Here is a listing of upcoming CFUW-Ottawa, CFUW Ontario Council, CFUW National and GWI Events along with select other events.          

Upcoming events

    • 09 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

    Topic: Canada-China Relations

    Over a 37-year public-service career, Margaret served in senior management positions in the Governments of Canada and Ontario. Most recently, she was Executive Vice-President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Prior to that appointment, she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada. She also served as Assistant Deputy Minister at Finance Canada. She has had management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology (S&T), the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and the Privy Council Office. For the last seven years of her government career, Margaret was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on S&T. In recent years, she has been one of Canada’s preeminent commentators on Canada-China relations. Margaret holds an MA in International Relations with a Major on China, and an Honours BA in Political Economy. She speaks French and basic Mandarin.
    • 06 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Diane Lagacé, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

    Topic: Research on Adult Neurogenesis

    Dr. Lagace’s lab uses a variety of molecular, cellular, histochemical and behavioral techniques to identify the mechanisms that produce new neurons in the adult brain and to determine their functional role in the healthy and pathological brain. For example, work in the lab is delineating the molecular mechanisms that regulate survival of adult-generated neurons and the crosstalk between autophagy and apoptosis in regulating survival. They are also examining the role of Presenilin proteins in adult neurogenesis in their work related to Alzheimer’s disease. These studies are providing insights into the basic biological processes that underlie the regulation of the potentially powerful adult generated neuron. This work complements behavioral studies that are elucidating the functional role of adult neurogenesis in normal physiology, as well as optimizing functional recovery in animal models of human disease. For example, as members of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, a large number of studies in the lab are using novel models to examine whether the pronounced birth of new cells post stroke are functionally important in recovery and optimize regeneration and recovery of function during stroke recovery.

    Accomplishments and Awards

    • Ontario Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, 2012-2014
    • Alzheimer Society of Canada Young Investigator Award, 2012-2013
    • Bickell Foundation Research Award, 2012 
    • 03 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • TBD

    Ian Guthrie, Board Member & Erika Wagner, Program and Fundraising Coordinator - The Beechwood Cemetery

    Topic: Beechwood Cemetery - a Place for the Living

    Ian Guthrie 
    A native of Durham, England, Ian Guthrie has lived in the nation’s capital for almost 40 years, and has been a Director of The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation since 2004. Recently retired from the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, Ian has an M.A. in Geography, with particular interests in cultural landscapes and diaspora peoples.

    Ian has three adult children and two grandchildren; enjoys bike riding often passing through Beechwood; is a cross-country skier; and is in the midst of catching up on books left unread and movies missed in recent years.

    Erika Wagner

    • 01 May 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • TBD

    Dr. Michael Kempa, PhD Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

    Topic: The Freedom Convoy Movement: Prospects for Canadian Democracy

    Michael Kempa is a social scientist (PhD. Law, Australian National University) with the spirit of an investigative journalist. Working as an Associate Professor within the Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, his program of research draws upon Political Science, International Relations, and Sociological theory to address the ways in which states and non-state organizations variously conceive of and attempt to institutionalize "police power" in such domains as the economy, new forms of urban communal space, and international security. Trained in media through a Munk Fellowship in Global Journalism, University of Toronto, Dr. Kempa tries to take the results of his research to the broadest possible audience. He contributes written, spoken and audiovisual materials to such major news outlets as the Walrus Magazine, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Post, and Global and Mail, as well as academic publications in top-ranked social science journals, including the British Journal of Criminology (44/4: 562-581), Theoretical Criminology (12/3: 333-354), the Akron Law Review (41/1: 1-66), and the American Annals of Political and Social Science (592: 62-78). His first scholarly book, co-authored with Professor Clifford Shearing and Dr. Julie Berg, and titled Policing: Conceptualisations and Practices of Security, will be published through Routledge in the coming year.


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