Welcome to new Advisory Board member, Dr. Kathrine Richardson!

An update and some events from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.  Note that one of the events is later this afternoon.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Welcome to new board member, Kathrine Richardson
Affiliate events: COVID-19 travel restrictions for Bay Area Canadians; venture capital and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Canada
Rita Ross Prize accepting applications
Welcome to New Advisory Board Member,
Dr. Kathrine Richardson
The Canadian Studies Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathrine Richardson as the newest member of our external advisory board. Dr. Richardson is an urban and economic geographer and associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research specializes in the mobility and retention of the internationally highly skilled, and how highly-skilled foreigner professionals influence the growth and change of urban systems.
Dr. Richardson’s work focuses on transnational migrations of highly-skilled immigrants between the Americas and Asia-Pacific. In March, she gave a presentation at Berkeley on her book, Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-US Border Region. This book examines the movement of high technology and biotechnology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border under Chapter 16 of NAFTA (now USMCA) in a post 9/11 environment within the binational region of Cascadia, which includes British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon, and portions of Northern California. In addition to academic publications, Dr. Richardson conducted an important study on the mobility and settlement of highly-skilled North Americans across the Canada-U.S. border under NAFTA (now USMCA) for the executive branch of the Government of Canada.
Dr. Richardson received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of British Columbia, and did a post-doc at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on her second book.
Tomorrow: COVID-19 US Immigration & Travel Restrictions for Bay Area Canadians
Forum | May 12 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
Join the Digital Moose Lounge and leading local US immigration attorneys as they discuss pressing issues and questions facing Bay Area Canadians.
Key topics covered will include family sponsorship, permanent resident applications, and temporary resident visas and work permits.
Disclaimer: The panel is a legal information session followed by a live discussion. Please keep your questions general in nature. The panelists will be unable to provide legal advice or discuss your specific case during the panel.
Space is limited – register through Eventbrite here. Please submit your questions when you register for the event. For more information, please contact the Digital Moose Lounge directly at programs@digitalmooselounge.com.
Cold Drinks and Hot Topics: Rana Sarkar & Alexandre Lazarow in Conversation
Event | May 21 | 4:00 p.m. | RSVP required
On behalf of the Consulate General of Canada, we are pleased to invite you and your friends, staffs, and communities to join a happy hour chat on venture capital and entrepreneurship.
Featured guests will be Rana Sarkar, Canada’s Consul General for Northern California and Hawaii, and Alexandre Lazarow, adjunct professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, global venture investor, and author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. This engaging discussion will address key points on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Canada, and around the world.
Register online at colddrinkshottopics.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact the consulate directly at PALTOG@international.gc.ca.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Accepting Applications
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies Program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
Canadian Studies Program
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720


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