Scroll down for video highlights and summaries of past MP Breakfast Connections.
MP Breakfast Connections is a monthly breakfast speaker series hosted by MP Joyce Murray on Friday mornings at Enigma Restaurant.
MP Murray aims to provide an accessible forum to network and meet other members of the community, and the opportunity to learn and engage current policy issues with leading experts in a non-partisan setting.
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June MP Breakfast Connections – “The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities”
June’s MP Breakfast Connections featured former Vancouver city councilor Peter Ladner speaking about his new book The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities.
May MP Breakfast Connections: A Banker’s Perspective on a Sustainable Economy
This month’s breakfast was a dialogue between MP Joyce Murray and Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity, about building a sustainable economy in Canada.
April MP Breakfast Connections: The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal – Economic Benefit or Liability for Canada?
This month our invited speaker was Robyn Allan, respected independent economist and former head of ICBC. Ms. Allan presented her analysis of Enbridge’s own business case submitted to the National Energy Board – click here to see her speaking notes for the presentation.
VIDEO: Robyn Allan on the Economics of the Northern Gateway Pipeline
February MP Breakfast Connections: Are We Too Complacent about the State of Learning?
Our invited speaker was Dr. Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning based in Ottawa. Dr. Cappon is a lifelong education advocate, prominent doctor, and author of numerous publications on learning and community medicine.
Dr. Cappon will shared highlights of the council’s final report. The report raises alarms about Canada’s slide down the international learning curve, how ongoing decline in student achievement represents lost opportunities for Canada’s youth, and will undermine Canada’s economic competitiveness in the future.
January MP Breakfast Connections — Impact of Climate Change on World Oceans — Unthinkable!
Our invited speaker was Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of UBC Fisheries Centre who recently attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban. He explained the repercussions of inaction on climate change to the future of our oceans and to global fisheries, which are already in decline.
Dr. Sumaila also discussed the impact declining global fisheries will have on human welfare and global food security. Low-income food-deficit countries will be hit the hardest by a future shortage of fish caused by climate change, and those who can least afford it will lose their livelihoods and food sources.
Dr. Sumaila emphasized that it is not too late – but we need to take action now! To secure the future of global fisheries, we need to push for the mitigation of greenhouse emissions wherever possible, and Canada needs to take a leadership role in developing climate change adaption strategies.
November MP Breakfast Connections: Raising Healthy Kids – What does Society Need to Know to Help Our Children Thrive?
Our invited speaker was Dr. Clyde Hertzman, UBC Professor and internationally acclaimed researcher on early childhood development. He has gathered wide-ranging evidence to support the idea that what happens to children during their early years is important to lifelong health and well-being. See the video of Dr. Hertzman’s presentation below.
November MP Breakfast Connections: Canada’s Conservative Crime Agenda
Our November MP Breakfast Connections featured Dr. Robert Gordon, Professor and Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, speaking about the Conservative government’s controversial Crime Bill C-10. This was the most well-attended MP Breakfast event yet! See the video of Dr. Gordon’s presentation below.