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Global Health: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides Workshop
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm

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The BSIA is hosting a two day workshop from March 25-26, 2019. The theme of the workshop is “Global Health: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides.” The objective of the workshop is to examine how different disciplines approach, analyse and understand key global health challenges; if and how these different approaches impede research and policy progress; and how to overcome interdisciplinary divisions to make progress in research and policy on global health issues. We hope that the outcomes of the conference will include journal articles as well as the establishment of an International Consortium on Social Science and Global Health.
The workshop will begin with a plenary session to discuss the challenges of interdisciplinary research as well as policy action. It then will break into three smaller thematic groups: mental health, governance of medicines, and the deliberate targeting of health workers during violent conflict.
The organizers include Karen Grepin (BSIA), Valerie Percival (NPSIA), Amy Patterson (University of the South), Garrett Wallace Brown (Leeds), Owain Williams (University of Queensland), and James Orbinski (York University). The workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the University of Leeds, the University of the South, and Carleton University.
We would be pleased to welcome participation from BSIA faculty and PhD students with interests in interdisciplinary research, global health research, or any of the associated themes. There is no formal presentation required for your participation. Prior to the workshop, participants will be sent a list of questions to address, such as: What are the key research challenges in your field? How does your discipline study this issue? What are the key policy challenges? What are the key obstacles to progress in both research and policy? How do interdisciplinary challenges affect research, as well as policy or programs?
If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the workshop organizers, Amber Warnat at, who will provide you with the agenda and other details on the workshop.

Trade Agreements and Access to Affordable Medicines: From the TRIPS Agreement to the USMCA
Mar 26 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

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In 1995, the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement ushered in a global regime of intellectual property rights that was widely criticised for placing medicines out of reach for large parts of the world’s population. A host of bilateral and regional free trade agreements negotiated since this time have further extended and expanded intellectual property rights for pharmaceuticals in many countries, delaying the market entry of generic medicines. This trend has continued largely unabated in recent years, despite the increasing strain high cost medicines are placing on pharmaceutical budgets even in high-income countries. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA or NAFTA 2.0) is the latest example. Building on provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that were suspended by the other parties after the withdrawal of the United States, the USMCA goes further, mandating a special 10-year market exclusivity period for biologic medicines, which include many new cancer and immunotherapy treatments. This presentation traces the evolution of provisions in trade agreements with implications for access to medicines, culminating in the USMCA, and examines the potential impacts, particularly for access to high cost biologics.
About the speaker
Dr Deborah Gleeson is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, Australia, and an Associate at La Trobe University’s Centre for Health Law and Society. Deborah holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Health Policy. The main focus of her research is the interface between trade and investment agreements and public health, and she has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on this topic, covering a range of topic areas including access to affordable medicines, alcohol and tobacco policy, and food and nutrition. Deborah co-convenes the Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and frequently represents PHAA on matters related to trade and health. She received a PHAA President’s Award 2015 for public health leadership, engagement and commitment on the impact of international trade issues on public health.

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases @ CIGI
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am

Mobilizing Rights for Climate Justice: Reviewing the Inuit, Urgenda, and Enjeu Cases

Featuring Sebastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University

In this presentation, Sébastien Jodoin will address three important cases that have invoked human rights in the context of climate change. The initial discussion will focus on the long-term impact of a petition submitted in 2005 by Inuit communities against the United States before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights for the human rights violations caused by climate change. Professor Jodoin will present findings from an in-depth socio-legal analysis of the petition’s influence that draws on semi-structured interviews and participation/observation completed in two Inuit communities in Canada and within the broader transnational advocacy network at the intersections of human rights and climate justice.

Next, Professor Jodoin will discuss a case launched by the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch government, which has resulted in a decision by the Hague Court of Appeal obliging the Netherlands to increase its ambition in combating climate change on the basis of its human rights obligations. Professor Jodoin will highlight key legal and strategic factors that have shaped Urgenda’s success thus far.

Finally, there will be discussion centering on the first class action climate lawsuit, which was filed against the government of Canada by Environnement Jeunesse in November 2018. Professor Jodoin will address the particular features of the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms that make Québec a favourable jurisdiction for rights-based climate litigation. This analysis will highlight the potential and limitations of drawing on human rights law to empower citizens and communities defending their rights from the consequences of a changing climate.

The presentation will start promptly at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am.

Please note that on-site parking is not availble at the CIGI Campus for daytime events. Options for parking in Uptown Waterloo can be found at the following website:

Dreaming of a Vetter World @ Princess - Original
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

“If there is one person who embodies how far organic farming and food have come, it is David Vetter. An organic farmer in Marquette, Nebraska for more than 40 years, Vetter grew organic when few people were. He started with a spiritual commitment to being a good steward of the land, to making his soil healthy and fertile, and to growing organic crops and livestock without agricultural chemicals. He succeeded. His business, Grain Place Foods, is a thriving organic grain processor.

“David Vetter’s journey as an organic farmer is told in an inspiring new documentary by filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne, Dreaming of a Vetter World, whose executive producer is noted film actor Steve Buscemi.

“The film chronicles the history of the Vetters’ farm, starting with David’s father Don, who, concerned about the toxicity of agricultural chemicals, stopped using them in the early 1950s. “In 1953, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to do this anymore,” Don says in the film.

“Dreaming of a Vetter World is a primer on regenerative agriculture for any farmer and the value of organic farming for everyone else. Mostly, it is an inspiring story of how one humble man succeeded against all odds, and made a positive difference in the world.” – The Organic and Non-GMO Report


Showing: March 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Pre-Summit Keynote: Socio-Cultural and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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A Renaissance Man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, artist, and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism.
A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products, and led teams creating VR applications for medicine, design, and numerous other fields.
In 2010, Lanier was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. In recent years he has also been named one of top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy magazine, one of the top 50 World Thinkers by Prospect magazine, and one of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors in the Encyclopedia Britannica. In 2009 Jaron Lanier received a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE, the preeminent international engineering society.
Can’t make it to the event? Watch it live here.

Peer Mentor Trg Mar 25 2019
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
PhD Dissertation Defence: Refugees from Syria Caught Between War and Borders: A Journey Towards Protection
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Maissaa Almustafa‘s PhD Dissertation Defence, “Refugees from Syria Caught Between War and Borders: A Journey Towards Protection”.
Advisor: Kim Rygiel
Committee: Suzan Ilcan, Jasmin Habib
Internal/external examiner: Bree Akesson, Wilfrid Laurier University
External examiner: Heather Johnson, Queen’s University, Belfast
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Mobilities, Medications, and Institutional Mazes: Ethical and Practical Dilemmas for People with Illness and Disability
Apr 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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If the late Stephen Hawking had wanted to settle in Canada, he would likely have been denied. This is because he was disabled. Federal immigration law and policy exclude people with illness and disability on medical grounds. This is referred to as medical inadmissibility. Dr. Bisaillon examines impediments to migration and mobility produced through health related policies at federal and both inter- and intra-provincial levels. These lines of inquiry are conceptually connected by their location at the “medico-legal borderlands”: interdisciplinary spaces of professional practice and intellectual inquiry where the institutions of law and policy, medicine and health care, and social services and immigration co-exist and overlap. Examining both the broader social implications, and lived experiences, this talk examines medical inadmissibility in Canadian federal immigration law alongside the gaps in provincial health and social care, and pharmaceutical coverage, that people with illness or disability face.
About the speaker
Dr. Laura Bisaillon is a leading social scientist of medical inadmissibility and HIV-related policy in Canadian immigration law. She is Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto. Her research asks questions at the “medico-legal borderlands” and illuminates how state interests affect health care processes, provider practices, and individuals in their roles as patients and migrants. Her award winning dissertation has been reformulated into a book, “Screening and Screaming in Exile: Medical Examination and the Immigration Health Work of People with HIV”, currently under review with the University of British Columbia Press. Dr. Bisaillon’s broader work examines medico-legal borderlands in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran and most recently Romania.

Socio-Cultural and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence Summit
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm

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This two day Summit will showcase the research of Global Engagement Seminar (GES) Program students. Interactive student exhibitions will be on display, inviting participation from the broader Waterloo community. We hope to engage in important conversations about the impacts of Artificial Intelligence, such as automation of jobs, corporate ownership, biases of algorithms and privacy concerns. The objective is to contribute towards the development of meaningful responses to timely global issues.
The summit also includes the round table discussion, “Why Artificial Intelligence Matters” and keynote addresses “Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Work” featuring David Jones and “What is Missing is Still There” featuring Mimi Onuoha. For more details, visit
Please register at for one or more of the following:
April 3, 6:30pm – Roundtable and Reception
April 4, 10:00am – Student Exhibitions, Lunch and Keynote (David Jones)
April 4, 2:00pm – Student Exhibitions, Dinner and Keynote (Mimi Onuoha)
April 4, 6:30pm – Student Presentations and Reception
The GES Program brings together students from across all six University faculties. It applies methods drawn from diverse disciplines to study global problems where politics, economics, science, philosophy, history, and technology intersect.

Curing the World from Injustices? Norm Failures in the Case of Humanitarian Arms Control
Apr 4 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

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Justice as a motive plays a powerful role in many scientific disciplines, such as in Political Theory, International Law or International Relations. While these disciplines draw on justice issues in very different ways, some common features can also be identified. Beyond this theoretical perspective, justice motives work in political practice as a powerful engine for norm-building efforts. Humanitarian and human rights motives provided actors with persuasive arguments triggering initiatives on humanitarian arms control. In the negotiations of the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons as well as on the Arms Trade Treaty, states were unable to agree on crucial norms which inhibit the effective implementation of both global governance agreements.
About the speaker
Dr. Simone Wisotzki is a Project Director and Member of Executive Board at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). Her research areas include international ethics, humanitarian arms control, arms exports, and gender studies. She is a consultant to the German government and parliament and has been a member of the German delegation to the BMS and Review Conferences of the United Nations Program of Action on the Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA).

Apr 6 @ 2:30 pm

Learn tips to protect, maintain and plant trees in your yard. Our city trees provide a wide variety of benefits to us from cleaning our air and water to improving our overall health. Trees and shrubs are also beneficial to pollinators and wildlife.

City trees face a variety of threats from Emerald Ash Borer to climate change. Presented by Patrick Gilbride from Reep Green Solutions. Hosted by Preston Idea Exchange.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm

Cost: Free!


Online: Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By phone: 519.653.3632

In person: Visit any Idea Exchange location to register.

Stride Night Training
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Waterloo Symposium on Technology and Society: Disruptive Technology – Do Robots Want Your Job?
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The Centre for Security Governance is hosting the Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society, and we are excited to announce our first speaker in the series, futurist and New York Times best selling author, Martin Ford. This keynote lecture, “Disruptive Technology — Do Robots want Your Job?” will explore the ways in which AI and automation (robots) are outpacing humans in a range of sectors, from education to law, agriculture to healthcare, management and beyond. Ford will discuss the implications of a new industrial revolution and role of basic, guaranteed income as automation displaces a human workforce. He offers a realistic view of what the future of work — and your place in it — will look like. Beyond pragmatic concerns, Ford addresses a bigger question: can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? This next industrial revolution, Ford argues, will not be like the last one. In the past, even as jobs were eliminated, jobs were created to replace them. Increasingly, new machines will be able to take care of themselves, making fewer jobs necessary. Will basic, guaranteed income be implemented?
Martin Ford is a futurist, New York Times Bestselling Author and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur. He is a leading expert on the Robot Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Job Automation, and the Impact of Accelerating Technology on Workplaces, the Economy and Society. He is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of three books: Architects of Intelligence, the New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Martin has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. Ford has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC.
The Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society seeks to promote public discourse in Canada and beyond on the societal challenges and opportunities created by innovations in four primary areas: artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and social media.
For more information, visit the CSG website, or reserve a ticket here. If you have any questions, please reach me at

Monthly Meeting: Council of Canadians, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter @ Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Kitchener-Waterloo chapter ofThe Council of Canadians - Acting for Social Justice | Le Conseil des Canadiens - Agir pour la Justice Sociale Council of Canadians meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes, 307 Queen St S. (corner of Queen and Courtland), Kitchener.

There’s parking, but check with the organizers to get a permit.

Current topics include electoral reform, the Nestle boycott, and the
TPP and other trade deals.

All are welcome! For info please contact Follow @kwcofc on Twitter.

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup @ rare Charitable Research Reserve
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup


Monday, April 22, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Moyer’s Landing next to Preston Flats 

Preston Flats is a floodplain habitat situated at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers, an important foraging area for birds during migration and in the winter. The area is often littered with garbage from upstream after spring flooding. Join us in cleaning up the shoreline that numerous birds and other wildlife depend on.

StrideMen Training
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
PhD Dissertation Defence: Governing Chinese Engagement with the Hydrocarbon-Rich Countries; Examining Chinese Investment in the Hydrocarbon Sector of Canada and Russia
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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Anastasia Ufimtseva‘s PhD Dissertation Defence.
Advisor: Derek Hall
Committee: Bessma Momani and Hongying Wang
Internal/external examiner: Jörg Broschek
External examiner: Gaye Christoffersen, Johns Hopkins University, Nanjing China
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Inclusive Trade: Justice, Innovation or More of the Same?
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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The notion of “inclusive trade” has taken hold in the policies of many national governments – Canada, Chile and New Zealand most prominent among them – and in the work of international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and the OECD. All inclusive trade policies focus on women, and small and medium-sized enterprises. Some also focus on Indigenous peoples, as well as issues like investor-state dispute settlement. Does inclusive trade deliver anything new to those groups that have not typically been included in conversations about trade? Dr. Patricia Goff argues two things in answer to this question. First, grounded in Nancy Fraser’s three justice idioms, Dr. Goff argues that inclusive trade may not always deliver economic gain (or mitigate economic loss). In Fraser’s terms, an inclusive trade strategy may not provide for ‘redistribution,’ but it can offer important opportunities for ‘recognition’ and ‘representation.’ Second, drawing on the debate about positive and negative integration, Dr. Goff argues that the inclusive trade agenda has the potential to be a qualitatively different way of developing trade policy by seeking to incorporate compensatory adjustment strategies for those who might suffer dislocation from trade liberalization directly into trade agreements. Ultimately, the inclusive trade agenda is an important strand in the debate about trade justice.
About the speaker:
Patricia Goff (PhD Northwestern) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She has held visiting positions at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is the author of Limits to Liberalization: Local Culture in a Global Market Place (Cornell University Press) and co-editor of Identity and Global Politics: Empirical and Theoretical Elaborations (with Kevin Dunn) and Irrelevant or Indispensable: The UN in the 21st Century (with Paul Heinbecker). She is the author of the Cultural Diplomacy chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy and the Cultural Diplomacy entry in the Oxford Bibliographies series. Recent publications include ‘Limits to Deep Integration: Canada between the EU and the US,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2018); ‘Federalism and International Trade Policy: The Canadian Provinces in Comparative Perspective’ (co-authored with Jörg Broschek), Institute for Research on Public Policy Insight No. 23 (2018); and ‘NAFTA 2.0: Whither the Cultural Exemption?’ International Journal (2017).

Fifth BSIA Global Political Economy Dissertation Workshop
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm

By Invitation Only
The Global Political Economy/WatPEG Research Cluster is hosting this dissertation workshop to provide selected PhD students the opportunity to present work in progress to an interdisciplinary audience of faculty and students. For more information about the selection process (now closed), see the Call for Proposals.
Participating Faculty (preliminary list):
John Abraham, Wilfrid Laurier University
Andrea Collins, University of Waterloo
Patricia Goff, Wilfrid Laurier University
Derek Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University
Eric Helleiner, University of Waterloo
Pierre Siklos, Wilfrid Laurier University
Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo
Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo
Randy Wigle, Wilfrid Laurier University

10th Annual Evening of Recognition @ Evolv1
Apr 25 @ 4:45 pm

Celebrate Sustainability!

Waterloo Region’s organizations and communities are creating a low carbon future. Join Sustainable Waterloo Region at our new home, evolv1, the first multi-tenant building of its kind in Canada established with a goal to achieve a net positive carbon output. Come help celebrate our program member’s 2018 achievements!

10th Annual Evening of Recognition

Thursday, April 25, 2019


420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo

Admission is complimentary but registration is required.  Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

4:45 – 5:30        Registration and Networking

5:30 – 6:45        On Stage Presentations

6:45 – 7:30        Networking

The Eco Market @ Waterloo Region Museum
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am

The Eco Market is dedicated to supporting, uplifting and showcasing Canadian green innovation, entrepreneurship, and community action. We have community building events every month, ranging from green networking events, large speaker showcases to pitch competitions, host a environmental science podcast as well as highly curated annual conference every April. Get involved with The Eco Market and make a lasting impact in the community, the environment and the planet we all call home! 

The Eco Market 2019 will be the Canadian green event of the year, happening April 27th from 11am-5pm at the Waterloo Region Museum. Interested in applying to be a vendor, speaker, volunteer or sponsor? Find more details through the link below:

May 1 @ 7:00 pm

These workshops will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops will focus on rain smart techniques and the best places to integrate them into your outdoor space, including:

  • rain gardens
  • naturalized landscaping
  • infiltration galleries
  • rainwater harvesting
  • permeable pavement
  • other aspects of healthy yards, such as attracting bees and butterflies


  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

We will printout an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to determine what healthy yard features would work best for your space and lifestyle. We will sketch out your ideas to give you a sense of the size and scope of your project(s).

You will leave the workshop with a basic plan for your yard and additional resources to help implement your healthy yard project. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself. If you want help developing a more detailed plan, register for the next workshop in the series Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden.

May 4 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrate Spring with an all-ages Earth Day celebration! Pitch in for a Preston neighbourhood clean-up, pick up seeds to start your garden and have fun with Earth Day activities.

Restorative Circle Trg for Educators May 7-9 2019
May 7 @ 8:30 am – May 9 @ 4:30 pm
Invasive Species Removal – Buckthorn @ rare Charitable Research Reserve
May 8 @ 9:30 am

Invasive Species Removal – Buckthorn


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Lamb’s Inn

Join us and help rare remove invasive species! Common Buckthorn was introduced to Canada to be used in hedgerows and windbreaks. It causes harm to the economy and the environment by out-competing native plants, reducing biodiversity, degrading the quality of wildlife habitat and can hosting oat crown rust and soybean aphids, both of which reduce crop yields. It is effective at spreading since it is a laxative to wildlife and can grow in a wide range of habitats.

Identification of invasive species training will be provided on site as well as instruction on proper removal techniques. This is a great opportunity for those looking to gain in field experience with ecological restoration and become more familiar with flora of southern Ontario.

Cost: This event is FREE