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Date: May 9–May 11, 2018
Location: Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 2E4

Workshop Speakers


Margaret Cottle

Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Margaret Cottle is a Palliative Care physician in greater Vancouver, BC, working in Home Hospice Programs, and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of BC Faculty of Medicine. She speaks internationally about end of life issues and palliative care, and has addressed members of the Canadian Parliament in 2006 and 2017. Dr. Cottle serves on the boards for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and the Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver. Dr. Cottle and her husband, Dr. Robin Cottle, an ophthalmologist, sponsor the UBC student chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, hosting the students weekly for dinner and discussions. Cara, their black Labrador retriever, accompanies Dr. Cottle on some of her home hospice visits.


David Leong

Professor, Writer

David P. Leong (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he also directs a program in Global and Urban Ministry. His teaching and research explore the cultural and theological meaning of the city, and his latest book is Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation (InterVarsity Press, 2017). David lives in Seattle’s Rainier Valley with his wife and two sons.


Soohwan Park

Freelance Consultant

Soohwan, a native of South Korea, has spent over two decades in Bangladesh, Thailand, Canada, and Israel. She has worked among the poorest of the poor, and directed multi-cultural training programs, global human resources, and consulting projects concerning leadership in Christian nonprofit organizations. In 2011, she responded to a call to go to Fukushima, Japan, where she formed a consortium of international Christian NGOs and local churches to create holistic disaster response to the unprecedented triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear crises). In 2015 she founded Global Learning Consortium to create effective partnerships “bathed in prayer” among local churches, Christian organizations and academic institutions for long-term sustainable impact in post-disaster Fukushima.


Justin Tse

Professor, Editor

Justin K.H. Tse is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University. He is the lead editor of Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave, 2016) and is working on a book manuscript on Cantonese-speaking Protestant engagements with Pacific Rim civil societies. He considers his roots to be in Vancouver, where he received his PhD in Geography in 2014 from the University of British Columbia.

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