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Leadership Lecture Series

President’s Leadership Lecture Series 2015/16

The President’s Leadership Lecture Series was established  in 2011 with the intent to bring to UFV inspirational leaders to share their ideas with us, challenge us, and perhaps even provoke us.

In keeping with UFV's strategic goals, these lectures focus on issues relevant to social, cultural, economic, and environmentally responsible development in the Fraser Valley. The events are free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

I hope you join us for these unique opportunities to build awareness, dialogue, and engagement on topics of interest to us all.

– Dr. Mark Evered, President and Vice-Chancellor


UFV + Dr. Linda Frimer

March 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Lecture Theatre (room B101), Abbotsford campus

UFV President Mark Evered is pleased to welcome guest speaker, and UFV honorary doctorate recipient, Dr. Linda Frimer.

Dr. Frimer will present “Evoking Creativity” a lecture and slide presentation featuring her art and her philosophy.

She will discuss the inspiration of our life’s journey, how it colours our unique experience and fuels creativity and the desire to help and to heal.

The Vancouver artist sees art as a form of reconciliation and creativity as a means of expressing the love residing in humanity. She has shared her art to help worthy causes and to reconcile nature and culture for more than 35 years.

In recognition of her artistic, humanitarian, and philanthropic contributions and accomplishments, Linda Frimer received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of the Fraser Valley on June 2, 2016.

This is a free lecture open to UFV faculty, staff, students and to the community.

Event Details

UFV + Dr. Halldor Bjarnason

February 22, 2017

On Pink Shirt Day, UFV President Mark Evered proudly welcomed back guest speaker, and UFV honorary doctorate recipient, Dr. Halldor Bjarnason.
Bjarnason has been a practicing lawyer for 25 years. The cerebral palsy he was born with affects his movement and his speech. As a lawyer, he is an advocate within the system for people with disabilities. He has a thriving practice with Access Law Group.

He is also an elite athlete, competing with the Canadian National Disabled Cycling Team, including at the 1998 and 1992 Paralympics in Seoul and Barcelona.

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UFV + Margaret Trudeau

January 10, 2017

The UFV Student Union society and UFV President Mark Evered proudly welcomed guest speaker Margaret Trudeau on January 10th. The Canadian icon offers an inspirational and practical approach to choosing a healthy, happy, and secure future. She is celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. 

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UFV + George Perry

October 12, 2016

We welcomed back to UFV our 2016 honorary degree recipient Dr. George Peary. From India to Whitehorse, Dr. Peary is well-known as a teacher and a community leader. A former Abbotsford mayor, councilor, and school principal, he has always been active in his community – no matter the geographic location – and innovative in his approach to education. In his early years he taught in Whitehorse, Yukon before moving to Abbotsford and eventually earning the role of vice-principal at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, then principal at Maple Ridge Secondary, W.J.Mouat Secondary, Abbotsford Junior Secondary and Yale Secondary.

UFV + Benjamin O'Keefe

September 15, 2016

University of the Fraser Valley President Mark Evered and The Coast Capital Savings Peer Resource and Leadership Centre at UFV welcomed guest speaker Benjamin O’Keefe.

He survived bullying and recovered from a suicide attempt. He forced major corporations in America to make big changes. Now he is helping others tell their stories.

O’Keefe is a speaker, writer, and activist who advocates for marginalized groups and encourages young people to find their voice and use their story to create change in the world.
He has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR, and the BBC. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, The LA Times, The Guardian, and many more publications.

UFV + Margo Kane

May 1, 2016

We welcomed back UFV Honorary degree recipient, Margo Kane. Movement and expression have defined Margo Kane for more than 40 years during an accomplished professional performance career. Kane is an Aboriginal storyteller, dancer, singer, animator, video and installation artist, producer, director, writer, and teacher who has been active on the Canadian cultural scene for more than four decades.

UFV + Catherine Hickson

Mar 30, 2016

We welcomed back to UFV our 2015 honorary doctorate recipient Catherine Hickson. Dr. Hickson was an eyewitness to the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, in the state of Washington a half-day drive from UFV’s Abbotsford campus. This devastating, almost instantaneous destruction of a vast area focused Hickson’s attention on understanding the destructive forces of volcanoes. Dr. Hickson lead an audience of faculty, staff, students, and community members on an exciting exploration of the destructive regions of our planet.

UFV + George Lopez

Mar 9, 2016

Understanding the new peacebuilding in an age of violence and terror

UFV proudly welcomed Dr. George Lopez to the Abbotsford campus. Dr. Lopez is a writer and lecturer who has been a leader in developing the peace studies field for more than 30 years. Many pundits and professional politicians suggest global violence, and especially terrorism, is worse than ever, making lasting peace a fantasy. This presentation challenged both claims to demonstrate that there are new pathways to building peace. Pathways requiring the involvement of ‘average’ citizens more than the actions of pundits or politicians in the fight against violence.

UFV + Terry O'Reilly

Mar 1, 2016

The Power of Storytelling

We welcomed Terry O'Reilly to a sold-out event on the Abbotsford campus. Terry is an award-winning writer, director, marketer, and radio host. He has worked with such notable actors as Alec Baldwin, Ellen Degeneres, Martin Short, and Drew Carey. Terry taught students, faculty, staff, and guests to UFV how to build stroies and gave them the tools to start using storytelling to boost their business. Listen to Terry's show, Under the Influence, on CBC Radio One.

UFV + Ginny Dennehy

Oct 14, 2015

We welcomed back to UFV our 2015 honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Ginny Dennehy. This mental health advocate overcame the personal tragedy of her son Kelty’s battle with depression and suicide in 2001, followed by the loss of her daughter Riley in 2009.  Out of her son’s death came the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, with a mandate of preventing depression-related suicide in young people. Dr. Dennehy’s personal story is one of turning tragedy into hope and support for others, and of the ongoing importance of education and research into mental health issues for youth.

UFV + George Siemens

Feb 2, 2015

Dr. George Siemens returned to UFV to share his insights on the future of post secondary education in the rapidly changing digital environment.

This theorist and researcher on knowledge networks, learning and knowing in the digital age is recognised as a pioneer of open-access online courses. Dr. Siemens will share his insights on the future of education.

UFV + George Littlechild

Oct 20, 2014

Prolific and colourful Cree artist, writer and UFV honourary degree recipient Dr. George Littlechild returned to UFV to share his reflections on connecting aboriginal culture and spirit through art.

Learn more about this colourful Cree artist and his commitment to reviving Indian culture and traditions through his art.

UFV + Charllotte Kwon  

Oct 6, 2014

UFV honorary degree recipient Charllotte Kwon returned to campus to share her wisdom and experience. Charllotte has combined skills as an entrepreneur, humanitarian, and artist to build Maiwa Handprints, a successful retail business, and support the preservation of traditional textile crafts through the Maiwa Foundation.

UFV + Penny Park

Apr 1, 2014

Journalist, producer, science educator and 2013 recipient of a UFV honorary degree returns to campus to talk about the Science Media Centre: where science meets the headlines. View Penny Park Poster‌.

UFV + Bif Naked

Mar 26, 2014

Canadian rocker, singer-song writer, actress, motivational speaker and UFV honorary degree recipient returns to campus to talk about positivity and leadership.

Robert (Bob) Fowler

Oct 2, 2013

Sleeping with al Qaeda

Robert R (Bob) Fowler is uniquely qualified to discuss al Qaeda threats to Africa and the Western World and implications for Canadian Foreign policy. Fowler was a career diplomat working for the UN as Special Envoy to Niger when he was kidnapped and held hostage for 130 days by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Following his release he published a biographical account of the kidnapping ordeal: A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with al Qaeda.

A rock and roll evening with Red Robinson at the Clarke Theatre

April 9, 2013

Red Robinson is returning to the University of the Fraser Valley in April, this time in Mission. UFV president Mark Evered, partnering with the Mission Chamber of Commerce, welcomes the legendary Robinson to the Clarke Theatre adjacent to UFV’s Mission campus at Heritage Park Centre, on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 pm. Read more here.

Victor Chan

March 12, 2013

Educating the Heart

‌Not too many people are best known for being a close friend of the Dalai Lama, but Victor Chan can claim that distinction. The Vancouver-based author, visionary, and peace leader is a trustee and ‌founding director of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Based in Vancouver, the centre “educates the heart and fosters... [READ MORE]

Sheldon Kennedy

Feb 27, 2013‌

‌Sheldon Kennedy returned to UFV to bring his personal message of empowering individuals to stand up to bullying and abuse on Pink Shirt day. The... [READ MORE]

Futurist Herb O’Heron

Jan 28, 2013

The value of a degree

‌Although not as famous as Alvin Toffler, Herb O’Heron is Canada’s own educational futurist. Working with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), as Director of Research and Policy Analysis, he analyzes statistics and trends in education and makes predictions for the future of post-secondary education in Canada. O’Heron will be provid‌ing his... [READ MORE]

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