What is the UVic Speakers Bureau?
The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria.
Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).
UVic is known for its strengths in the arts and sciences and selected professions. Some areas of note are: society and health, oceans and climate, matter and energy, Indigenous and cultural studies, global change and sustainability, genomics and proteomics, fine and performing arts, and computational modelling and information processing.
These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 458 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.
Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the University of Victoria share a strong commitment to contributing to the intellectual, social and cultural development of our region. This commitment to community is part of why UVic is home to the only university-wide bureau of its type in Canada, the UVic Speakers Bureau.
For 32 years, the bureau has helped university volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm with community groups and organizations on southern Vancouver Island.
Last year, Speakers Bureau volunteers gave 381 presentations to schools, seniors groups, service clubs, business associations and community centres – reaching more than 10,000 community members. This year, nearly 150 new topics have been added, reflecting the extraordinary breadth of scholarship at UVic as well as the keen desire of our speakers to address issues that matter to our communities.
I encourage your school or organization to make use of this tremendous resource. This is a great opportunity to hear from experts and budding experts in their fields, and engage with the ideas that make UVic such a diverse and dynamic learning community.
Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor