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Vancouver Alumni Branch past events

WakeUp with RRU: Asia is not just the future; it is the present

Oct. 31, 2012

British Columbia has aggressively invested in Asia through its Pacific Gateway Initiative. This initiative, which began in 2007, focuses on boosting B.C.’s economic prosperity by increasing trade and investment. Although Asia is one of British Columbia’s major trading partners, vast opportunity still lies ahead. The Vancouver Alumni Branch was pleased to invite guests for a conversation about how to develop local business opportunities in Asian markets through the extensive knowledge of economic specialist Dr. Michael Goldberg and Royal Roads professor Dr. Zhenyi Li.


WakeUp with RRU: Getting Ready for Tomorrow's Workplace

June 8, 2012

Canada's workplace is changing rapidly and companies that don't keep up risk losing their competitive edge. With more than one million job openings expected by 2020, close to two-thirds of them will be due to retirements from the current workforce. The remaining none-third will be new jobs due to economic growth. But with only about 650,000 students currently in our K to 12 education system, this projected growth in job openings leaves a very big gap to fill.The Vancouver Alumni Branch was pleased to invite guests to a discussion with Dr. Linda Manning, an Intercultural economist, Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa and founder of Leadership Mosaic Inc., about reframing challenges of workplace change into leadership opportunities.

  • 10 Ways the Workplace is Changing Demographics and Technology
  • Changing Demographics generations and cultures
  • Changing Workplaces Space and Time
  • What does this mean for you and me?
  • Reframing Change into Opportunity for Personal, Professional, and Organizational Growth.

View the June 8 PowerPoint presentation.

View resource links for multigenerational workplaces.


Opportunities & Strategies in Metro Vancouver 2040

Oct. 14, 2011

Metro Vancouver municipalities unanimously approved a growth strategy designed to help sustainably grow the region by an additional one million people and more than  600,000 jobs by 2040. This growth strategy is believed to be critical in maintaining harmony with nature, fostering community well-being and ensuring economic prosperity. What will the impact and opportunities of this comprehensive and forward looking strategy mean to you and your business? The Vancouver Alumni Branch was very pleased to bring together an expert panel to discuss ways to prepare and identify opportunities as the regional growth plan unfolds.

Guest speakers included:

  • Sam Sullivan, a Vancouver community leader, advocate and former politician;
  • Christina DeMarco, Regional Development, Metro Vancouver;
  • Patrick M. Condon, UBC professor
  • James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments
  • Gregory Borowski, B.A., B.Arch. (Hons.), MAIBC, MRAIC, LEED Principal, Merrick Architecture - Borowski Sakumoto Fligg Ltd.


Perspectives on Leadership - Challenges and Lessons Learned

June 24, 2011

“Leadership – was once described to me as an invaluable resource, which without continual renewal can lose effectiveness.” - Doreen Meyers, RRU MA-2008

Royal Roads University alumni who are currently positioned as leaders, or who are seeking a leadership role, can benefit from nurturing their desire to learn more about what makes strong leadership. The Vancouver Alumni Branch was very pleased to bring together three leaders from three different generations to talk about the challenges and lessons of leadership derived from their individual experiences.

Guest speakers included:

  • Jennifer Sung, vice-president of Young Women in Business, an emerging leader who will talk about the challenges of leadership facing her generation over the next half century.
  • Kathy Kinloch, president of Vancouver Community College, a leader who has already made a significant impact in the community and who has important lessons to share about leadership.
  • Wendy McDonald, an icon of business in British Columbia who, for 60 years, led the BC Bearing Engineers Ltd., a bearing and power transmission distributor, which she built into a global enterprise with locations in Canada, USA, Asia and South America. Mrs. McDonald will reflect on what it takes for leaders to endure over the long-term.


Opportunities in the Green Economy

Feb. 25, 2011

British Columbia's green economy is projected to boom to $27 billion by 2020 and the number of direct and indirect full-time equivalent green jobs in the province could grow by nearly 75 per cent to more than 225,000. The Vancouver Alumni Branch was very pleased to bring together expert panel to discuss the shift to 'greening' of careers and economic opportunities.

Guest speakers included:

  • Dr. Robert Falls, co-founder and chairman, ERA Carbon Offsets
  • Paul Shorthouse, director, Globe Foundation
  • Tony Fromby, president and CEO, SunCentral Inc.
  • Mike Walkinshaw, managing director and CFO, Chrysalix
  • Munu Hicken-Gaberria, president and CEO, LFT Group


B.C.’s Economy: where do we go from here?

June 11, 2010

The forecasts are glowing: B.C.’s business sector is poised for stellar performance in 2010.  But there’s still some doubt in the back of many people’s minds. The Vancouver Alumni Branch was pleased to invite guests to an event with the Hon. Colin Hansen, Minister of Finance and deputy premier to discuss financial decisions from a sustainability perspective.


Solutions for Homelessness in Vancouver

April 12, 2010

Homelessness in Metro Vancouver has grown by an estimated 25 per cent since 2005 – and it doesn’t affect only Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The biggest percentage increase in recent years has been in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby, Maple Ridge and Surrey. Paying attention to the plight of Metro Vancouver’s homeless should make sense to any businessperson who truly believes in a triple bottom-line. All of us are accountable for what has become the biggest social challenge facing our region. Morally and financially, we can no longer afford to ignore it. The Vancouver Alumni Branch was pleased to invite guests to a frank discussion among alumni on just how serious the situation is and how it can be resolved.

Guest speakers included:

  • Monte Paulsen, investigative editor of The Tyee online newspaper, who for years has closely followed the region’s growing homelessness crisis.
  • Ric Matthews, executive minister at the First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, whose daily interaction with the city's homeless provides insights that few others ever achieve.
  • John Richardson, executive director of Pivot Legal Society, one of the leading non-profit legal advocacy organizations on the Downtown Eastside.

What Does Real Sustainability Look Like for Business?

Sept. 8, 2009

The Vancouver Alumni Branch was pleased to celebrate its official re-launch with RRU Chancellor Peter Robinson, chief executive officer of the David Suzuki Foundation. Robinson shared his insights and the latest on sustainability to help answer the question, “what does real sustainability look like for business?"