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November 14, 2018

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

All Day Financial Wellness Week (Multi-Day Event)

Nov. 12 to 16 is Financial Wellness Week. Keep your eyes peeled for Wellness Locus and Mackenzie pop up events all over campus.

  • Wellness Centre
  • All Day Mexico City Field Course Information Session (Multi-Day Event)
    Find out how you can spend part of your summer in Mexico City learning about refugees and migration. This event is part of International Education Week.
  • Laurier International
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM The Power of Indigenous Students' International Exchange Experience
    This panel discussion will focus on the values, opportunities, impacts and challenges of international education for the Indigenous student. Moderated by Erin Hodson, Laurier's Indigenous Curriculum Specialist This discussion is sponsored by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Services and Laurier International, and is presented as part of International Education Week.
  • Laurier International
  • Office of Indigenous Initiatives
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM International Opportunities Fair

    The International Opportunities Fair will showcase the variety of ways Laurier students can broaden their horizons through international experiences. Learn more about our exchange partners, international volunteer and internship opportunities, faculty-led programs abroad and summer cultural excursions. Presented as part of International Education Week.

  • Laurier International
  • 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM People Make History Guest Speaker Series Fall 2018

    Come on out to hear James Bartleman, former Canadian diplomat of 40 years, former Lt. Governor of Ontario, and current author and writer in this afternoon guest lecture: Social Justice Fiction: Championing Indigenous Children. Growing up in the Muskoka town of Port Carling, and being a member of the Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation, he will be talking about issues related to Indigenous rights and concerns in Canada. Thirty extra seats are available in this classroom. His books, which include such accredited works such as As Long as the Rivers Flow (2011) will also be sold and signed outside the room.

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Chilling With Dogs - IN THE CHAPEL

    Join us for Chilling With Dogs – a time to de-stress with our four-legged friends!

  • Martin Luther University College
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Intro to Sewing

    Learn the basics of how to thread a sewing machine, basic techniques and how the machine works, as well as how to troubleshoot common problems. Please email Madi Mackenzie to register for this workshop.

    For a complete calendar of our workshops and space availability, visit our public Google Calendar.

  • Library
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Revolutionize Problem Solving with Design Thinking

    Looking for a new way to approach challenges? Join our free webinar featuring Laurier alumna Jennifer McDougall and learn how design thinking can revolutionize problem-solving methods. Registration is required:

  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM Midday Pause
    Join us for a brief pause hosted by MDiv students of Martin Luther University College. Prayers, reflections and readings from various faith traditions. 
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Go Abroad Student Panel

    Hear from students who have had wonderful experiences abroad through Laurier. Participating students have experiences in Ghana, Englad, Mexico, El Salvador and more! This event is part of International Education Week.

  • Laurier International
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Three Pillars of Data Science

    About the Speaker

    Cameron Davidson-Pilon has worked in many areas of applied statistics, from the evolutionary dynamics of genes to modelling of financial prices. His contributions to the community include lifelines, an implementation of survival analysis in Python, lifetimes and Bayesian Methods for Hackers, an open source book and printed book on Bayesian analysis.

    His previous education was at Laurier, the University of Waterloo and the Independent University of Moscow. He currently works as a Director of Data Science at Shopify in Ottawa, Ontario.


    In this talk, I'll describe what I see the three pillars of data science are, and specifically how data scientists often fail at one of these pillars: causal inference. I'll provide three examples of where understanding causal inference has been necessary. The first example is a classic causal inference result on a dataset involving infant mortality and birth weight. The example more generally applies as a cautionary lesson to anyone doing analytics. The second example is a showcase of causal inference being used at Shopify to answer million-dollar questions about shopping behaviour. Finally, the third example is an application to fairness and unbiasedness in production machine learning systems.

    Learn more about this event on the MS2Discovery website. For more information please visit our events page

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • Faculty of Science
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Door - Abrahamic Faiths Celebration

    When tragedy happens in he midst of our faith communities, we need to address our sorrow and anger, but move forward celebrating God’s presence among us and all the world.

    Join the Open Door Abrahamic Faiths celebration. This gathering includes the Laurier Singers, under the direction of Lee Willingham, as well as music, Scriptures and payers from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  All are welcome.


    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM GMAT Math Refresher - Toronto Campus

    Need a little help in getting back up to speed on core GMAT or GRE math concepts? The Laurier MBA has teamed up with Quantum Test Prep to provide a FREE GMAT math refresher! Register for this event at

    If you are rusty at Math, have some ‘Math anxiety’, or just want to brush up & review your basic Math skills, then we strongly recommend you attend this class.

    The Quantum Pre-GMAT Math Refresher class is designed to help you build a strong foundation in the basic Math skills required on the GMAT exam.

    The workshop is located at Laurier’s Toronto MBA campus at Vantage Venues (formerly St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre).

  • Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cannabis Legalization Lecture

    On Oct. 17, 2018, after a century of prohibition, cannabis will be legalized in Canada. This lecture will overview the psychological and biological effects of recreational and medicinal cannabis, and discuss new cannabis laws and anticipated outcomes of legalization.

    Speaker: Bruce McKay, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM People Make History Guest Speaker Series Fall 2018
    Come on out to hear James Bartleman, former Canadian diplomat of 40 years, former Lt. Governor of Ontario, and current author and writer in this evening guest lecture titled Making a Difference Diplomatically. 

    Listen and ask questions related to his talk regarding his numerous experiences and postings as a Canadian diplomat over his extensive career. Sixty extra seats are available in this classroom. His books, including those related to his diplomatic career (On Six Continents (2004) and Rollercoaster: My Hectic Years as Jean Chrétien's Diplomatic Advisor (2005)), will also be sold and signed at the event.

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Security Challenges in the Indo-Pacific Region
    This open lecture is presented by Dr. Dalbir Ahlawat, an expert on strategic and security affairs with a focus on Asia. This event is part of International Education Week.
  • Laurier International
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Student Composer Series
    Join us for an evening of music composed by our talented student composers. Let them introduce you to the future of new music with this exciting mix of repertoire.

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