Events & Notices


Vancouver/Lower Mainland


Vancouver/Lower Mainland

BizHacks 2016
March 4-5, 2016
BizHacks aims to create a platform for people in different faculties and different majors to work together, identify business problems, and provide solutions to solve the issues. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who are industry professionals. This is the amazing opportunity for you to gain experience on solving real world problems and creating business solutions, and networking with industry professionals.

Baiting, Selling, and Telling: Is there still a place for objective journalism?
March 9, 2016
With the rise of social media and citizen journalism, we’ve never had so many messages, from so many sources, available at our fingertips. However, it has become clear in recent years that news shared online comes with serious risks due to its lack of objectivity and its emphasis on speed and volume over fact. Given the absence of context and an abundance of competing voices online, how do we know who and what to trust? Can we see past the click-bait headlines and advertorials, and continue to be informed about the world around us? Is there still a place for objective journalism?

Wesbrook Talks: In Conversation with David McLean, LLD’94
March 14, 2016
Hear from one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs, David McLean, about his path to success, and the ups and downs that came along with it. David has been the driver behind many highly successful businesses – in aviation, film studios, real estate development and communications. He, along with his wife Brenda and their children, share that success by supporting many philanthropic endeavors across Canada.

Mixing with Mentors: Planning, Properties, and Development
March 16, 2016
Mixing with Mentors, alumni UBC’s newest career-related program, is designed to connect recent grads with established alumni mentors from different industries for informal and intimate career-focused conversations. Alumni mentors represent a diverse range of professions, including realtors, developers, marketers, and investors.

UBC Centennial Alumni Races at Storm the Wall
March 20, 2016
For more than 30 years, Storm the Wall has been an iconic event on the Point Grey campus. Now UBC Recreation and alumni UBC invite you to re-live the experience of scaling a 12 foot wall with four of your friends. Legs of the relay race include a swim, sprint, bike, and run all followed by the challenge of getting your team up and over the wall.

Your Next Step: Workplace Trends
March 21, 2016
Vancouver is a beautiful place to live, and the ability to enjoy the West Coast lifestyle is an important factor in many people’s job satisfaction. However, given the hot local housing market and challenging economy, both employers and employees will undoubtedly need to make trade-offs in the years ahead. What are the key workplace trends that individuals should be aware of? How is the culture of the modern workplace changing? Where do opportunities exist and what challenges lie ahead?

Book Club Meet & Greet
March 31, 2016
The alumni UBC Book Club is offering two great books to choose from: Book of Sands by Karim Alrawi (session facilitated by the author), and Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder. Meet the facilitators and connect with fellow alumni at the Meet & Greet before getting together a month later to discuss what you’ve read.

alumNIGHTS Networking Event at Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smoke House
March 31, 2016
Looking to get ahead? Your connections matter. Meet and mingle with fellow UBC graduates at this alumni-only networking event at Howe Sound Brewing’s newly-opened Vancouver eatery.

UBC & SFU Italian Studies Celebration
April 1, 2016
2016 marks 60 years at UBC and 25 years at SFU since Italian courses were first offered at these institutions. The UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and the SFU Italian Program (in the Department of French) invite all graduates who have enjoyed our Italian classes to celebrate with us these significant milestones at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Climate change denial: Where do we go from here?
April 5, 2016
The spring 2016 Wall Exchange will feature Naomi Oreskes, climate change activist and historian of science, Harvard University. Dr. Oreskes is co-author of the best seller ‘Merchants of Doubt’, the troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.

Joy of Feeding
June 25, 2016
Joy of Feeding is an inter-generational, international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm that celebrates home-cooked dishes from various cultural backgrounds.


Pub Night in Singapore
March 3, 2016
Ring in the Lunar New Year with fellow UBC alumni in Singapore at the private lounge of the Kaiserhaus restaurant in the newly restored historic Capitol Theater. Alumni from other universities are welcome to join, making it a great networking opportunity.

Centennial Speaker Series
UBC researchers are leading the world towards a brighter future. To celebrate UBC’s Centennial year, we are holding a series of programs that will bring the best of UBC research to communities across the country.


Great Trekker Series: Calgary – With Gregg Saretsky, BSc’82, MBA’84
March 10, 2016
As president and CEO of WestJet, Gregg Saretsky has a challenging job leading a complex organization in the highly competitive North American aviation industry. From its inclusive decision-making processes to its innovative and emotionally-charged ads, it is clear that much of WestJet’s success can be attributed to its unique corporate culture. Join him in Calgary for a special evening as he shares stories about the experiences that have influenced his career and hear his thoughts about some of the important trends to which future leaders should be paying attention.


Canadian University Alumni – Soirée Québecoise “Cabane à Sucre” in Paris
March 10, 2016
In the bitter cold of winter, come warm up and join fellow UBC and other Canadian University Alumni for an authentic Québecois “cabane à sucre” after-work soirée.


UBC Dialogues: Can money buy happiness?
March 22, 2016
There’s been much debate among psychologists, economists and social scientists over the relationship between money and happiness – specifically, whether or not money can buy happiness. While some researchers would argue that it cannot, the recent Powerball lottery frenzy in the US strongly suggests that many of us believe that it can. Is money the key to happiness? Or do time and life satisfaction mean more? Is it the ability to buy material goods and experiences that people desire, or the notion that money can provide a sense of security and the potential to lead a fulfilled life?


Montreal Alumni “Pit Night”
March 24, 2016
The UBC alumni branch in Montreal will be bringing all the fun of a Pit Night to downtown Montreal. Come and reminisce with the UBC crew here in Montreal and have some great times over a frosty pint in the cultural heart of Canada.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please be aware that comments submitted through this form will appear publicly below this article. Comments may also be published in future print issues of Trek magazine.

Comments are moderated, and may take some time to appear.