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Closing keynote

The Canadian Economy: Denial, Delusion, or Cutting Edge?


November 20, 2016 at 12pm - 1:15pm


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with John Ralston Saul

It is time to turn away from the old models, the old for or against mass extraction, the old raw materials dependency. At what point do we grow up and embrace more sophisticated, complex ideas of value added? What is the point of all these business schools, economists, and advisors if we remain stuck in the same old models of rough exploitation?

Ralston Saul's talk will be followed by a book signing.

John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist. Often regarded as Canada’s leading public intellectual, he has been declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine and is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His 14 books have been translated into 28 languages in 37 countries. Some of his most important works include the philosophical trilogy, Voltaire's Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization and The Doubter’s Companion with its conclusion, On Equilibrium. His most recent novel is Dark Diversions and most recent essay "The Comeback," which has changed the conversation on Indigenous issues in Canada. Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.