About the Event

Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.

When

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Where

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3
Contact Name: 
Gregory Huzar
Contact Phone: 
604-688-0221 ext. 532

Event Pricing

FREE - no costs to register or attend
$0.00

Bursary Information

The Travel Bursary Program is offered to B.C. students outside of the Lower Mainland wanting to attend one of our Explore Public Policy Issues seminars in Vancouver. Applications for the Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 Travel Bursaries are due on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9am PST.

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About the Event

Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.

Speakers & Instructors

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute
Getting Anti-Poverty Policy Right: Minimum Wages, Minimum Incomes, Both, or Neither? There has... more

Getting Anti-Poverty Policy Right: Minimum Wages, Minimum Incomes, Both, or Neither? 
There has been a recent surge in anti-poverty initiatives in Canada. Provincial governments around the country have raised minimum wages in a stated effort to fight poverty; the federal government has announced detailed long-term poverty reduction targets; and Ontario has begun, started to implement, and then announced the cancellation of a universal basic income pilot program. All of the different strategies governments are using to try to fight poverty are well-intentioned, but which among them will actually work? Ben Eisen will examine the anti-poverty policy landscape in Canada and discuss what the evidence says about whether the various government schemes are likely to raise living standards for the most economically vulnerable Canadians.

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Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Windsor
What Are the Tradeoffs In Electoral Systems? Current research on electoral reform finds that any... more

What Are the Tradeoffs In Electoral Systems?
Current research on electoral reform finds that any replacement of British Columbia's current First-Past-The-Post electoral system with a form of Proportional Representation will require trade-offs, an understanding of the impact that such changes will have on the way votes are counted, and an awareness of the impact that the new system may have on the legislature and the party system.

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Resident Scholar and Addington Chair in Measurement, Professor Emeritus, Western Washington University
Does Canada Really Need NAFTA? Prof. Globerman will review the current status of the NAFTA... more

Does Canada Really Need NAFTA?
Prof. Globerman will review the current status of the NAFTA negotiations, emphasizing what is problematic for Canada about U.S. demands. He will consider what the termination of NAFTA might mean for Canada and whether a termination is better than acceding to U.S. demands.

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Professor of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University
Philosophy, Economics, and Pop Culture That fiction can often help illustrate philosophical ideas... more

Philosophy, Economics, and Pop Culture
That fiction can often help illustrate philosophical ideas has been known since Plato’s Republic. From Homer’s Iliad to Homer Simpson, insights about society, politics, and justice are always there waiting to be appreciated. Prof. Skoble will look at how some recent movies and television shows help illuminate some key concepts about economy, markets, and liberal order.

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Associate Professor of Economics, Colorado College
Keeping It Real: Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and their Consequences Prof. Acri will explore the... more

Keeping It Real: Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and their Consequences
Prof. Acri will explore the market for counterfeit pharmaceuticals, examining the dimensions of the problems, the challenges of fighting fake drugs, the health consequences, and the economic impact of the illicit trade. She will discuss the consequences for patients, payers, governments, and regulators.

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Event Testimonials

  • Seminars like this one are a more approachable format to learning more about topics in public policy that otherwise may seem daunting, especially for a student.
    - Saskatoon
  • A thought-provoking experience that will challenge your assumptions and broaden your perspectives.
    - Ottawa
  • Amazing way to spend my Saturday. Very relevant and academic conversations inspiring students to professionally pursue these topics.
    - Calgary

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