ElderCollege Fall 2019 Courses


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SEPTEMBER COURSES (Sep 3 – Nov 4, 2019)


ONE-DAY SESSIONS (2 – 3 hours each)
Membership Required


NOVEMBER COURSES (October 28 – Dec 9, 2019)




$10 cash/person at the door
Free under 18

Nanoose Place Community Centre
2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay

ALL TALKS START AT 10 am and run through to noon. Everyone welcome!


September 21, 2019

What Really Happened When Our Constitution Was Patriated

Hear a first-hand account of the process to patriate our constitution and how the record of these events was misrepresented.

About the talk: 

In the early 1980 ‘s the Federal Government initiated a process to patriate our constitution. After a long and acrimonious process, involving even a Supreme Court of Canada Decision, the 1982 Act was born. In 2012 Brian wrote a book, based on his active participation in the patriation process, to amend the record of those events which he believes were garbled and misrepresented.    

Presenter: Honourable A. Brian Pechford P.C., LLD

About the presenter: 

Brian was born in Newfoundland in 1942. He is a graduate of Memorial University. In 1972, he was the first Progressive Conservative ever elected to the Legislature for the District of Green Bay, a span covering over 120 years.

Brian held several Cabinet Posts in the Government of Newfoundland including Municipal Affairs and Housing, Rural and Northern Development, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Mines and Energy. In 1979, he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and Premier, being the youngest in over 100 years, at the age of 36.

He is best known for his government's ground breaking Atlantic Accord which brought significant offshore oil and gas activity and royalties, leading to the Province becoming for the first time a 'have' Province, only one of four in the country. Additionally, he has been recognized as one of the key players in the creation of the Constitution Act of 1982.

Brian has won many awards including an Outstanding Young Canadian Award and Outstanding Contribution Award by the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association. He has chaired inquiries for the Federal Government on health and on the salmon industry for the BC Government and was on the Board of CBC for five years.

He is an author of two books, his latest, 'Some Day The Sun Will Shine and Have Not Will Be No More' making the Globe and Mail best seller list in 2012.

He served as the first Chancellor of Acsenda School of Management, a private International Business School in Vancouver.

Brian and his wife, Carol, and son Justin moved to Qualicum Beach in 1993. He and Carol operated a global consulting business until 2001. Mr. Peckford and Carol presently reside in Nanaimo. 

October 19, 2019

Crime, Corruption And Money Laundering

The author of BC's 'Dirty Money' report will discuss his findings on organized crime and money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos.

About the talk: 

The Money Laundering Threat – The author of B.C.’s ‘Dirty Money’ report on money laundering in casinos will highlight our vulnerability to organized crime and money laundering. In June 2018, the Attorney General of British Columbia released his independent review of allegations of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos. The 250-page report included 48 recommendations, all of which were accepted by government. The report received wide circulation in Canada and abroad. It described the Vancouver Model of money laundering. Dr. German was subsequently asked to complete a similar report on allegations of money laundering in the real estate, auto and horse racing sectors.

Presenter: Dr. Peter M. German, QC

About the presenter: 

Dr. Peter German, QC, is President of the International Center for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of British Columbia. A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, he holds graduate degrees in law and political science, including a doctorate in law from the University of London. He is the author of Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering, published by Thomson Reuters. 

Dr. German previously served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada, and as Regional Deputy Commissioner Pacific for Correctional Service Canada. Within the RCMP, he was responsible for the creation of various integrated teams. He was also the lead investigator on various high- profile corruption files and was team commander for the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian diplomats held by Al-Qaeda in North Africa.

His awards include Queen’s Counsel, Officer of the Order of Merit of Police, and Gold Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. In September 2017, he was appointed by the Attorney General of British Columbia to be the independent reviewer of allegations of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, resulting in a 250-page report and 48 recommendations, all of which were accepted by government. He was subsequently asked to review similar allegations in the real estate and auto sectors. 

November 16, 2019

Earthquake Early Warning For BC

Learn about Ocean Networks Canada's prototype Earthquake Early Warning system and how it is being expanded and enhanced for residents of southwestern BC.

About the talk: 

Ocean Networks Canada is in a unique position to detect subduction earthquakes because they operate the world's largest wired undersea observatory. Learn about the prototype Earthquake Early Warning system already in place, and how it is being expanded and enhanced so that it can be used to provide early warning to the residents of southwestern B.C.

Presenter: Bob Crosby, BA Sc (Electrical Engineering), Dipl.T.

About the presenter: 

Bob Crosby was a Software Quality Control Specialist in the Software Engineering department at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) for 6 years until 2017. ONC is located at and operated by the University of Victoria. The main observatory at ONC is the NEPTUNE network which is currently the largest and most complex wired undersea observatory network in the world. Bob was the principal software tester on ONC’s prototype earthquake warning system, and he continues to support the project on a contract basis. Bob has a B.A. Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Electronics Technology from Algonquin College and has 40 years’ experience in the electronics and software development industries.

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