Vancouver: Corporate Capture of Education

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 18:30

How big business targets children

The Vancouver Chapter of the Council of Canadians invites you to join us for a dynamic and timely panel discussion on the creeping corporate influence on education.

Governments around the world have allowed corporations to have greater influence in education policy, curriculum and institutions than they have ever had before. The influence is in the classrooms, lecture halls and textbooks and extends to operational decisions regarding funding of public education, treatment of teachers and marginalized communities.

The result is that multinational corporations continue to capture and control knowledge, educational space and access. This means an attack on workers’ rights, promotion of corporate brands in schools, privatization of school systems, increasing costs of education and, of course, record salaries for corporate CEOs and university presidents.

Event details

When: Friday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Public Library, Peter Kay / Alma VanDusen Room (Map)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. on unceded Coast Salish Territories
Who: The event is being organized by the Council of Canadians with the support of the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU, with a panel of experts that includes:

  • Joel Bakan is a professor at the School of Law at UBC and author of Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (2011). The book explores how corporations are not only looking to profit off from the operation of schools but also off of the students by turning them into the best possible consumer of corporate culture and products.
  • Maryam Adrangi is teacher at Burnaby South Secondary School and member of the BC Teachers Federation Committee for Action on Social Justice.
  • Benjamin Anderson is PhD Candidate at SFU in the School of Communication, an instructor in Labour Studies, and TSSU Trustee.

Admission is free. The event is child friendly and in a wheelchair accessible building.

For more details please see the Facebook Event (please share!)

This is an opportunity for people to come together to better understand the corporate influence on education in order to better equip social movements to push back against neo-liberal and pro-corporate policies. Education is a vital part of building alternatives in society. We are seeing an era of increasing racism, unprecedented gaps in income around the world, ignorance to impacts of colonialism, environmental devastation and countless wars around the planet. And we must therefore examine who has influence over the education that future generations receive, how it is delivered and who has access.

For more information, please contact Council of Canadians Pacific Regional Organizer Harjap Grewal at

We look forward to seeing you on September 15… and bring a friend!