Dr. Peter Fairbrother
Dr. Peter Fairbrother of RMIT, Melbourne Australia, will deliver this year’s keynote. Dr. Fairbrother is Professor of International Employment Relations and Deputy Director of the Centre for People Organization and Work. Peter focuses on the political economy of work futures, bringing together two dimensions: first on collective organization and representation, and second the changing patterns and relations of work and employment in different political contexts. Author of numerous studies on labour markets, social networks, ‘green jobs’ and regional development, his recent work includes When politics meets economic complexity: Doing things differently in the Gippsland Region in Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, and Governments matter for capitalist economies: Regeneration and transition to green and decent jobs' in Economic and Industrial Democracy.
Dr. Emily Eaton
Dr. Emily Eaton of the University of Regina, Regina Canada, will co-deliver the opening plenary with Dr. Laurie Adkin. Dr. Eaton is Associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. Emily focuses on natural resource economies, oil, agriculture, political economy and ecology. Currently working on SSHRC partnership grant titled “Mapping the Power of the Carbon-Extractive Corporate Resource Sector”, Emily works to examine the influence of the fossil fuels sector in Saskatchewan. A previous project titled “What Sustains Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy?” examined social, economic and environmental impacts of Saskatchewan's oil boom.
Dr. Laurie Adkin
Dr. Laurie Adkin of the University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada, will co-deliver the opening plenary with Dr. Emily Eaton. Dr. Adkin is professor of comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, and Canadian Politics as well as in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies BA program. Laurie’s areas of research include political ecology, climate change policy, and democratic theory. Her current research focuses on the implications of federal and provincial “innovation” investment for knowledge production and the transition to a post-carbon economy.
Bradyn Parisian of the University of Regina will deliver the opening conference welcome Friday evening. Parisian serves as the inaugural Rawlinson Executive in Residence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship with the Hill and Levene schools of business. Parisian is a University of Regina alum from both the Hill and Levene Schools of Business. He has also completed a professional certificate in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship from Stanford University, in addition to executive education programs at Rotman, Queen’s University, the Disney Institute and the Schulich School of Business. Parisian currently serves as a corporate director on the boards of Cowessess Ventures Ltd., Black Lake Ventures LP, Gabriel Housing Corporation, and the First Nations Power Authority. Parisian is currently a sessional instructor at the Paul J. Hill School of Business and First Nations University of Canada and he has helped establish post-secondary scholarships for students in business and healthcare. Parisian is also a mentor and supporter of the Mother Theresa Middle School which is a cause that is very important to him.