November 15-17, 2019, University of Alberta
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Bob Ascah

Bob Ascah holds degrees in commerce and public administration (Carleton University) and a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta. He joined Alberta’s public service in 1984 and moved to Alberta Treasury in 1986 where he was responsible for financial sector policy, foreign borrowing and liaison with credit rating agencies. He served as director of the Institute for Public Economics from 2009–2013. He has written on Alberta’s fiscal history and presently is editing a book about a sales tax for Alberta.

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Irfan Chaudhry

Irfan Chaudhry is a hate crimes researcher and the director of the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity at MacEwan University. He was a former race relations specialist for the Racism Free Edmonton Project, and a co-founder of The Mosquers, a video competition for local Muslim youth. Mr. Chaudhry was also instrumental in creating the StopHateAB.ca website, a third-party hate incident reporting platform that documents hate incidents in Alberta while he was a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee. Irfan currently sits on Public Safety Canada’s Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence.

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David Climenhaga

David J. Climenhaga is a journalist, author, post-secondary teacher, and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions at the Toronto Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald. He is employed as a communications advisor by the United Nurses of Alberta union and publishes the AlbertaPolitics.ca blog, which is also reprinted on Rabble.ca.

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Shannon Daub

Shannon Daub leads the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ BC Office and co-directs the Corporate Mapping Project. The project is investigating the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry in Canada, and is jointly led by the University of Victoria, the CCPA's BC and Saskatchewan offices, and Parkland Institute. She has extensively researched the role of corporate influence in shaping climate policy in Canada.

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Demond Drummer

Demond Drummer is an organizer and civic innovator whose grassroots work in Chicago has been recognized by the Obama White House, Code for America, and the Aspen Institute. He is currently co-founder and executive director of New Consensus, a leading organization shaping the Green New Deal in the United States. An alumnus of Morehouse College, Demond lives in Chicago with his wife and their daughter.

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Dwennimmen

Dwennimmen (Shima Aisha Robinson) is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton)-born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every literary and scholarly effort, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection.

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Jason Foster

Jason Foster is associate professor of Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University. He is the author of Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401 and co-author of Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces. Previously he was the director of policy analysis at the Alberta Federation of Labour and most recently served as the director of policy for former Alberta premier Rachel Notley.

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Carly Lara Giles

Carly Giles began her educational career at the University of Lethbridge in 2013, hoping to pursue a social studies teaching profession. However, through health science electives and courses such as Liberal Education and Women and History, Giles fell in love with issues relating to health care laws, access and equity and switched majors to Public Health, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences in 2018. Reproductive healthcare is her current favourite research area.

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Kelly Gordon

Kelly Gordon is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. Her research interests engage with North American politics of gender and political persuasion, with a focus on the role of conceptions and ideals of gender in conservative political movements in Canada and the United States. Kelly’s research was awarded the 2016 Donald Smiley Prize for the best book published in the field of Canadian politics and the 2019 Governor General Gold Medal.

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Mark Kingwell

Mark Kingwell is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York. He is the author of many books and articles on political and social theory, and lectures widely on cultural topics. His most recent book is Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface (2019).

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Knowmadic

Multi-award-winning Poet Laureate Ahmed Ali, better known as Knowmadic, is a community organizer, public speaker, actor, musician, comedian and youth worker who has dedicated his time to empowering communities around the world. He is passionate about the arts and education. Most importantly, he emphasizes the importance of equitable representation on all levels of government.

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Dawn Lavell-Harvard

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard is a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women for decades. She has served as the president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association for 16 years and was elected president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada in 2015. She is director for First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Emily Laxer

Emily Laxer is an assistant professor of sociology at York University’s Glendon College. Her research examines how party politics shapes the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in large-scale immigration countries. Dr. Laxer’s work has been published in Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nations & Nationalism, and Comparative Studies in Society and History. Her book, Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.

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Nora Loreto

Nora Loreto is a writer, podcaster and activist. She is the editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) and writes regularly for the National Observer and the Washington Post.

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Alison McIntosh

Alison McIntosh is a research manager at Parkland Institute. She has a BA in Human Geography from the University of Alberta, and a MA in Geography from Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on health and social policy, including basic income, long-term care, and harm reduction.

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Minister Faust

Minister Faust is an award-winning author, award-winning journalist, broadcaster, teacher, and organizer. He was a key convener of The Good Fight 2018, Edmonton’s first-ever major training conference on defeating fascism. He has been engaging in counter-fascist work since 1990.

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Katelyn Mitchell

In spring 2019, Katelyn Mitchell was awarded a master's degree in the University of Lethbridge’s Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program, having received her BA in Sociology with Great Distinction in 2016. She also contributed to Dr. Claudia Malacrida's "Childbirth & Choice" and "Eugenics to Newgenics" projects during her time as a research assistant at the University of Lethbridge. Mitchell's own research focuses on the experiences of women who have sought abortion services and information in the context of southern Alberta, and she has presented on this topic for various academic and public audiences.

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Richard E. Mueller

Richard E. Mueller is professor in the Department of Economics, academic director of the Lethbridge Branch of the Prairie Regional Research Data Centre, and associate director of the Educational Policy Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mueller holds a BA (Honours) and an MA from the University of Calgary, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at the University of Maine before joining the University of Lethbridge in 2000.

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Erika Shaker

Erika Shaker is director of education and outreach for the national office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Ottawa. She researches, speaks, comments, and writes on a wide range of education-related issues from early childhood education, to K-12, to post-secondary. Areas of interest include corporatization, privatization and commercialism; standardization and authentic assessment; funding equity; intergenerational inequality; and community engagement. She also edits the popular education journal Our Schools/Our Selves, which has recently gone digital.

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David Taras

David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University. He is the author (with Christopher Waddell) of The End of the CBC? and a co-editor of Power Shift?: Political Leadership and Social Media. Both books will be out in early 2020. Taras is also a political commentator on the Global Morning News in Calgary.

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Carol Williams

Carol Williams is professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Her publications include Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism (2012); Framing the West: Race, Gender, and the Photographic ‘Frontier’ in the Pacific Northwest (2003); "Residential School Photographs: The Visual Rhetoric of Indigenous Removal and Containment" (2018); and "Reproductive self-determination and the persistence of ‘family values’ in Alberta from the 1960s to the 1990s" (forthcoming).

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