The Changing Face of Science
Kelowna Secondary School
Kelowna, BC: Friday, October 19th, 2018
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. David G. Harper
Dr. David G. (Dave) Harper is a science educator, researcher, and technology CEO. Educated from K to Ph.D. in BC, he is an advocate for education, science and technology, diversity and inclusiveness, environmental sustainability, and is passionate about the importance of critical reasoning and healthy skepticism.
Dave is a graduate of Carson Graham High School in North Vancouver and holds a BSc. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in mathematical biofluiddynamics, and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the University of Cambridge in comparative physiology. He is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he teaches courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Contemporary Health issues.
As a Visiting Scientist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, Terry Fox Lab, his current research focuses on the therapeutic benefits of ketogenic diets for women with metastatic breast cancer. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition and has just completed a book about the new science of nutrition called BioDiet: What the Science Says.
Dave is also active in the science and business communities in BC. He is the CEO of the Discovery Foundation, whose mandate is to foster the development and sustainability of the technology sector in BC, with a particular focus on promoting diversity and inclusiveness. He is the President of Pacific BioVentures, a technology business consulting company, and author of the best-selling book, Investing in Biotech: How to Profit from the Biopharmaceutical Revolution.
For three years, Dave was the co-host of the radio program, Think for Yourself, a current-affairs show about healthy skepticism and critical reasoning.
Dave will draw on his personal journey to share how change creates opportunity that can benefit ourselves, our students, and our society.