A Well-Being Economy for Alberta
A free virtual conference • June 19-20, 2023
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2023-06-19-1900 The economy is us: demystifying economics

June 19

Opening Keynote, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The economy is us: demystifying economics

With Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford is the Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, and is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers). Jim is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism (second edition published by Pluto Books in 2015), which has been published in six languages. Read more »

Marliss Taylor

Marliss Taylor, Streetworks, Edmonton 
Marliss Taylor is the Manager of Streetworks and Director of Health Services at Boyle Street Community Services in Edmonton. She has worked in Harm Reduction for the past 27 years. She was the first to initiate the use of community-based naloxone in Canada in 2005. She was a member of the Alberta Health Services Board of Directors from 2015-2019, and was a member of the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response. She is the Chair of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Read more »

Crystal Lameman

Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation 
Crystal Lameman is a nêhiyaw mother of two and a proud member of the ᐊᒥᐢᑯᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐃᐧ ᐯᔭᑰᐢᑳᐣ ᐅᐢᑌᓯᒫᐅᐧᔭᓯᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᓂᑯᑖᐧᓯᐠ amiskosâkahikan nêhiyaw peyakôskân, ostêsimâwoyasiwêwin nikotwâsik Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six, where she currently works as the government relations advisor and treaty coordinator.
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Mark Anielski

Mark Anielski, wellbeing economist, Alberta 
Mark Anielski has operated his family-owned economic consultancy since 1995. He consults several First Nations across Canada on building new economies of well-being. His mastery is measuring happiness, well-being and economic progress. He is the author of the award-winning The Economics of Happiness and An Economy of Well-being: Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness (2018). Read more »

Bob Ascah

Bob Ascah, ABpolecon.ca and Parkland Institute
Bob Ascah was Director of the Institute for Public Economics from 2009-2013. He is the editor and contributor to
A Sales Tax for Alberta: Why and How. His articles have appeared in Alberta Views, The Conversation, Calgary Herald, Canadian Accountant, and The Globe and Mail. Read more »