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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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VST Announces Partnership with Huron University College

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology and Huron University College announce an affiliation for theological education designed for ministry candidates in The United Church of Canada. Students in the London, Ontario area can now study locally while enrolled at Vancouver School of Theology in distance education. The VST program at Huron is a 90 credit degree. It . . .


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“When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance Becomes Duty”

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Shannon

VST welcomed Professor Martin Rumscheidt as guest speaker for our annual summer lecture series on Monday, July 3rd. Professor Rumscheidt has been part of our summer school faculty this year, teaching a course entitled “Government Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance”. “When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance Becomes Duty”, Theology Is Not Exempt. Ladies and Gentlemen, I . . .


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VST announces partnership with Sauder School for Executive Leadership

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Shannon

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the formation of a unique pilot project with the Sauder School for Executive Leadership at the University of British Columbia. VST students will engage on a course of study to receive a Certificate in Effective Leadership from Sauder which will complement their VST educational experience. Principal . . .


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VST announces major scholarship funding

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Shannon

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the establishment of the ‘Chancellors’ Scholarship’. Each recipient will be distinguished as a ‘VST Chancellor’s Scholar’. This award, the largest offered by VST to date, is established to assist two final year students who have demonstrated great promise for ministry to complete their studies in a . . .


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Principal’s 2017 Address to Convocation

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Welcome to the 46th annual convocation of the Vancouver School of Theology. Chancellor Clarke, Chair of the Board, Michael Francis, distinguished guests, faculty, alumni, graduates and friends, what a pleasure to report to you on this happy occasion. Thank you to Christ Church Cathedral, especially to Dean Peter Elliott, The Rev. Marnie Peterson and Rupert . . .


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