Established in 2001, the Canadian Studies Program at UCLA fosters a better understanding of Canadian society and its relationship with the United States. Through its teaching, research, and public lecture series, the Program facilitates awareness of issues of mutual concern to the two countries among students, faculty, and the public at large.
Canadian Studies at UCLA supports the addition of Canadian content and comparative studies of Canadian and US issues across the curriculum. By the use of small grants to departments and projects, Canadian Studies has supported lectures, speeches, conference, and travel in these areas: North American security and economic cooperation, immigration issues and policies, the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, and political ethics in Canadian context.
UCLA and the Government of Canada co-sponsored "Greening the North American Energy Relationship: Building a Stronger U.S.-Canada Environmental Partnership" – a conference in October, 2009 that was keynoted by David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, who addressed what created the current situation and shared implications for the United States and Canada. The conference panelists addressed where we are now on the policy front and how energy companies, from petroleum producers to nuclear power producers, are working on solutions for the future.