Ethics in Policy, Business & Law

Ethics in Policy, Business & Law was the third installation of Ethics for UBC, a five-part speaker series that explores the current landscape of ethics scholarship and education across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses of our university.

This panel discussion focused on ethics across a variety of disciplines, from Indigenous law and policy, to sustainable entrepreneurship and ethical business practices.

Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM PDT
Via Zoom

For more information about the other Ethics for UBC sessions, please visit:

Welcome by: Michael Burgess, PhDProfessor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Moderated by: Roland Nadler, JD; PhD Candidate, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia


  • Patricia M. Barkaskas, JD, Associate Professor of Teaching, Peter A. Allard School of Law; Academic Director of Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and Indigenous Legal Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Lerato Chondoma, MBA, Associate Director for the Indigenous Research Support Initiative, University of British Columbia
  • Grace Fan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sustainability, Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
  • David Silver, PhD, Associate Professor, Sustainability and Ethics Group, Sauder School of Business; Chair in Business and Professional Ethics, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia

Break-out Sessions Highlights:

Break-out session with Professor Patricia Barkaskas:

      • It is important to tailor pedagogy to specific contexts, especially to the wishes of relevant Indigenous communities. 
      • When approaching Truth and Reconciliation, do so with a holistic mindset that makes room for inconvenient truths.
      • Relationality and collaborative knowledge-sharing are critical in navigating power dynamics intrinsic to expertise and pedagogy.

Break-out session with Ms. Lerato Chondoma:

      • In considering ways to contribute to Truth and Reconciliation, we should ask ourselves, “What’s my call to action?” and work on that each day. 
      • We need to bring our full selves to ethics work and have space to experience feelings about difficult things happening around us in the world. However, we should never stay in those difficult feelings as it is only hope that moves us forward.

Break-out session with Dr. Grace Fan:

      • There is value in building relationships with communities before conducting research.
      • A conflict exists between the pressures to meet metrics of excellence in academia and the importance of developing such relationships, which require time and consideration.

Break-out session with Dr. David Silver:

      • Businesses are implicated in the “culture wars”, and must understand their own values in order to be able to navigate through them.
      • Businesses have impacts on equality, environmental sustainability, democratic governance, etc. Business must understand their roles in creating an equitable, fair and livable society.
      • Businesses often utilize new technologies which are not effectively regulated. They must understand how and when to engage the rest of democratic society to regulate these new technologies.

Recommended Resource Materials:

  • Joseph L. Badaracco, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right (link)
  • Clayton M. Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life? (link)
  • John R. Ehrenfeld, Flourshing, A Conversation About Sustainability (link)
  • Melinda Harm Benson, Robin Kundis Craig, The End of Sustainability (link)
  • The Social Dilemma (link)