Past Events

31 March 2017 - 3:00am

Dr. Bonnie Huskins leads this two day event featuring a Research Seminar and Public Lecture focusing on the significant public interest of the Syrian refugee crisis. Maritime Canada residents draw a connection between present day Syrian refugees and their Loyalist ancestors, who also fled from war and persecution to begin new lives in the region. This event proposes to aid the general public in teasing out these connections. The event features presentations by Dr.

11 January 2017

Dr. Charmaine Nelson is the first and currently only black professor within the discipline of Art History at a Canadian University. She is a world-class expert on Trans Atlantic Slavery Studies and Black Diaspora Studies as it intersects with Art History and Visual Culture. The author/editor of seven books, in this Open Academy event Dr.

03 December 2016 - 9:00am

What is it like to grow up as a child who has a complex health condition? How does it feel to miss school in order to visit multiple care providers? How do parents and siblings cope when caring for a child's chronic physical, behavioural, and/or mental problem? How can we support a beloved family who often travels long distances (even out-of-province) for medical consultations for their child?

17 November 2016

A key element of the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Strategic Plan is to “expand the reach of the RSC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Symposium”. Between 1945 and 1980, the AGM of the RSC was hosted at least once in every province of Canada, at 25 universities from coast to coast. In 2013, the RSC resumed the practice of moving the AGM around the country, beginning with a visit to Banff, Alberta.

28 July 2016 - 6:30pm

Attitudes toward nonhuman animals are clearly changing in the many contexts in which we interact with them – from the roads that we build through their habitats, to the treatment of our companion animals, to the food we put on our plates. To say that these issues are both important to the Canadian public and highly controversial would be an understatement.

24 June 2016 - 3:00am

Breakthrough technologies such as CRISPR-cas9 are touted as having great promise for treating and preventing disease. But some advocates ask why we should stop there. We have the opportunity—even the duty—they say, to wrest control of human evolution from the blind, cruel forces of nature. Prof. Comfort will explore the history and motivations behind human genetic improvement, as well as what’s at stake in these debates.

29 May 2016 - 2:00pm

The reality of assisted dying in Canada has changed rapidly since the Royal Society of Canada produced its report on End-of-Life Decision Making in 2011. The Canadian government is revising the Canadian Criminal Code on medically assisted dying following the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter, legislation in the province of Quebec, and reports from two expert groups and one Parliamentary Committee.

10 May 2016 - 4:00pm

An open house reception recognizing Fellows, College members, Institutional Members and various supporters who have generously donated to the RSC and to the Walter House campaign will be held from 16h00 to 18h00. Invited guests from sister organisations, some members from the diplomatic community from countries were the RSC has developed international programming will also be in attendance.

10 May 2016 - 7:30am

Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to the British and the French.

21 April 2016 - 3:30pm

Dr. Yves Bergeron, FRSC, Professor at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and at Université du Québec à Montréal, will discuss research collaborations that are under way to develop these new approaches. The Canadian boreal forest constitutes one of the last frontier forests in the world. But it is a forest under pressure. Traditional cutting practices have resulted in a greatly decreased percentage of old-growth forest.