ISSofBC provides a forum for thinkers and movers to explore issues and engage the community on a subject everyone has an opinion on.

For its launch, A CLOSER LOOK Speaker Series (2019) presents:


Thursdays at 5:30 – 7:00pm

Join us in person at  ISSofBC Welcome Centre – 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.

September 26
Douglas Todd
– “Is Unity Possible in a Metropolis of Enclaves?”
A multi-awarded Vancouver Sun columnist, author, thinker and sought-after speaker on migration and related issues.
Event is overView a recorded version of the livestream


October 24
Catherine Dauvergne
– “Compassion, Law, and Why Refugee Claims Matter”
Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC and respected author and researcher of refugee, Immigration and citizenship law.


November 14
Shachi Kurl
– “I Know What You Think About Immigration!”
Angus Reid Institute’s executive director and public policy expert who takes a “kitchen table” approach to discussing big, complicated topics.



  • Dr. Kathy Sherrell, Associate Director- Settlement Services, ISSofBC (Sept. 26)
  • Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU (Oct. 24)
  • Dr. Henry Yu, Principal, St. John’s College, UBC, and Associate Professor of History, UBC (Nov. 14)

After each speaker session and moderated discussion, join us for light refreshments and networking. This event is free.


  • All attendees must register as space is limited. An asterisk (*) indicates a required response.

  • Can't attend in person? Each session is also livesteaming. We will send you a link the day of the event.

  • Are you an ISSofBC Welcome Centre neighbour living in the Grandview-Woodlands (Commercial Drive) area who has signed up above for the event? You are welcome to join a special tour on the same day from 4:30-5:30pm.

  • If you are joining a tour, please confirm your Grandview- Woodlands (Commercial Drive) residency by entering your postal code.

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