Science and innovation in BC: What’s on your agenda?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm PST

From sustainability to technology to science education to health care, what are the key innovation opportunities and challenges facing BC? What investments will boost our economy and improve British Columbians’ quality of life? Join us as a panel of UBC researchers highlight key science and tech issues in the lead up to BC’s 2017 election.

Cost: $10 per person. Includes one drink and hors d’oeuvres.

Questions? Please contact Victoria Poon at 604-827-5831 or


Dr. George Bluman, BSc’64 – Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, UBC

Dr. Kai Chan – Professor & Canada Research Chair (Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services), Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability

Dr. Robert Fraser – President & CEO, Molecular You; Associate Director, Life Sciences Institute, UBC

Dr. Andrew Warfield, MSc’01 – Associate Professor and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, UBC Faculty of Science

Panelist Biographies

Dr. George Bluman, BSc’64

Dr. George Bluman

George Bluman is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at UBC. Born in Vancouver, he received his BSc (Honours) in Mathematics and Physics from UBC in 1964 and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Caltech. He joined the UBC faculty in 1968.  He has served as Head of UBC Mathematics from 1997-2002, as a vice-president of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), on the UBC Senate, and on the UBC medical school admissions committee.

George Bluman’s research is in symmetries and differential equations.  He has co-authored four books in this field, published in the Springer Applied Mathematical Sciences series, with three of these books also published in China. He also authored a problem book in calculus.  He has written over 70 papers in his field of research as well as papers in mathematics and science education.

George has been involved in Math education in BC schools since 1969.  In this regard, he has written many reports and given over 150 workshops to students and teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout BC as well as initiated the UBC Math Circle for the top Lower Mainland high school students. For several years, until it was recently disbanded, he served on the BC Provincial Board of Examiners (K-12).  In 2001, George Bluman received the CMS Adrien Pouliot Prize, the most important Canadian prize in Math Education.

Dr. Kai Chan

Dr. Kai Chan

Kai Chan is a professor and Canada Research Chair (tier 2) at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (, Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a Leopold Leadership Program fellow, a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), a director on the board of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Global Young Academy, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a coordinating lead author for the IPBES Global Assessment, and (in 2012) the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Robert Fraser

Dr. Robert Fraser

Dr. Robert Fraser is the President and CEO of Molecular You, a precision health company utilizing integrated molecular analyses to deliver personalized health insights. As a co-founder of The Personalized Medicine Initiative (PMI), Dr. Fraser has been at the forefront of developing the framework and technologies to bring personalized medicine into healthcare practice. Backed by his expertise in molecular diagnostics, molecularly targeted drug discovery and development, biochemistry and regulatory compliance, Dr. Fraser has been a leader in the implementation of personalized care in Canada. He has also been involved in leading drug discovery and development projects at Sanofi, Xenon, Neuromed and CDRD.  Dr. Fraser received extensive training in the molecular mechanisms of endocrinology while completing his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta and Harvard Medical School and Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and IGBMC, Strasbourg France. In addition to Dr. Fraser’s scientific accomplishments, he has been involved in the raising of more than $37M in funding to support the implementation of Personalized Medicine. In addition to his roles with Molecular You and the PMI, Dr. Fraser’s commercialization activities in addition to Molecular You include Co-Founder of GenXys Health Care Systems, Personalized Biomarkers Incorporated and Mesentech Corporation and Director and Co-founder of Novobind.

Dr. Andrew Warfield, MSc’01

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