Call for Volunteers – UBC Fall Congregation – Macebearers, Faculty Marshals, Student Marshals and Student Ushers


Dear Colleagues, 

Thank you for your continued support of UBC graduation.  

Official invitations to our fall ceremonies have now been sent and grad is just around the corner – November 22 -24. See here for the complete schedule. We can’t wait to mark this special moment for our students and to welcome their families to campus to celebrate.  

This Fall, we have expanded our online Graduation Volunteer Registration system to include all of our volunteer roles: Macebearer, Faculty Marshal, Student Marshal and Student Usher. 

In the past volunteers have communicated interest to participate in different ways:  directly to University Marshal, Professor Nancy Hermiston, to Senior Student Marshal, Professor Iain Taylor, to Ceremonies and perhaps through the main graduation reservation system. However, with the growth of ceremonies as well as volunteer functions, we kindly request that all volunteers please register on the graduation volunteer sign up page. Here you will find very detailed instructions for each of the four key roles needed for graduation to succeed. 

Please forward this email to anyone you think would like to participate as a volunteer this year – the more the merrier. Training is provided. 

We will do our best to accommodate all requests but please understand that no role is confirmed until a volunteer has received an official confirmation from the Ceremonies Office via email.  

With great thanks, 


Melissa Picher Kelly , B.A.

Academic Events Manager | Ceremonies & Events Office

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

2029 West Mall, Ponderosa B | Vancouver, BC  | Canada V6T 1Z2

T 604 822 5414 | F 604 822 9060 | M 604 649 0102 | E  |

Experience Science Day, Let’s Talk Neuroscience


Fall Experience Science Day 2017 Don’t let the November rain get you down! Join us for Experience Science Day! An annual event that welcomes 200 elementary school students from Downtown East Side to UBC to experience hands-on scientific activities.  Thanks to volunteers like you this program has become highly successful and is held twice each year, reaching twice as many youths and encouraging their participation in science. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to run hands-on science activities, including Rube Goldberg Device construction, for groups of 20-30 students in Grades 4-7.

When: November 8th, 2017. 9:00am-2:30pm Where: UBC Who: Grades 4-7 Students

Interested volunteers please sign up here ( or contact Andrew


Let’s Talk Neuroscience High School Symposium Let’s Talk Science is partnering up with the Belkin Art Gallery on campus which is hosting the works of Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of neuroscience, to bring forth the Let’s Talk Neuroscience symposium for students in grades 9-12. We need enthusiastic volunteers who can help facilitate demos, guide students across the campus, and several other tasks. The symposium will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Cheryl Wellington, neuroanatomy demo by Dr. Claudia Krebs, and a tour of the Cajal exhibit.

When: Nov 20th, 2017. 9:00am-3:30pm Where: UBC (Centre for Brain Health) Who: Grades 9-12 students

Interested volunteers please sign up here ( or contact Evelyn at



Community Events Coordinator



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International Students: Immigration Pathway Information Session


Immigration Pathway Information Session

with IRCC and BC PNP

If you are an international student interested in applying for permanent residency, this info session is for you!

You will:

  • learn about federal and provincial immigration pathways to B.C.
  • hear a detailed overview of how the federal Express Entry system works
  • hear an update on provincial priorities, including the new BC PNP Tech Pilot
  • understand the provincial registration system (SIRS) including how the points system relates to invitations to apply
  • speak directly with staff from IRCC and BC PNP in a lengthy Q&A

To maximise the effectiveness of this opportunity, prior to the session, students are strongly encouraged to review:

1)   the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC processes

2)   information on IRCC’s federal Express Entry immigration intake system. After reviewing information about the federal Express Entry system, students who are not already in the Express Entry pool are encouraged to try the self-assessment tool.

Feel free to bring questions that you could not find answers for on the website to the info session.

In anticipation for the high demand to attend this session, we will be hosting two timeslots, please register for the one that works best with your schedule:


Session 1

Date:  Friday Nov. 10, 2017

Time:  3:30-5:30pm

Location:  SCRF 100, Neville Scarfe Building


Session 2

Date:  Friday Nov. 24, 2017

Time:  2:00-4:00pm

Location:  SCRF 100, Neville Scarfe Building

Register online:


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Opportunity to showcase your research to LFS undergrad students 



The LFS Academic and Engagement Team (LFS ACE Team) is a UBC Peer Program. The  purpose of the team is  to provide support resources that are tailored towards the academic and career development for LFS undergraduate students.  

This year, the team is planning to introduce a new discussion-based event called “Meet & Eat” which will occur once a month during lunchtime.  The purpose of this event is for LFS students who are interested in engaging with their peers, LFS Faculty, and staff to bring their lunches, and share discussion over today’s global issues.  

The event:  

Our first event will be on Wednesday, November 1st from 1 pm – 2 pm [IBLC 191] and our discussion topic will be on Foods of the Future!  This encompasses anything from eating insects, to soylent, to lab grown meat, as well as how these foods might change our diet, and contribute to feeding an ever growing population. 

The request:  

We would like to extend invitations to LFS graduate students whose research is relevant to the theme of “Foods of the Future”.  We encourage you to facilitate the discussion through your own experiences, perspectives, and learning of what “Food of the Future” means to you.   

You would be asked to give a brief ten minute introduction about your area of study and what you envision the food system to be like in the future, whether it be in 30, 50 or 100 years time. Following the introduction we will have a 30 minute group discussion period  where you are welcome to provide more information about your field of study and bring up new topics of interest.  

We would appreciate any graduate students who are interested to be involved as guest speakers, as we believe it would provide a great opportunity for students to learn more about what their future in the food and health industry might hold. If you are interested and available to be a guest speaker, please let us know by Friday, October 26th.  We will follow up with further details at this time. If you are unable to come to this event feel free to extend this invitation to another representative.  

For questions or further details, please contact Emma Rowbotham, LFS Student Engagement Officer at 

Emma Rowbotham  MA
Student Engagement Officer
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Student Services
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
344 – 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 2989 | Fax 604 822 4400 |

November 2, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar speaker: Terre Satterfield


IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall


From subsistence to sovereignty: On the meaning and measurement of the right to fish for the ‘Namgis First Nation 

Terre Satterfield, Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment, IRES;

Co-authors: Leslie Robertson, Anton Pitts, Nathan Vadeboncoeur, Diane Jacobson 

The colonial history of First Nations fishing on the British Columbia coast is undeniably a history of dispossession and an often-brutal restructuring of indigenous food regimes. This included but was not limited to the criminalization of acts of fishing (e.g., use of weirs and traps), trade and territorial access; the reduction of all fishing to household need only; and the racial assignation of licenses and fishing permission to non-aboriginal fishers only.  More recently, a series of supreme court decisions have begun to overturn some restrictions, and myriad acts of ‘practicing fishing rights’ are evident on the ground. Going fishing has thus become (with due critical humor): “Ted is out practicing his aboriginal rights [to fish]”.  But, just what the right to fish or harvest other traditional foods might mean is an open question. This collaborative study examines one effort to answer a challenge posed by the ‘Namgis First Nation: What would it take to become food sovereign? By food sovereign, we mean practicing fully the right to feed a community of 1000 through local hunting, fishing, gathering, cultivating and processing primarily traditional foods? What would and could people eat daily? How much is needed and by what logic? Can food be processed, stored and distributed locally? And what other kinds of local food production might also make sense? The answer is varied and often surprising, particularly when considered in juxtaposition to the cost and effort of procuring market foods. Results include discussion of different possible diets, the social life and organization of food, and the potential for a renewed and vital food system. We conclude with a brief set of theoretical challenges to theories of food sovereignty and their meaning in the face of empirical and field-based examinations of the possibilities for becoming food sovereign.

Click for Terre’s Bio:

Terre Satterfield is an interdisciplinary social scientist; professor of culture, risk and the environment; and (after five years) is outgoing director of the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her research concerns sustainable thinking and action in the context of environmental management and decision making. She studies natural resource controversies; cultural risk and cultural ecosystem services; and the perceived risk of new technologies (gene drive and nano-technologies). Recently she has also worked on tensions between indigenous communities and the state and/or regulatory dilemmas regarding First Nations interest and environmental assessment. Her work with co-authors (many of whom are part of IRES) has been published in journals such as: Nature; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Environmental Science and Technology; PLOS One; Global Environmental Change; Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology; Ecology and Society; Journal of Environmental Management; Biosciences; Land Economics; Science and Public Policy; Ecological Economics; and Risk Analysis. Her books include: The Anatomy of a Conflict: Emotion, Knowledge and Identity in Old Growth Forests; What’s Nature Worth? (with Scott Slovic); and The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values (with Linda Kalof).



Photo Credit: Adam Bautz from flickr/ Creative Commons 

 Carlina Kim

Administrative Assistant for Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

B.Sc Environmental Sciences

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 428-2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4