David Suzuki to Speak at Annual Ewert Lecture

November 20, 2006
Nationally renowned environmentalist and scientist, David Suzuki, will speak at the 3rd annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Dinner on January 27, 2007.

Titled, The Challenge of the 21st Century: Rediscovering the Human Place in the World, Dr. Suzuki’s talk will be the highlight of the event, which is a fundraiser for the Northern Medical Programs Trust. Other activities will be the induction of three pioneering physicians into the Northern Medical Hall of Fame, an introduction of the third group of Northern Medical Program students, and a dance featuring Big Band music. The annual Dr. Bob Ewert memorial lecture, dinner, and dance is presented annually by the Northern Medical Society, the Prince George Community Foundation, UNBC, and the Northern Medical Programs Trust (NMPT).

Tickets to the Ewert event are $100 each, with 50% eligible for a charitable receipt issued by UNBC. Tickets are available from the Office of University Advancement, which is located in UNBC’s Downtown BMO Bank of Montreal Centre at 3rd and Quebec Street. Alternatively, contact the Office at 960-5750 or email devoff@unbc.ca.

The NMPT is a partnership involving UNBC and more than two-dozen northern communities to support students in the Northern Medical Program. To date, about $3.8 million has been raised, towards the goal of $6 million. During last year’s Ewert lecture, the first pay-outs from the Trust were made to 49 NMP students. They each received $500.

Dr. David Suzuki is a well-known and controversial commentator on scientific and environmental issues. He has written 43 books, founded the radio program Quirks and Quarks, and produced a number of television documentaries. He is most well-known, however, as host of the long-running CBC television program, The Nature of Things. He has a PhD in Zoology and is the recipient of 18 honorary doctoral degrees. He is Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, which – since 1990 – has focused on oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, and sustainability.

Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC – 250.960.5622