An appeal from our director; Hildebrand funding deadline; Tech in BC

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

General Updates

  • A message from our director about Big Give

Upcoming Events

  • “The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Vote in a More Tolerant Canada”

Program News

  • Advisory Board member Chris Lorway appointed new president and CEO of Banff Centre

Research Opportunities

  • Summer Hildebrand Fellowship deadline is this Friday!

External Events

  • “The Future of Work: Attracting Talent in a Post-Pandemic World”
  • “How Vancouver Became a Global City”

A Message from Our Director

Dear friends,

This Thursday is Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving. It’s one of the most important days of the year for Canadian Studies. Our donors fund the heart of our program, allowing us to operate one of the most vibrant and active programs of our kind in the United States.

This year is especially important, as your donation will help us pilot a few exciting new projects. You’ll help provide more support to our faculty affiliates across the state through expanded research grants; nurture the next generation of Canadianists with new undergraduate research funding; and sponsor community outreach through public events, like our upcoming conference examining the influence of the tech industry on several major North American cities.

At Canadian Studies, we aim to inspire curiosity about America’s northern neighbour. For over 40 years, we’ve done so in partnership with friends like you – friends who share our vision of making Berkeley a hub for Canadian research not just for the Bay Area, but for the entire country.

Your donation affirms the value of that mission.

On behalf our students, faculty, and friends, my thanks in advance for your support.


Irene Bloemraad

Program Director

Thomas G. Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies


If you require an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please let us know at least 10 days in advance.

The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Vote in a More Tolerant Canada

Wed., March 15 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Philosophy | RSVP

Research on the political preferences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) voters shows that they are more progressive than heterosexuals. However, few studies consider differences between heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and bisexual men and women. Furthermore, little is known about how these preferences have changed as society has become more accepting of diverse sexualities.

This presentation analyzes original research on Canadian LGB voters’ political preferences a decade and a half after same-sex marriage was legalized. Consistent with prior research, gay men, and, to a lesser extent, bisexual men, are more left-wing than heterosexual men. A more novel finding is that bisexual women are the most left-wing group. Lesbian women are only slightly to the left of heterosexual women. While left-wing bisexual women are growing in number, the overall gap between LGB and heterosexual voters has remained stable across generations, because marriage narrows some of the preference gaps.

About the Speakers

Dr. Eric Guntermann is a John A. Sproul Research Fellow in the Canadian Studies Program, and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the representation of citizens’ preferences by governments, as well as public attitudes towards political parties and related voting behaviour.

Dr. Edana Beauvais is an assistant professor of political science at Simon Fraser University. Her research explores how inequalities shape communication and action, producing unequal political influence between different social group members.

This event is cosponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology.

Advisory Board Member Chris Lorway Appointed New Director of Banff Centre

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity recently announced that Canadian Studies board member Chris Lorway has been appointed as the 8th president and CEO of the 90-year-old performing and fine arts institution.

Chris was confirmed unanimously by the school’s Board of Governors following an international search. The Board lauded his deep connections throughout the global arts community, as well as his work promoting Canadian artists in his current role as executive and artistic director at Stanford Live.

Prior to his work at Stanford, Chris held leadership roles at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. He has also worked with or consulted for numerous other major cultural organizations around the world, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Opera.

The Banff Centre was founded in 1933 and is located in the heart of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The institution is affiliated with the University of Calgary, and offers arts education in dozens of disciplines. It also it hosts numerous public performances, festivals, and exhibitions throughout the year.

Chris will officially assume his new position on April 10. The Canadian Studies Program extends our warmest congratulations to him, and wishes Chris the best in his new role.


Summer Hildebrand Fellowship Deadline is This Friday!

The deadline to submit an application for a Summer 2023 Edward E. Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowship is fast approaching! Applications are open to UC Berkeley graduate students in any discipline whose work focuses primarily or comparatively on Canada. This fellowship is meant to cover direct research costs, with an award maximum of $5,000.

The application deadline for Summer 2023 projects is this Friday, March 10, 2023.

Please visit our website for more information and full eligibility criteria, and help us share this information with your friends, students, and networks!


The Future of Work: Attracting Talent in a Post-Pandemic World

Tuesday, March 14 | Palo Alto, CA | 6:30 pm | RSVP

The Digital Moose Lounge and Trade and Invest British Columbia present a special panel discussing current trends in B.C.’s growing tech industry. As tech firms lay off workers and embrace flexible work-from-home options, they are also re-evaluating plans for job growth and corporate locations. Opportunities persist for B.C. to attract third-country nationals pinched by the U.S.’s restrictive immigration policies, tech workers who’ve recently been laid off (including Canadians who may be considering returning to Canada) and hiring / managing remote workers.

The panelists will consider trends in cross-border business planning and growth; how tech firms are leveraging cross-border opportunities to optimize their talent strategies; and current cross-border tax and immigration policies and considerations.

Panelists include The Honourable Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development, and Innovation for the Province of B.C., and two Canadian Studies board members: immigration attorney Pavan Dhillon, and Dr. Kathrine Richardson, an associate professor of urban and regional planning at San José State University. The panel will be moderated by Canadian Studies board chair David Stewart.

How Vancouver Became a Global City

On-demand | Online | Watch here

Vancouver has transformed itself from a small, homogeneous city largely dependent on exports of timber, minerals and fish into a modern city with a diverse population and economy. From Expo ’86 to the 2010 Olympics to the upcoming 2026 World Cup, Vancouver has been a success story in selling itself to the world. But the city faces enormous challenges dealing with the consequences of that success, including sky-high housing costs, crowded roads and crime.

The speaker, Frances Bula, covers Vancouver and the region for the Globe & Mail, and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism. She has written about urban issues and city politics in B.C.’s Vancouver region since 1994, covering a broad range of issues.

This talk is part of the “Why Canada Matters” speaker series hosted by Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies. It is co-sponsored by WWU’s Departments of Economics and History; the Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor Fund; and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is delivered in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association.

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