Events

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See below for our upcoming events. There’s something for everyone, so don’t miss out! Check out our past events by viewing our photo gallery.

Questions? Contact the Events team at alumnievents@yorku.ca.

Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us in celebrating York pride and our diverse community! Red & White Day is an opportunity for York students, faculty and staff to show their York pride. This day provides the community with a[...]
Glendon Global Debate - CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of its Kind? @ Glendon Campus, York University, A100 – Centre of Excellence | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada was signed in October 2016 and on January 24, 2017, the deal moved closer to reality after the European Parliament’s Trade Committee approved[...]
As part of it' Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of Geography is pleased to presnt Dr. Rashad Shabazz. The talk will explore the links between music and geography, the history of black migration to Minneapolis[...]
Canada - UK Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri & Moya Greene @ Pewterers' Hall | England | United Kingdom
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce requests the pleasure of your company at a talk discussing  Innovation, automation and the labour market    with guest speakers Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri President & Vice-Chancellor, York University Moya Greene[...]
Biodiversity Development in Costa Rica - Daniel Janzen - 2017 Koerner Lecture @ 101 Life Sciences Building |  |  |
Superstar of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica, will give a talk[...]
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Join us in the Vari Hall Rotunda at 10:30am on April 3, when our specialized honours and honours students will display posters of the research they have conducted over the year with individual faculty supervisors.[...]
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University invites high schools to Change Your World 2017. Since 1968, FES has been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental well-being and social justice research that focuses directly[...]
Apr 13 @ 6:15 pm – 11:00 pm
York in New York presents Come From Away @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre | New York | New York | United States
Join York University for an exclusive evening to see Canada's treasure Come From Away on Broadway. Created and written by York University alumni David Hein (BFA ’97) and Irene Sankoff (BA ’99), and produced by[...]
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Your Brain in Action @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
Humans surpass all other animals and robots when it comes to the diversity and malleability of movements produced — we are the world’s most versatile movers. Dr. Henriques explains how the brain’s remarkable control systems[...]
Glendon Classes of '66-'67 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Sky Room, Glendon Centre of Excellence; Glendon Campus - York University | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The classes of ’66 and ’67 sure have a lot to celebrate. It's been 50 years since our classes graduated, and a landmark like this deserves recognition. The Pro Tem Committee— Don Bangay, Peter Broadmore, Margot[...]
Kinesiology and Health Science 50th Celebratory Dinner @ Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre | Vaughan | Ontario | Canada
Located 5 minutes from campus on the east side of Jane Street, north of Hwy 407, south of Hwy 7 A celebration dinner for alumni, faculty, coaches and staff (current and former), will provide opportunities[...]
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: The Beautiful Brain - How Do We See the World? @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
Whether marveling at a work of art or engaging in daily routine, our visual sense and powerful brain let us react with adequate behaviors. Dr. Zoidl explains what our perception of the physical world means[...]
Mar
23
Thu
Red & White Day @ Various locations at Keele and Glendon campuses
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating York pride and our diverse community! Red & White Day is an opportunity for York students, faculty and staff to show their York pride. This day provides the community with a chance to celebrate York’s achievements. Community members are encouraged to wear their York U gear and University colours.

Get involved in one of the following activities:

  • Bookstore sale
  • Faculty & Staff Alumni Breakfast
  • residence lobby decorations
  • student club activities
  • button making and giveaways
  • #YUSpirit Photo Contest
  • Dr. Shoukri’s "Last Lecture"
  • Spirit Rally in the Student Centre
  • food trucks
  • Faculty & Staff Spirit Challenge
  • Stress Buster Carnival and Arcade 
  • and more!

Visit redandwhite.info.yorku.ca for the full schedule of events, promotions, contests and more.

Glendon Global Debate - CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of its Kind? @ Glendon Campus, York University, A100 – Centre of Excellence
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada was signed in October 2016 and on January 24, 2017, the deal moved closer to reality after the European Parliament’s Trade Committee approved it. On February 15, the European Parliament adopted the trade deal, which will lead to the provisional application of the agreement as early as April 2017.

The agreement is seen as a test of the EU and Canada’s ability to forge future trade accords and as a counterweight to anticipated protectionism under the new US Administration. CETA is more than a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada: it is about shaping the political, economic, social and cultural values that our countries share and it is also about deepening transatlantic partnership.

Speakers from the EU and Canada will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • The political impact of CETA and the future of the EU/Canada partnership;
  • Engaging with the world through free trade agreements;
  • Boosting the economies of the EU and Canada;
  • Challenges to CETA moving forward.

 

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

Please reserve your ticket HERE.

Mar
29
Wed
Black Music in Minneapolis: Prince and the Geography of the Minneapolis Sound
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

As part of it' Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of Geography is pleased to presnt Dr. Rashad Shabazz. The talk will explore the links between music and geography, the history of black migration to Minneapolis in the early 20th century, and the hidden world of black musicians that gave rise to the sound that Prince popularized in the early 1980s.

All are welcome.

Mar
30
Thu
Canada - UK Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri & Moya Greene @ Pewterers' Hall
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm


The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce
requests the pleasure of your company at a talk discussing 

Innovation, automation and the labour market

   with guest speakers

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri
President & Vice-Chancellor, York University

Moya Greene (LLB '78)
CEO, Royal Mail Group

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Registration & Welcome Drinks: 12-12:30pm
Lunch, Address and Q&A: 12:30-2:15pm

Pewterers' Hall
Oat Lane
London
EC2V 7DE

 

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng
President & Vice-Chancellor, York University

Theme of talk: The future of work and the role of universities

The changing nature of work is requiring universities to adopt a mission-driven research agenda rather than the traditional curiosity-driven approach. Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are focused on helping students develop their entrepreneurial skills and attitudes and build resilience and adaptiveness to be prepared for constantly evolving labour market conditions. At the same time, universities need to continue to be hubs of innovation, leading to new technologies and greater automation to fuel economic development. The future may belong to societies that can best harness the power of partnership between employers, universities and government.

Mamdouh Shoukri was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007. A champion of innovation, Dr. Shoukri has guided York’s transformation into a comprehensive and research-intensive university. Among his achievements as President are the establishment of the Lassonde School of Engineering and major capital development projects including a new Life Sciences Building, Glendon’s Centre of Excellence, Osgoode Hall expansion, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, a new home for the Lassonde School and the extension of the TTC subway to York's Keele campus. He has also overseen the advancement of York’s internationalization and social innovation agendas as well as plans for future growth in the York Region.

 

Moya Greene (LLB '78)
CEO Royal Mail Group

Theme of talk: Effect of innovation on the private sector - past and future evolution of the postal service

The Royal Mail is the world’s longest standing postal service. From the messenger boys on horses of the early days, the Royal Mail has had to evolve in order to remain ahead of the pack for centuries. Today is no different. Looking to the future, the Royal Mail must continue to innovate to secure long-term, sustainable efficiencies. In order to thrive, it must seek to be both a benefit to society and a beacon of optimal performance. To assist enterprises like the Royal Mail, universities have to become even more adept at fueling innovation, preparing citizens for leadership and contributing to the ongoing rejuvenation of  the labour force.

Moya Greene was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group in July 2010.  She is a member of the Royal Mail Group Board of directors and also chairs the Chief Executive Committee, responsible for the management of the business and the development of the strategy.  Ms. Greene formerly sat on the boards of Tim Hortons Inc and Great West Life. Ms. Greene has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector. She also has a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service.

Mar
31
Fri
Biodiversity Development in Costa Rica - Daniel Janzen - 2017 Koerner Lecture @ 101 Life Sciences Building
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Superstar of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica, will give a talk titled “Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example” as the fourth annual Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation, presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

Where classical tropical national parks are gradually failing in many ways, the 165,000 hectare government/private hybrid ACG has a practical approach to tropical wild biodiversity conservation, with 35 years of success. Its basic principals contend conservation must be site- based and respond to the biological, social and economic reality of the region. Decisions must be taken at the regional level, the wilderness area must be visualized as a productive sector for the economy of the region and the country, and that quality conservation must be economically sustainable over time. ACG is testing and proving that biodiversity development is a viable way forward to protect vulnerable species and help local communities thrive, with eco-tourism, bio- diversity prospecting for medicine, carbon sequestration and more.

This free public lecture will share details of the ACG approach. Light refreshments will be available before and after the lecture (1:30 to 2:30pm and 3:30 to 4:30pm).

For more information and to RSVP, visit: fes.yorku.ca/event/koerner2017.

Apr
3
Mon
2017 Poster Day - Department of Psychology @ Vari Hall Rotunda
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Join us in the Vari Hall Rotunda at 10:30am on April 3, when our specialized honours and honours students will display posters of the research they have conducted over the year with individual faculty supervisors. Graduate students will interview students about their research, and will judge their posters and their explanations of the research they did.

The poster winners will be announced at 12:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Apr
6
Thu
Change Your World 2017 @ Vari Hall
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University invites high schools to Change Your World 2017.

Since 1968, FES has been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental well-being and social justice research that focuses directly within our natural, built, social, political, cultural and artistic environments. However, with each passing year, new challenges arise on our planet, within our world and in our local communities that the need to study our environment is more important than ever.

The goal of the Change Your World conference is to inspire youth in Ontario to be the next generation of environmentally active citizens. We welcome high school students and their teachers to this dynamic one-day conference that brings together youth and community organizations from across Ontario to discuss, collaborate and learn how to make sustainable and equitable change in our world.

Apr
13
Thu
York in New York presents Come From Away @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Apr 13 @ 6:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Join York University for an exclusive evening to see Canada's treasure Come From Away on Broadway.

Created and written by York University alumni David Hein (BFA ’97) and Irene Sankoff (BA ’99), and produced by Natalie Bartello (BFA ’04), Come From Away is taking audiences by storm.

New York Times Critics' Pick

"A deeply moving musical .... a tonic in troubled times." -The Hollywood Reporter

"An exuberant Broadway landing for this effervescent musical, enveloped in Canadian good will" -The Washington Post

This special and rare opportunity on Thursday, April 13, 2017 will be an evening to remember. You'll see Come From Away on Broadway, meet the show's stars post-performance and connect with other York U alumni.

Reserve your ticket here.

Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Your Brain in Action @ Markham Village Library
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Humans surpass all other animals and robots when it comes to the diversity and malleability of movements produced — we are the world’s most versatile movers. Dr. Henriques explains how the brain’s remarkable control systems make this possible.

Join Markham Public Library and York University as we bring to Markham a taste of the university experience. Each month YorkU faculty will bring their amazing research and provide an opportunity for our community to learn something new.

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

Please reserve your ticket HERE.

Apr
29
Sat
Glendon Classes of '66-'67 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Sky Room, Glendon Centre of Excellence; Glendon Campus - York University
Apr 29 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The classes of ’66 and ’67 sure have a lot to celebrate. It's been 50 years since our classes graduated, and a landmark like this deserves recognition. The Pro Tem Committee— Don Bangay, Peter Broadmore, Margot Dixon, Bob Drummond, John Lennox, John Smith and Virginia Willison—invites you to Glendon's 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion. Join former classmates and old friends to commemorate an exceptional time in our lives.

The celebration includes:

3:30pm to 5pm – A welcome reception at Glendon’s Centre of Excellence – the state-of-the-art building opened in 2012 that house language labs, open study spaces, an amphitheatre and classrooms.

5pm to 6:15pm – Campus tours with Glendon Student Ambassadors

6:30pm to 9pm – Dinner in the Main Dining Hall

Please RSVP by Wednesday April 19, 2017 as space is limited.
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We look forward to seeing you soon.

Event Details:

Glendon Campus - York University
Sky Room, Glendon Centre of Excellence
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M6
3:30pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $130 per guest

The event includes one complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres during reception, a guided tour of the Glendon campus, and dinner in the Dining Hall.Complimentary parking also included.

For ticket orders by cheque or cash, please contact Jenny Evans at ejenny@yorku.ca, or call 416-650-8430.

For those alumni seeking overnight accommodations, we have secured a limited number of rooms at Glendon College. Please contact Pascale Lewin from Glendon Hospitality for information on rates and availability at plewin@yorku.ca, or (416)736-2100 x66798.