November 17-19, 2017, University of Alberta
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Angele Alook

Dr. Angele Alook is proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and a speaker of the Cree language. She recently successfully defended her PhD in Sociology from York University. She specializes in Indigenous feminism, life course approach, Indigenous research methodologies, cultural identity, and sociology of family and work.

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Isabel Altamirano

Isabel Altamirano is Zapotec from the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, Mexico and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Alberta, and the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.

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Andrew Cash

Andrew Cash is the co-founder of the Urban Worker Project, a national initiative aimed at building a stronger voice and better conditions for freelance, on-contract, self-employed and part-time workers in Canada. As a Member of Parliament he tabled ground-breaking legislation dealing with precarious work which led to first time protections for unpaid interns under federal labour laws.

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Jason Foster

Jason Foster is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University. His research focuses on workplace injury, migrant workers, and union renewal. He is author of Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401 (forthcoming) and co-author of Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces.

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Rebecca Graff-McRae

Rebecca Graff-McRae is a Research Manager for Parkland Institute. She completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring the role of memory and commemoration in post-conflict transition. She has previously worked with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Edmonton City Council, and has held post-doctoral research fellowships at Memorial University Newfoundland and the University of Alberta.

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Randolph Haluza-DeLay

Randolph Haluza-DeLay is a father, birdwatcher, and cycle commuter, and spent 15 years as a wilderness guide. As a sociology professor at The King’s University in Edmonton his research includes two co-edited books: Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada, and the How the World’s Religions are Responding to Climate Change: Social Science Investigations.

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Trevor Harrison

Dr. Trevor Harrison is Director of Parkland Institute. He is a Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge, and Associate Director and Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy.

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Ian Hussey

Ian Hussey is a Research Manager at Parkland Institute, where he designs, conducts, and manages political economy, labour, and climate research. He is also a steering committee member and the Alberta regional research manager for the SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project.

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson spent most of his career as Chief Economist and Director of Social and Economic Policy with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Since retiring from the CLC in 2012 he has been Senior Policy Adviser to the Broadbent Institute, and spent two years as the Packer Visiting Professor of Social Justice at York University. He is currently an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. He writes a biweekly online column for the Globe and Mail.

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Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson is a guest on Treaty 6 land, where she is an MA candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include feminist political economy, transnational migration, and geographies of resource extraction. Her MA thesis is investigating live-in caregivers' experiences of the Fort McMurray wildfire, and what said experiences reveal about increasingly neoliberal approaches to disaster recovery.

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Dru Oja Jay

Dru Oja Jay is a writer, organizer and web developer based in Montreal, Quebec. He is a co-founder of the Media Co-op, Journal Ensemble, Friends of Public Services, and Courage. He is co-author, with Nikolas Barry-Shaw, of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada's development NGOs from idealism to imperialism.

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Stephan Lewandowsky

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. In 2016, he was appointed a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry and public education. His research examines people's memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led him into research in climate science and climate modeling.

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Martin Lukacs

Martin Lukacs is a journalist who writes for the Guardian. He was an organizer and co-author of the Leap Manifesto, and has been involved in movements for social and ecological justice for 15 years. He lives in Montréal.

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Nicole Marshall

Nicole Marshall is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her current research combines political theory and field work in Tuvalu and Kiribati to explore new ways of thinking about citizenship and rights, beyond their traditional ties to the sovereign state. In particular, she works with the concept of post-territorial citizenship as a rights-distributing mechanism that could extend political membership beyond the physical loss of the state.

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Linda McQuaig

Journalist and bestselling author Linda McQuaig has a reputation for challenging the Establishment. She has been a rare voice of dissent in the mainstream media. Since 2002, she has used her op-ed column in the Toronto Star to challenge the prevailing economic dogma, take on powerful business moguls and consistently champion a more equal and inclusive society. She is the author of seven controversial national bestsellers.

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Bashir Mohamed

Bashir Mohamed recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in political science. He is Co-Chair of Policing with Black Lives Matter Edmonton.

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Jamie Peck

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy, Distinguished University Scholar, and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. With long-term research interests in urban restructuring, geographical political economy, labour studies, the politics of policy formation and mobility, and economic geography, his current research is focused on the financial restructuring of US cities, the politics of contingent labour, and the political economy of neoliberalization.

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Eric Pineault

Eric Pineault is a professor at the University of Québec in Montréal, where he teaches political economy in the department of sociology and ecological economics in the environmental sciences institute. His current research focuses on the political economy of the ecological transition in Canada and of the extractive sector in Canada and globally.

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Larissa Stendie

Larissa Stendie is an independent consultant working with the Corporate Mapping Project. She also serves as an advisor for the Saanich Inlet Network and BC Sustainable Energy Association, and as a public engagement planner for BC MLA Adam Olsen. She formerly worked as a research manager with Parkland Institute.

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Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism. Trained in the law, she has made numerous presentations on race, immigration, gender, and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Power of Youth Award, Westender's Best of the City in Activism Award, and named "one of Canada's most brilliant and effective organizers" by Naomi Klein.

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