Delegates from six continents tour RRU


Twenty visiting environmental-communication scholars and practitioners from six continents toured RRU after the fifteenth biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE), hosted by the International Environmental Communication Association and held for the first time in Canada from June 17–20. The delegation came from the rented host venue, UBC, to Vancouver Island on a full-day excursion co-led by Rick Kool of the School of Environment and Sustainability and Geo Takach of the School of Communication and Culture.

The program began with attending the opening canoe ceremony at Esquimalt Lagoon for National Indigenous People Day. This was followed by a whirlwind tour of RRU’s Italian, Japanese and rose gardens led by Barrie Agar, lunch at the fabulous Sherman Jen Building, a spirited walk through the forest guided by Jonathan Moran, an intriguing tour of the Castle led by Max Lommerse, and a farewell toast at the fabled Six Mile Pub. Logistical support at RRU was provided by Heather Wanke, Bryan Jacobsen, Emma Kilby and Eugene Zinkowski.

So how did these diverse visitors happen to come here?

Foiled in protracted efforts to bring COCE to RRU, conference chair and IECA board member Geo hatched two ideas to give colleagues from around the world a look at what our university has to offer.

The first was this excursion.

The second was a lively, short performance piece with visuals and sound, accepted as an artwork at COCE by a blind peer-jury. Featuring a meditation on water on Earth in general and at RRU in particular, that performance was written and performed at the conference by RRU’s Supervisor of Gardens and Grounds, Paul Allison, and Geo.

That show will be expanded into a half-hour extravaganza at a Roads to Research presentation scheduled for November 20. Watch for an invitation this autumn!