13th Annual AIA AGM and Conference
15-Mar-2017 8:30 AM - 17-Mar-2017 12:00 PM
107 Tunnel Mountain Dr
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5

AIA 2017 Conference: Resources and People

The second of a three-year series, starting with Land and People in 2016, the 2017 AIA Conference will focus on Alberta’s resources (primarily on energy and agriculture) and what that means to Albertans in terms of opportunities and challenges. 

For each annual conference the AIA commissions a Green Paper to be authored by peer recognized experts. The authors express their own views and opinions backed by experience and science. The views expressed are not those of the Institute. The Institute welcomes outside views and diverse, researched opinions. The Green Paper on “Resources and People” will summarize current knowledge and science, with a specific focus on carbon (oil and gas), and will address the choices Albertans must make in management of its resources.

Dr. Gordon Laxer is the 2017 Green Paper author and presenter, Dr. Laxer recently authored the book “After the Sands – Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians”. Here is the link to his book. Gordon Laxer is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Gordon is a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is also author or editor of five other books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford Univ Press), which received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. Gordon is on the advisory board of the SSHRC funded "Corporate Mapping Partnership" that is researching the structure and influence of the fossil fuel corporations in Western Canada. Gordon was the Principal Investigator of a $1.9 million research project: Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006).

The plenary session will focus primarily on Alberta’s energy resources. With a strong roster of speakers from Dr. Laxer to Peter Watson, CEO, National Energy Board, David Hughes, Andrew Nikiforuk and Keith Wilson (with more to come), the plenary promises insightful, wide-ranging perspectives on Alberta’s energy future.

The breakout sessions turn the focus to Agriculture Resources, Energy Resources and Markets & Social Licence. The Executive Directors of Alberta’s beef, pork and canola producers’ associations discuss their respective industries and the Western Grains Research Foundation provides a prairie perspective on grain production trends. The Energy Resources breakout has David Dodge, the new Board Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta discussing renewable energy. David Hughes and Dr. Laxer present more in-depth discussion of what they introduced in the plenary session. And Dr Alan Offenberger talks about where nucleur fusion fits in Alberta’s energy future. The Markets and Social Licence breakout session highlights Rory McAlpine, VP, Maple Leaf Foods and Brian Sterling who has worked internationally on food traceability and social licence issues. And the Alberta farm business perspective gets the attention of Craig Klemmer, agricultural economist with Farm Credit Canada and Chris Dyck, Senior Manager, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation. Your challenge is to choose which breakout session to attend.

For in-depth education, the Continuing Competence sessions offer new and solid choices for in-depth learning:

• Effective Technical Writing: Stephen Kuntz
• Receiving Feedback: David Chanasyk and Carol Gabanna
• Pollutants and Soil: Dr. Bill Shotyk
• Bear Pit Session: AIA Council, Richard Dixon, Perry Kinkaide AND AIA Members
• New Detailed Practice Standards: Dr. Les Fuller and PAEC teams
• Range Management & Cumulative Effects: Barry Adams, Bruce Johnson, Tracy Kupchenko

Add in Alberta Institute of Agrologists Annual General Meeting which includes bylaw changes for practice reviews and a trade show focused on employers looking for agrologists, the AIA 2017 Conference in Banff Centre, Banff Alberta, Wed-Fri. Mar. 15-17 is the place to be for Albertans interested in agriculture, energy and the environment.
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