November 16-18, 2018, 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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Gwendolyn Blue

Gwendolyn Blue is an associate professor in Geography at the University of Calgary. Formally trained in cultural studies, her research examines public controversies involving science and technology; public engagement with science and technology; and political, cultural, and ethical dimensions of scientific and technological innovations.

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Janet Brown

Based in Calgary, Janet Brown is one of Alberta’s most-recognized political pollsters and analysts. With over 25 years of experience in polling and marketing research, Janet has developed a knack for asking the right people the right questions. Janet sees beyond the headlines and talk radio chatter to assess and interpret what’s happening beneath the surface in Alberta politics.

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Byron Dueck

Byron Dueck is a visual journalist and documentarian currently based in Toronto. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Lethbridge, a GrDip in Visual Journalism from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. His work focuses on the intersection of human rights, protest movements, and the environment. From the struggle for LGBT rights in Kyiv to the Arab Spring in Cairo, he brings his impactful visual style to social movements campaigning for change.

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Emily Eaton

Emily Eaton is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina. She is the author of two books: Growing Resistance: Canadian Farmers and the Politics of GM Wheat and Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan's Oil Economy. Her work concerns the political ecology of resource extraction and the politics of just transition to a post-carbon economy.

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Lynne Fernandez

Lynne Fernandez holds the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues at the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She holds an MA in Economics from the University of Manitoba where she studied with the department’s heterodox economists.

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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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Trevor Harrison

Trevor Harrison is a professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and, since 2011, director of Parkland Institute. He is best known for his studies in political sociology, political economy, and public policy. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is a frequent contributor to public media, including radio and television.

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Heidi HeavyShield

Heidi HeavyShield works in the criminal justice system in Alberta and has worked in direct clinical practice in a provincial correctional institution for over 11 years as the Indigenous program coordinator, working with incarcerated Indigenous men and women. Heidi is a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, Southern Alberta Region.

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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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Angella MacEwen

Angella MacEwen is a labour economist. Her primary focus is understanding the impacts of Canadian economic and social policy on workers, especially climate policy and international trade and investment treaties. Angella holds a MA in Economics and a BA in International Development Studies.

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Melville McMillan

Melville McMillan is professor emeritus (Economics) at the University of Alberta. His interests are public sector economics and public finance. Although retired, he remains actively involved in research and policy matters.

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Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae is associate coordinator, research with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and adjunct professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his PhD. Phil has worked in many secondary and post-secondary educational contexts while living and teaching in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates), Asia (Japan), Europe (Spain), and in Alberta, Canada with the Lethbridge Public School District and at Red Crow College with the Blood Tribe (Kainai First Nation).

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Next Up

Next Up is a leadership program for young people committed to environmental and social justice. It offers programs of varying lengths and focus in seven cities across Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, and Ottawa. Parkland Institute is the partner organization in Alberta. Next Up’s goal is to equip participants with the skills and tools needed to become effective leaders in movements for social and environmental change.

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Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Nikiforuk reports on energy and environment for the Tyee and is an award-winning author. His most recent books include Slick Water and Energy of Slaves.

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Emily Riddle

Emily Riddle is a nehiyaw (Plains Cree) writer, research, and policy analyst from Treaty 6 who currently lives in Vancouver on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She has worked with First Nations and Métis communities on diverse policy development, governance projects, and communications campaigns. She is on the Boards for the Yellowhead Institute and We-Press: A Downtown Eastside Community Artspace. She has written for Teen Vogue, the Globe and Mail, and Canadian Art.

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Barbara Silva

Born in Ontario but raised all over Canada, Barbara Silva attended 11 different public and separate schools in Alberta and Ontario. She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and worked in the oil & gas industry for six years before pursuing her Master Of Education from the University of Western Ontario in London. After working in the Rockyview School Division for four years, she now volunteers her time to advocate for children’s rights to an accessible, quality and equitable public education with Support Our Students Alberta.

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Heather Smith

Heather Smith is president of the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and allied workers. She is a winner of the Spirit of Tommy Douglas Award and has been UNA president since 1988.

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Fred Stenson

Fred Stenson is best known for the historical novels: The Trade, Lightning, and The Great Karoo. His most recent novel, Who By Fire, is about a love affair between a farm family and a sour gas plant. His novels have been shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He is a two-time winner of the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize. Stenson has been Alberta Views magazine’s wit columnist since day one.

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Kevin Taft

Kevin Taft is author of five books, including Oil’s Deep State, published by Lorimer in 2017. Taft served three terms in the Alberta legislature and was Leader of the Official Opposition from 2004 to 2008, through two general elections.

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Ian Urquhart

Ian Urquhart teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and is the editor of Wild Lands Advocate, the magazine of Alberta Wilderness Association.

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