ElderCollege Spring 2018

One-Day Sessions   March   May   Saturday Speakers

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ONE-DAY SESSIONS (2 – 3 hours each)
No Membership Required


MARCH SESSION (Feb 26 – April 13, 2018)


MAY SESSION (Apr 23 – May 24, 2018)




$10 cash/person at the door
$5 cash for University students with valid student card
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!


March 24, 2018

We Will Help Each Other Be Great And Good

This talk will explore de-constructing colonization in each of our lives - making space for indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians to dream a way forward which respects and reflects the diversity, strength and hope embodied within indigenous traditions.

Presenter: Louise Mandell (Queen's Council) Lawyer, & Chancellor, Vancouver Island University

In 1983, Louise was one of the founding partners of Mandell Pinder, a law firm specializing in Aboriginal and treaty rights law. In 2011, Louise moved out of the day to day practice of law but remains connected in the esteemed capacity of Partner Emeritus to the firm.
On behalf of her many First Nations clients, Louise has devoted her professional life to the advancement of their Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights. She was brought into the area of aboriginal law when it was in its infancy, working under the direction of the late Grand Chief George Manuel, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. Acting for UBCIC, Louise was legal counsel in their fight against the patriation of the Constitution. Since then, she has devoted her efforts to implementing constitutional change, including through advancing alongside one or more of her Mandell Pinder colleagues many of the leading cases, such as: Guerin1, Sparrow2, Van der Peet3, Delgamuukw4, Haida5, Bartleman6, Saanichton Marina7, Morris and Olsen8, Osoyoos9, the historic costs order decision in Jules and Wilson10 and she was intervenor counsel in the Tsilhqot'in11 case.


April 7, 2018

Earthquakes: Past, Present And Future

This talk will cover the geological setting of earthquakes in this region, the history of past earthquakes, the potential for future damaging earthquakes, and the things we can do – collectively and individually - to prepare ourselves for earthquakes.

Presenter: Steven Earle, PhD

STEVEN EARLE has a BSc in Geology and a PhD in Geochemistry.  He worked for 20 years as a mineral exploration geologist and then 22 years teaching a wide range of geology courses at VIU and at Thompson Rivers University.


April 21, 2018

Pressing Problems Of 21st Century Technologies:
Robots, VR And AI (Oh My!)

An overview of the social implications of three emerging areas of new technology: virtual reality, robots and artificial intelligence. No special knowledge of any of these technologies is required. Following an introduction to the technologies, we will focus on how they may have an impact in our society, both positively and negatively, and what we might do to prepare ourselves to take advantage of them and reduce possible harmful effects.

Presenter: Richard Smith, PhD

Dr. Richard Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is the Director for the Masters of Digital Media program at The Centre for Digital Media and has been a professor at the School of Communication at SFU for over fifteen years. He has also served as Director of SFU’s Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) and as an Associate Research Chair for Technological Change.

His active engagement with local, national and international media on issues related to his research into the contemporary world of technology, social media and public surveillance has also made him a recognized public commentator. Dr. Smith has received the President’s Award for Service through Public Affairs and Media Relations as well as the IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Service Certificate award.

With academic training in communication and law, Dr. Smith has degrees from Carleton University (BA) and Simon Fraser University (MA and PhD). His diverse projects and creative works have explored such subjects as privacy issues in the use of mobile technology, electronic scholarly publishing, and the development of technologies for mobile media-rich, urban shared experiences.


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