Student Seminar: Explore Public Policy Issues


Saturday, October 22, 2016 | Vancouver
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel  | 9 AM – 5 PM 

Join us for a day of fun-filled discussion and inquiry – free of charge. Explore ideas while listening and conversing with leading policy experts and peers.

Speakers and Topics: 

The Sharing Economy is Going to Eat the World, and We’ll all be Better for it.
Christopher Koopman 
Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

The rise of the sharing economy has been a story of how technology is disrupting (and destroying) industries. But what is often lost in that story is that the disruption is actually making existing competitors better. It is also forcing each of us to be better consumers. And, if government wants to survive, it is being forced to become better too.

Poverty Inc.
 Good Intentions Are Not Enough
Paul J. Bonicelli
Director of Programs, Acton Institute

Concern in the West over poverty in developing countries has increased exponentially. Governments, religious organizations, and student groups engage in various efforts to alleviate poverty that have been tried repeatedly but without much success. What does work is human liberty; that is, the freedom to self-govern and to be an entrepreneur. Why do people keep trying the wrong things? The answer has a lot to do with admirable sentiments combined with faulty thinking about economics and the human condition.

The Power of Gratitude: How Looking on the Bright Side can Change your Life
Janice Kaplan
Bestselling Author and Consultant

Based on her New York Times bestselling book, Janice Kaplan explores how the power of gratitude can transform your life and career. Kaplan discovered through a major survey that some 90 percent of people believe gratitude makes them happier, yet less than half actually express gratitude. It turns out that grateful people are more successful at work and in relationships, despite the commonly held view that being grateful makes people seem less powerful. Her pioneering research was praised in People and Vanity Fair and hailed on TV shows including Today, The O’Reilly Factor, and CBS’s The Talk.

How to Make Vancouver More Affordable
Dr. Tom Davidoff
Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate

Tom Davidoff examines Vancouver’s housing supply problem and offers solutions to make Vancouver more affordable. Prof. Davidoff calls for increased property taxes, lower income and sales taxes, and decreased municipal zoning power.

Counting Votes: Issues and Consequences of Electoral Reform
Taylor Jackson
Senior Policy Analyst, The Fraser Institute

With the federal government proclaiming that the last election will be the final under first-past-the-post, electoral reform has become a hot topic across the country. This presentation will provide an overview of the current system and its potential successors, as well as discussing some of the possible consequences of electoral reform.

For more information, please contact Carolyn McCarthy at 604-688-0221 ext. 526 or email


Justice Centre 2016 National Essay Contest

Enter the Justice Centre’s essay contest for your chance to win cash prizes.

Essays should be no more than 2,500 words and the deadline to enter is Saturday, October 15, 2016. For complete details, visit:

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