Teaching Matters Seminar Series

Quest Mathematics Tutor, Richard Hoshino, was part of the Teaching Matters Seminar Series at Simon Fraser University. Richard’s talk on March 6 was focused on the idea: “I Wish My Final Exam Could Be…”

Richard and his co-presenter, Veselin Jungic, Department of Mathematics at SFU, imagined what their final exam would look like if there were no constraints on time and resources.

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Miguel Chiau is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in the Program at African Leadership Academy (ALA), pursuing his studies at Quest University Canada. He spoke at the Walrus Talks in Ottawa in September 2017.

Quest Kermodes varsity student-athlete Shakayla Thomas was featured in the Hashilthsa Ntc newspaper. She made the leap from a remote First Nations community to full-time attendance at Quest University Canada and her basketball skills were all part of the package.

Canada’s talented and skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for our country that attracts investment, drives innovation, and strengthens the economy.

That’s why our government is investing in Canadians—to make sure our students and recent graduates have the skills they need to ensure their future success.

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Dr. Darcy Otto, professor of philosophy at Quest University Canada, will deliver the 32nd annual Woods Memorial Lecture on Nov 30 at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center. Otto’s lecture, “The Promise of Quantum Computing,” is open to anyone interested in learning more about quantum computing. No knowledge of mathematics or quantum physics is needed to attend.

“Quantum computing is a very timely topic,” added Dr. Robert Knop, associate professor of physics at Westminster College. “In the next few years, you will be seeing more and more news stories about it.”

During his lecture, Otto will lead a conversation on the quantum computing technology currently revolutionizing the computing industry. Otto’s lecture will provide insight into how quantum computers can possibly perform tasks such as cracking some of the most widespread encryption schemes; mapping the interactions between molecules; searching enormous databases; or even discovering how to play the perfect game of chess.

In addition to being a professor and published author, Otto is researching the limits of computation and how those limits are challenged by quantum computing as a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon. At Quest University, Otto teaches courses in mathematics, computer science and philosophy. He has published papers that apply formal logic to questions in metaphysics and he also published a translation of Socrates’ speech in Plato’s Symposium.

The Woods Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Robert M. Woods, professor of physics at Westminster College from 1947-1972. The Woods Memorial Lecture is made possible by a gift from the Woods family that has been supplemented over the years by gifts from friends and alumni.

For more information, contact Doreen Matune at matunedm@westminster.edu or 724-946-7284.

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It’s no surprise that Quest University Canada was ranked #10 by bestchoiceschools.com as one of the most beautiful schools in all of Canada. Quest is especially well-known for its large amount of green space throughout campus that makes it perfect for students to socialize and study.

The schools were chosen and ranked based upon certain criteria: awards and recognition, numbers of notable features, student enjoyment, historical significance and environmental friendliness.

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


Quest Physical Sciences Tutor Ian Picketts was quoted in an article posted on the CBC News website. The article dealt with how municipalities across B.C. have implemented innovative actions for climate change, but there are challenges, depending on the size of the region, political momentum, and industry relationships.

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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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As part of Quest University’s program of spring events, the school will be welcoming award-winning playwright and artist-in-residence Elaine Ávila for an evening of readings on Feb. 16.

Via Squamish Chief

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Birder Data to be Flocked

Quest Life Sciences Tutor, Kimberly Dawe, was featured in The Chief. She recently signed a letter of agreement with the Squamish Environment Society to begin analysis of the massive Squamish Estuary data that the Squamish Birders have collected every month since 1991. The multi-layered data has never undergone expert analysis, but that is about to change. Kimberly will apply for funding to help with the project, plans to hire a Quest student, and to involve her classes in the project.

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Photo: Jennifer Thuncher

Photo by: Jay Ashworth

Quest’s Manager of Community and Sustainability Programs, and member of the Student Affairs Team, Krystle tenBrink, is featured in an interview by Jay Ashworth, who heads “The Bentwood Project.”  He documents people and their passion using a 100 year old camera set up. Krystle co-chairs the Squamish Food Policy Council, and was the former president of Squamish Climate Action Network where she would manage food initiatives. She discusses her passions and influences in an in-depth interview.

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The Walrus Talks explore innovation

Quest graduate Andrew Luba talks about the connection between happiness and design systems at the Maury Young Arts Centre on Saturday (Oct. 22).   Photo by Alyssa Noel

On Saturday, October 22, corridor innovators took the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre to present The Walrus Talks on Innovation. Cheeying Ho, the Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability says, “even though we may think of millennials as being self-absorbed and conspicuous in everything they do, there’s some pretty interesting characteristics we can describe that are conducive to changing the world…”

Read more of the article featured in Question, a Whistler publication.

Listen online to all seven speakers speak for seven minutes each on the topic of Innovation. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZs8e85oSwdHCMnYrNJGf4btyje59t30H

Howe Sound Comes to Life

Suzuki Foundation, Quest University discuss marine protection


The David Suzuki Foundation and Quest University combined efforts recently to give people an inside look at how Howe Sound has been springing back to life.

On Oct. 6, the university hosted the Great Howe Sound Recovery, which included a series of short films presented by the David Suzuki Foundation that give a glimpse of what life is like inside the waters of the sound.

Stephen Foster of the David Suzuki Foundation acted as the moderator for the event and introduced the short films.
The event was timely, according to Foster, because of changes in the government’s attitude around marine protection.

“It’s kind of an interesting time because the new government has changed the discussion around marine protection,” he said.

“National parties are looking at this place as part of the conversation on marine protection.”

Foster said the foundation is interested in a number of issues including community cooperation, enhancing biodiversity and the possibility of a park in Howe Sound, especially with the return of marine life.

“We know that something extraordinary is happening in Howe Sound,” he said.

The evening included five short films, including one in which Squamish’s John Buchanan explores life returning to the Britannia Creek area.

In it, he talks about how he first saw salmon back in the stream and how the creek has rebounded after being one of the most toxic rivers in North America.

“I can’t get enough of this creek,” he said in the film. “It’s the underdog.”

He also talks about changes to the old mine site in terms of plugging up the old sources of pollution and ends by citing the importance of government to scientific efforts to study and support life in the ecosystem, as well as to make up for past mistakes such as firing scientists.

“Government needs to get back in the business of science,” he said.

As well, Buchanan talks about his experience in newspapers and compares himself to a reporter in the water interviewing the fish.

“I love the way he’s always stirring the pot,” Foster said when introducing the film.

Other films included Bob Turner’s Howe Sound – Vancouver’s Wild Neighbour, which chronicles a five-day paddling trip; Roy Mulder’s Cradles of Glass, which examines the importance of glass sponges to marine life and Howe Sound; a profile of biologist Ramona de Graaf and her work to study the role of beaches in supporting life; and a short video by North Vancouver high school student Chris Dietrich.

Source: Squamish Chief


Quest University Canada President and Vice Chancellor Peter Englert was profiled in Business in Vancouver. From compulsory military service, to an initial desire to become a chemist, to worldwide travel in search of knowledge, he explains how all of his experiences prepared him to be where he is today. With a love for science and background in nuclear chemistry, he discusses how his global journey led him to Quest.
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