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Dr. R. Kenneth Carty

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Posted on May 19, 2015 by hunter

Ken Carty is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and the former Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a former Head of the Department, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and Director of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He is a Past President of the Canadian Political Science Association.

Carty has been active as a consultant to both national and provincial Royal Commissions of Inquiry, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Ombudsman, and to the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons to be a member of the 2002-03 federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, and during 2003-04 served as the Director of Research for the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, an innovative exercise in citizen engagement.  He subsequently served as a senior consultant to Citizen Assemblies in The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the province of Ontario as well as to the Constitutional Convention of Ireland.

Carty’s scholarship has been primarily concerned with political parties and electoral systems and he has published widely on politics in Europe, Canada and Australia. His most recent co-authored book When Citizens Decide explored the place and capacity of Citizen Assemblies as deliberative institutions; his forthcoming Big Tent Politics: The Liberal Party’s Long Mastery of Canada’s Public Life will be published by UBC Press in 2015.

Carty is an active member of West Point Grey United Church. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of VST from 1999 until 2007 (chairing the Board from 2001-2006) and the Board of Directors of the VST Property Management Corporation. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the UBC Faculty Pension Plan.


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The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the details of a significant new leadership award. The VST Principal’s T-E-G Award (thoughtful, engaged and generous) is a distinguished award for leading practitioners in the Christian faith to be nominated and recognized by VST for their contributions. The VST Principal’s T-E-G Award is not restricted . . .


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Posted on November 27, 2018 by Ian

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the selection of its 2019 honourary degree recipients. This prestigious degree is open to individuals who exemplify the values of VST, and who have made significant contributions through the integration of theology and practice of ministry in one or more of: theological scholarship, ecumenical dialogue, the . . .


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Posted on November 22, 2018 by Ian

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What are Humans For?: Community and Vocation

Posted on July 4, 2018 by hunter

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Posted on May 1, 2018 by Shannon

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