The Hagey Lectures

Waterloo's premier invitational public lecture series since 1970, the Hagey Lectures – named after the university's first president – are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo.

The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University, but all members of this community.

News

The 2021 Hagey Lecture featuring Mark Jaccard, one of Canada’s foremost thinkers on climate change policy and economics, is now available to watch online. Jaccard’s thought-provoking talk focused on four key challenges to decarbonization, two elements of a simple path forward, and four barriers to overcome in order to achieve the simple path. 

The Hagey Lectures Committee is pleased to announced that the 2021 Hagey Lecture will be delivered by Mark Jaccard on October 27, 2021. Jaccard, a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, will speak about how climate-concerned citizens can overcome myths that hinder us from acting in time to prevent extreme climate impacts.

The committee and Jaccard are hopeful that the event, originally scheduled for September 2020, will have a small in-person audience in addition to a livestream. Details about the format of the event will be decided in early fall.

The Hagey Lectures are an invitational lecture series jointly sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo and have been held almost every year since 1970.

In the 2019 Hagey Lecture, Professor John Borrows blends Anishinaabe stories, language, theories and practices with analysis of Canadian law to illustrate the possibilities and limits of the seven grandmother/grandfather teachings: love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty and respect.

John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria.