Join the conversation regarding the influence of companies on public institutions
Guest speakers moderated by Nicole Richard
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:00PM
Wu Centre, Dunn Building, Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick
Campus MAP: https://www.mta.ca/map/
Offered in English and French
● Duff Conacher, LL.B., Democracy Watch Canada
An internationally recognized leader in the area of democratic reform and government accountability. He is a former Ralph Nader's Raider and has worked as a researcher, community organizer and educator, legal intern and consultant. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, he has a long-standing interest in democratic process and corporate responsibility issues. He was the main Founder of Democracy Watch, was Coordinator from 1993 to June 2011, and is still a Board member of the organization. He is now the Coordinator of the national educational charity Your Canada, Your Constitution (YCYC), and also heads the firm GoodOrg.ca Consulting which provides advice and services to governments, businesses and citizen organizations in the areas of good governance, ethics, responsibility, communications, stakeholder and public relations. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto
● Emma Findlen LeBlanc, Oxford University
A Rhodes Scholar pursuing a doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on politically and economically marginalized forest workers in rural New Brunswick. Previously she wrote about shari’a law in rebel-controlled Syria. Her work has been published in GQ, Le Monde, Slate, and the New York Times Globalization and Human Rights blog, and her photography has been exhibited in the US, UK, and Middle East.
● Erin Steuter, Mount Allison University
An associate professor of sociology at Mount Allison University. Her MA and PhD theses examined ideological representations of the news. Recipient of multiple awards for her teaching and research, Erin Steuter is contacted regularly for interviews in connection with her research and published works, which have appeared in Political Communication and Persuasion, the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, and other noted academic journals.
● Geoff Martin, Mount Allison University
Born in Miramichi, NB, currently teaches Political Science part-time here at Mount Allison. He was educated at Dalhousie University, Purdue University, and York University in Toronto, where he graduated with the Ph.D. degree (1993). His major teaching and research interests are in Canadian and International Studies, and he has published numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. He is married and has two daughters.
● Kenneth Francis, Elsipogtog First Nation
A member of the Mi’kmaqs’ Elsipogtog First Nation. He is part of the Anti-Fracking movement in New-Brunswick. When SWN Resources, a Texas-based oil and natural gas company, began testing for fracking opportunities around Elsipogtog three years ago despite protests from the natives, Francis began researching how to protect his home. He looked at how other Indigenous people across Canada had won land claims. In the summer of 2014, he got inspired by Tsilhqot’in Nation's legal challenge, which resulted in their being the first First Nation in Canada to receive an Aboriginal land title over unceded territory. Francis decided he too had go to court to assert legal ownership of the Elsipogtogs' land.
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