SoSc Grad Info Night, Nov 12

The Sociology Students’ Union is organizing a Social Sciences Graduate Information Night.

WHEN: November 12 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
WHERE: Building 355, Room 211 (the lounge), Nanaimo campus.

The event is multidisciplinary with faculty representation from SoSc departments.

Pizza will be available from 5:30 PM and participants will be seated for the event to begin at 6:00 PM. Introductions (5-minutes each) by various instructors will include mention of credentials, graduate and work experience, etc.

VIU Business Plan Competition

About the VIU Business Plan Competition:

Do you have a great idea for a business? The Vancouver Island University Business Plan Competition (VIUBPC) is your chance to compete for a chance to win cash prizes and valuable support to launch your business. Plus, you will learn how to write a great business plan- a valuable skill that can make your dreams a reality. The competition will have two categories; (1) Currently Enrolled students and (2) Alumni who have successfully completed a minimum of 16 credits.  Although there are different stages to developing a solid business plan, all you really need is a creative idea for a self-sustaining business.

Your business idea can be about anything- the competition is open to ideas in all aspects of business such as hospitality, technology, tourism, social enterprise, etc. Developing a business plan involves everything necessary to launch your idea to the market; from the first steps you will need to take to develop your idea, through to a plan to take your business through its first year.

Eligible entrants must be a current student or have completed 16 credits at VIU. Businesses ideas must be pre-revenue ventures or operating less than one year from your first sale.

Need some help to get started? Throughout the 2015 competition (October to November), we will be providing mentorship, opportunities to get support and feedback, and the chance to meet different kinds of entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors, and community leaders.

This year, the winning business plans will compete to win cash prizes and professional development packages!

More information available here.

Mitacs Student Awards

Mitacs has announced the following competitive student research awards:
1)       for Canadian senior undergraduate and graduate students to work at foreign universities in India, France and Tunisia (see below).  All programs require a Canadian (home) and an international (host) academic supervisors. 
2)      for French graduate students to work in Canada.
Please see details here.


‘Heritage Basics’ Presentation, Oct 15

Students may find this of interest as contacts and information may open up future opportunities.

As part of the City of Nanaimo’s Heritage Conservation Program review and update, Heritage BC will be providing a FREE two-hour public presentation entitled “Heritage Basics”.

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way)

The presentation will introduce the basic legislative overview of heritage conservation for local governments in BC, introduce values based management for heritage conservation and planning, the benefits of heritage conservation (social, environmental, economic), and the intersections between heritage conservation and sustainability. Participants will gain an understanding of values centred heritage conservation, including benefits, challenges, opportunities and possible next steps for Nanaimo. No heritage background is necessary.

Hosted by the City’s Culture and Heritage Department, this workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

What is Heritage BC?
Heritage BC is a province-wide, not-for-profit, charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund. HBC is passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.

Why is the City looking to update and review its Heritage Conservation Program?
The Nanaimo Heritage Strategy was completed in 1994, and in 1998 a Heritage Action Plan was developed. It remains important to periodically review and update this plan to reflect the City’s current priorities while identifying future opportunities. This Fall represents the third review of the plan (now known as the Heritage Conservation Program). The review reflects the approaches and commitments made through the 2014-2020 Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo to engage the community with its culture and heritage in various ways to ensure currently identified priorities and partners are still relevant and to identify areas where we can work better and / or differently with our partners and the community.

  • What do you value most about Nanaimo’s heritage?
  • How could the City better connect “culture” and “heritage”?
  • In your opinion, are there any policy or action improvements that would strengthen the current Heritage Conservation Program, or expand its scope? If so, what are they?
  • Could the City improve the way it celebrates, remembers or promotes Nanaimo’s heritage? If so, how?

You are encouraged to share your comments (at the October 15 workshop and / or through a short online survey). The results of the public input will be presented to City Council in the form of a summary report on the status of the program and recommendations on how best to integrate the program with the policy objectives of the Cultural Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact:


Phone: 250-755-4483
Office: Service & Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
Mailing: 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5J6