We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and welcome our returning MPPGA students and our incoming class of global change makers on September 14th. Due to space restrictions, this event is by invitation-only. Watch the live stream of the full-day of activities at the following link: https://mediasitemob1.mediagroup.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/fa0c8657f9ea4896b229f69c1e7ade341d

The video recording will be shared on the Liu Institute for Global Issues website following the event. Please follow our tweets during the day from @LiuInstituteUBC, @ubcMPPGA, and @UBCPolicySchool.

The newly established UBC Policy School seeks to be an essential centre for innovation in global affairs and public policy. In the world today, we are witnessing the dramatic rise of emerging nations and a global rebalancing of power. This heightened level of complexity has created challenges so profound that they call for a new approach to policy, one that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity, and intercultural understanding. The goal of the UBC Policy School is to contribute to solving problems of local importance and global consequence.

The two founding units, the Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, will continue as research institutes within the Policy School and be joined by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute(CIRDI). The Policy School will also be the new home of the professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program. Learn more about the formation of the new school here.

During the morning, we’ll hear insights from Musqueam Elder Larry GrantProfessor Santa Ono, 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, Gage Averill, Dean of Arts, and Moura Quayle, Director of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs along with our keynote speaker, Gordon Campbell, former Canadian High Commissioner to The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, former Premier of British Columbia, former Mayor of Vancouver and CEO of Hawksmuir International Partners.

Our first panel includes global policy practitioners will explore how the Policy School of the future should “think, research, teach and act” while our second panel of faculty, student and alumni presenters will explore how the MPPGA prepares “global change makers” and UBC’s unique strengths in contributing to solving problems of local importance and global consequence.

Morning Panel: How should the Policy School of the future “think, research, teach and act”?
John McArthur, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Senior Advisor, UN Foundation
Tim Sargent, Global Affairs Canada, Deputy Champion for UBC
Kim Baird, former elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation
Moderator: UBC Professor Candis Callison

Afternoon Panel: “Global Change Makers”
MPPGA 2nd year student and ALT Scholar Keskine Owusu Poku on “Becoming a Global Change Maker
MPPGA Alumna Corrin Bulmer on “Reflections on the MPPGA Program”
MPPGA Adjunct Faculty Anne Wittman on “How the MPPGA Prepares Global Change Makers”
UBC Professor of Indigenous Studies Linc Kesler on “Global Change Starts at Home: Developing Competence in Indigenous Policy Processes”
Moderator: UBC Professor Sheryl Lightfoot

Closing Remarks by Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Senior Fellow in Public Policy, Institute of Asian Research; former president of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Tribute to Dr. J.J. Liou and Plaque Unveiling in the Liu Institute for Global Issues Lobby and remarks.


8:45 AM – 9:00 AM     Doors open, networking over coffee/tea and light refreshments
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM     Welcome by UBC Policy School Director Moura Quayle
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM      Acknowledgement by Musqueam Elder Larry Grant
9:15 AM – 9:20 AM      Video Remarks by Professor Santa J. Ono, 15th President and Vice- Chancellor of UBC
9:20 AM – 9:30 AM      Remarks by UBC Dean of Arts Gage Averill
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM    Keynote speech by Gordon Campbell, Former B.C. Premier; Thank You Remarks: Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM  Break
10:40 AM – 11:45 AM   Panel: How should the Policy School of the Future “think, research, teach and act”? and Q&A

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM       Panel: Global Change Makers and Q&A
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM       Break
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM      Closing Remarks by Senator Yuen Pau Woo
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM       Tribute to Dr. J.J. Liou and Plaque Unveiling with Remarks