Andrew Nikiforuk: “The real bottom-line of oil economics”
Economist and award winning author & journalist
Andrew has been writing about the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years. He cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts. He has won 7 National Magazine Awards for his journalism and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. Andrew has also published several books. Among these, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non Fiction in 2002. Pandemonium, which examines the global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, was a national best seller and won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was listed as a finalist for the Grantham Prize for Excellence In Reporting on the Environment. Andrew’s book, Empire of the Beetle, was also nominated for the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 2011.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo: “Growing up in the shadow of the tar sands.”
Member of the Lubicon Cree (Peace River, Alberta), longtime tar sands educator
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Cree from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 12 years. She has studied and worked in Brasil, Austalia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on Indigenous rights and culture, resource extraction, and ICTs. She has also produced short documentaries, researched, and worked on topics ranging from the tar sands, inherent treaty rights, water issues to cultural appropriation. For the past 6 years Melina has worked against tar sands extraction and expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network in Alberta and currently is finishing her Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria.
Liz McDowell: “Property values & pipelines: Will your home be affected?”
CRED B.C. (Conversations for Responsible Economic Development)
Liz McDowell is the Executive Director of CRED BC, a growing collection of more than 90 business leaders and professionals from the tourism, real estate, tech, health, creative and other service-based sectors who are committed to participating in informed dialogue about long-term prosperity on Canada’s west coast. CRED's mission is to promote industries that build on BC’s creativity, innovation and natural beauty, and to foster conversations about the types of energy and resource development and transportation that are compatible with this vision. Liz has been working in social innovation for the past 10 years. She is the founder of the Otesha Project UK and the Youth Funding Network, the former chair of the East London Green Jobs Alliance, a finance graduate from McGill University and an organizational development consultant specializing in collaborative working structures. Raised in the Fraser Valley, she believes that there's a real need for more balanced dialogue about the risks of Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline for the local economy.
T´ít´elem Spath (Eddie Gardner): "Pipelines and water"
UFV Elder in Residence
Eddie graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. A member of the Skwah First Nation, he works with others in the community to identify and address environmental issues and the protection of wild salmon. Over the years, Eddie has worked for a variety of federal, provincial, and First Nations governments and private sector agencies across Canada, designing, coordinating, directing, and delivering a broad range of services and programs from an Aboriginal world view. He has also orgnized many conferences related to the Indian Residential Schools and has provided support to the schools' survivors. Committed to the revival of the Halq'eméylem language, he has gained intermediate fluency of the language and encourages others to do so, too. Through his monthly sweat lodge ceremonies and Medicine Wheel workshops, Eddie spreads his knowledge of Stó:lo culture and traditions to the UFV community and beyond.