5 Campaign to fight against the racist portrayal of Chinese Canadians in the media. The nation-wide movement resulted in the founding of the Chinese Canadian National Council in 1980.

Kwan studied film production at New York University before establishing his own company, Tissa Films, in 1998. His five films from the Chinese Restaurants series – Song of the Exile, On the Islands, Three Continents, Latin Passions and Beyond Frontiers – bring together his personal experiences, love of food and travel, and appreciation of the Chinese diaspora culture worldwide.

Kwan is based in Toronto and is currently executive director of the Harmony Movement, one of Ontario’s leading providers of diversity training, and equity, and inclusive education.

Kwoi Gin, Cinematographer

KWOI is “Made in Hong Kong” & culturally disoriented in the Americas. This “model diaspora” has lost close friends, survived poverty, attended art school, read some books, ran the streets and lensed the world. His fortune cookie predicaments include making peace with the notion of living on the margins without borders, staking claims to a “paradise” with decent Chinese kwoi-270x270food, retiring as a gentleman of leisure with a mahjong parlor somewhere in the South Pacific and devoting himself to the art of meditative probability after celluloid art becomes obsolete.

“Shchedryk” was nominated for best experimental film at last year’s “Female Eye” due to his non-gender specific name. He is currently “listenin to rawk ‘n rol” in collaboration with Paul Hoffert of 70’s Canadian rock band Lighthouse on “1921 – The War Against Music”. Story is rolling & music is divine. Two of his other collaborations will be premiering this coming October: “The Apology” in Busan & “The Year I Did Acid” in Dusseldorf.

In the meantime, he is a free agent, living in his converted church/studio in Korean town with his chocolate lab, Bailey, and looking to go steady with anyone out there with a kickass script to shoot while looking forward to finishing post on Capital (金迷都), a no budget gay feature he shot in PRC, based on true events reflecting China’s coverups & hypocrisies.

This event took place on September 28th at UBC St. John’s College.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Feng, L. (2015). Cities in the age of global migration : integration of mainland Chinese in Vancouver, Canada (T). Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+. University of British Columbia. Retrieved November 4, 2016 [Link]

Tator, C., Hier, S., & Greenberg, J. (01/01/2016). Discourses of domination : Racial bias in the canadian english-language press: News discourse and the problematization of chinese migration to canada University of Toronto Press. doi:10.3138/9781442673946-010 [Link]


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As part of the Vancouver Institute Lectures Series, Green College presents a “Richard III: The Resolution of a 500-Year-Old Cold Case” by Dr. Turi King.

Dr. King is a Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Her work over the years has combined genetics with archaeology, history and geography. Her PhD award-winning research in genetics examined the link between British hereditary surnames and the Y chromosome. She has continued her work on the Y chromosome and surnames, and has been leading a project examining the genetic legacy of the Vikings in the north of England. As well as leading the international research team involved in the DNA identification work of the remains of Richard III, she is also leading the project carrying out the whole genome sequencing of Richard III which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of genetic fingerprinting at the University of Leicester.

This event took place on March 12, 2016.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Buckley, R., Morris, M., Appleby, J., King, T., O’Sullivan, D., & Foxhall, L. (2013). ‘the king in the car park’: New light on the death and burial of richard III in the grey friars church, leicester, in 1485. Antiquity, 87(336), 519-538. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00049103 [Link]

Dockray, K. (1997). Richard III: A source book. Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton. [Available at Koerner Library – DA260 .R54 1997]

King, T., Fortes, G., Balaresque, P., Thomas, M., Balding, D., Delser, P.. . Schurer, K. (2014). Identification of the remains of king richard III. Nature Communications, 5, 5631. doi:10.1038/ncomms6631 [Link]

Markham, C. R., Sir, & Project Gutenberg Online Catalog. (2011). Richard III: His life and character Project Gutenberg. [Link]

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