Parkland at 20: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Gordon Laxer is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute (1996-2011). He is a political economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and is the author or editor of five books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada, which in 1991 received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. Gordon was the principal investigator of the $1.9 million research project, Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006). He is the author of After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians, which was nominated for the 2016 John W. Dafoe prize in non-fiction books.
Diana Gibson was Parkland Institute’s first full-time research director, and served in that capacity from 2004-2012. She has worked nationally and internationally on economic and public policy issues ranging from health care to energy and trade policy. She has over 25 years of experience in social policy research and has been on faculty with Capilano College. She has authored and co-authored many publications on inequality, tax reform, and energy issues at the provincial, territorial and national levels. She is a director and CEO of The Firelight Group Research Cooperative, a director of PolicyLink Research and Consulting, a founding director and president of Canadians For Tax Fairness, as well as a research associate of the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives and a research fellow with Parkland Institute.
Gil McGowan has been active in the work of Parkland Institute in numerous capacities since its inception in 1996. He has been a member of the Parkland board of directors since his election as president of the Alberta Federation of Labour in 2005. He received degrees from both the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Bachelor of Arts in History) and Carleton University in Ottawa (Master of Journalism). Gil worked for the Alberta labour movement as a researcher, communications officer, and community organizer for a decade before being first elected as AFL president, and he has been an important contributor to the work of numerous organizations including Friends of Medicare, Public Interest Alberta, and Parkland Institute.
The panel will be moderated by Parkland Institute’s Director Trevor Harrison.