Greg Poelzer is Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the University of Saskatchewan where he is also an Associate Professor of Political Studies and an Associate Member of the schools of Public Policy and Environment and Sustainability. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta (1996). Greg is the former Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of the Arctic (2003-2008), and currently leads the UArctic international Northern Governance Thematic Network—a research group consisting of 22 member organizations from seven Arctic states. His research focuses on comparative politics and policy as it relates to northern regions and to Aboriginal-state relations. His first book, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (2008), was awarded the Donner Prize for excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy writing. Off-campus, he can be found canoeing in the many lakes and rivers of Saskatchewan or hunting with his Large Munsterlander, Gus, for Saskatchewan’s finest game birds.
Alec Aitken is a Full Professor and the Department Head of Geography & Planning as well as past Academic Coordinator of the B.A. Northern Studies program at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a Team Leader for Core Curriculum Revision for the University of the Arctic with responsibility for BCS 311/312 Land and Environment. Alec’s research is focused in the Canadian Arctic and has explored research subjects in modern marine ecology, coastal geomorphology and marine geology, and Quaternary geology and palaeontology. He served as a Project Leader (2002-2007) in the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES), a large multidisciplinary and international study of the marine environment of the Beaufort Sea. He is currently engaged in collaborative research with the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa), Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Winnipeg), the Geological Survey of Canada (Halifax), and the Institute for Ocean Sciences (Victoria) exploring the impacts of environmental change in the western Canadian Arctic on the marine ecology and marine geology of the Beaufort Sea.
Alan Anderson is currently a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Research Fellow in Ethnic and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Political Studies, a Research Associate of the Community-University Institute for Social Research, and an Associate Member of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He chaired the International Studies Program for many years. Alan is also a board member of Canadian Studies in Population, and works with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute assessing research projects in Indigenous housing—one of his main research interests. He was a Research Director of the Bridges and Foundations Project on Urban Aboriginal Housing, a CURA project funded primarily by SSHRC and CMHC. His edited book based on that project, Home in the City: Urban Aboriginal Housing and Living Conditions, will be published by the University of Toronto Press this year. Interestingly, he has also inherited an interest in the North: his grandfather commanded northern expeditions which charted the Northwest Passage from Labrador to Hudson Bay, and later headed the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Alan continues to enjoy cross-country skiing, long-distance running, and mountain hiking.
Mary Jeanne (M.J.) Barrett
M.J. Barrett is an assistant professor, cross-appointed in the School of Environment and Sustainability and the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Working from a highly interdisciplinary perspective, her research focuses on creating a shared ethical space where worldviews and ways of knowing of Aboriginal Peoples are recognized and valued. Specifically, her research works to support effective inclusion of multiple knowledge systems into environmental decision-making. She holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to develop and pilot test an educational program for environmental professionals, graduate students and faculty. Her research addresses the questions of how a deepened understanding of Indigenous and other trans-rational ways of knowing can enable non-Indigenous resource managers and researchers to more effectively and respectfully understand and engage with Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge in environmental management contexts. It also queries into social constructs which may act as barriers to developing such understanding. Without an understanding of the underlying premises (e.g. ontologies) of multiple knowledge systems, non-Aboriginal peoples will continue to miss opportunities to effectively engage with this knowledge and the people who hold it. M.J.'s research has often been described as leading edge and her doctoral dissertation was short-listed for two national awards. She has a background in outdoor, experiential and environmental education. Her research is based in Saskatchewan and the Yukon, but has implications for many locations.
Bonita Beatty is the Co-Director, Graduate Studies at the ICNGD and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She is from Deschambault Lake, Saskatchewan and a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. Her non-academic work reflects her academic interest in the areas of First Nation health management and administration, policy-making, strategic planning, community development and training. She was a Senior Policy Analyst for the provincial government in the Saskatchewan Indian and Métis Affairs Secretariat, Director of Community Development and Executive Director of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Inc., and Executive Director of the Health and Social Development Secretariat, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. In 2013, Bonita received the Provost's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in recognition of her leadership in developing the Master of Northern Governance and Development program as well as her strong and sustained commitment to ensuring the success of northern students.
Loleen Berdahl is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include political behaviour, Canadian federalism and regionalism, urban policy, and public opinion. Prior to joining the Political Studies department in 2008, Loleen was the Director of Research and then Senior Researcher at the Canada West Foundation, a Calgary-based nonpartisan public policy research institute. In her work at the Foundation, Loleen was the principal investigator on seven of the largest public opinion surveys examining democratic and public policy attitudes and political culture in western Canada. A former Fulbright Scholar (University of Texas at Dallas, 1996), Loleen is the co-author of three books; the most recent, Western Visions, Western Futures: Perspectives on the West in Canada (co-authored with Roger Gibbins), was published by Broadview Press in 2003. Between 2010 and 2013, Loleen worked with Bonita Beatty (Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan) and Greg Poelzer (Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan) on an extensive research project to measure political culture and participation in Northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal communities; the project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Lois Berry has over 30 years experience as a nurse educator. She has taught in classroom and clinical settings in practical, diploma, and baccalaureate nursing programs, and has held leadership positions at middle and senior leadership positions in a variety of post secondary settings. Her professional research and practice interests lie in leadership and policy development in health care and health professional education, with a focus on quality and equality. She is interested in social justice, with a specific interest in access to health care and health professional education for diverse populations in local and global contexts. In her current position as Acting Associate Dean for North and Northwestern Campus and Rural and Remote Engagement at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, she works to develop relationships with northern, rural and Aboriginal communities aimed at building capacity at a community level. As a member of the College of Nursing Global Health Committee, her goal is to ensure that the College of Nursing is actively engaged in educational and research programming in the north and in rural and remote areas, and is linked locally and globally through provincial, national and international partnerships.
Lalita Bharadwaj is a Toxicologist with expertise in the area of Human Health Risk Assessment. She has conducted a variety of risk assessments for specific contaminated sites, explicit and unique exposure scenarios and for materials used in the construction industry. Her research program focuses on gaining insight into the potential health risks to rural populations of Canada, including First Nations communities that may be associated with long-term exposure to chemical contaminants through water (primarily), soil and air (secondarily). The impact of environmental chemicals at the cellular/molecular level and community level is examined in her research, which also incorporates community-based participatory research approaches. Building capacity in the fields of environmental health sciences is a key component of her research and scholarly activities. Under the auspices of this portion of her programme she strives to foster the development of young students from First Nations communities and within the university through summer student mentorship and their involvement in research activities.
Robert Bone is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geography and former Director of the Institute for Northern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. His area of expertise is in the development of the Canadian and Circumpolar North. Professor Bone has written over a hundred papers, reports and books on the peoples, resources and demography of the Canadian North. His book, The Canadian North: Issues and Challenges, serves as the principal text for courses on the Canadian North.
Ryan Brook is an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources in the Indigenous Land Management Institute and Department of Animal and Poultry Science, as well as the School of Environment and Sustainability. He holds a B.Sc, M.N.R.M., and PhD from the University of Manitoba, and a PDF from the University of Calgary. His research areas include Aboriginal wildlife; land and resource management; community-based ecosystem monitoring; Aboriginal and rural youth education and training; human-wildlife conflict, and; climate change impacts on landscape change and the carbon footprint of research. Ryan is currently immersed in planning research around caribou management that he's carrying out in cooperation with the ICNGD and the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC). He has published articles in Preventative Veterinary Medicine, EcoHealth, Arctic, and Biodiversity and Conservation. He teaches undergraduate courses in Animal Science and a graduate course in Aboriginal Land Management.
Nola Buhr, PhD, CA, joined the accounting faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in July, 2000. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 1988 and worked for five years in public practice for CA firms in Winnipeg and Bermuda. Since obtaining her PhD in Accounting from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1994, Nola has taught accounting at universities in the US, Oman and Canada. Broadly speaking her area of research is accountability and her work includes environmental and sustainability accounting disclosure as well as accounting history. Nola has published widely and sits on seven academic editorial boards. One of her recent projects was serving as the researcher for the CICA Report Financial Reporting by First Nations. Nola has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1991. In March 2009 she completed a two year term as the Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board which sets accounting standards for all levels of government in Canada. Nola is currently a member of the federal government Departmental Audit Committees for the departments of Canadian Heritage and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. As well, she is the chair of the audit committee for the government of the province of Saskatchewan.
Ryan Bullock is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies (PhD Waterloo; MES Wilfrid Laurier; BA Hon. Laurentian) and his research interests address the human dimensions of environmental resource management, northern governance, development and conflict, and community-based research approaches. Ryan has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals and edited books on community-based forest and watershed management, with an emphasis on local planning and policy processes in emerging multi-level governance arrangements. Together with colleagues, one of his current projects involves a comparative analysis of First Nations-led decision making processes and collaborative forest governance arrangements across the provincial norths of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
Lorna Butler is a Professor and Dean at University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia, Masters of Nursing from Dalhousie and her PhD from the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science. She also holds an Adjunct Appointment at Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professions and Cross Appointed to the Faculty of Medicine. She is also an Affiliate Scientist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in the Department of Urology. Since joining the University of Saskatchewan she has become Vice Chair of the Council of Health Sciences Deans and assumed the Chair in July, 2010. This is a council of six colleges, Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy & Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine and the School of Public Health. Her research interests are in behavioral and quality of life research with a particular interest in cancer recurrence and sexuality as a component of quality of life in chronic disease. She continued to research quality of life related to gender differences in the sexual well-being for men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer. In the role of Dean, College of Nursing, the opportunity to influence change is an important one. She has spearheaded the plans for creating learning spaces for students across the province through community engagement in rural and remote areas as well as through the more traditional on campus experience. The design and delivery of the program recognizes the ongoing learning needs of nurses working in a knowledge intensive health care environment and their need for lifelong learning. She understands that program development is broader than nursing and should aspire toward a model that is transferable within the Academic Health Sciences.
Keith Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on Aboriginal people and societies. He is currently working with the Métis of North West Saskatchewan to produce an historical atlas. The Métis atlas project involves scholars from several universities, the Métis community itself, and graduate students under Keith’s supervision.
Cecil Chabot is a SSHRC scholar and doctoral candidate in the University of Ottawa’s Department of History, and was recently a visiting scholar at the University of Aberdeen. His formative years in a James Bay Cree community have been the foundation for his professional and academic engagements in northern and indigenous issues. He has worked or advised on these issues with(in) various entities, including: Mocreebec Council of the Cree Nation, Moose Cree First Nation, the Office of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Indian Claims Commission, the Inter-Agency Secretariat and Panel on Research Ethics, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is co-founder and acting coordinator of the Moose Factory Historical Association, and the Heritage Committee of the Moose River Heritage and Tourism Association. His research focuses on historical and contemporary manifestations of – and challenges to – leadership, governance, and traditional cultures of personal responsibility, especially in subarctic Canada. His research also delves into questions relating to history, heritage and community development; fur-trade and northern development within a transatlantic perspective; and cross-cultural conflict historiography – a theme explored in one of his most recent publications: “Reconciling Amerindian and Euroamerican (Mis)Understandings of a Shared Past: Lessons for Conflict Historiography from the 1832 Hannah Bay ‘Massacre’” (The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 30, no. 2 ).
Douglas A. Clark
Douglas A. Clark is a Centennial Chair and Assistant Professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a Research Affiliate with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. Doug, who spent 11 years in natural resource conservation with Parks Canada, earned a bachelor degree in biology from the University of Victoria, a master’s in zoology from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in geography and environmental studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2007, he has served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Yukon College, building the college’s research capacity and providing strategic advice on a new undergraduate environmental studies program. During this time, he was also appointed as a Post Doctoral Fellow with the University of Alberta, leading a collaborative research project intended to improve decision-making in polar bear conservation by applying problem analysis methods from the policy sciences. Some of his other research interests include governance and policy processes for wildlife and ecosystem management, large carnivore conservation and wildlife-human conflicts, and improving professional practice in natural resource management.
Ken Coates is the Co-Director, Research at the ICNGD and a Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan campus). He is a well-known historian specializing in the history of the Yukon and Northern Canada in general, who has written many books both for academic and trade audiences. Ken’s passion for higher education, and in particular the Arts disciplines, has taken him across Canada and around the world with posts at the University of Waterloo; University of Victoria; University of Northern British Columbia; University of Waikato, New Zealand; and the University of New Brunswick.
Joseph Garcea is the Department Head of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He teaches courses in Canadian governance and politics, public policy, public management, federalism and multi-level governance. His research and publications have focused on policy areas such as local government reforms, urban Indian reserves, multiculturalism, immigration, and citizenship. He has served as Chair and Director of Research and Analysis for the Saskatchewan Task Force on Municipal Legislative Renewal, as a member of Saskatchewan’s Métis Electoral Panel, as a member of Saskatoon’s Municipal Ward Commission, as Domain Leader for the Politics and Citizenship Domain for the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, and as Team Leader for the Saskatchewan component of an MCRI project on multi-level governance.
Hayley Hesseln directed the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment at the University of Saskatchewan, from 2006 to 2008, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Bioresources, Policy, Business and Economics. From 2008-2011, Hayley was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of the Arctic (UArctic) hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. Hayley teaches land and environmental economics and conducts research on issues related to forestry. She has done research on the economics of wildfire and fuels management including an examination of the costs of fuels treatments, such as prescribed burning and mechanical fuels reduction. In addition, she has explored the impacts of wildfire in the wildland urban interface, wildland fire policy, and the effects of GIS on suppression expenditures. Her current research interests include the effects of change on the boreal forest and property rights regimes associated with natural resources across the circumpolar north. Her publications include a co-authored forest economics textbook, Principles of Forest and Environmental Economics, and journal articles related to forestry.
Carin Holroyd is currently an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She was involved with the initial establishment of the University of Northern British Columbia, working primarily on the development of international linkages for the new institution. She has worked and studied extensively around the world and holds degrees from UBC, Chauminade University of Hawaii and Sophia University (Japan), and a PhD from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research focuses on the role of government in the management of regional and national economies. She is currently working on two projects: a comparative study of national innovation systems (which coordinate the activities of government, the private sector and the universities in the development of science and technology-based economies), and the role of government in the development and implementation of environmental technologies. Carin is completing a project on the environmental technology policies of the Government of Japan. She has a long-standing interest in northern affairs; her first scholarly paper examined the commercial presence of Japanese companies in northern British Columbia. She is interested in understanding the intersection of government policy, the development of environmental technologies, and private sector engagement in responding to the climate and other environmental challenges of the circumpolar world.
Eric Howe joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1979, as a Professor with the Department of Economics. He specializes in Aboriginal social policy research, individual charitable giving, economic forecasting, economic modeling, microeconomic theory, and the economies of Saskatchewan and the Arctic. His research is documented in an extensive list of publications in professional journals, including articles in Arctic, Econometrica, Journal of Regional Science, Canadian Public Policy, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Theoretical Probability, Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. His formal education has been supplemented by extensive practical experience performing economic analyses, including employment by the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Applied Mathematics Division of the National Bureau of Standards, and the United States Agency for International Development. He has done research for the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Government of Saskatchewan, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Prince Albert Grand Council, the General Council of the Métis Settlements of Alberta, SaskTel, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Kitikmeot Corporation, and others. He has received numerous teaching awards while at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Eric enjoys attending theatre, cooking, backpacking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and being a grandfather.
Karla Jessen Williamson
Karla Jessen Williamson is Inuit, born in Appamiut, Maniitsoq area in Greenland. She has a Master’s degree in Education, having written her Master's thesis on Inuit child-rearing practices and did her field research on Pangirtung, Nunavut. She received her PhD from the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, having done her doctoral work on "Inuit Women: Power and Prestige." She has written on the Inuit relationship to the land and the implications of the education of Inuit children. She speaks Greenland Inuktitut, Danish, and English. She currently teaches at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in the Indian and Northern Education Program, teaching in cross-cultural and multicultural issues. Karla has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally, and has been the editor of the Journal of Indigenous Studies. She is also Senior Researcher for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, an organization whose aim is to represent the rights of the Inuit at the national level, and continue working to improve living conditions for Inuit economically and socially. She was former Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary and was the first and only woman to date to have directed the Institute in more than sixty years of its existence. Karla served on the Canadian Steering Committee (CSC) for the International Polar Year in 2007/08, and is instrumental in developing the Canadian proposal on human health research in the Arctic titled "Arctic Resiliency and Diversity: Community Response to Change." She also presents masking as a call for a greater Inuit understanding of gender equality in relation to the environment, ancestors and animals. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two children.
Mark Johnston is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the areas of forest ecology and climate change with the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. He has degrees in forest management and forest science from the University of Minnesota, the University of Alberta and the State University of New York. He has a wide range of research interests including carbon sequestration, emissions trading, forest ecosystem modeling, and interdisciplinary research. He has published in the areas of forest ecology, climate change and sustainable forest management, and is active in several national committees on forest science and forest carbon management.
Andre Legare holds a PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geography, as well as a Master’s degree in Political Science from Laval University. For the past twenty years, he has written extensively on Aboriginal land claims and political development in the Canadian North. His research interest focuses on governance in Nunavut and in the Northwest Territories. He has recently authored an article on the socio-political development of Nunavut (The Northern Review, spring 2009). Andre Legare lives in Yellowknife, where he works as a Chief Negotiator on Aboriginal Land Claims and on Self-Government. Until recently, he was also the Chair of the Francophone School Board of the Northwest Territories (2003-2008) and previously the President of the Francophone Federation of the Northwest Territories (1999-2000).
John Moffatt holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from Queen's University. Since 2007 he has been an Associate Professor at the Ron and Jane Graham Centre for the Study of Communication, in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a member of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and a Fellow of the Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies programme. His research interests focus on the application of rhetorical and communication theory to discourses of emergent cultural identity. He has presented papers and published articles on a range of mediaeval and contemporary subjects; his most recent work centres on the rhetoric of the Old Icelandic accounts of the Norse settlements in Greenland and Vinland.
Tom Molloy, described as Canada’s most expert treaty negotiator, was also the 12th Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Beginning his career as a lawyer with the firm MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, this award-winning author negotiated some of the most important treaties in Canada, including the Nunavut Agreement, the Nisga’a Agreement, the Lheidli Tenneh Agreement in British Columbia, and the Inuit of Northern Quebec Offshore Agreement. Tom was appointed by the Government of Ontario as the principal representative to the negotiations between the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations and Canada. He continues to communicate to the public the significance of the land claim settlement process. In 2006 he published the book, The World is Our Witness: The Historical Journey of the Nisga’a into Canada, which has won two book awards. In October 2012, Tom was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in recognition of 30 years of service as chief federal negotiator; for being one of the nation's most respected negotiators of Indigenous land claims and treaty settlements, and; for his community service including work on numerous boards and committees. Tom practices law at the firm of Miller-Thomson LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Bram Noble is an Associate Professor with the Department of Geography and Planning, and School of Environment and Sustainability. His research is focused primarily on methods and frameworks for regional environmental planning and cumulative effects assessment, particularly within the context of mineral and energy resource development. Amongst his current research activities is an evaluation of community-based monitoring programs in the northern mining sector, and the development of regional and strategic environmental assessment frameworks for northern energy resource planning. Bram is also engaged in the professional practice of impact assessment, and has served as a senior scientific advisor to various federal organizations, including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Auditor General of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment.
Bob Patrick is an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan Department of Geography and Planning and an associate member in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS). He also chairs the Regional and Urban Planning program at the U of S. Bob completed his PhD in water resource planning and management at the University of Guelph in 2007 after working for 12 years as a regional planner with local government in British Columbia and Australia. His primary research interest is around planning for drinking water protection. He has worked with the Government of the Northwest Territories to develop and implement a community-based planning framework for source water protection plans. He also works with First Nation communities to develop on-reserve source protection plans in Alberta and Saskatchewan. His graduate and undergraduate teaching includes regional and environmental planning for sustainable communities as well as integrated water resources planning. In 2012 he supervised a Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) student in her project on "Formulation and Implementation of Adaptive Planning Policies in Response to Climate Change".
Peter Phillips an international political economist, Professor of Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan), and an associate member in the departments of Economics (Arts College), Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics (Agriculture College) and Management (Edwards School of Business) at the University of Saskatchewan. He has served as Professor-at-Large at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia. His research concentrates on issues related to governing transformative innovation. He has published over 70 articles, books and reports on biotechnology regulation and policy, technological change, innovation systems, intellectual property management, supply chain management and trade policy. His research has applications in the circumpolar area, as many of the innovation systems and innovative products are focused on centres in northern, or the northern periphery. He was the co-Principle Investigator of the Genome Alberta project on Translating Knowledge in Health Systems (2006-2010), a collaborator on the SSHRC MCRI on Innovation Systems (2006-2011), as well as a collaborator on five other internationally peer-reviewed research programs. His latest book Governing Transformative Technological Innovation: Who’s in charge? was published by Edward Elgar in June 2007.
Maureen Reed is a Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability and in the Department of Geography (University of Saskatchewan). She teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses. Her research focuses on social and environmental sustainability of rural communities. She is particularly concerned with explaining how environmental and land use policies affect rural places; hence, her research is focused on how participatory decision-making approaches, working conditions, gender relations, and socio-cultural change affect the capacity of rural communities to work towards sustainability. She currently works on several research projects related to ecosystem management in forestry and agricultural communities, biosphere reserves, and national parks. In addition to dozens of journal articles and book chapters, Maureen has written three books, including Our Environment: A Canadian Perspective, 4th Edition (2008, with Dianne Draper) and Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities (2003).
Toddi Steelman is Executive Director and Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability (University of Saskatchewan). In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, where she worked on biodiversity conservation issues in the greater Vancouver region. She is currently the editor in chief of the journal Policy Sciences. Her research focuses on improving the governance of environmental and natural resources, with an emphasis on science, policy, and decision making interactions. She places special emphasis on the role of the public and community in decision making. Current and past research and outreach projects have included climate change adaptation, disaster resilient communities, risk and crisis communication, wildfire preparedness, watershed remediation and management, land and open space protection, national forest planning, community forestry, and biodiversity conservation. She is the author of Implementing Innovation: Fostering Enduring Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Governance (Georgetown University Press, 2010). She is the co-author of Knowledge and Environmental Policy: Re-Imagining the Boundaries of Science and Politics (MIT Press, 2010), Collaborative Environmental Management: What Role for Government? (Resources for the Future, 2004), and Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy and Decision Making (Columbia University Press, 2005) and numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Lee Swanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. His research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, and institutional-community engagement, particularly as these relate to Northern and indigenous people. He has served on numerous economic, tourism, and arts boards and has been involved with economic and community economic development initiatives. Lee is an experienced academic leader having served for eight years as a Dean in the Alberta college system.
Karen Tanino is a Professor in the Dept. Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan and is currently head of the Northern Agriculture Thematic Network under University of the Arctic. She has studied/worked in the area of low temperature stress for 20 years. She specializes in plant abiotic stress physiology and teaches the graduate level course PLSC 865.3 Plant Abiotic Stress, which is being re-formatted to deliver through real time video conferencing to other countries. She has published 27 contributions and 23 conference presentations, edited/co-edited 3 books on plant abiotic stress, and been invited to edit a volume in CABI’s series on Climate Change: Cold Adaptation and Climate Change. In addition, together with Gerry Ivanochko (Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Saskatchewan), they have developed the most extensive baseline data globally available for wild mushroom productivity in the northern boreal forest.
Ken Van Rees
Ken Van Rees is a Professor and Agri-Food Innovation Chair in Agroforestry and Afforestation at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources. He holds a B.Sc.F. from Lakehead University and a M.Sc. and PhD from the University of Florida. Ken’s specialization is forest soils. His research includes agroforestry and biomass energy systems and their impacts on soils, as well as understanding root dynamics in boreal ecosystems.
Ryan Walker is an expert in community planning, housing and the interface between municipal governments and Aboriginal communities. He is a certified professional planner with membership in the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Walker chairs the university’s Regional and Urban Planning Program in the Department of Geography & Planning and administers the Canadian Pacific Partnership Program in Aboriginal Community Planning in the College of Arts & Science.
Warren Weir is Dean of Academic Programs at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology – BC’s Aboriginal Public Post-Secondary Institute. He specializes in Aboriginal organization and management, First Nation education, and Indigenous community economic and small business development. He has worked for and with various colleges and universities including Cape Breton University (MBA/CED), Chemainus Native College, the University of Lethbridge, and Royal Roads University. He was the Department Head of the Administrative Studies programs at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology for seven years (1990-1997). After that, he was Assistant Professor and Director of the Indigenous Management Specialization, MBA Program, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan (1999-2009). In 2010, Warren served as the Acting Director of the Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas, and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute, located at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie. Warren is an active and full member of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), and is a member of its Education Committee (1992 to present). He is editor and a member of the editorial board of CANDO's Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development (JAED), and a past Director of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Warren is interested in Aboriginal organizations and management, strategic planning and planning readiness, the Indigenous social economy, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, and First Nation afforestation and agro-forestry. He has his BA and MPA from the University of Victoria, a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of International Relations (University of the West Indies, Trinidad), and a professional designation of Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED), through Cando.
Jeanie Wills holds a BA High Honours and MA from the University of Saskatchewan (Literature). She has experience as a radio advertising copywriter, and is interested in such research areas as the rhetoric of advertising and theories of audience. Jeanie’s most recent work includes a book chapter on understanding the rhetorical audience and an analysis of the rhetoric of Saskatchewan politician Jim Pankiw. She is currently completing a dissertation on the autobiographies of several of the founders of modern advertising and is particularly interested in the rhetorical interconnections between advertising, mythology, religion, and popular culture. Jeanie currently serves on the executive of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric.
Gary N. Wilson is the Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies of the ICNGD. He is on secondment from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Coordinator of the Northern Studies Program. His research examines the remarkable resiliency and adaptability of regions and communities in the face of the powerful forces of global change. His work on Arctic politics and governance explores the multidimensional relationships that exist between Inuit regional governments and organizations, and non-Aboriginal governments and governance bodies at the provincial, national and international levels. He also studies the impacts that global processes and changes are having on communities across northern British Columbia and other parts of the Canadian provincial norths. Gary teaches in the area of comparative politics, including Russian, European and Canadian politics and government, and comparative northern development and comparative federalism. He is an active member of the University of the Arctic, both as the council representative for UNBC and as an instructor in the Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies program.
David Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. His research interests are in the areas of international marketing and entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in studying how people connect and build (virtual) communities in the era of social media. David holds the following degrees: BEng from Zhejiang University (China), BA from the University of Winnipeg, and both an MBA and PhD from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. David has been awarded a number of fellowships during his career - the most recent include the John Dobson ACE Fellowship (2010) and a Research Fellow from the Centre for the Study of Social and Administrative Pharmacy (2010). He has had articles published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour Research, i-manager's Journal on Management, International Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, International Journal of Technology Marketing, and the Journal of Strategic Marketing.