Burnaby North is happy to invite a number of different speakers on a variety of topics. We encourage community and business leaders to host a talk with our students about local projects, unique learning opportunities, community connections or innovative thinking. The ultimate goal of our Speaker Series is to create a school with “thin walls”, to create fluid connections to happens within the building to what occurs in the world around us.

Upcoming Speakers:

Rescheduled – TBA Nabil Karim: TSN Anchor Nabil Karim is a former Burnaby student and current anchor on TSN. He has been an anchor on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE since 2011, bringing viewers the most up-to-date news from the world of sports, with highlights and comprehensive game reports. Since joining TSN, Karim has also covered a number of major sporting events, including the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, as well as UEFA EURO 2012. Karim also hosted TSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Karim’s broadcasting career also includes covering the 2011 Stanley Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Nabil will be speaking to Burnaby North students regarding sports, broadcasting and the journey that took him from Moscrop Secondary to his current role on TSN.

Past Speakers:

2017-2018 School Year

Feb 13 – Block 4 Julia Taffe: Choreographer & Artistic Director of Aeriosa – Vertical Dance Company Choreographer Julia Taffe combines art, environment and adventure, making dances for buildings, mountains, neighbourhoods, theatres and trees, finding new movement perspectives in the realm of suspension. Julia is the artistic director of Aeriosa, a Vancouver-based vertical dance company. She has choreographed over 25 works on location including: Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish BC, Taipei City Hall, Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Vancouver Library Square, Banff Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre and Toronto’s 58-storey L Tower. Prior to founding Aeriosa, Julia performed across Canada with Ruth Cansfield, and around the world with Bandaloop. Julia attained ACMG Rock Guide certification in 1997. She has worked as a co-producer, choreographer, cast member, stunt performer, mountain safety rigger and creative movement consultant on various film and television productions in Canada and abroad. Trees are Portals is a very special collaboration bringing together Aeriosa aerial dancers and Spakwus Slulem Sea Going Canoe Family members in Stanley Park. The oldest trees in the park were witnesses to centuries of celebration and ceremony in the ancient Coast Salish village of X̱wáýx̱way. They are connectors, living portals who will hold the memories of our songs and dances when we too are gone.
Feb 2 – Block 3 Lindsey Williamson Christy: Project Director
Capcom Game Studio Vancouver
Lindsey will be talking about the video game industry. In particular, game development & production, testing, and design. Throughout Lindsey’s career, she has worked on films such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Wrath of the Titans and Iron Man 3. She has worked on many video games as well, such as The Hulk, Prototype and Dead Rising 4.
Nov 28 Amy Fox: Creator of The Switch Creator Amy Fox and others from the production will be talking about completing film projects, self-promotion, general film-making, completing projects about/with underrepresented groups and LGBTQ+ representation.
Nov 27 Markus Fahrner: Port Moody Heritage Museum Markus, the Museum’s Coordinator, will be coming in to talk to Ms. Lehtonen’s SS 10 Art Enriched class about immigration and local stories. He is hoping to have students help do an Immigration Exhibit telling local stories by going through artifacts, archives, and personal museum pieces.
Nov 3 Daniel Rotman: Recycling Alternative This is the story of what happens after you put your waste in the bin. We will explore the supply chain from the point of collection to the point of “end fate,” or where the material is ready to be used in manufacturing again. We’ll cover the general process for garbage and recycling.
With Recycling Alternative, Daniel oversees customer engagement and education programs, waste analysis, audits and reports. He employs his background in Cognitive Science and Conflict Resolution to include social psychology and community based social marketing (CBSM) in customer training and information sessions, recycling programs, systems assessment and change management. Daniel is also co-facilitator and co-creator of the Master Recycler Vancouver program where he teaches adults about waste prevention and reduction. Prior to joining Recycling Alternative Daniel managed the LightRecycle stewardship program for Product Care Association of Canada.

2016-2017 School Year

May 17, 2017 Paula Brown: BCIT Health Sciences Paula will discuss BCIT’s Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG), which addresses issues of product quality, process improvement and human health using basic and applied science along with state of the art technology.
May 15, 2017 James Albright: BCIT Applied Research Applied Research at BCIT allows people to work on creating new technologies in a number of different markets. Technology Transfer is the process of realizing the value of intellectual property, often by licensing the new technology to an existing company or by creating a company dedicated to taking research to market. Commercialization revenues (if they exist) are shared between BCIT, inventors and clients.
April 18, 2017 Joey Dabell: BCIT Applied Research Joey will explain BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Research. This is the story of how BCIT is investing and experimenting in alternative energy sources, such as their Smart Microgrid, which powers electric cars, security phones and surrounding buildings.
April 6, 2017 Kim Dotto: BCIT Computing & IT Applied Research (Computing) – Kim will host North students on a tour of BCIT Applied Research, which shows how innovation and experimentation happens in a real-life “think tank” environment.
Mar 30, 2017 Staff from North Burnaby Neighbourhood House Spoke to students about the importance of community and the possibilities and opportunities available in our community.
Nov 7, 2016 General Fusion Students toured the General Fusion workplace and explored the possibilities for clean, safe, abundant and on-demand alternatives for power generation.
Sept 26, 2016 Bassem Tawfik: Architect with KMBR & Parent of a BNSS student Modern Learning Spaces – Bassem spoke to students about design considerations for modern learning spaces and the implications on schools. Bassem used the current project designs for a proposed redevelopment of the Burnaby North site.