Parkland Fall Conference 2020
November 16-21, 2020, University of Alberta
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Speakers

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and as associate professor at the University of Toronto. Before entering academia, professor Harrison worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress. Professor Harrison has published widely on Canadian and U.S. climate and environmental policy. She is working on a book on the comparative politics of carbon taxes in Canada, Australia, France and Ireland. She is a frequent media commentator on climate policy, via op-eds, interviews and Twitter (@khar1958).

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Danielle Martin

Dr. Danielle Martin is the executive vice-president and chief medical executive of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), where she is also a practicing family physician. Dr. Martin leads the hospital's strategy to establish Women's Virtual, Canada's first virtual hospital, aimed at improving care and reducing health system costs. Dr. Martin frequently provides commentary on health issues through her work as a contributor at the CBC. Her national bestselling book Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians, was released in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Martin became the youngest physician to receive the F.N.G. Starr Award, the highest honour available to Canadian Medical Association members.

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Justice Marion Buller

Marion Buller was the first Indigenous woman appointed as a provincial court judge in B.C. She founded the First Nations Court and provided the foundation for the Indigenous Family Court. Ms. Buller was also the chief commissioner for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak, a Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan. 

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Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice on Canada’s economic scene and is the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers. She served as senior economic policy advisor for the deputy minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017, and provided weekly business commentaries on CBC radio and CBC TV from 2011 to 2018. She is past president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics. 

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Thomas Homer-Dixon

Thomas Homer-Dixon is director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, and he holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Between 2009 and 2014, he was founding director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. Since joining the University of Waterloo, Mr. Homer-Dixon’s research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity. He has published a number of books and writes regularly for the Toronto Globe and Mail.

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