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May 8, 2008
Action needed on border crossing delays
Federal Minister of Industry Jim Prentice says enhanced security measures at the U.S. border are causing mounting delays for Canadian businesses trying to ship goods – making it difficult to attain either security or prosperity. Prentice made the complaint during a speech in Washington in a bid to prompt the U.S. to invest more funds in border infrastructure and speed up border crossing. SFU political scientist Alexander Moens specializes in security and U.S. – Canada relations and can comment on the issue.

Alexander Moens, 778.782.4361; alexander_moens@sfu.ca

Polar bears, seaweed and beetles, oh my!
Top ecologists from across Canada will gather in Vancouver May 11-14 for the third annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, co-hosted by Simon Fraser University, UBC and the University of Victoria. The Canadian Wildlife Service's Ian Stirling will give a free public lecture, The Consequences of Climate Warming on Polar Bears and Seals in Western Hudson Bay and the High Arctic, on Sunday, May 11 at 6 pm in the IRC Building at UBC. Other topics include the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; the recovery of Halifax's urban forest park after hurricane damage; likely sources for new pine beetle infestations in Alberta; and the impact of invasive seaweed on the Pacific coast. For more information see http://www.ecoevo.ca.

To arrange interviews with speakers, contact SFU biologist Arne Mooers: amooers@sfu.ca, 778.782.3979

Rethinking Aid Effectiveness
On the heels of a hurricane that devastated Burma, international experts will confer in Vancouver May 8-10 to examine the effectiveness of African aid programs. This symposium brings together officials from the World Bank and CIDA, scholars and students from Africa, Canada and the US, corporate and public sector representatives, and the local community to discuss the challenges Africa faces in achieving the UN's millennium development goals. (For more information see www.sfu.ca/community/ and click on Focus on Africa.) The conference runs Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel and Friday/Saturday at SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business. Reservations are required. Call 778.782.5100 or email cs_hc@sfu.ca.

Shanthi Besso, Community Education Programs, Continuing Studies. 778.782.5201; shanthib@sfu.ca

How to make it to the TOP
Making it to the top is as individual as those who get there. An event being hosted by SFU Young Alumni members at SFU’s Segal Graduate school on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. will provide a wealth of insight from those who have done it. Manny Padda from Korn/Ferry International will discuss career advancement, while panelists Victor de Bonis (Orca Bay), Robert Gallagher (Peak Gold), Evaleen Jaager Roy (Electronic Arts) and Ross Sherwood (Odlum Brown) will answer audience questions. There is a fee of $10. For more information call 778.782.6772.