Events

McGill is bringing its celebrated researchers and experts on the road, showcasing the work and ideas of our academic leaders: from breakthroughs in neuroscience to global health, from rebalancing societies to the challenges of a more sustainable world. Take part in a Road to 200 event near you.
 

STEVEN PINKER AND JENNIFER WELSH IN CONVERSATION
Join bestselling author and experimental psychologist Steven Pinker , BA'76, DSc'99, in conversation with McGill professor and international relations scholar Jennifer Welsh from the Max Bell School of Public Policy. Pinker will address some of the key elements in his latest work, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
NEW YORK: May 16, 2019 REGISTER NOW

CAN A PROFESSOR, A STUDENT & A CEO BUILD US A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE?
Join us for an exciting panel discussion about sustainability led by Dr. Heather McShane of the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative. The panel includes: Professor Audrey Moores, an expert in green chemistry who has made biodegradable plastic using lobster shells; Aude Bechu a PhD student who is exploring ways of reducing the impact of discarded technology; and Donald Bubar, BSc’77, an alumnus using sustainable methods for mining rare materials.
TORONTO: April 24, 2019 REGISTER NOW

WHICH MEDIA CAN BE TRUSTED IN THE DIGITAL AGE?
What is the future of credibility for journalists and news organizations in the era of so-called 'fake news'? Can journalists be usefully and objectively rated? Should they require professional accreditation? How effective, if at all, are any of the numerous "trust projects" that are currently underway? Join us for a special panel discussion, co-hosted by McGill's new Max Bell School of Public Policy, with Tony Keller, Editorial Page Editor at the Globe and Mail, David Skok, CEO and Editor-in-Chief at The Logic, and moderator Andrew Potter, Associate Professor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
TORONTO: November 27, 2018 PAST EVENT

HOW CAN THE AI REVOLUTION CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Doina Precup and Joelle Pineau, two of the co-directors of McGill's Reasoning and Learning Lab, invite you to join them for a fascinating discussion about artificial intelligence, Canada's growing reputation as a 'deep learning' hub, and the potential for AI to change almost every aspect of our lives including new medical treatments, new assistive robots, intelligent modes of transportation, and more. Both are newly appointed directors of major new AI research labs in Montreal - Professor Precup for Google's DeepMind and Professor Pineau for Facebook.
VANCOUVER: November 21, 2018
CALGARY: November 22, 2018 PAST EVENT

CAN BIG DATA HELP EXPLAIN HOW OUR BRAINS WORK?
Join five leading researchers from the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health as they share five-minute presentations on how their projects are shaping our understanding of our brains, and what important discoveries their work might yield. This will be followed by a panel discussion delving deeper into the impact on mental health, and the implications for our society. 
MONTREAL: November 13, 2018 PAST EVENT

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT CONCUSSIONS?
Mild traumatic brain injuries are among the most common neurological conditions, afflicting up to 3.8 million Americans a year, according to some estimates. And yet there is a pressing need for more education and awareness of the symptoms and the important interventions required following a concussion. Join us as we bring together McGill experts for a timely discussion about the diagnosis and long-term effects of concussions, and how McGill research is changing the way we think about brain injuries.
BOSTON: October 23, 2018 PAST EVENT
NEW YORK: October 24, 2018 PAST EVENT

HOW CAN WE SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THIS AGE OF GLOBAL TURMOIL?
In an era of unprecedented upheaval and deep political polarization, questions about global trade, peace, security, and rapid technological change pose serious threats to social harmony and economic prosperity. McGill University and its new Max Bell School of Public Policy invite you to join a prestigious panel of experts for a provocative discussion about pressing social and economic issues, the inherent challenges facing the community of nations, and the role that universities might play in helping us forge a path through these trying times.
LONDON: October 2, 2018 PAST EVENT
 

IS McGILL READY TO TAKE SPACE DISCOVERY TO NEW HEIGHTS? (CALGARY)
Home to its own Space Institute and alma mater to more astronauts than any other Canadian university, McGill has played an outsized role in Canada's contribution to space exploration and research. Alumni, friends and students are invited to join us as we bring together two astronauts and one of the planet's leading astrophysicists on a star-studded panel to examine some of the biggest challenges we face in the quest for knowledge about our universe and beyond.
CALGARY: June 19, 2018 PAST EVENT


IS McGILL READY TO TAKE SPACE DISCOVERY TO NEW HEIGHTS? (VANCOUVER)
Home to its own Space Institute and alma mater to more astronauts than any other Canadian university, McGill has played an outsized role in Canada's contribution to space exploration and research. Alumni, friends and students are invited to join us as we bring together two astronauts and one of the planet's leading astrophysicists on a star-studded panel to examine some of the biggest challenges we face in the quest for knowledge about our universe and beyond.
VANCOUVER: June 18, 2018 PAST EVENT


DO McGILL GRADUATES GET THE BEST SUPPORTING ROLES IN HOLLYWOOD?
LOS ANGELES: May 24, 2018
Join host Rick Levy, BA'89, Partner & General Counsel, ICM Partners along with guests Howard Davine, BA'79, Executive Vice President, ABC Studios, and Alexandra Loewy, BA'00, President, US Film Operations, Working Title Pictures, for a unique look at the entertainment business, the impact of digital technology and other industry changes, and how their McGill experience prepared them for living, working and thriving in Hollywood.
LOS ANGELES: May 24, 2018 PAST EVENT


ARE THE VIEWS FROM TRUMP TOWER BAD FOR NEW YORKERS?
From domestic taxation to global security, the Trump administration has consistently highlighted that national interests will be paramount in U.S. policy decisions. But what does this really mean for the day-to-day lives of New Yorkers? Join the Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy, Chris Ragan, the school's Advisory Board Co-Chairman Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Co, Laura Dawson, Director of the Canada Institute in Washington D.C., and Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, at this special event.
NEW YORK: April 10, 2018 PAST EVENT
 

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM OUR YEAR OF LIVING TRUMPISHLY?
Internationally-acclaimed American presidential historian, author and McGill history professor Gil Troy looks back at the tumultuous first year of the Trump presidency, what it means, and what we might expect in the year ahead.
BOSTON: April 9, 2018 PAST EVENT


WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL CULINARY CAREER? AN EVENING WITH GAIL SIMMONS
NEW YORK: November 29, 2017 PAST EVENT
Join the McGill Alumni Association of New York for their annual holiday party, featuring foodie extraordinaire Gail Simmons, BA'98, from the Top Chef  TV show, who will discuss how she turned her passion for food into a successful career, along with the challenges that women face in a traditionally male-dominated food industry.
 

LA TARIFICATION DU CARBONE : VRAIMENT UTILE DANS LA LUTTE CONTRE LES CHANGEMENTS CLIMATIQUES? WILL CARBON PRICING REALLY ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE?
PARIS: October 4, 2017 PAST EVENT
President Emmanuel Macron has called for increased carbon pricing in Europe to encourage clean energy solutions and a commitment to “Make our planet great again.” Join McGill’s Christopher Ragan, Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, who will discuss the fight against climate change and the role carbon pricing can play in it.
 

TORONTO DEMO DAY - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT McGILL
TORONTO: October 3, 2017 PAST EVENT
McGill Alumni and the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship present this special event showcasing student startup companies and dynamic McGill entrepreneurs, while highlighting programs and support for entrepreneurship at the University.
 

IS CANADA READY FOR LEGALIZED MARIJUANA?
TORONTO: April 5, 2017 PAST EVENT
Join McGill Chancellor Michael Meighen, BA'60, for a provocative discussion with moderator Jonathan Kay, BEng'92, MEng'94, Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus magazine, and a panel of experts who will explore the health, economic and legal ramifications associated with the proposed legalization of marijuana in Canada.


CAN OUR UPBRINGING CHANGE OUR GENES?
New York: March 29, 2017 PAST EVENT
Professor Michael Meaney, one of the world’s foremost experts on epigenetics and neuroscience, will discuss his pioneering research and explain how environmental factors in childhood can affect the risk of mental illness later in life.
 

WILL THE WORLD RUN OUT OF FOOD?
VANCOUVER: March 1, 2017 PAST EVENT
With a population of over seven billion people, feeding the whole world has become an enormous task. Join a panel of leading scientists and agronomists as they discuss feeding a rapidly expanding world in a sustainable way, and how we can grow agricultural development while preserving our planet.

WILL THE WORLD RUN OUT OF FOOD?
CALGARY: February 28, 2017 PAST EVENT
With a population of over seven billion people, feeding the whole world has become an enormous task. Join a panel of leading scientists and agronomists as they discuss feeding a rapidly expanding world in a sustainable way, and how we can grow agricultural development while preserving our planet.

WILL THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION BE GREEN?
SAN FRANCISCO: January 30, 2017  PAST EVENT
Join us for a fascinating presentation with Associate Professor Audrey Moores, one of McGill's leading researchers in the emerging field of green chemistry, as she showcases some of the innovative ways in which scientists are using biomass-based materials and cleaner synthetic methods to reduce pollution and contribute to a more sustainable planet.

WILL THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION BE GREEN?
LOS ANGELES: January 28, 2017  PAST EVENT
Join us for a fascinating presentation with Associate Professor Audrey Moores, one of McGill's leading researchers in the emerging field of green chemistry, as she showcases some of the innovative ways in which scientists are using biomass-based materials and cleaner synthetic methods to reduce pollution and contribute to a more sustainable planet.

WHY ARE 7 MILLION CANADIANS AT GREATER RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE?
MONTREAL: November 24, 2016 PAST EVENT
Join McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier and Dr. Paul Allison, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, as they welcome a panel of experts who will discuss the growing body of evidence linking dental diseases to general health conditions, such as diabetes and pneumonia, and the barriers facing the estimated seven million Canadians who are unable to access dental care. Read Paul Allison's op-ed on this topic in the Montreal Gazette.

EBOLA, ZIKA, WEST NILE VIRUS… ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT RISK?
NEW YORK: November 10, 2016 PAST EVENT
Please join us in New York as a panel of global health experts from McGill discusses growing concerns around pandemic infections, and explains why the current refugee crisis and lack of adequate access to healthcare are putting everyone at risk. Learn how you can make a meaningful contribution in addressing these pressing issues.
 

IS CAPITALISM THE CURE OR THE CAUSE?
TORONTO: October 20, 2016 PAST EVENT
Professor Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management, will discuss the themes in his latest book, Rebalancing Society, arguing against an overbearing private sector in favour of a healthy society that balances a public sector of respected governments, a private sector of responsible enterprises, and a plural sector of robust associations.