800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

Candid Conversations - The Importance of Dialogue in Generating Impact

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm (reception to follow)
UBC Robson Square Theatre
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Please join us on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for Knowledge Exchange: Candid Conversations - The Importance of Dialogue in Generating Impact

Bold thinking and innovative ideas don't happen in isolation. Connecting UBC researchers and non-academic partners creates opportunities for dialogues that transform knowledge into meaningful impact. Different perspectives, ideas and knowledge come together, leading to improved practices and contributions to public debate, culture and policy.

Through a series of three candid conversations between UBC researchers and their partners, discover the key role of open dialogue in successful knowledge exchange, and learn how this process can shape and enrich research programs just as much as it impacts those who apply the research findings. The conversations will be followed by the first full Vancouver performance of Unloadshowcasing theatre as a form of knowledge exchange. 



Gail Murphy, Vice-President Research and Innovation


Facilitator: Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

  • Heather Gainforth, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Chris McBride, Executive Director, Spinal Cord Injury BC
  • George Belliveau, Professor, Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education
  • Luke Bokenfohr, Retired Royal Marine Commando, current Vancouver Police Department Officer
  • Rashid Sumaila, Professor, UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
  • Eric Solomon, Director of Arctic Programs, Ocean Wise

Featuring George Belliveau and Luke Bokenfohr (Royal Marines – ret’d), with Grant Charles, and Simangele Mabena. Directed by Christopher Cook. Developed and written by the UBC Research-Based Theatre Collaborative.

When an actor asks his veteran friend to help him prepare to audition for the role of a soldier, they embark on a soul-searching journey to address difficult memories. Drawing on his ability to overcome challenges in and out of uniform, the veteran must guide the actor through an unspoken grief that has been haunting him for decades. Filled with emotional truth and laughter, this play brings to life research on veterans and the lived experience of civilians carrying trauma.


Helen Burt, Associate Vice-President Research and Innovation
Karine Souffez, Associate Director, Knowledge Exchange


Start your own conversation during the reception that follows the event!

Please RSVP to attend by completing the form below. For more information about the event please contact Karine Souffez, Associate Director, UBC Knowledge Exchange. 


Please let us know if you are able to attend