Quest University Canada student Miguel Orlando Chiau, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, is among the speakers who will present at The Walrus Talks Africa’s Next Generation (Ottawa) on September 26. Miguel is a second-year student from Mozambique studying computer science. He is passionate about Africa and social inclusion, and envisions himself bringing change to his continent and believes that higher education is a prerequisite for achieving this goal.

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On September 1, 2017, the Canadian Mathematical Society announced that Dr. Richard Hoshino is the recipient of the 2017 Adrien Pouliot Award for significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada. Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. Richard is the youngest mathematician to have received this prestigious award in recognition of individuals “who have made significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada.” Adrien Pouliot was the second President of the CMS and was described as a world-class ambassador for science and mathematics and a great educator.

Richard’s colleague Dr. Glen van Brummelen, himself a 2017 National Teaching Fellow, noted that the award is essentially a national lifetime achievement award and that Richard has been “one of the most valued people in the Canadian mathematics education community” even before coming to Quest. Prior to his arrival at Quest in 2013, Richard was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012), and was a mathematician with the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the mathematics and data exploration section at the Canada Border Services Agency. He has published 28 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, marine container risk-scoring, biometric identification, and sports scheduling.

Richard is a former Mathematics Olympian and has coached the students representing Canada at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). He recently penned a novel The Math Olympian aimed at young people as a way to reach and inspire even more students. He frequently visits high schools to give public talks, and has reached thousands of students in British Columbia over the past four years. He has also led numerous professional development workshops for high school math teachers, and has organized or keynoted math education workshops and conferences throughout Canada. Hoshino is an active member of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group (CMESG), and will be the local organizer for the next CMESG meeting, to be held at Quest in June 2018.

For more information about Richard’s award, please see the press release from the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Quest’s New President Dr. George Iwama

August 25, 2017

The Board of Governors of Quest University Canada is proud to announce that Dr. George Iwama has been appointed the University’s next President.

Quest is the national and global leader of a distinct philosophy of inquiry-based education, and is committed to continuing to innovate and share its work.

When we started our search for a new President, we set out to find someone who would:

  • Champion Quest’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Continue to strengthen, defend, and renew Quest’s pedagogical approach;
  • Recruit and support a truly distinctive student body;
  • Recruit and support world-class teacher-scholars;
  • Ensure a sustainable business model; and
  • Serve as a compelling and effective advocate for Quest as its leading external ambassador.

We strongly believe Dr. Iwama is an outstanding candidate, and we are excited about adding his experience and leadership to Quest University Canada.

Dr. Iwama will be a critical part of helping our University tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead by continuing to develop and champion the vision of Quest as a place for innovation in teaching and learning.

We look forward to hosting a social welcome event where students, staff, and community members can meet and get to know our new President this fall – stay tuned for details. For more information on Dr. Iwama, please visit the Incoming President webpage.

With appreciation,
Mary Jo Larson
Chair, Board of Governors
Quest University Canada


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Quest is committed to making its unique education accessible to the best-qualified students, regardless of their country of origin.

What it truly means to be gifted

Quest’s very own Mathematics Tutor Richard Hoshino composed an opinion editorial titled “What it truly means to be gifted,” that was published in The Toronto Star. Richard proposes that through authentic mathematical experiences, students develop confidence, creativity, and critical-thinking skills.

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Elijah Rempe Cetas: 2016 Rising Star

Third-year Quest student Elijah Rempe Cetas has been honoured for his conservation research. Elijah was a Quest Summer Fellow at the end of his first year during which time he researched and wrote the proposal. The manuscript was written in collaboration with Quest Social Sciences Faculty Tutor Maï Yasué.

Elijah received the 2016 Rising Star Award from the science journal Conservation Biology for a manuscript titled,A Systematic Review of Motivational Values and Conservation Success in and around Protected Areas.” Congratulations to Elijah and Maï  on their contribution to Conservation Biology, one of the highest impact factor conservation journals.

“This really is a testament to what a student can produce through the very close working relationship/mentoring that Quest students receive from faculty,” said Maï, who served as faculty host for Elijah’s fellowship.

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Photo: Quest University student Elijah Rempe Cetas / Squamish Chief

The Quest Women’s Basketball team volunteered at the 2016 Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sale on Saturday, December 3rd in Steveston, Richmond. 100% of the money earned at the event goes to The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Unfortunately, this story hits close to home and has a much deeper meaning for Head Coach Dany Charlery and the members of the team than just helping to raise funds for a good cause. In memory of one of the Women’s Basketball alumna’s sister, the Quest Kermodes have volunteered at the Herring Sale for four years in a row now. Coach Charlery plans to continue this tradition in the future, and says, “Taking part in the Herring Sale is more than just a volunteer experience for our program. Not only is it for an amazing cause, but our players really value the involvement. We hope to continue to be a part of it for years to come.”

On the day of the sale, the Quest women showed up a half-hour before the sale started at 9 a.m. They were about half of the wheelbarrow crew which ran 20 pound bags of herring from the sale site to customers’ cars. They did it for hours and hours until the sold out signs were put up. The event sold 5,000 bags, so Kermode volunteers moved about 25 tons of herring. Everyone who worked with them commented on their stamina and eudemonic personalities.

Also in attendance from Quest were representatives of the Quest Photography Club that was the Official Photographer of the 2016 Herring Sale. They showed up before daybreak to catch the perfect light. The herring sale has raised more than $425,000 for kids being treated for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital and Quest students have played a nice role in it.

If you would like to be a part of the 2017 Herring Sale or for more information on ways you can help, please visit:

The August 2016 Edition of ‘HuffPost Living’ from Huffington Post Canada featured Quest University Canada on their list of ‘The Most Beautiful University Residences In Canada.’


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About Quest

Quest’s 60-acre campus is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, between Vancouver and Whistler.


Consisting of arts, humanities, mathematics, and social, life and natural sciences, the liberal arts and sciences form the basis of a well-rounded education.

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Living in a community is an integral part of the Quest experience. As such, students live on campus for all four years of their undergraduate degree.


Quest is committed to making its unique education accessible to the best-qualified students, regardless of their country of origin.