Following the threat of salmon program cutbacks, a public forum was held between government, conservationists, and researchers, after reversals to salmonid enhancement program cuts.

The event was held at Quest, hosted by MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and included representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the District of Squamish, the Squamish River Watershed Society, the Vancouver Aquarium, and Quest University Canada.

Quest’s Chancellor George Iwama shared that he was working with research networks to address issues facing fisheries.


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Photo: Steven Chua

Canadian Chamber Choir to Perform at Quest as Part of Their B.C. Tour

On February 23rd, the Juno-award nominated Canadian Chamber Choir will perform on the campus of Quest University Canada. The evening of cutting edge choral performance will feature the works of some outstanding Canadian composers. Joining the choir will be cellist Ariel Barnes, Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Quest University Choir. The concert begins at 8pm in the MPR.

The Squamish Chief recently published an in-depth article on the choir and its B.C. tour.

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Quest is hosting “Our_Futures,” an academic conference aiming to lead the discussion about limitations and possibilities of technology. It will be a chance to inform scholars and industry leaders about today’s technology by giving them the chance to interact with experts in those fields. The  conference will take place on February 11th, 2017. For more information, please contact

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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


Visual Anthropology Showcase
Quest to the Remote Indian Himalaya
April 28th, 2016 / 5 to 7PM
Quest University Canada Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Showcase event including:
An EXHIBITION of student photographs taken during the Visual Anthropology course in Ladakh, India, in April 2015 and curated by William Thompson.
A PRESENTATION by William Thompson and students of their experiential learning course experiences during this program.
A SILENT AUCTION of exhibited student work as a fund raiser to support future experiential learning programs.

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.


Magdalena Baczewska

Quest University Canada
Public Arts Series Presents:
March Block / Quest Arts SeriesTITLE: Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Context

WHEN: Friday, MAR 18 / 7:00 PM

WHAT: The program will involve a lecture situating Bach’s Goldberg Variations within the French, Italian, and German Baroque styles, followed by a performance of the variations in their entirety.LOCATION: Quest University Canada / Multipurpose Room (MPR)

Born in Poland to a family of musicians, Magdalena Baczewska has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, educator, and recording artist. Her performances have been hailed as “eloquent and technically flawless” (The Washington Post) and praised for “high musicianship and refined musical taste” (Polish Daily News). The American Record Guide applauded Baczewska’s debut album, A Tribute to Glenn Gould, as “world-class.” Her doctoral dissertation, In Search for Bach’s Cantabile: The Role and Aspects of Oratory and Singing in Keyboard Interpretation, was published in 2009 by Lambert Academic Publishing. Baczewska resides in New York City where she is a full-time faculty member and Director of the Music Performance Program at Columbia University.

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

“We wanted to bring the museum to where you live, work, and play.”

For the past two years Vancouver has been host to the “Vancouver Biennale” a 2 year open air art expedition. The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitable organization that exhibits great art in public space, creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement, dialogue, and social action.

The Quest-Biennale residency program began in 2014, allowing seven international artists to draw inspiration from Squamish and live on-campus during the summer months. Quest-Biennale resident artists included Tammam Azzam, Syria, Kristin McIver, Australia, Jonathan Luckhurst, Canada, and Rathin Barman, India.

Squamish, during the Biennale became home to several installations ( which use natural materials to invoke contemplation of our relationship to the land. From Untitled (Wolf), by Vik Muniz, Brazil, to Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos, Australia, these installations have been created through a collaboration between the artists, the Squamish Nation, and the public.

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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.