MATH: the bigger picture

At Quest, math isn’t just about memorizing equations and numbers —  it’s about seeing the bigger picture.

Richard Hoshino, award-winning Quest Math Tutor, speaks on his Quest experience, and how mathematics relates to everyday life through communication and problem-solving skills.

Also featured is Quest student and member of the Leaders in Elite Athletics & Performance Program, Jeneva Beairsto, for her creative and valuable Keystone project. Jeneva addressed the issue of travel fare inequality by creating an optimal pricing formula that will be implemented by the Vancouver transit system.

Video created by Quest student Ben Grayzel




Wildfires Aren’t Just a Land Thing

Marine ecologist Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh, a Quest visiting tutor in the Life Sciences, contributed to an article on the impact of wildfires on marine life. The article, published on the Oceana blog, discussed how smoke and ash that billow from a blaze can change water quality in streams, rivers, and oceans, and could have major effects on marine ecosystems.

In the Kitchen with Dr. Maï Yasué

This week the Bowen Island Undercurrent published an article on Dr. Maï Yasué’s kitchen, cooking, and recipes. Dr. Yasué is a Social Sciences Tutor in environmental studies at Quest University Canada.

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Last month three Quest math tutors presented at the Canadian Mathematical Society’s 2016 Winter Conference which took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario from December 2­–5. Glen Van Brummelen gave the Education plenary, History for the Future: Heavenly Storytelling in the Mathematics Classroom. Also presenting were Sarah Mayes-Tang, Betti tables of graded systems of ideals and Richard Hoshino, Inspiring Change Through Linear Algebra and Solving Quadratic Optimization Problems using the Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality.

Graduation 2016

Graduation Ceremonies
April 30, 2016



Master Of Ceremonies
Kaija Belfry Munroe, Faculty Tutor, Social Sciences

Squamish Nation Welcome
Chris Syeta’xtn Lewis, Councillor, Squamish Nation

Chancellor’s Welcome
Daniel Birch, Chancellor

Graduating Class Speaker
Natalie Douglas

Commencement Address
Richard Hoshino, Faculty Tutor, Mathematics

Presentation Of The Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts & Sciences
Ryan Derby-Talbot, Chief Academic Officer

Conferral Of Degrees
Daniel Birch, Chancellor

Welcome To The Alumni
Peter Englert, President & Vice-Chancellor 

Music Performed By
Black Tusk Caledonia
I Tromboni
Michaela Slinger

President’s Lecture Series

“The West Beyond the West: Interdisciplinary Research on the Quest for Ancient Egypt’s Relations with Central Africa”

Dr. Thomas Schneider

Professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies

Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

University of British Columbia

Thursday, April 14th at 4:30PM

Thomas Schneider earned his degrees (Lizentiat, doctorate, and habilitation in Egyptology) from the University of Basel. He has published widely in his main areas of research—Egyptian interconnections with the Near East and North Africa, and Egyptian history and chronology—and is currently completing a monograph on the history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany. He is the founding editor and was editor-in-chief (2008–2014) of the “Journal of Egyptian History”. He was also the editor-in-chief of the series “Culture and History of the Ancient Near East” (2006–2013), and area editor of the “UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology”. He is currently editor of “Near Eastern Archaeology”. Dr. Schneider also serves as Special Advisor to the Dean and Vice-Provost, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC. In 2014 he was awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship from the “lzaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies,” Senior Category.


President’s Lecture Series

Confucian China in a Changing World Cultural Order
Dr. Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai’i
Editor, Philosophy East and West
Chinese Philosophy (Classical Confucianism and Daoism), Comparative Philosophy

Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30PM

Quest University Library Building
Atrium Fireside
3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC
Canada V8B 0N8

Roger T. Ames received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching (1990-91), Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research (2012-13), and many grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently serves as president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP), and as editor of both “Philosophy East and West” and “China Review International”. Comparative philosophy and Confucian philosophy are his primary areas of research and he has published widely in these areas. Professor Ames often works in collaboration with other scholars to produce explicitly philosophical translations of classical texts. These have included “Confucius’ Analects”, the “Daodejing”, and most recently, the “Classic of Family Reverence”. He is presently advocating Confucian role ethics as an attempt to take this philosophical tradition on its own terms.


Peter Englert is excited by the possibilities for the young, growing university in Squamish.
Discover Squamish Magazine W15-16 / by Christine Endicott
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President’s Lecture Series Presents:
Innovation in Education: From a Māori Perspective
Dr. Piri Sciascia
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori
at the Victoria University
of Wellington, New Zealand
Friday, February 26th at 8:00 AM

Dr Sciascia will be speaking from his extensive experience in the education, promotion, and conservation of Māori arts and culture through his role as Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at the Victoria University of Wellington, where his office seeks to maintain Māori as a dynamic influential force within the University through learning and teaching that draw from indigenous research, knowledge and methodologies.

As assistant director of the QEII Arts Council and director of the Maori Pacific Arts Council, Professor Sciascia administered the successful Te Maori exhibition, which opened in New York in 1984 and toured the United States.

He has contributed to numerous national and iwi Boards including Toi Maori Aotearoa, Maori Arts New Zealand and Dance Aotearoa New Zealand.

He has been involved in Maori performing arts for more than 40 years as a performer, composer, tutor, advisor, and leader.

Professor Sciascia is regarded by his whanau, hapu and iwi as an authority of whakapapa and tikanga Maori, and has been a prominent orator for his hapu and iwi for more than 35 years.

Career Week

Quest University Canada
Student Affairs Presents
February 15-19, 2016

This event provides students with an opportunity to attend workshops on career related topics, liaise with potential employers during the job fair (Wednesday, February 17th), and learn more about graduate school.

Each year, community, faculty, and staff members share their wisdom and experience with students by participating in panel discussions and facilitating workshops on topics related to career planning.

Community members, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate by facilitating workshops, giving presentations, or acting as vendors at our job fair. For more information or to express your interest, contact Krista Lambie at

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything / Film Screening
Director: Avi Lewis / Running time: 1h 29m
JAN 21, 2016 / 7:30 PM
Faculty panel: Ahalya Satkunaratnam, John Reid-Hresko, Mai Yasue, and Ian Picketts
Quest University Canada, MPR 
$10 Suggested DonationWhat if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
After the film, there will be a discussion with Quest faculty members Mai Yasue, Ian Picketts, John Reid-Hresko and Ahalya Satkunaratnam about the film and what can be done to limit climate change in collaboration with efforts for social justice and frontline communities.

Colloquium Series:

Why are Some STEM Fields More Gender-Balanced than Others?
Dr. Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Monday, January 18th at 4:30 PM
3200 University Boulevard

Squamish, BC Canada V8B 0N8

Despite having made significant inroads into a variety of traditionally male-dominated fields such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics, women continue to be underrepresented in computer science, engineering, and physics at the undergraduate level. Many theories have been put forth to explain this phenomenon, ranging from innate female inferiority in quantitative skills to an unwillingness by women to put in late hours. Dr. Cheryan’s research shifts the explanation for this underrepresentation away from women’s deficiencies and instead examines why some STEM fields have been more successful in attracting women than others. Her research reveals a model with two factors to explain the larger gender gaps in computer science, engineering, and physics than biology, chemistry, and mathematics: (a) a culture in these fields that signals a lower sense of belonging to women than men, and (b) a lack of early hands-on experiences in these fields. Changing the masculine culture of these fields – for instance, using environments, the media, and role models – and providing early experience in them may be fundamentally important to increasing women’s interest in them and their ability to be successful once there.

Chris Neufeld / Life and death on a small island: Novel interactions between wolves, sea otters, and people in Kyuquot Sound, BC.
WEDNESDAY / JAN 13, 2016 at 7PM
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Location: Whistler Public Library
4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

The wolves on BC’s West Coast are formidable predators known to supplement their terrestrial diets with a surprising array of marine creatures including salmon, mink, small crabs, and even barnacles. Although coastal wolves have been studied for decades, until recently no one thought their diverse list of prey items might also include sea otters, ecologically-important predators in their own right. This view of wolf foraging ecology recently changed when Chris Neufeld took his Quest University Behavioural Ecology class to a remote island in Kyuquot Sound and observed wolves displaying some rather unusual foraging behaviour. In this talk Chris will describe the preliminary results of his ongoing research to study the remarkable interactions between coastal wolves, sea otters, and the kayak guides (and their guests) that spend summers living in the same small archipelago.nge in collaboration with efforts for social justice and frontline communities.

Jeff Warren: Is All Music Political?

Jeff Warren: Is All Music Political?
Thursday / Dec 10, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Squamish Public Library
37907 2 Avenue, Squamish, BC, Canada
Free & Open to the Public

In the wake of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris in January, the French government launched a $480 million dollar anti-terrorism campaign, which included a ‘stop jihadism’ website that instructs its citizens how to identify budding Islamic extremists. A prominent infographic on the website included a checklist of suspicious activities citizens could use to profile those around them. The list included expected items such as frequenting radical websites, but the central image on the infographic was ’they stop listening to music’ for the reason that ‘it deters them from their mission’. The list was quickly mocked by several journalists who claimed that listening to music is really just a matter of private taste. The French government’s stance, however, seems to echo the claim sociologist Theodor Adorno made in 1941 that the social role of popular music is as ‘social cement’ and that music and other products of the ‘culture industry’ encourages conformity. This (very likely unknowing) application of Adorno’s arguments by the French government to aid in profiling efforts provides encouragement to carefully think about the relationship between music and politics. This example leads to larger questions: How are music and politics related? Is all music political?

Andrew Haringer: The Hero in Music

Andrew Haringer / The Hero in Music: What qualities define a hero?
WEDNESDAY / DEC 9, 2015 at 7PM
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Whistler Public Library
4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Can these virtues be depicted musically? Join Quest visiting tutor Andrew Haringer as he explores these questions. Beginning with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Dr. Haringer will trace the development of heroic gestures in orchestral works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These pieces bear powerful testimony to enduring notions of heroism stretching back to antiquity.