Michael Geist (1996-1997, Dalhousie University to Columbia University) is our 'Fulbrighter of the Month' for October. Dr. Geist was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He was also awarded an IP3 Award by Public Knowledge, a Washington-based public interest group that defends the rights of citizens in the emerging digital culture. “Both awards came as a surprise,” Geist said in an interview with Fulbright Canada. “For a Canadian to be recognized with the IP3 Award is an exciting thing. It highlights the fact that many of the policy issues that we face in Canada are similar to those in the United States. I think that there is a real opportunity for people who are active on social policy issues on both sides of the border to collaborate with one another.”

Once a Fulbrighter, always a Fulbrighter. This is without a doubt the motto of Fulbright Canada’s first 'Fulbrighter of the Month', Dr. Kris Bulcroft. A Fulbright Canada Scholar from 1995-1996 (Western Washington University to the University of British Columbia), Bulcroft recently returned to Canada as the newest President of Capilano University in British Columbia.

Bulcroft, who was Fulbrighter to Slovakia before her Fulbright year in Canada, also served as an adjudicator for Fulbright proposals for Central Europe. In an interview with Fulbright Canada, Bulcroft spoke about why she has always believed in staying involved as a repeat alumni of the Fulbright program, and how she is grateful for the opportunity to be back in Canada once again: “I did not think that my career path was going to lead me back to Vancouver, but lucky enough for me, it did!”

“Cyberspace Confidential”

Published in the Globe and Mail.  Saturday, August 7, 2010.

There’s a story about a 1960s British intelligence chief who was so frustrated and confused by the proliferation of meaningless acronyms and code names for spying missions that he turned to an assistant and asked in exasperation: “Now, just what on earth does this KUWAIT refer to?”

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Canada has another chance.

In June, when Canada played host to the leaders of the G20 in Toronto, along with the EU and remaining 18 member countries that constitute the group, it failed to seize an important opportunity. If the G20 ever hopes to play a key role in global governance, it needs a permanent home. A secretariat focused on the longer-term challenges to the global community would go some way in healing the growing divisions that emerged in Toronto between G20 members. Canada, one of the original founders of the G20 in 1999 when it was a group of finance ministers, is perfectly positioned to host the secretariat. More importantly, the world needs it to… read more

The North-South Institute recently held an event to honour their outgoing president of 15 years, and 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Roy Culpepper.  The event was held at the Museum of Civilization in Toronto and featured such distinguished guests as Hon. Flora MacDonald, the Hon. John MacCallum, and Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President and CEO of the Museum of Civilization.  For more information, please visit the North-South Institute website.

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