Previous Lectures

  • Monday, March 6, 2017 - Inspired to Lead: Climate Action at the City and Beyond, with Fraser Work
    Fraser is the Director of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Victoria. Fraser is leading the Climate Action and Sustainability renewal programs at the City, and is part of an integrated and interdisciplinary team that is developing the strategy and implementing projects to significantly improve community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental performance.
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  • Monday, April 3, 2017 - 21st Century Leadership, with Dan Pontefract
    Dan is an author, speaker, thinker and Chief Envisioner of TELUS. He is the author of FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization and THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization. Dan’s book OPEN TO THINK will be published May 2018. You can read his work on Forbes, Harvard Business ReviewPsychology Today or The Huffington Post and view any of his three TED Talks.

  • Monday, May 1, 2017 - The Death and Life of the Single Family House, with Nathanael Lauster
    Nathanael is author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. He is an internationally recognized housing scholar and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He maintains a blog at
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  • Monday, June 5, 2017 - Bikes Mean Business, with Elly Blue
    Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon where she publishes books about bicycling and other radical topics. She is the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy.
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  • Monday, July 10, 2017 - World-Class Waterfronts: Victoria and Beyond, with Derek Lee

    Derek is a principal at PWL Partnership and a LEED® Accredited Landscape Architect and urban design with over twenty years of experience in the Middle East, United Kingdom, Asia, and across North America.  He leads design teams at PWL with a focus on sustainable urban planning and design.  Derek’s recent projects include Southeast False Creek Public Realm Development for the City of Vancouver, and Dockside Green for Windmill Developments, VanCity Savings, and the City of Victoria, among other large-scale master planning and urban waterfront development projects across Canada, the United States, and Asia.
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  • Monday, September 11, 2017 - Urban Revitalization Through Child-Centered Design, with Diana Studer

    Diana is a RAIC Syllabus Architecture Student and Technologist at HDR|CEI Architecture in Victoria.  Her final diploma project is focused on how we can better our communities by engaging children in the design and decision making process.  Traveling to Copenhagen, Portland and Vancouver, Diana's project is rooted in her research in pedagogy and the UN Convention on the Right of the Child.  She will present some of her work as well as lessons learned from facilitating a design charrette on Centennial Square with a group of local children.
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  • Monday, October 2, 2017 - How Design Thinking Can Help with Wicked Problems, with David Dunne

    Is a problem like crime the result of ineffective policing, poor education, immigration, broken windows, or a witch’s brew of all these? Such problems are called “wicked problems" and traditional approaches are ineffective with them. A different approach, “Design Thinking”, is being adopted in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Using vivid examples from around the world, Prof. Dunne will explain the approach and its value.

    David Dunne is Professor and Director of MBA Programs at UVic. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Toronto. For the past decade, his research and teaching have focused on innovation and design. His book on Design Thinking will be published in 2018. He is a frequent traveler to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he works on the wicked problem of access to healthcare.
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  • Monday, November 6, 2017 - Healthy and Inclusive City Building, with Todd Litman
    This presentation will explore why and how Victoria can become a more inclusive and healthy city by ensuring that everybody, including people with low incomes and disabilities, can find suitable housing in a walkable urban neighborhood. Todd will examine demographic and economic trends that are changing housing and travel demands, myths and barriers to affordable housing and transportation development, and ways to overcome those barriers. Join us to hear about successful examples of healthy and affordable policies in other cities.
    Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
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  • Monday, December 4, 2017 - Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation with Monique Gray Smith

    This will be an engaging and inspiring talk in which author Monique Gray Smith will share her own journey and her families continued journey of reconciliation. She will share how these journeys have influenced her writing, specifically the three books that come out in Fall 2017. Monique will provide a couple short readings from one of the new books. 

    Monique Gray Smith is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. She is well known for her storytelling, her spirit of generosity, and her ability to fill a room with love. Open your heart and mind and allow her words to transport you to another world.
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  • Monday, February 5, 2018 Jack Meredith, P.Eng – Net Zero Energy Home – Retrofitting a 120 Year Old Home 

    What can homeowners do to reduce their energy use and in turn lessen their climate change impact? Jack’s presentation will use a case study approach to show how an 1890’s era house in Vic West was retrofitted to reduce the home’s energy use enough that a 4.2 kWh Photo Voltaic (PV) system can produce sufficient energy to heat and power the 1400 square foot home.
    Jack Meredith is a LEED Fellow Emeritus.
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