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Photo Group

Photo Group January 2021

If you would like to join, please contact Richard Spencer for the zoom-link at 

Friday, 15 January 2021 - 4:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

UBC Emeritus College Conversations - January 12, 2021

climate change: A Conversation

Seeking to encourage and sustain engagement among Emeritus College members and a wider audience, when even moderately-sized in-person gatherings are impossible, the UBC Emeritus College invites you to join one of our upcoming conversations on a topic of broad and current importance. Convened every month, on the Zoom platform, conversations will be interactive and moderated. They will begin with three short presentations from Emeritus colleagues, offering different perspectives on the chosen topic. After a short discussion among panelists, audience members will be invited to join the conversation. 

In December 2020, as the world celebrated the development of COVID-19 vaccines, Greta Thunberg observed that we are speeding in the wrong direction on the climate crisis: “we are facing an emergency and we are not doing nearly enough.” Bringing together a prominent climate scientist, a well-known analyst of risk and decision-making on environmental and energy questions, and a concerned citizen, a humanist  committed to raising awareness of the climate emergency wherever possible, this conversation will offer information and perspective on the science behind the crisis as well as insight into the commitments that will shape thinking, actions, and expectations moving forward. 

Panelists will be available for further discussion in “break-out rooms” after the conversation.

Zoom Registration


Douw Steyn
Professor Emeritus of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (2015)

Douw Steyn, ACM, FCMOS is active in the fields air pollution meteorology, boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, environmental science and interdisciplinary science.  His research involves measurement and modelling studies of regional air pollution, especially in regions with complex terrain.  He has published more than 100 scientific papers in the international peer reviewed literature. He is an Accredited Consulting Meteorologist, and has provincial, national and international consultancy experience in his areas of expertise, and has provided expert testimony in numerous court cases and appeal board hearings in British Columbia.  

Tim McDaniels
Professor Emeritus of Community and Regional Planning (2017)

Tim McDaniels, a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, has worked for decades on risk and decision making in environmental and technology contexts.

Bill Winder
Assistant Professor Emeritus of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies (2020)

Bill Winder describes himself as the Candide of this group, having had little contact with climate-related issues in his area of specialization, French language instruction and Digital Humanities. He has recently joined other grassroots activists whose raison d’être is to act on the climate crisis (in their language of choice). 

Bill Winder can be found beside the red arrow in the picture.


Margery Fee
Professor Emerita of English (2017)

Margery Fee, FRSC, held the David and Brenda McLean Chair in Canadian Studies (2015-2017) to work on early Indigenous oral and literary production. Recent publications are Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (2015), Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native North America (2016), co-edited with Dory Nason, Polar Bear (Reaktion, 2019) and an edited collection of Jean Barman’s essays, On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space, and Race in the Colonization of British Columbia (Harbour, 2020). 

Zoom Registration

Privacy and Consent to Recording

Please note that this event will be recorded via Zoom and posted publicly. The recording may contain attendees’ names and images. We recognize that this may be undesirable for some participants. If you do not wish for your name or image to be used in the video, please leave your video turned off during the event. You may also change your name to something generic like “Participant” or “Anonymous” in the Zoom meeting room by selecting yourself from the participants list and editing your name. By registering for this event and clicking the Zoom link that will be emailed to you, you consent to being recorded. If you do not want to participate in the live session, the recording will be posted at a later date to our YouTube channel. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Zoom link in the text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Travel Group December 17

Don and Lorna Blake will present "Pre-Covid Spanish Holiday: Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and the Basque Country". They will present highlights of a three week trip to Spain that took in in some of Spain's major urban attractions capped off by a week in the hills of the Basque Country.

If you are currently not on the email list of the EC travel interest group and wish to receive our mailings, please contact Paul Steinbok at

A zoom link will be sent out 2 days before each meeting.

Thursday, 17 December 2020 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Photo Group

Photo Group December 2020

The suggested theme for (at least one of) your photos is “Looking in or out”. Please send 3 or 4 photos to

Processing images

For this meeting, you are invited to send 2 versions of one of your 3 photos, one showing the image as it came from the camera, and the second showing the image after processing in Photoshop, Lightroom, or whatever software you use. “Processing” might be simply cropping the original, or it might be much more extensive. We would like you to briefly discuss the changes you made, and why you made them. Submitting 4 photos, including both an original and a processed image, is completely optional – don’t feel you have to do this unless you want to.

If you would like to join, please contact Richard Spencer for the zoom-link at 

Friday, 11 December 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Council Meeting - December 9

The Council will meet online.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Zoom link available to Council members only
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Retirement Income Options and the UBC Faculty Pension Plan

A Special Session for Retired UBC Faculty/Librarians
Webinar with Lorraine Heseltine, UBC Faculty Pension Plan

Registration for Webinar

This session is open to anyone who is / has been a member of the Faculty Pension Plan and will include:

1. FPP retirement income options:

  • FPP Variable Payment Life Annuity (VPLA)
  • FPP RRIF/LIF-Type payments
  • What is changeable after your initial decision? Not changeable?
  • The pros and the cons
  • What does everyone else do?

2. FPP Investment Options:

  • Where to find fund information.
  • How can members manage their investments?
  • What about fees?

3. Transferring funds in and out of the FPP

4. Managing your account on the Sun Life website

Speaker: Lorraine Heseltine, is a Member Services Specialist in the UBC Faculty PensionPlan.  With over 25 years of experience in the pension industry, Lorraine provides key services to UBC plan members prior to and throughout their retirement. She welcomes communications from retired faculty and librarians who are current and former members of the UBC Faculty Pension Plan.

Moderator: Dr. Anne Junker, UBC Emeritus College

For background, you may be interested in Update from the UBC Faculty Pension Plan Board: Investment Priorities During the Continued Coronavirus Pandemic

Registration for Webinar

This webinar will not be recorded.

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Zoom webinar - registration link in text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2