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254 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Q&A WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHIARA WOODS Meaningful partnerships have been a focus of the Centre’s activities. Can you give a recent example of this? The Centre is always looking to partner with different organizations both at the university and externally. One of our most meaningful partnerships at the university has been with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, an interdisciplinary centre that conducts and facilitates research and debate on global issues. Together with the Liu Institute, we hosted Nobel Prize winner Professor Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University in November 2016. We also held a workshop entitled “Toward a Progressive Politics of Financial Regulation” at the Liu Institute in February, and Robert Reich from the University of California, Berkeley came to speak at Allard Hall on March 1, 2017. Professor Reich is one of the most influential and prominent figures in public policy in the U.S. and was formerly secretary of labor during the Clinton administration. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to host him here. In what ways have you seen the educational programs offered by the Centre evolve since becoming executive director in 2013? This has been an area of tremendous growth for the Centre. With respect to the business law concentration, we streamlined the program so that the six mandatory courses emphasize core areas of business law while also providing students with the flexibility to select elective courses in areas that interest them, such as tax, intellectual property or real estate. The business law capstone course also continues to be a great success by providing students with unique insights into the experience of working on a corporate takeover. In 2014 the LL.M. in taxation was established due to the vision and hard work of Professor David Duff. The program provides leading-edge educational opportunities for students and practising professionals wishing to specialize in tax law. It is the only graduate tax program in western Canada and the only full-time English-language tax LL.M. in Canada. What has been the highlight of your role as executive director of the Centre? The highlight of my role has been helping to develop new educational programs for students, such as the Bobinksi Business Law Clinic, established in January 2016. Providing law students with experiential learning opportunities helps solidify their learning in the classroom. They get to work with a range of clients, from small-business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations through to individuals with limited means, under the supervision of two experienced solicitors, Christine Baron and Catherine Chow, who


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