Stay Relevant, Stay Connected

Here is a breakdown of our recent and upcoming workshops and online events. Explore the series and find out what inspires you. You can also gain access to all of the webinar recordings by becoming a BrainBoost subscriber.

Upcoming Events


  • Date: Wednesday, March 24
  • Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm PST
  • Facilitator: Sammy Chien
  • Bio: Sammy Chien 簡上翔 is a Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour, who’s an interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor in film, sound art, new media, performance, movement and spiritual practice. With over 300 collaborative projects, his work has been exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), worked with pioneers of digital performance: Troika Ranch and Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and active in projects engaging various underrepresented communities. Sammy has been featured on TV and commercial such as Discorder, Keedan, CBC Arts and BenQ. Sammy is currently leading a dance research project called “We Were One” and a media arts project called “Ritual-Spective”, both funded by Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. Sammy is the official instructor of Isadora and Artistic Director of Chimerik 似不像 collective.  
  • Description: When we shed away old systems that may not work for us anymore, we are embracing, learning, and growing rapidly as we enter into new worlds that our deeper purpose has been calling us for. Throughout his career, local interdisciplinary artist Sammy Chien has deeply investigated the roles and responsibilities of artists and creators in relationship to humanity and bigger pictures. In this vital presentation, Sammy will share some of the highlights of his past decade of artistic work, especially focusing on new media art, dance-technology and interdisciplinary performance in transcultural contexts. Moreover, he will demonstrate some of the processes of adapting live performances to a virtual format, inspiring viewers to activate their imaginations beyond conventional limitations. 


  • Date: Monday, March 29
  • Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm PST
  • Facilitator: Graeme Abrahams // CISSP, CISM
  • Bio: Graeme Abrahams is a leader in cybersecurity and information technology with more than fifteen years of proven experience directing, leading and delivering cybersecurity, system and information technology projects. He is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) with a broad range of experience and insight to share. 
  • Description: Through this insightful presentation, expert Graeme Abrahams will provide you with an overview of core cybersecurity fundamentals and why they matter. Cybersecurity is no longer the domain of the nerd in the basement hacking websites for fun... it is now a billion-dollar economy fueled by organized crime. The nerd needs help. That is where cybersecurity professionals come in. Discover how you can be part of the solution by embarking on an exciting career in cybersecurity.


  • Date: Tuesday, March 30th
  • Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm PST
  • Facilitator: Lisa Omore  // Freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director
  • Bio: Lisa Omore is a Toronto-based designer and art director working in advertising and graphic design. Her work blends many mediums and disciplines, from branding and identity to social and digital. After kicking off her career in advertising agencies, she transitioned to being self-employed and now works independently as a freelancer on a variety of projects for a growing list of clients. 
  • Description: In this creative workshop, hear from graphic designer Lisa Omore about her experiences, stories and beneficial lessons about self-employment. Learn how to start your freelance career with the help of her valuable insight and anecdotes. This free workshop will cover everything you need to know, including the transition out of your full-time job, setting up shop, finding the work you love to do, and managing and sustaining your own business.


  • Date: Wednesday, April 07th
  • Time: 4:00 to 5:00 pm PST
  • Facilitator: Kinnon Ross  // Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies  
  • Bio: Kinnon Ross is a harm reduction nurse and passionate advocate for ending the stigma around drug use and building relationships with people who are heavily marginalized. She currently works as a Clinical Nurse Leader for the Urban Health Program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. In her daily work, she practices trauma-informed care with an emphasis on harm reduction and relational care provision for people experiencing homelessness, trauma and marginalization. Previously, Kinnon obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langara College and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies from the University of Alberta.
  • Description: During this fascinating and personal talk, Kinnon Ross will share insights about her experiences working as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, she will touch on how the pandemic has affected her nursing practice and she will explain how it is affecting marginalized populations including the homeless and people who use drugs. Working primarily in harm reduction, she will reflect on the dual crises in British Columbia, looking closely at how the global pandemic has exasperated the already prevalent opioid crisis.

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Ashton College is delighted to be hosting a brand new series of free online workshops to help you stay inspired, intellectually challenged and knowledgeable. Our BrainBoost workshop series takes place online and is completely free for attendees. These micro webinars are designed to make high quality education accessible for everyone. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!


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