Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the President’s Leadership Lecture Series. I established this speaker series 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.
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.
UFV honorary degree recipient Charllotte Kwon, who 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. View .
Robert (Bob) Fowler Sleeping with al Qaeda
Oct 2, 2013
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]
Victor Chan speaks on Educating the Heart at UFV
March 12, 2013
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 empowers the bystander on Anti-Bullying Day
Feb 27, 2013
Sheldon Kennedy is returning to UFV to bring his personal message of empowering individuals to stand up to bullying and abuse on Pink Shirt day. Kennedy will be featured on Wed, Feb 27 as part of the President’s Leadership Lecture Series at 4:30 pm in the lecture theatre (room B101) at the Abbotsford campus. The... [READ MORE]
Futurist Herb O’Heron on the value of a degree next up UFV President’s Leadership lecture series
Jan 28, 2013
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]