conference-imageIt is with great excitement that we release a preliminary draft of the schedule for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s Annual Conference 2015!

The conference will take place from June 2-4, 2015 at the University of Ottawa, as part of the Annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Register for Congress here.

A final detailed conference program will be released in the weeks preceding the conference. 

Congress participants – don’t forget to book your accommodations! If you have not already booked a hotel room, take a look at http://congress2015.ca/plan-your-trip/accommodations. If you are interested in staying at the University of Ottawa residence, some single rooms are still available but you must contact the University’s Housing Services directly: 613-564-5400 / 1-888-564-4545.

For those travelling with little ones, check out the Congress child care services: http://congress2015.ca//plan-your-trip/local-amenities/child-minding.

Stay tuned for more information about the special evening events – the June 2nd Wine and Cheese (which follows ESAC’s Annual General Meeting) and the June 3rd ESAC banquet.

We look forward to meeting everyone in June! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at EsacConference2015@gmail.com

ESAC 2015 Draft Schedule

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Eco background

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to call for nominations for the annual Environmental Community’s Organizer (ECO-Award). Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization, which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

This award was created during ESAC’s 2012 annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario. Past honoured recipients are Kira Jade Cooper (2012), Ella Haley (2013) and Dave Ireland (2014).

The ECO-Award selection committee will evaluate nominees based on the following general criteria. The nominee:

  • Works within the field of environmental studies in Canada;
  • Contributes to community-building within the field of environmental studies through the creation of partnerships, networks, relationships and projects;
  • Demonstrates collaborative and reciprocal relationships and partnerships to address issues of importance to the field of environmental studies;
  • Increases environmental awareness through knowledge-sharing and outreach activities;
  • Encourages environmental action and empowers and supports others to become involved in activities related to the field of environmental studies;
  • Promotes the mobilization of knowledge and research to action and practice.

Nominations for or applications from individuals, groups, or organizations who work in interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams to advance the field of environmental studies through the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative collaborations and networks are particularly encouraged.

This award is made possible by a healthy level of participation and membership in the environmental studies community. All nominators and nominees are encouraged to participate in ESAC by maintaining their ESAC memberships or becoming members.

Nominations will be due electronically by midnight EST on Friday, May 1 to Geo Takach, ESAC board member, at takachg@macewan.ca.

Selection for the award will be made by the ESAC Board. Winners will be notified by the end of May and officially announced and honoured at ESAC’s annual conference at the University of Ottawa, part of the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Download the application form in PDF here: eco-award-call-nominations2015-fillable


ECO-AWARD Call for Nominations

We are grateful to the media sponsorship for the ECO-Award kindly provided by Alternatives Journal.

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Position: Membership Coordinator

Part-time: 10-15 hours/week
Contract: with ongoing review
Application deadline: February 9 (however applying asap is advantageous)

Location: Suite 202 – 195 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario  N2G 1B1


The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is a Learned Society formed in 1993 to connect environmentally leaning people from various disciplines in areas related to environmental studies in Canada. Alternatives Journal (A\J) has been the official journal of ESAC from 1993, and the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo has provided space for ESAC administration.

ESAC hosts a conference as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the conference will be June 2-4 at the University of Ottawa.

We are looking for an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic organizer to manage and build ESAC’s membership. You will also be assisting the ESAC board to coordinate the conference. You will be working among the passionate and committed team at A\J.

You should have excellent written and verbal communications skills as you will be in contact with your academic and environmental colleagues across the nation. You will report to the ESAC conference coordinator on matters with the conference, and you will report to the A\J outreach manager on matters of membership development. This position intends to be continuous, contingent on funding. There is room to grow in this position, particularly if major funding is attracted.


• 50-60% of your time will go to membership development • promoting ESAC and attracting new members
• Assist with the ESAC conference coordination
• Enter payment info and maintain membership database
• Manage bookkeeping and financial transactions
• Manage ESAC social media (twitter, facebook, newsletter, keep ESAC.ca updated, etc.
• Assist Board of Directors with promotional and other projects


• Experience with promotions and marketing
• Excellent customer service and telephone skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Impeccable attention to detail
• Experience handling finances
• Strong computer skills (plus familiarity with WordPress or other CMS platforms is an asset)
• Experience working in a university setting, +/or with other academics across the nation.
• Interest in environmental issues

Please send your RESUME and a LETTER OF INTEREST to: jobs [at] alternativesjournal.ca

DEADLINE: February 6, 2015.
Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

This posting is also available as a PDF.

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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC.ca) is extending its deadline for proposals for its Annual Conference by two weeks. The new due date for proposals is Friday, February 6th, 2015.

This year’s conference will take place at the University of Ottawa, from June 2nd to 4th. Confirmed keynote speakers include John Bennett – Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada, and Dave Ireland – Managing Director of the ROM’s Centre of Discovery in Biodiversity and winner of ESAC’s 2014 ECO-Award. Back by popular demand, ESAC has teamed up with the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) and the Network in Canadian History of the Environment (NiCHE) to put on its second Roundtable on Environmental History, featuring some of Canada’s leading scholars in the field. A special ‘green tour’ of the campus and Ottawa is also in the works.

ESAC 2015 promises to be an exciting and insightful event – apply now to present your environmental research. Full details on the submission process are available at: http://www.esac.ca/2014/11/esac-conference-2015-call-for-proposals/

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McGill University is seeking an outstanding individual with demonstrated leadership, excellence in scholarship, and administrative abilities to become the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES).

McGill University has established a global reputation for academic and research excellence across a wide-ranging number of disciplines that distinguishes it as Canada’s most international university and a leader in higher education. Information about McGill can be found at www.mcgill.ca. FAES is housed on McGill’s Macdonald Campus, located on a beautiful 650 hectare waterfront setting on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The Macdonald Campus contains state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, training and research, an arboretum, working animal and seed farms, horticulture centre and greenhouses, and is connected to the downtown campus by public transit and a McGill-operated shuttle service.

FAES comprises the following academic units, all of which have both strong undergraduate and graduate programs: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Bioresource Engineering, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and the Institute of Parasitology. In addition, the Dean of FAES presides over the multi-Faculty program housed in the McGill School of Environment. The Faculty has approximately 1400 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, over 100 tenured and tenure-track academic staff, as well as lecturers and other teaching staff, professionals, and administrative and support staff. The Faculty has strong research programs that are supported by national and provincial competitive funding programs. Further information about McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences may be found at www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of FAES is expected to possess the expertise and vision to lead the Faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. He/she will be an innovative thinker and excellent communicator and will be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research and the success of all students, faculty and staff. Experience in building diverse and collaborative teams, relating to a range of partners including local communities and municipal, provincial and federal governments, and an interest in or experience with fundraising will be important assets. The new Dean must have, or be willing to develop, the skills to work in French as well as English.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified candidates will be considered; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The review of nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. This appointment is for a five-year renewable term, and will take effect 1 July 2015 or as soon thereafter as possible. Applications and nominations should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7

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ESAC Conference 2015 Call for Proposals

Published on 19 November 2014 by in ESAC News


CALL FOR PAPERS – 2015 Annual Conference
University of Ottawa June 2–4, 2015


The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in our Annual Conference at the University of Ottawa (www.uottawa.ca) as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 (http://congress2015.ca).

As Canada’s leading association of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners involved in a diversity of environmental fields, ESAC facilitates networking and dialogue across environment-related fields and practices. Our 2015 conference is an excellent opportunity for delegates to take part in a lively exchange of ideas relating to the environment among academics, students, researchers, members of NGOs, community groups, the public and private sector, practitioners, policy-makers and activists. All are encouraged to make submissions on a broad range of issues, themes and case studies, including (but not limited to):

  • Knowledge and environment
  • Environmental education
  • Politics of environmental knowledge
  • Environmental policy
  • Marketing sustainability Consumption/production
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Climate change
  • Resilience
  • Community sustainability
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental or ecological economics
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Gender and environment
  • Resource management
  • Environmental psychology
  • Political ecology

This year’s conference theme, Capital Ideas, refers to the power of ideas. As the Congress organizers have noted, “ideas captivate our hearts and minds; ideas connect people and ignite discussions and debates; ideas create knowledge and spark discoveries. Ideas represent an invaluable currency capable of changing our lives and our world.” Reflecting this theme, ESAC keenly invites new ideas in scholarship and practice to engage with, and address the vital environmental opportunities and challenges facing the world today. We invite proposals for paper presentations, pre-organized panel sessions, poster presentations, or—new this year—3-minute thesis presentations by students.

Submission instructions
All proposals must be submitted by Friday, January 23, 2015 Friday, February 6, 2015. The conference organizing committee is accepting four distinct types of proposals:

  1. Individual paper presentations of 15-20 minutes. Presenters will be placed in the most appropriate session available based on the topic or method.
  2. Pre-organized panel sessions of 1.5 hours. Sessions may include a series of papers (each 15–20 minutes long) on a single issue (with or without a discussion of the issue by a panel) or a workshop addressing a specific topic. Sessions must have a coordinator. The coordinator organizes the session, ensures their contributors are registered to the conference and are members of ESAC, and informs them of scheduling, etc. As part of the session proposal the coordinator should submit an abstract for the session along with the names of all contributors. Coordinators will then be required to follow up with a more detailed write-up, including abstracts for each contribution, by the end of March (to be used for the conference extended program).
  3. Conference poster (and presentation): the ESAC Poster Competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Posters will be displayed and authors will be available for informal discussion during ESAC’s wine and cheese event on June 2. For further details when available, see www.esac.ca.
  4. 3-minute thesis presentations are open to graduate students and presented on June 3.?

All submissions should clearly state the type of submission (ie. individual paper, pre-organized session, conference poster, or 3-minute thesis, etc.) and include an abstract of 300 words or less including:

  • The object of study or theme of session
  • Theoretical framework, concept or research question/objective
  • Methodology or practice
  • Main conclusions
  • Relevance to the theme of Capital Ideas
  • At least three keywords to assist the conference committee in assigning your paper to an appropriate session if not a self-contained panel or workshop proposal
  • The institutional affiliation and contact email of the contributor(s).

Submissions should be sent by email to ESACconference2015@gmail.com by January 23, 2015. Acceptance e-mails will be sent out in March 2015.

Membership and registration
You must be an ESAC member in good standing to present at the conference. Presenters not possessing membership will be removed from the program. Please visit http://www.esac.ca/join-esac/ for details on joining ESAC. All delegates must also register for both ESAC and Congress through the Congress registration website.
June 2: ESAC opening plenary and program, poster competition, wine and cheese, Eco-Award
June 3: ESAC program, 3-minute thesis presentations
June 4: ESAC program, banquet

Keynote speakers already confirmed include:

John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada
John Bennett has a long history of campaigning on energy and environmental issues. In the 1970s, John co-founded the first Greenpeace office east of the Rockies and launched Greenpeace’s first nuclear power campaign. He created a media session by leading a trio of Greenpeace activists who canoed into the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant to prove it lacked security. John was communications director for the Green Party of Canada, including the 2008 campaign in which the Greens, led by Elizabeth May, won nearly a million votes and was the only party to increase its total. His experience has demonstrated the importance of collaborating with other groups and including as many people as possible, and their ideas, in whatever work must be done. That was especially obvious in the creation of the Green Budget Coalition, which analyzed federal budgets in terms of their impact on environmental concerns. He also wants the knowledge he and others have gained to be passed on to younger people, particularly those in the Sierra Youth Coalition, “to ensure there’s someone to take up the torch.” (www.sierraclub.ca/en/users/john-bennett)

Dave Ireland, Managing Director, Centre of Biodiversity, Royal Ontario Museum
Dave Ireland unites his passion for conservation and biodiversity efforts with his commitment to public environmental awareness, launching well-received and powerful exhibits such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibit and Program Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Before joining ROM in 2011, Mr. Ireland designed and delivered conservation education programs for the public at the Toronto Zoo. In addition to his professional positions, Mr. Ireland is also well-known and well-respected for his leadership in and founder of the Ontario Road Ecology Group (OREG), which he also chairs, and for which he won ESAC’s ECO-Award in 2014. OREG works with multiple stakeholders to protect biodiversity from the threat of roads and traffic, and is a leader in bringing in ecological thinking to road design and management. (http://www.esac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Dave-Ireland-ECO-Award-Winner-Press-Release-2014_FINAL.pdf)

We are planning a collaboration with another national, scholarly association, aimed at hosting joint sessions and more in conjunction with our respective annual conferences at Congress 2015. Details will be announced soon.

Program Chair and ESAC President: Veronica Wahl
Local Coordinators: TBA

Download the 2015 Call for ProESAC 2015 CFPposals as a PDF

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The theme “rare earths” has become of utmost importance worldwide. Rare earth metals  play a strategic role in the energy and high-tech industry. Their importance in the industry lies in the fact that almost all the latest technologies such as the solar and wind energy sector, smart phones, the aerospace industry, high-efficiency lighting and electric motors, hybrid and electric vehicles, etc. require these rare minerals.  In view of high demands for rare earths, their exploration should happen within a sustainable basis and their processing should be consistent with the goals of green technologies.

But despite the importance of this theme, there are only a few publications which have tackled the topic in an interdisciplinary way. In order to address this perceived need, the book Rare Earths Industry: Technological, Economic and Environmental Implications, is now  being prepared.  The book will be published by Elsevier, one of the top 5 world publishers.

The book will document and promote  research, projects and field work in the rare earths industry, meeting a demand for critical, updated and extensive analyses and information on the theme.  The book is structured along three major sections: Part I deals with the Rare Earths Reserves and Mining; Part II  has a focus on Rare Earths Processes and High-Tech Product Development; and Part III deals with Rare Earths Recycling Opportunities and Challenges. The book has an interdisciplinary orientation with a focus on technical, scientific, academic, economic, and environmental, industry and market issues, thus, widely covering multiple interests. All articles will pass through a peer review process. A double-blind peer review aiming to generate constructive comments, will ensure the quality of the manuscripts.

The details are as follows:
* Papers should be up to 7.000 words including references,
* Witten in Times Roman 12,
* Single spaced
We will be happy to send a sample paper to potential authors, so they can follow the standard format, especially the information on authors and the references.

Schedule: Abstracts are due by the 30th September 2014. First Draft due by the 15th November 2014. Full papers are due by the 30th January 2015.
The publication will be ready in late summer 2015 and authors will get one free copy.  If you need further details, please contact the editors at: beids@beids.de

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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of its annual Environmental Community Organizer (ECO) Award. After an extensive review process, and with unanimous and enthusiastic support, the 2014 winner of the ECO-Award is Mr. Dave Ireland, from Toronto, Ontario.

The award will be given out on May 27th, 2014 at 5:30pm during the annual Environmental Studies Association Conference as part of the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

The 2014 Winner of the ECO-Award 

Mr. Ireland is currently the Managing Director of the Centre of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), where he unites his passion for conservation and biodiversity efforts with his commitment to public environmental awareness, launching well-received and powerful ROM exhibits such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibit and Program Festival. Before taking the position at the ROM in 2011, Mr. Ireland was the Curator of Conservation and the Environment at the Toronto Zoo, where he designed and delivered conservation education programs for the public. In addition to his professional positions, Mr. Ireland is also well-known and well-respected for his leadership in and founder of the Ontario Road Ecology Group (OREG), which he also Chairs, and for which this award honours him. The OREG works with multiple stakeholders to protect biodiversity from the threat of roads and traffic, and is a leader in bringing in ecological thinking to road design and management.

As his nomination form attested, “[Mr. Ireland’s] ability to bring the appropriate partners together to work towards a common goal makes him invaluable to the environmental community. His insight and foresight for big picture conservation initiatives and projects are matched by his ability and experience to develop them and see them come to fruition. In the field of environmental studies Dave is a leader and progresses the field by promoting and fostering partnerships that address important environmental issues at the government, academic and public level.”

This award was created by ESAC to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals or groups who are working together to build partnerships and networks within the field of environmental studies, who increase environmental awareness through education and outreach, and who promote the mobilization of knowledge and research into action and practice. Mr. Ireland is an excellent example of these criteria. “For the conservation of biodiversity to be truly successful, we have to fully involve our diverse communities,” says Mr. Ireland, “the problems we face are far too big for academics, governments, or businesses to manage on their own. I am honoured and flattered to receive the ECO-Award, but I certainly accept it on behalf of the hundreds, if not thousands, of dedicated professionals, educators, scientists and volunteers who make up the Ontario Road Ecology Group. I’m proud to lead this strong network, and am excited about our future plans in the national and international arena.”

Winners are given a cash award of $1000, a one-year membership to the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, including a subscription to Alternatives Journal, and are invited to be keynote speakers at the next year’s Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s conference.

“We are thrilled to announce Mr. Ireland as this year’s recipient,” states Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ESAC Board Member and coordinator of the ECO-Award. “He embodies the criteria of this award, and stands as an inspiration for community-building, educational outreach, mobilizing research into advocacy, and environmental leadership. We were very impressed by the dedication that Mr. Ireland has shown to activities that support and perpetuate conservation initiatives across sectors, and by his commitment to public engagement and education. The Environmental Studies Association of Canada extends their sincerest congratulations to Mr. Dave Ireland!”

This year, given the quality of the nominations for this award, ESAC decided to create two honorary mentions to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Mr. Don Wright, and Drs. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono. Don Wright of Lochlin, Ontario was hailed for his dedication to environmental education and public outreach through the conservation of his own property, and for his tireless work voluntarily educating youth on conservation and environmental issues in their own backyard. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono are being honoured for being the creators and driving forces behind the Under Western Skies conference, and are recognized for creating an engaging, diverse, and interdisciplinary gathering place for environmental studies professionals, scholars, activists, artists, communities, decision-makers, and students to engage in dialogue and promote environmental knowledge sharing and learning.

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As April comes to a close, it’s time to start getting excited for our annual conference at the end of May! Check out the updated full program: ESAC Program

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We would like to invite you to the upcoming Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) at Concordia University in Montreal. This is an exciting opportunity for students, researchers and members of the general public to learn from seasoned academics, politicians and policy makers. Please take a look and also share this invitation with your networks.
We hope to welcome you to the WSSR in 2014!
Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR)
For the sixth year, Concordia University’s Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) are offering a series of short, intensive educational experiences and networking opportunities that allow participants to develop their critical thinking skills, make new contacts, and succeed as future decision makers.
Several influential public figures and renowned academics will offer workshops aboutDemocratic GovernancePublic Policy, and Research Methodology (see below for a list of our instructors). These seminars are an exceptional opportunity for students and participants from all walks of life to gain direct access to and engage with individuals with first-hand experience in the field.
Located on Concordia University’s vibrant downtown campus right at the heart of Montreal, this is a great chance for you to combine unique summer learning with the exciting sights and sounds of this exceptional city.
Workshops range from one to five days and are offered both for credit and non-credit. Drawing participants from other universities, civil servants, professionals from the private sector, and members of the general public, the WSSR are open to anyone eager to advance their skills and perspectives.
Whether you wish to attend a single workshop or many, you can join us at any time from May 1-July 17, 2014.
Spaces are limited so find out more and register today!
Click here to find out more: www.concordia.ca/wssr  or download our program at: http://goo.gl/cW6sNt
Elections & Democracy
May 1 – Managing Provincial Elections in Quebec (in French), with Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec
May 5-6 – Managing Provincial Elections: The BC Perspective, with Dr. Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia
June 3-4 – Changing Canada’s Electoral System, with Dr. John Courtney, Senior Policy Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University Saskatchewan
June 16-17 – Electoral and Democratic Reform: What Should We Do? with Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Former Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
June 16-17 – Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them, with Susan Delacourt, Senior Political Writer, Toronto Star and Dr. Don Lenihan, Senior Associate, Public Policy Forum
July 16-17 – Electoral Integrity, with Dr. Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University
Free Speech
May 8-9 – Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Agewith Dr. Tom Flanagan, Former Chief Campaign Organizer and Political Advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Integrity, Corruption, Accountability & Democratic Reform
May 5 – How We Can Govern Canada Ethically, with Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and Former Associate Deputy Minister of Justice
May 21 – Democratic Reform in Canada and What is Needed, with Honourable Michael Chong, Former Cabinet Member and Member of Parliament, Wellington-Halton Hills
May 30 – Improving Accountability in the Senate and What Can be Done, with HonourableSenator James Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
June 2 – Accountability in the Senate, with Dr. Gary W. O’Brien, Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments
June 9 – Principled Leadership and Politics, with Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Former Premier of Ontario and Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Municipal Politics
May 8-9 – After Fusion and Collusion: It’s Time to Fix Montreal’s Municipal Governance, with Peter F. Trent, Mayor of Westmount
June 23 – Sustainability in the City, with David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and President and CEO of World Wildlife
Fund – Canada
Natural Resources and the Environment
May 22-23 – The Environment and Democratic Governance, with Honourable Stéphane Dion, Former Minister of Environment, Architect of The Green Shift
May 26-27 – Politics of Natural Resource Extraction: What’s at Stake? with Honourable Stockwell Day, Former President of the Treasury Board
Parliamentary Democracy
May 6-7 – The Parliamentary Process and Procedures, with Honourable Don Boudria, Former Cabinet Minister
Polling and Democracy
Date TBD – The Future of Polling and Democracy, with Bruce Anderson, Chairman at Abacus Data, Principal at Anderson Insight, and Political commentator on the At Issue Panel
Rights, Diversity and Minorities
June 5-6 – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Its Purpose and its Progress, with Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
June 23 and 25 – The Political Accommodation of Cultural Differences in Multicultural Societies, with Dr. Matteo Gianni, Associate Professor, University of Geneva
June 26-27 – Bridging the Divide: Managing Languages in Canada, with Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages in Canada
June 16-17 – Dealing with Disasters: How Governments Cope with Unexpected Events, with Dr. Saundra Schneider
Public Policy and Public Service
May 26-27 – The Responsibility for Care: The State of Elder Care in Quebec, with Nancy Guberman, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
May 29-30 – Social Welfare Policy: the New Brunswick Experience, with James Hughes, Former Deputy Minister of New Brunswick’s Department of Social Development
June 5-6 – Cost Projection and Why it Matters, with Kevin Page, Former Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Luc Pépin Research
Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
June 10-11 – Social Gerontology in Practice, with the Leading Practices Team in Social Gerontology, CSSS Cavendish – CAU and Cindy Starnino, Director of Quality, Performance and the University Mission, CSSS Cavendish – CAU
June 12-13 – The Role of Government, with Mel Cappe, Professor, School of Community and Public Governance and Former Clerk of the Privy Council
June 16-17 – Aging and the Territorial Politics of Social Policy, with Dr. Daniel Béland, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Qualitative Methods
May 22-23 – Focus Groups, with Sébastien Dallaire, Associate Vice President, Léger
May 28-30 – Discourse Analysis, with Dr. Lea Sgier, Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest
June 2-4 – Causal Case Studies, with Dr. Derek Beach, Associate Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Quantitative Methods
June 18-19 – Statistical Graphics for Visualizing Data, with Dr. William Jacoby, Professor, Michigan State University
Quantitative Methods (ICPSR Summer Program Workshops)
June 2-6 – Introduction to Regression Analysis, with Dr. Saundra Schneider, Professor, Michigan State University
June 9-13 – Multivariate Models for Social Scientists and Policy Analysts: Choices, Interventions, Dynamics, with Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor, University of Texas at Dallas and Dr. Guy Whitten, Professor and Director of the European Union Center at Texas A & M University
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