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2017 DiverseCity onBoard

Effective Leadership for Modern Governance

The Vancouver-based Laurier Institution is partnering with Ryerson University to bring a national program called DiverseCity onBoard to the Metro Vancouver area. The program was developed in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008 by the Maytree Foundation and is now operated out of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Upcoming Event

The SFU Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement, and The Laurier Institution invite you to participate in an afternoon session which will examine recent research into the diversity of governance boards in Metro Vancouver and several Canadian cities.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 PM
Venue: Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver, BC

About Laurier

The Laurier Institution was founded in 1989 by business and community leaders to advance and disseminate knowledge about the economic and social implications of Canadian diversity. The Laurier Institution is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization. Our research and educational activities are funded by membership fees, donations, sponsorships, and project-based funding.

We believe that Canada’s strength is in its unity and diversity.

Honouring the Founder of The Laurier Institution, Milton K. Wong

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

There are twice as many people with the surname Wong — an estimated 60 million globally — as there are Canadians, but this son of a tailor from Chinatown was one of a kind. Admired by just about everybody, Milton K. Wong was a man with the shrewd acumen of a financial wizard, the kindness, compassion and generosity of a true humanitarian, and he saw the big picture like a visionary philosopher.

2015 Our Whole Society

our-whole-society-3We invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, moderators, and guests as we explore these and other timely questions at our second annual conference, following on “Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse,” held at McGill University in 2013. “

2014 Community Dialogue Series

province-sfu-crr-npThe Complexities of Multiculturalism, understanding Unity in Diversity, Extremism, Policing ; Individual Responsibilities and Collective Security.
Our new series started November 28th with the Province Newspaper and the National Post, in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and SFU.

If interested you can download the transcript of the lecture from the following link. Do let us know your feedback. We always welcome comments to improve our lectures and programs.

2014 Laurier Dialogue Series:

john_ralston_saul-150x150The Comeback: Lecture and Panel Discussion by John Ralston Saul

Aboriginal peoples of Canada have been making a remarkable comeback from a terrifyingly low point of population, legal respect, and stability.This is a comeback to a position of power, influence, and creativity in Canadian civilization. In his latest book, The Comeback, and in this lecture John Ralston Saul argues that historic moments are always uncomfortable.

2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture:

payam_akhavan1Building a World on Empathy by Payam Akhavan PhD.

Payam Akhavan is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK. He was previously a UN prosecutor at The Hague and also appeared in leading cases before the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court.

Laurier Dialogue Series:

ujal_dosanjh_200How Racist Are We?
2013 Community Dialoge Series

Aboriginal peoples of Canada have been making a remarkable comeback from a terrifyingly low point of population, legal respect, and stability.This is a comeback to a position of power, influence, and creativity in Canadian civilization. In his latest book, The Comeback, and in this lecture John Ralston Saul argues that historic moments are always uncomfortable.

Milton K. Wong Lecture

The Milton K. Wong lecture and website promote dialogue and debate on topics related to multiculturalism, cultural diversity and pluralism.

Milton K. Wong Lecture Series

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World

2015 Milton K. Wong Lecture Series by Wade Davis, PhD Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Wade Davis leads on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures. In Polynesia, set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific…

The Global Eco-crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability

david_suzuki_150x1002014 Milton K. Wong Lecture Series by David Suzuki Date: May 14th, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm doors open, 7:00 pm lecture starts. Location: UBC Chan Center Presented by The Laurier Institution, UBC Continuing Studies and CBC Radio One Humans emerged in Africa 150,000 years ago when the plains were filled with animals in variety and abundance…