Events at UBC Sauder

UBC Sauder's Last Lecture

last lecture

You are invited to UBC Sauder Last Lecture! Your graduation is a momentous occasion and this is an opportunity to celebrate this milestone and all of the accomplishments in your academic journey. Join your fellow UBC graduates online for this special event.

Hosted by Dean Helsley, this commemorative occasion includes a toast to the class by a faculty member recommended by you and an inspirational welcome address by UBC Sauder MBA alumna, President and CEO of Vancity, Christine Bergeron. You'll also get an introduction to the new opportunities and offerings available to you as a member of the UBC alumni community.

Celebrate with your fellow classmates and gain a thought-provoking perspective on the road ahead as you transition from student to alumni.

Event details

Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Time:  5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (PDT)
Register:  Click here to register

Register and sign up to receive an alumni welcome gift package after graduation (while quantities last). Bachelor of Commerce and Robert H. Lee graduate school students can also request a commemorative and complimentary copy of a special Globe & Mail newspaper with a full-page ad celebrating the UBC Sauder graduating class of 2021.

What has your UBC Sauder experience meant to you?

Memorialize your graduation by sharing your fondest UBC Sauder moments and letting us know what being a UBC Sauder student meant to you.

  • Send us photos and/or messages that capture your best UBC Sauder moments to be featured as part of the event.
  • Nominate a UBC Sauder professor to give the faculty toast.

Submit all photos, quotes and professor recommendations via the registration form by Sunday, May 9. Those who submit photos will be entered into a contest to win a $100 gift card to redeem from a wide selection of retailers. See contest rules.

About the speaker: Christine Bergeron

Christine Bergeron

Christine Bergeron

President and CEO, Vancity

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Christine believes that banking plays a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the wellbeing of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work.

Prior to becoming CEO, Christine held several senior leadership roles within Vancity, most recently serving as Vancity’s Chief Member Services Officer, leading the Member Experience & Community Engagement division. In this role, Christine oversaw services to Vancity’s over half a million members, including its branch network and retail, business, commercial and wealth management operations. She also led the credit union’s community impact and investment strategies.

Christine’s achievements in fostering community impact, social justice and environmental sustainability have earned her accolades from Business in Vancouver magazine, which included her in its 2007 “Top 40 Under 40” list. In 2012, the Association of Women in Finance gave her the Rising Star award, and in 2017 Clean50 awards recognized her for her dedication to sustainability.

Prior to joining Vancity, Christine’s career involved working in early stage venture capital, public markets and broadly with entrepreneurs; financing innovative companies and building financial firms – all focused within the cleantech, sustainability and impact investing sectors.

Christine chairs the board of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, is a board member of Aviso Wealth, and is on the Board of Governors for the BC Business Council. Christine also represents North America on the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Banking Board.

Christine pursued post-secondary education at the University of Guelph and UBC, earning a B.A. in sociology and MBA in Strategic Management.

In her free time, Christine enjoys exploring all Vancouver has to offer with her family and especially enjoys running, hiking, skiing and cycling. She is passionate about education, democracy, social trends and empowering people to be the best they can be.

Join us on June 1st at 5:00 p.m. (PDT)


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