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Inaugural Professorial Lectures

An Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) is given by tenured faculty who have recently been promoted to full professor. IPLs are a recognized way for universities to publicly celebrate this milestone event in the careers of academics.

Promotion to full professor follows a rigorous process in which an applicant’s research, teaching and service are thoroughly evaluated by peers who assess the quality and impacts of their contributions at the local, national and international levels.

TRU usually promotes between four and eight faculty members to full professor each year. Each new professor is encouraged to give an Inaugural Professorial Lecture. The topic of the lecture is chosen by the professor and typically relates to their research expertise. IPLs typically cover the professor’s research journey, their contributions to knowledge, what they know, what they don’t know, and what remains unknown in their field.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures bring together TRU faculty and students along with interested members of the community. They are showcase of events that demonstrates TRU’s research and teaching capabilities.

Contact for information about the Inaugural Professorial Lectures.

Upcoming lectures

John Church

March 26, 2024 Precision Ranching Technology

Precision ranching technology is revolutionizing remote data collection from livestock and the land base they depend on. Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS or drone) based remote sensing to data has been used to assess intensive cropping; but RPAS systems equipped with interchangeable cameras: high-resolution visual, thermal, LiDAR, and multi/hyperspectral imagers are now being deployed on pasture to monitor subtle changes in the visible, near infrared and infrared spectrums (radiation) that both plants and animals reflect. A single RPAS system can now be used simultaneously for high-quality vegetation mapping and the location, identification and behavioral analysis of animals, providing new tools for studying livestock in a variety of landscapes and rugged terrain. Precision breeding techniques are enabling the development of new lines of climate adapted cattle better able to withstand future extreme weather events. Additionally, equipping these cattle with new tracking technology, including “smart” GPS ear tags, rumen boluses, and wireless fencing collars (based on low-earth orbit satellites and cellular networks) enable animals to be readily identified and tracked on the landscape, while providing invaluable physiological data, such as body temperature, to monitor estrous, heat stress, or the onset of disease. And finally, the new wireless fencing systems have potential to improve animal management through autonomous mustering or adaptive multi-paddock grazing for use in regenerative agriculture efforts; and will improve the sustainability of future livestock production systems.

» RSVP for John Church's lecture
Registrations close Saturday, Mar 23. at midnight.

Past lectures

Katie Sykes

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024: Ag-gag Laws.

Tory Handford

Tory Handford

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023: Dangling in the glimmer of hope: Academic action and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
» Watch on YouTube

Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt: Faculty of Law

Tuesday, April 4, 2023: Normative Tensions in Constitutional Privacy Rights Adjudication
» Watch on YouTube

Lyn Baldwin

Lyn Baldwin: Faculty of Science

Tuesday, March 21, 2023: An unquiet botany: Reconciling plants and people with story and image.
» Watch on YouTube

Bruce Martin

Dr. Bruce Martin: Why every business should be a social enterprise: bringing business back to society

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023: Bruce Martin has research interests in the creation and growth of next generation ethical organizations: businesses that produce social, environmental and commercial value for society.
» Watch on YouTube

Matthew Reudink

Dr. Matthew Reudink: Colour evolution across time and space

Tuesday, March 29, 2022: Dr. Matthew Reudink is co-chair of the biological sciences department, with research interests in behavioural ecology, evolution and ornithology.
» Watch on YouTube

Gloria Ramirez

Dr. Gloria Ramirez: Searching for Meaning: A Research Journey Across Paradigms

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022: Dr. Gloria Ramirez shares her transformative journey shifting research paradigms to serve different communities through her work.
» Watch on YouTube

Courtney Mason

Dr. Courtney Mason: The Future Has to Be Green Indeed

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022: Dr. Courtney Mason highlights grassroots, Indigenous-led conservation practices that are drawn from his two decades of collaborative work with Indigenous communities in rural Canada and internationally.
» Watch on YouTube

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