In conversation with Shelagh Rogers

The University of Victoria’s new Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, OC, will be “In Conversation” with web industry leader and UVic alumnus Stewart Butterfield, BA ’96, on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. The event, presented by the UVic Alumni Association, will conclude the eighth annual Alumni Week celebration.

Admission is free and tickets for reserved seating are available now from the UVic Ticket Centre.

Rogers is a popular national radio host, witness and champion of reconciliation for Aboriginal people, long-time advocate for adult literacy and mental health awareness, and an acknowledged “voice” of the country. She became UVic’s 11th chancellor on Jan. 1, 2015 and will be formally sworn in during UVic spring convocation ceremonies in June 2015.

She hosts and produces The Next Chapter, a CBC Radio program devoted to Canadian writing.

Butterfield, described in a recent Wired magazine profile as an “internet visionary,” was a co-founder of Flickr, the photo and video sharing website that pioneered many of the elements of social networking. He is CEO and co-founder of Slack, a software platform for team communication. In its first year, the San Francisco-based company has attracted more than 350,000 daily users and its corporate client list includes Buzzfeed, Comcast and Walmart.

He graduated from UVic and Cambridge with degrees in philosophy. His ongoing academic interests include cognitive science, the history and philosophy of science, and economics. He made Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2006 and he’s a past recipient of the UVic Distinguished Alumni Award.

Alumni Week 2015, from Feb. 1 to 7, focuses on the “thinkers, changers, and difference-makers” who form an international network of more than 110,000 UVic graduates. Events include the Distinguished Alumni Awards, as well as workshops, presentations and reunions. Follow the #UVicAlumniWeek hashtag.

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