2023 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

Join us on Nov 7, 2023

For an expanded, anniversary edition of the
2023 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture
with Dr. Samantha Nutt

Plus a
Social Innovation Showcase & Networking Forum

Dr. Samantha Nutt
Social innovator, physician, global affairs expert, and
Founder & President, War Child Canada & War Child USA

2023 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
6 to 9:30 PM

5:45 PM Doors open for the Social Innovation Showcase
7:00 PM Tory Lecture by Dr. Samantha Nutt
8:30 PM Networking Forum

Two ways to attend:

In Person at
Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre and Atrium
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton

Register for FREE tickets here:
Or register to watch online via Zoom here:

The Social Innovation Showcase & Networking Forum is sponsored by:

Chancellor and Senate
Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

2023 Community Connections Awards

On May 15, 2023 the Friends were honoured to receive the 2023 Community Connections Award: U of A Advocate Award. We are proud of the many volunteers and the countless hours of work over the past 80 years to engage the community with #UAlberta.

As University president Bill Flanagan wrote “The University of Alberta Community Connections Awards honour those who have shared their expertise, time, and energy for the benefit of the public good.” The Friends are proud to be counted amoungst the honourees.

In the top photograph, from left to right using Twitter handles: @ElanMacDonald @AndrewKnack @PGarritty @mighty580AM @BFlanaganUofA
Photo credit: T. Cruz

Cool sculpture; difficult to photograph! Many Friends were in attendance for the lovely ceremony in Edmonton city hall. Our president Ken Regan accepted the award. We also had an opportunity to meet the other recipients and learn of their achievements too.
Community Scholar: Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Professor, Faculty Of Native Studies and
Community Leader: Dr. Monty Ghosh

More info here: https://www.ualberta.ca/external-relations/projects-initiatives/community-connections-awards/honorees.html

Here’s to another 80 years!

When protective clothing becomes smart and sustainable.

Patricia Dolez

When protective clothing becomes smart and sustainable.

Tue, 28 Mar 2023
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00-7:30 PM Speaker + Q&A

Arcadia Brewing Co.
10712 120 St NW Edmonton (View on map)

Originally, protective garments were designed and assessed solely based on their protective function. Then, a new paradigm emerged over the last 20 years: a good protective garment should provide the right balance between protection and comfort. However, these two aspects most often conflict each other. New technologies, including nanotechnologies and smart textiles, could provide a second wind to protective clothing and allow them to further improve both their protective function and their comfort. Patricia Dolez will take us through the strange and wonderful world of shear thickening fluids, phase change materials, wearable electronics and textile electrodes, chemichromic compounds, solvent-specific resistive sensors, and high performance fibers.

Patricia Dolez, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Science (ALES) at the University of Alberta, is a researcher in materials science with expertise in textiles, polymers, and composites. Patricia’s research interests are in nanotechnologies, smart textiles and textile sustainability with industrial applications in protective clothing, personal protective equipment and other textile and flexible material products.

Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta to provide engaging learning opportunities delivered by U of A researchers in a causal setting – like a bar. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content!

2022 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

The Friends of the University of Alberta is pleased to welcome environmental journalist Arno Kopecky to deliver the 2022 Tory Lecture.

The Tyranny of Freedom:
On human prosperity and the limits of our biosphere

2022 Tory Lecture
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM Edmonton

Two ways to attend:

In Person: Register on Eventbrite here

Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton
Doors open at 6:30pm.

The Tory Lecture is a mask friendly event.
Patrons are enthusiastically supported in their choice to wear a mask. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please follow AHS guidelines regarding testing and isolating, and stay home if you are sick.

Online: Register on Zoom here

Abstract: Contrary to the impression one gets from the headlines, most of humanity is better off today than ever before. Unelected despots are outnumbered by democratic governments, while technology has transformed daily life into something our ancestors could only have regarded as a parade of miracles. But as the 21st century gathers steam, so does the flip side of progress. Climate change now marks the leading edge of an ecological crisis that’s thrown the global village into turmoil. In the 2022 Tory Lecture, Arno Kopecky will discuss how the conflicting signals of a relentless news cycle have common roots in the 20th century’s unprecedented burst of resource extraction – and why, despite all the dour headlines, there’s still reason for hope.

Bio: Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author who writes about the confluence of culture, politics and ecosystems. A regular contributor to The Globe And Mail, The Walrus, Alberta Views, The Tyee, Canada’s National Observer, and other publications, his dispatches have covered four continents over the past twenty years. He has reported on Iceland’s attempt to become the first oil-free country on earth, the devastation Cyclone Nargis wrought on Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, Kenya’s brush with civil war in 2008, and the impact of Free Trade Agreements between North America and the global South. A child of Edmonton who now lives in Vancouver, he has spent much of the last decade focusing on western Canadian affairs with a view to their international context.

Kopecky has also written three books of literary journalism: The Devil’s Curve, which examined the impact of Canadian mining companies in the Amazon basin; The Oil Man And The Seabased on his 5-month sailing expedition through BC’s central coast, where he chronicled the rich history of coastal First Nations and their fight to keep oil tankers out of the Great Bear Rainforest; and most recently, The Environmentalist’s Dilemma, a collection of reported essays exploring a central paradox of our times: how can it be that humanity’s standard of living keeps going up while the biosphere collapses all around us?