Events

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See below for our upcoming events. There’s something for everyone, so don’t miss out! Check out our past events by viewing our photo gallery.

Questions? Contact the Events team at alumnievents@yorku.ca.

Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Sensing the World Around Us @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
The world around us is full of information, whether it be the view of a mountain vista, the sound of a nearby bird flapping its wings, or the bouquet of a well-aged cabernet. Our bodies[...]
Red & White Day @ Various locations at Keele and Glendon campuses
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Join us in celebrating York pride and our diverse community! Red & White Day is an opportunity for York students, faculty and staff to show their York pride. This day provides the community with a[...]
Glendon Global Debate - CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of its Kind? @ Glendon Campus, York University, A100 – Centre of Excellence
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Glendon Global Debate - CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of its Kind? @ Glendon Campus, York University, A100 – Centre of Excellence | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
6:30 pm
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada was signed in October 2016 and on January 24, 2017, the deal moved closer to reality after the European Parliament’s Trade Committee approved[...]
5:00 pm
As part of it' Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of Geography is pleased to presnt Dr. Rashad Shabazz. The talk will explore the links between music and geography, the history of black migration to Minneapolis[...]
Canada - UK Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri & Moya Greene @ Pewterers' Hall | England | United Kingdom
12:00 pm
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce requests the pleasure of your company at a talk discussing  Innovation, automation and the labour market    with guest speakers Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri President & Vice-Chancellor, York University Moya Greene[...]
Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) - End of Year Celebration & Alumni Mixer March 30, 2017 @ Atkinson Building, Room 109 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
5:30 pm
On behalf of the Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) Executive team, you are invited to attend our networking event of the year! The End of Year Celebration & Mixer will be held in the Atkinson Building,[...]
IT Student Association - Alumni Networking Mixer @ The Underground at the York University Student Centre
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
IT Student Association - Alumni Networking Mixer @ The Underground at the York University Student Centre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
The School of Information Technology (IT) and the IT Student Association would like to invite you to the York University IT Alumni Networking Mixer on March 30, 2017 at the Underground (located in the York University Student Centre)[...]
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Biodiversity Development in Costa Rica - Daniel Janzen - 2017 Koerner Lecture @ 101 Life Sciences Building | | |
1:30 pm
Superstar of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica, will give a talk[...]
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
10:00 am
Join us in the Vari Hall Rotunda at 10:30am on April 3, when our specialized honours and honours students will display posters of the research they have conducted over the year with individual faculty supervisors.[...]
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
8:30 am
The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University invites high schools to Change Your World 2017. Since 1968, FES has been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental well-being and social justice research that focuses directly[...]
York in New York presents Come From Away @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Apr 13 @ 6:15 pm – 11:00 pm
York in New York presents Come From Away @ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre | New York | New York | United States
6:15 pm
Join York University for an exclusive evening to see Canada's treasure Come From Away on Broadway. Created and written by York University alumni David Hein (BFA ’97) and Irene Sankoff (BA ’99), and produced by[...]
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Your Brain in Action @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
Humans surpass all other animals and robots when it comes to the diversity and malleability of movements produced — we are the world’s most versatile movers. Dr. Henriques explains how the brain’s remarkable control systems[...]
Glendon Classes of '66-'67 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Sky Room, Glendon Centre of Excellence; Glendon Campus - York University
Apr 29 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Glendon Classes of '66-'67 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Sky Room, Glendon Centre of Excellence; Glendon Campus - York University | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
3:30 pm
The classes of ’66 and ’67 sure have a lot to celebrate. It's been 50 years since our classes graduated, and a landmark like this deserves recognition. The Pro Tem Committee— Don Bangay, Peter Broadmore, Margot[...]
Kinesiology and Health Science 50th Celebratory Dinner @ Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Kinesiology and Health Science 50th Celebratory Dinner @ Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre | Vaughan | Ontario | Canada
6:30 pm
Located 5 minutes from campus on the east side of Jane Street, north of Hwy 407, south of Hwy 7 A celebration dinner for alumni, faculty, coaches and staff (current and former), will provide opportunities[...]
50th Anniversary Celebration-Hosted by Vanier College! @ York University Vanier College Main Lobby
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – May 7 @ 12:00 am
50th Anniversary Celebration-Hosted by Vanier College! @ York University Vanier College Main Lobby | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
4:00 pm
Gala Event $35 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Reconnect with Vanier Friends, Faculty and Fellows 6:30 -8:30 PM: Dinner and Entertainment, Schulich Executive Dining Room 9:00 - 12:00 AM: Music of the decades with dancing. Accommodation:[...]
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: The Beautiful Brain - How Do We See the World? @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
Whether marveling at a work of art or engaging in daily routine, our visual sense and powerful brain let us react with adequate behaviors. Dr. Zoidl explains what our perception of the physical world means[...]
The York Circle @ Life Sciences Building
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The York Circle @ Life Sciences Building | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
9:00 am
2017 Lecture and Lunch Series The Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to offer this signature speaker series that makes York’s vibrant academic and research life available to alumni and friends of the University. The York[...]
Ottawa Alumni Reception @ Canadian Museum of Nature - Barrick Salon
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ottawa Alumni Reception @ Canadian Museum of Nature - Barrick Salon | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
6:00 pm
There’s no place like home – and that is why we’re bringing York to you with the Ottawa Alumni Reception. On Tuesday June 6 we have an exciting and interactive program that will inform, engage, and inspire you.[...]
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: How We See in 3D @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
We use 3D depth perception in many ways in our daily lives. Every time we catch a ball, walk down the stairs, thread a needle or watch a 3D movie, we rely on this ability.[...]
Mayor's Annual Business Address & Luncheon @ Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mayor's Annual Business Address & Luncheon @ Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa | Markham | Ontario | Canada
11:00 am
The Mayor's Annual Business Address & Luncheon is one of the key networking opportunities in the city. It is the only place to hear the Mayor's vision for the upcoming year, to meet members of[...]
York Alumni Tailgate Party @ BMO Field, Ontario Place Lot
Jun 25 @ 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
York Alumni Tailgate Party @ BMO Field, Ontario Place Lot | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
1:30 pm
Cheer on the Toronto Argos at the York University Alumni Tailgate Party on June 25! We're bringing back the York Alumni team to the tailgate on June 25 with the exclusive York Alumni Tailgate experience. For only $35[...]
Sep 22 @ 7:07 pm – 10:07 pm
York University Alumni Night with Toronto Blue Jays - Sold Out @ Rogers Centre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
7:07 pm
You're invited to the York alumni night at the Blue Jays on Sept. 22!   We're bringing the York Alumni team to the ball park on September 22 with the exclusive York University Alumni Night.[...]
Glendon Grads Address Canada@150 - Homecoming 2017 @ Centre of Excellence, Glendon Campus
Sep 23 @ 8:45 am – 5:30 pm
Glendon Grads Address Canada@150 - Homecoming 2017 @ Centre of Excellence, Glendon Campus
8:45 am
On Saturday, September 23, hear some of our most accomplished fellow graduates offer a mix of observations, best wishes, predictions and advice to Canada during its 150th year. The generous and capable grads will include political[...]
GLENDON ALUMNI RECEPTION @ Centre of Excellence, Glendon Campus
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
5:30 pm
 
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
London UK Alumni Reception
6:00 pm
  Please join Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton, York University’s 8th president and vice-chancellor, for a special alumni reception on her first official visit to the UK on Thursday, October 5. You'll have the opportunity to hear from[...]
Scholars Hub Speakers Series @ Markham Public Library - Markham Village Branch
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Scholars Hub Speakers Series @ Markham Public Library - Markham Village Branch | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
Markham Public Library and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnership brings some of York’s top academic minds to York Region. The series, titled "Change How You See The World: Academia[...]
The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series - Oct.21, 2017 @ Life Sciences Building, Keele Campus, York University
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
9:00 am
Join us for The York Circle Lecture and Lunch hosted by President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton on Saturday, October 21 from 9am to 1pm. Meet Rhonda L. Lenton on the week of her installation as President[...]
CANY's Canadian Universities Alumni Reception: Celebrating Canada 150 and Canadian University Excellence in NYC @ Penn Club | New York | New York | United States
6:30 pm
Along with several Canadian universities, York University is partnering with the Canadian Association of New York (CANY) to invite you to the 19th Annual Canadian Universities Alumni Reception on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm. This event[...]
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
A tantrum…or a treaty? The Nobel-winning campaign to outlaw nuclear weapons @ Paul Delaney Gallery | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
12:30 pm
Ray Acheson (ICAN; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) talks about ICAN's 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign for a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. Click here to register.
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Harnessing Nature’s Pharmacy @ Markham Village Library | Markham | Ontario | Canada
7:00 pm
Humans have taken advantage of plants’ natural defences to fend off pathogens for thousands of years. Professor Kathi Hudak discusses an antiviral protein that protects plants and inhibits the replication of human retroviruses such as[...]
Mar
9
Thu
Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: Sensing the World Around Us @ Markham Village Library
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The world around us is full of information, whether it be the view of a mountain vista, the sound of a nearby bird flapping its wings, or the bouquet of a well-aged cabernet. Our bodies are well-equipped with extraordinary systems designed to detect and encode these sorts of information. This talk will explore how those systems work, such as how your eye can be sensitive to a single photon of light, or the curious feature that your ear not only responds to sound, but emits it as well!

Join Markham Public Library and York University as we bring to Markham a taste of the university experience. Each month YorkU faculty will bring their amazing research and provide an opportunity for our community to learn something new.

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

Please reserve your ticket HERE.

Mar
23
Thu
Red & White Day @ Various locations at Keele and Glendon campuses
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating York pride and our diverse community! Red & White Day is an opportunity for York students, faculty and staff to show their York pride. This day provides the community with a chance to celebrate York’s achievements. Community members are encouraged to wear their York U gear and University colours.

Get involved in one of the following activities:

  • Bookstore sale
  • Faculty & Staff Alumni Breakfast
  • residence lobby decorations
  • student club activities
  • button making and giveaways
  • #YUSpirit Photo Contest
  • Dr. Shoukri’s "Last Lecture"
  • Spirit Rally in the Student Centre
  • food trucks
  • Faculty & Staff Spirit Challenge
  • Stress Buster Carnival and Arcade 
  • and more!

Visit redandwhite.info.yorku.ca for the full schedule of events, promotions, contests and more.

Glendon Global Debate - CETA: A New Framework for International Trade or the Last of its Kind? @ Glendon Campus, York University, A100 – Centre of Excellence
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada was signed in October 2016 and on January 24, 2017, the deal moved closer to reality after the European Parliament’s Trade Committee approved it. On February 15, the European Parliament adopted the trade deal, which will lead to the provisional application of the agreement as early as April 2017.

The agreement is seen as a test of the EU and Canada’s ability to forge future trade accords and as a counterweight to anticipated protectionism under the new US Administration. CETA is more than a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada: it is about shaping the political, economic, social and cultural values that our countries share and it is also about deepening transatlantic partnership.

Speakers from the EU and Canada will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • The political impact of CETA and the future of the EU/Canada partnership;
  • Engaging with the world through free trade agreements;
  • Boosting the economies of the EU and Canada;
  • Challenges to CETA moving forward.

 

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

Please reserve your ticket HERE.

Mar
29
Wed
Black Music in Minneapolis: Prince and the Geography of the Minneapolis Sound
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

As part of it' Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of Geography is pleased to presnt Dr. Rashad Shabazz. The talk will explore the links between music and geography, the history of black migration to Minneapolis in the early 20th century, and the hidden world of black musicians that gave rise to the sound that Prince popularized in the early 1980s.

All are welcome.

Mar
30
Thu
Canada - UK Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri & Moya Greene @ Pewterers' Hall
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm


The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce
requests the pleasure of your company at a talk discussing 

Innovation, automation and the labour market

   with guest speakers

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri
President & Vice-Chancellor, York University

Moya Greene (LLB '78)
CEO, Royal Mail Group

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Registration & Welcome Drinks: 12-12:30pm
Lunch, Address and Q&A: 12:30-2:15pm

Pewterers' Hall
Oat Lane
London
EC2V 7DE

 

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng
President & Vice-Chancellor, York University

Theme of talk: The future of work and the role of universities

The changing nature of work is requiring universities to adopt a mission-driven research agenda rather than the traditional curiosity-driven approach. Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are focused on helping students develop their entrepreneurial skills and attitudes and build resilience and adaptiveness to be prepared for constantly evolving labour market conditions. At the same time, universities need to continue to be hubs of innovation, leading to new technologies and greater automation to fuel economic development. The future may belong to societies that can best harness the power of partnership between employers, universities and government.

Mamdouh Shoukri was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007. A champion of innovation, Dr. Shoukri has guided York’s transformation into a comprehensive and research-intensive university. Among his achievements as President are the establishment of the Lassonde School of Engineering and major capital development projects including a new Life Sciences Building, Glendon’s Centre of Excellence, Osgoode Hall expansion, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, a new home for the Lassonde School and the extension of the TTC subway to York's Keele campus. He has also overseen the advancement of York’s internationalization and social innovation agendas as well as plans for future growth in the York Region.

 

Moya Greene (LLB '78)
CEO Royal Mail Group

Theme of talk: Effect of innovation on the private sector - past and future evolution of the postal service

The Royal Mail is the world’s longest standing postal service. From the messenger boys on horses of the early days, the Royal Mail has had to evolve in order to remain ahead of the pack for centuries. Today is no different. Looking to the future, the Royal Mail must continue to innovate to secure long-term, sustainable efficiencies. In order to thrive, it must seek to be both a benefit to society and a beacon of optimal performance. To assist enterprises like the Royal Mail, universities have to become even more adept at fueling innovation, preparing citizens for leadership and contributing to the ongoing rejuvenation of  the labour force.

Moya Greene was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group in July 2010.  She is a member of the Royal Mail Group Board of directors and also chairs the Chief Executive Committee, responsible for the management of the business and the development of the strategy.  Ms. Greene formerly sat on the boards of Tim Hortons Inc and Great West Life. Ms. Greene has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector. She also has a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service.

Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) - End of Year Celebration & Alumni Mixer March 30, 2017 @ Atkinson Building, Room 109
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On behalf of the Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) Executive team, you are invited to attend our networking event of the year!

The End of Year Celebration & Mixer will be held in the Atkinson Building, Room 109, on March 30, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Connect with students, and reconnect with professors, while expanding your network and meeting fellow HR alumni.

If you reflect on your own time as a student, you will understand how much today’s students would appreciate the chance to connect with alumni like you, and hear about the paths you have taken after graduation.

We hope you will offer your guidance to our students, and accept our invitation to get involved.

If you'd like to become an alumni volunteer, please email info@hrsayork.com.

Please RSVP to attend the mixer by March 25, 2017.

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This is a free event, but a reservation is required.

We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you on March 30th.

-The HRSA Executive Team

IT Student Association - Alumni Networking Mixer @ The Underground at the York University Student Centre
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The School of Information Technology (IT) and the IT Student Association would like to invite you to the York University IT Alumni Networking Mixer on March 30, 2017 at the Underground (located in the York University Student Centre) from 7PM to 9PM.

We would be delighted for you to attend the 7PM Mixer, and welcome you to attend the panel discussion happening at 5PM that will feature our guest speaker for the evening.

Refreshments and a drink ticket will be provided.

Please RSVP by Thursday March 23, 2017.

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We look forward to seeing you on March 30!

Mar
31
Fri
Biodiversity Development in Costa Rica - Daniel Janzen - 2017 Koerner Lecture @ 101 Life Sciences Building
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Superstar of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica, will give a talk titled “Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example” as the fourth annual Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation, presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

Where classical tropical national parks are gradually failing in many ways, the 165,000 hectare government/private hybrid ACG has a practical approach to tropical wild biodiversity conservation, with 35 years of success. Its basic principals contend conservation must be site- based and respond to the biological, social and economic reality of the region. Decisions must be taken at the regional level, the wilderness area must be visualized as a productive sector for the economy of the region and the country, and that quality conservation must be economically sustainable over time. ACG is testing and proving that biodiversity development is a viable way forward to protect vulnerable species and help local communities thrive, with eco-tourism, bio- diversity prospecting for medicine, carbon sequestration and more.

This free public lecture will share details of the ACG approach. Light refreshments will be available before and after the lecture (1:30 to 2:30pm and 3:30 to 4:30pm).

For more information and to RSVP, visit: fes.yorku.ca/event/koerner2017.

Apr
3
Mon
2017 Poster Day - Department of Psychology @ Vari Hall Rotunda
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Join us in the Vari Hall Rotunda at 10:30am on April 3, when our specialized honours and honours students will display posters of the research they have conducted over the year with individual faculty supervisors. Graduate students will interview students about their research, and will judge their posters and their explanations of the research they did.

The poster winners will be announced at 12:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Apr
6
Thu
Change Your World 2017 @ Vari Hall
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University invites high schools to Change Your World 2017.

Since 1968, FES has been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental well-being and social justice research that focuses directly within our natural, built, social, political, cultural and artistic environments. However, with each passing year, new challenges arise on our planet, within our world and in our local communities that the need to study our environment is more important than ever.

The goal of the Change Your World conference is to inspire youth in Ontario to be the next generation of environmentally active citizens. We welcome high school students and their teachers to this dynamic one-day conference that brings together youth and community organizations from across Ontario to discuss, collaborate and learn how to make sustainable and equitable change in our world.