Idea lovers: Join us for uOttawa’s free public lecture series
The University of Ottawa values its place within the wider community and feels a responsibility to provide opportunities to expand and share its exceptional learning environment. The President’s Lecture Series seeks to tap into and share the University of Ottawa’s rich and varied research interests and expertise on issues affecting all of us.
Lectures will be presented throughout the year in French and in English. All events are free and open to the public.
Marc Dubé - Faculty of Engineering
Sustainable Polymers from Renewables
Friday, May 9, 2014 11:30 a.m. SITE, Room A0150, 800 King Edward, Ottawa | Map
What do your clothing, a computer and a pot of glue have in common? They all contain polymers, which are materials that play a major role in our everyday lives, and are derived from finite and non-renewable fossil-based resources.
In his Faculty of Engineering laboratory, Professor Marc Dubé seeks to produce polymers in a more sustainable way, using some surprising raw materials.
The President’s Lecture Series seeks to tap into and share the University of Ottawa’s rich and varied research interests and expertise on issues affecting us all.
Professor Dubé‚ a native of Welland, Ontario, Canada, received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1995. His studies were focused on multicomponent polymerization kinetics and modelling.
His industrial experience includes work with Polysar on ionic polymerizations, the Uniroyal Chemical Co. modelling emulsion copolymerization, and ICI Worldwide studying high temperature polymerizations. He joined the faculty at the University of Ottawa in 1996 and was Department Chair from 2006 to 2011.
Dr. Dubé’s expertise lies in polymer reaction engineering applied to kinetics, polymer characterization, modeling, and process monitoring for multicomponent bulk, solution and emulsion polymer systems. Recent applications of his work have been in the area of polymers from renewable materials and sustainable polymer production methods for pressure sensitive adhesives.
A second significant area of interest to him is the production of biodiesel fuel. Professor Dubé, along with Professor André Tremblay, has developed a novel membrane reactor process for the production of biodiesel fuel. A spin-off company, BioDiesel Reactor Technologies Inc., has been formed with the goal of commercializing the process.
In his spare time, Professor Dubé plays ice hockey.
David Smith - Faculty of Education
A world without Bullying: Roles for Adults
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
Bullying is a cruel daily fact for many Canadian children. Research over the last three decades has revealed just how toxic to health and well being bullying is for all those involved: bullies, victims, and witnesses alike. Bullying can make children physically ill; cause them depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems; impede their academic success and lead to school absenteeism and drop-out; ruin relationships in children and even adulthood; lead them into other serious acts of aggression later in life like dating violence. In the worse instances, bullying can even kill.
Although our knowledge about bullying has grown substantially, we know less about how to effectively stop bullying in the long-term. Whatever specific solutions emerge in the future, it is clear that responsible adults, including as parents, teachers, and community leaders will play a key role in making a world without bullying. In this presentation, we will examine the problem of bullying among children and youth and explore the ways the adults can contribute effectively to eliminating bullying among the children and youth in their care.
Dr. David Smith is an associate professor of educational counselling at the University of Ottawa, and is also vice-dean, Research in the Faculty of Education. He received his PhD in counselling psychology from McGill University in 1998. His primary research interests centre on school-based bullying prevention programs, with a particular emphasis on understanding how they can be made more effective. His current program of research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through 2011, is designed to study the links among school climate, children’s attachment to school, and bullying.
Dr. Smith is a founding member of PREVNet (www.prevnet.ca), a national network of researchers, educators, and community-based organizations committed to the prevention of bullying and promotion of healthy relationships among children. He speaks often in the news media about bullying issues in schools, and he is frequently invited to address educational and counselling professionals across Canada about bullying prevention.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 7:00 p.m. Room 4007, Faculty of Social Sciences Building 120 University. Map
The President's Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Ian Clark, expert in geosciences and professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Science.
Is nuclear power a safe and sustainable energy solution? The answer depends in part on the ability to safely isolate radioactive waste in a deep geological repository.
In his talk as part of the President's Lecture Series, Dr. Ian D. Clark will discuss how advances in geo-science can help demonstrate that groundwaters carry no risk of circulating waste radionuclides to the surface, and how the University of Ottawa's Advanced Research Complex will make ground-breaking research on this question possible.
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Ian D. Clark is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa and director of the Hatch Isotope Laboratory, one of Canada's leading analytical facilities. Professor Clark completed his graduate studies at the University of Waterloo and at the Université de Paris-Sud (Orsay) in isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology.
The analytical facilities that Clark and his colleagues are establishing in the new Advanced Research Complex at the University of Ottawa are unique in Canada and the foundation for the research of Clark's group. His research spans hydrogeological settings ranging from permafrost dynamics in the Arctic, impacts of agricultural activities on water resources, to the dispersion and geological isolation of radionuclides from nuclear activities. Current research with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization focuses on deep crustal fluids and the safety of proposed nuclear waste repositories.
Professor Clark has been involved with the International Atomic Energy Agency in the development of investigative methods as well as the teaching of environmental isotopes in hydrology. His book (co-authored with Professor Peter Fritz) Environmental Isotopes in Hydrogeology, won the Choice Magazine Outstanding Textbook award.
Allan Rock - President, University of Ottawa
Responsibility to protect: a Doctrine of Humanity
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
The inaugural lecture will be presented by Allan Rock, uOttawa President and Vice-Chancellor. Allan Rock was a former Ambassador to the United Nations for Canada and has continued his humanitarian work with the support of the University.
His lecture will focus on a breakthrough report prepared by a panel of experts created and sponsored by Canada — the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. The doctrine is called the Responsibility to Protect (or “R2P”) and its importance and relevance are increasingly significant. R2P is about prevention, reaction and the responsibility to help rebuild a country after a crisis or conflict. This Canadian incentive requires a deep commitment to social purpose and humanitarian intervention.
Watch this thought-provoking lecture by the President of Canada’s university.
Allan Rock is the University of Ottawa’s 29th President and Vice-Chancellor. He is a three-time University of Ottawa alumnus having graduated from the University of Ottawa High School before completing a Baccalaureate in Arts in 1968 and a law degree in 1971.
Following a 20-year career as a litigation lawyer, Allan Rock was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1993 and immediately named Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. His achievements within the government portfolios he held — Justice, Health, and Industry — demonstrate the combination of his visionary leadership that sets ambitious goals with the day-to-day practical managerial experience that ensures measurable accomplishments.
Allan Rock was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in December 2003. As the voice of Canadians at the United Nations, Allan Rock was an outspoken advocate of human rights, human security and reforming the UN.
Allan Rock has received a number of awards including honorary degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada (1996) and the University of Windsor (1997). He received the Meritas-Tabaret Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Ottawa in 2007 — conferred to graduates who have made a significant contribution in their field and who have contributed to the reputation of the University.
How noise affects our lives, from the cradle to the rocker (presented in French only)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
This French-only lecture discusses how noise affects our lives, from the cradle to the grave. Noise permeates our lives, be it the whirl of air conditioners or the clink and clunk of toys. It can impede communication, cause hearing loss, trigger cardiovascular disease and compromise safety. All of these effects are well documented—and serious enough now that, as a society, we are finally…listening. This lecture exposes the impact of noise in our lives, from our first whimper to our final breath.
Watch this resounding lecture by Professeur Chantal Laroche.
Prof. Chantal Laroche is in the University of Ottawa’s Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program. She earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal in 1989 and subsequently launched her own company, Sonométric Inc., which she co-directed from 1990 to 1993. She joined the uOttawa faculty in 1993.
Prof. Laroche received the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from 2000 to 2005 and has landed grants from several government agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, IRSST, NCE, CFI) together with colleagues in audiology, speech-language pathology, engineering and psychology. She also has a number of prestigious research contracts to her credit and has served as an expert witness in court cases involving the effects of noise.
She has published more than 90 scientific papers and over the past 10 years, has garnered more than $2.3 million in research grants and contracts. Her research interests cover a wide spectrum: the impact of noise on health and quality of life; noise and communication; the design of hearing-assessment tools; the perception and localization of warning sounds; and the prevention of noise-induced hearing problems.
The Wealth of Nature: how fixing the economy can save the planet
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
Can we have a healthy environment and a healthy economy? This is one of the most important questions of our time. The answer is “yes”, but only if the right policy and fiscal signals are in place. If we are to solve our escalating environmental problems we need to fix the economic system that is causing them – by making market prices start to tell the environmental truth.
The market economy is arguably the most powerful driver of humans’ impacts on the planet. Our economy currently fails to count most environmental costs and benefits, and thus sends flawed signals that contribute inexorably to an unsustainable way of life. The result is that, although neither companies nor consumers want to cause excessive environmental harm, they operate in a system that inevitably does just that -- through millions of anonymous, economically rational decisions each day that fail to reflect environmental costs.
By changing the economic rules to count environmental costs, markets can start to work for the environment not against it. This lecture will discuss various ways to do this, using market-based regulatory tools for putting a price on environmental harm. It will look at the evidence of their effectiveness and limitations, drawing on three decades of global experience, and explore the obstacles that often impede their adoption. Finally, it will examine the role that market-based tools could play in shifting Canada to a greener economy, and preparing us to prosper in the emerging low-carbon global marketplace.
A University of Ottawa Common Law professor specializing in environmental law and economics, Stewart Elgie is also the associate director of the University’s Environment Institute. He received his Master’s of Law from Harvard in 1988, and is currently completing a doctorate at Yale, focusing on environmental law and economics (climate change). His current research focuses mainly on economic approaches to environmental protection.
Prof. Elgie previously served as a professor at several Canadian law schools (Osgoode Hall, British Columbia, and Alberta). Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he founded the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now EcoJustice), Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization. Prof. Elgie was also the founding executive director of the Canadian Boreal Trust, an organization advancing conservation and sustainable management of Canada’s northern forests. He has served on a number of government law reform and advisory panels, and was chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee under the NAFTA environmental side agreement. In addition, Prof. Elgie is the founder and chair of Sustainable Prosperity, a major research-policy initiative focused on building the knowledge foundation for a greener, stronger economy.
In 2001, Prof. Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – one of the youngest individuals ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.
The net-amorphosis of traditional media (presented in French only)
Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
The pace at which new technologies manage to sift into our everyday life has an impact on the way we now consume traditional media such as radio, television, newspapers and magazines. This presentation offers an overview of the leading technological developments currently being deployed and illustrates the disruptive potential of emerging digital production and distribution platforms on established business models and entertainment practices.
Watch this lecture by Professor Pierre C. Bélanger.
Pierre C. Bélanger is a full professor with the Department of Communication, cross-appointed with the Institute of Canadian Studies and the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. His areas of specialization include Canadian media industries, telecommunications and sociology of technical innovation. From June 1998 to September 2001, he was director of new media at Radio-Canada’s French-language radio service. For the past five years, he has acted as an advisor to Astral Media in the area of emerging technology development. He has published on a variety of issues related to the use of both traditional media and new technologies at home and in academic settings. He has been an active participant in various public forums for many years, providing commentary on and analyses of policies and developments in Canadian broadcasting, new information technologies, communication and education.
Quand le Boom fait face à son Écho : Réflexions sociologiques sur une rencontre intergénérationnelle complexe et paradoxale (presented in French only)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
This lecture aims to provide a better understanding of the socio-cultural differences underlying intergenerational relationships in contemporary society. Our main goal will be to provide a sociological frame of reference to allow for a better appreciation of the social implications of this issue. Ultimately, our presentation will question certain intergenerational misconceptions and expose certain prejudices concerning today’s youth and their relationship with adult society.
For us, these misconceptions and prejudices, which often impede responsible and constructive communication between generations, are frequently based on and perpetuated through popular culture and mass media. We believe that interaction among different age groups (within the family, the educational system, the professions, the political system or elsewhere) can be significantly improved, becoming less problematic, more transparent and certainly more effective. To base our examination on a more concrete situation, we will focus our analysis specifically on the complex and paradoxical relationship between the Baby Boomers and the generations which have followed them, namely Gerneration X and the so-called Millennials.
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Judith Madill - Telfer School of Management
Addressing Societal Problems in Today’s World: A Role for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Marketing
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
Virtually all of us living in Canadian society in the 21st century see the role of marketing in our everyday lives – from the newest entertaining (and perhaps irritating) advertisements on television, to signs highlighting company sponsors and products when we attend hockey games or cultural events.
What may be less obvious is the role of marketing in tackling a variety of contemporary problems, such as environmental and conservation issues, growing childhood and adult obesity, as well as mental health challenges that are of concern in our society.
In this presentation we will explore how marketing is being utilized to make positive changes in society. We will introduce the idea of social marketing (the use of the commercial marketing framework and approaches for the purpose of achieving social good rather than profit) and explore some examples of how it can be used to pursue positive change.
Since much of my research focuses on social marketing and the use of marketing approaches in social ventures (entrepreneurial organizations that work to achieve both a social and economic bottom line), I will be discussing what the research in these fields has taught us about the use of marketing for contributing to solutions to social problems.
Dr. Judith Madill received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Manitoba and her PhD from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently a professor of marketing and holds the Paul Desmarais Professorship in Marketing at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.
Dr. Madill engages in an active research program and has authored over 65 refereed research papers, as well as numerous technical reports in the marketing field.
More recently, Professor Madill has combined her research interests in the fields of social marketing and social entrepreneurship. She is frequently invited to speak on marketing in both the academic world and professional practice settings. She is a recent winner of an Excellence in Teaching Award and a Best Paper Award for her research on social marketing.
Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Health Care Environment
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:00 p.m. Desmarais Building, Room 4101
In addition to a BSc (University of Toronto) and a Masters Degree in Education (University of Western Ontario), Dr. Turnbull received his Doctorate in Medicine at Queen's University and later achieved specialty certification in Internal Medicine through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1982.
Dr Turnbull has been the Vice Dean of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa from November 1996 to July 2001, the President of the Medical Council of Canada from 1998 to 2001 and the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from November 2006 to November 2007.
Dr. Turnbull has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally. He is one of the founders and is currently the Medical Director of the Inner City Health Project for the homeless in Ottawa. As well, he has been involved in education and health services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans. He is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards, including the Order of Canada.
In addition to being a specialist in Internal Medicine, Dr. Turnbull was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine in 2001, a position he held until 2008 when he became chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital. In August 2010, he was confirmed as President of the CMA. He remains committed as a medical educator with special interests in “Poverty and Health Inequity” and associated health policy.