UVic Speakers Bureau 2020/21

Jamie Knight

The Development of Memory

Jamie Knight, a graduate student of the Department of Psychology is available to speak about the development of memory.

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Moussa Magassa

How to Create Inclusive Spaces for Social Change

Moussa Magassa, Specialist, EDI Education and Partnerships in Equity and Human Rights, is available to present how to create inclusive spaces for social change.

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Sophia Carodenuto

Sustainability of Chocolate

Sophia Carodenuto, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, is available to speak about the sustainability of chocolate.

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Shea Wyatt

Positive Thinking During the Climate Crisis

Shea Wyatt, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, is available to present: "promoting positive thinking and meaningful action during the climate crisis."

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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. Areas of note are:

  • ocean science and technology;
  • environment, climate and energy;
  • Indigenous research;
  • global studies and social justice;
  • health and life sciences;
  • creativity and culture;
  • data science and cyber physical systems; and
  • physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 531 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.

Although the 2019-20 Speakers Bureau season was limited by COVID-19, bureau volunteers were nevertheless able to give 391 talks, reaching an audience of more than 13,000 people. In the prior seven years, bureau volunteers have more than doubled the number of talks given to K-12 students, making school groups the single largest audience category for the bureau.

Welcome to the 2020-21 season

President Jamie Cassels
Prof. Jamie Cassels

This September, the UVic Speakers Bureau celebrates its 40th season of programming, bringing the expertise of the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the University of Victoria to audiences across southern Vancouver Island.

Every one of these speakers shares a strong commitment to contributing to the intellectual, social and cultural development of our region. They are also tremendous ambassadors for our university. Our volunteer speakers provide valuable learning opportunities, show the vital impact of our research and connect community to the extraordinary academic environment that has made UVic a world-leading university.

The UVic Speakers Bureau is the only university-wide bureau of its kind in Canada. That’s a powerful statement about our commitment to community engagement and to lifelong learning for everyone.

In order to keeping that tradition of engagement strong this year, we’ve expanded the number of topics which can be booked for virtual presentations. Despite last year’s interrupted season, Speakers Bureau volunteers gave 391 presentations to schools, seniors groups, service clubs, business associations and community centres—reaching more than 13,000 community members across southern Vancouver Island.

This year, 189 new topics have been added, reflecting the extraordinary breadth of scholarship at UVic, as well as the enthusiasm of our volunteers to contribute to a better future for people and the planet.

I encourage you to take advantage of this breadth of knowledge by booking a volunteer through UVic's Speakers Bureau.

Jamie Cassels, QC