First Gathering

First Gathering

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-Reception Entertainment

Dan Moxon
Band Frontman, Bend Sinister
In the band's own words:

The tale of Bend Sinister begins with good friends and a summer of infinite possibilities. The year was 2001 and the vibrancy of Kelowna's all-ages music scene provided the necessary inspiration for four ambitious musicians fueled by a variety of musical influences to embark on a journey that for lead singer Dan Moxon would continue to this very day. Having performed countless shows in every dive bar and venue that would have them, Bend Sinister established themselves as a household name in their hometown. As the buzz began to circulate throughout the rest of western Canada, Bend Sinister was determined to do whatever was necessary to make the creation of music the focal point of their lives. 

Opening Reception

President and Vice-Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
Andrew Petter has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University since September 2010. The former dean of the University of Victoria’s highly regarded Faculty of Law (2002-2008), he earlier spent a decade (from 1991) in government as an MLA and held a variety of key cabinet positions, including posts as Attorney General and Minister of Advanced Education. He played an instrumental role in the Nisga'a treaty negotiations and the creation of the B.C. Treaty Commission. He also oversaw the establishment of B.C.’s Forest Practices Code and the creation of the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund to support investments in research infrastructure. As minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, Andrew brought about the restoration of St. Ann’s Academy and spearheaded the development of the Galloping Goose and Lochside trail systems, for which he earned the tag of “Minister of Rails and Trails.”
Executive Director, Centre for Community Based Research
Joanna Ochocka, Executive Director, has led community-based research (CBR) and knowledge mobilization activities for almost 20 years. She has been a principle investigator in more than 60 research studies involving multiple partnerships. She sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, public policy improvements, and promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Internationally, Joanna is an active member of the Global Alliance on Community Based Research (GACER). She gave a plenary workshop at the 6th Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) Conference in Barcelona, Spain 2013 and presented at the Living Knowledge Conferences in Germany, UK and Northern Ireland. She led an evaluation of the Canadian Immigration Integration Project in China, India and the Philippines. Recently Joanna has provided CBR training and engagement to academics, government, public sector workers and community members in Ontario, Newfoundland and in Indonesia.
150 Alliance 
The 150 Alliance is an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Incubated by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is the national hub for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, with over 2,000 members and growing. Learn more or join today at
Shane Koyczan
Poet and Writer, Spoken Word
Shane L. Koyczan is a Canadian spoken word poet and writer. He is a co-founder of the spoken word "talk rock" trio Tons of Fun University (TOFU), and has performed around the globe at universities and music and literary festivals. Unlike many spoken word artists, Shane makes his living from poetry and spoken word performances. He is known for writing about issues like bullying, cancer, death, and eating disorders. He is most famous for the anti-bullying poem To This Day which has over 20 million views. Shane has published four books, including ,Visiting Hours, Stickboy, Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty, and "A Bruise on Light" most recently in 2015. Visiting Hours was selected by both the Guardian and Globe and Mail for their 2005 Best Books of the Year lists.
Sam Bradd
Graphic Facilitator
Hi, I’m Sam Bradd.
I’m a graphic facilitator and specialist in information design. I use visuals to help groups be better at what they do. In the last 15 years, I’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, Google, indigenous organizations and researchers on four continents. I co-edited the new book Drawn Together Through Visual Practice to help facilitators and visual thinkers deepen their knowledge. I have a Masters in Education (University of British Columbia).
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