PIA 2013 Annual Conference

11 Apr, 2013, 7:00PM - 13 Apr, 2013, 4:00PM
Chateau Louis Conference Centre 11727 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton
Organized by: 
Public Interest Alberta


2013 Conference, Fighting for Our Future

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SPEAKERS                                       AGENDA                               REGISTRATION        

Thank you to everyone who made our conference a success! We learned so much from all of our speakers, and from conversations with participants, and have new connections and energy now to continue fighting for our future! You can watch videos of some of the 2012 speakers at our vimeo page...

Conference Overview

Spring is a time for waking up, connecting ideas, and building new alliances. We have seen, and continue to see, corporate control extend over all aspects of our lives: from democratic processes, to essential services, to the basic necessities of life. If we sit back and watch, what will this mean for our futures? How and why are so many people, locally, and around the world waking up to collectively challenge corporate control? How do we nurture, coordinate, and channel people power, across differences, across issues, across generations? We will hear from individuals and communities who are creatively and strategically “fighting for our future”, bringing us stories from the front-lines of resource extraction to the boardrooms of billionaires. We will look for common causes in themes ranging from tax fairness and public health care, from challenging austerity and cuts to public services, to international trade deals and food sovereignty. We will hear examples to inspire, from climate justice and indigenous rights to online activism and strategies for mobilizing.

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Keynote speakers

Linda McQuaig, Author of the Trouble with Billionaires

Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Peas Peas Ayui, president of the National Achuar Federation of Peru (FENAP)

Gregor MacLennan, Amazon Watch

Calgary Keynote & Southern Alberta Public Interest Award
Wednesday April 10 @ 7 pm

Parkdale United Church,
2919 - 8 Avenue NW, Calgary

Edmonton Keynote
Thursday April 11 @ 7 pm

Chateau Louis Conference Centre
11727 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton
Reception to follow

Friday Fundraiser
Join us for an evening of music and entertainment at “Rockin’ with People Power:
Celebrating our Strength,” a joint fundraiser with Friends of Medicare, Friday, April 12
@ 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at PIA, FOM (780.423.4581) and on-line.

Friday April 12th @ 7pm
Chateau Louis Conference Centre
11727 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton

Plenary & Breakout Session Speakers Include:

Afsar Jafri, Focus on the Global South
Sean Devlin, Truthfool Communications
Kevin Millsip, Next Up
Julia Pope, Leadnow
Diana Gibson, Researcher
Dennis Howlett, Canadians for Tax Fairness
Wendell Potter, Author, Media Analyst, Watchdog
Rita Morbia, Inter Pares
Susan Roberts, Growing Food Security in Alberta
Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union
Sari Tudiver, Canadian Women's Health Network & Inter Pares
Mike Byerley & Gregor MacLennan, Amazon Watch

Breakout Sessions

Our breakout sessions will allow you to dig deeper in two different areas:

What We’re Fighting For – gain a deeper understanding and engage in discussion around specific issues.

  • Public Interest Alberta’s Task Forces will lead sessions about their action areas.
  • Other sessions will include: Food Sovereignty; Public Control of Water; Women, Health and Activism; North South Solidarity: Standing Up to Extractive Industries; and Mobilizing Against Privatization.

People Power – learn new skills and tools for building people power.

  • Sessions will include: Online Activism and Creative Activism/Action-Planning Toolbox.


It takes a diversity of perspectives to have conversations about advocacy and strategies for change. We do not want our registration fees to make our conference inaccessible to anyone, so please consider sponsoring a conference registration or making a couple of spots available at your table for someone that would not otherwise be able to attend. Contact our office if you are able to assist.

Cost for PIA members
$165/person for a table of 7 or more people

Cost for non-members
$240/individual (consider becoming a member so that you qualify for the member rate)

Extra keynote & reception tickets
$15 each

Click here to register online, until April 8, 2013.

You can also download and fill out the registration form and mail or fax it to our office.

Purchase keynote tickets at the following locations:

Calgary: Online, Pages Bookstore, or call the Arusha Centre @ 403-270-8002.

Edmonton: Online, Audrey's Books, Earth's General Store, Public Interest Alberta Office.

Public Interest Award

We are pleased to announce that Alberta Views will be sponsoring this year's Public Interest Award.The deadline to nominate an individual or organization is March 25, 2013. Download the nomination form here.

The award ceremonies are part of PIA’s conference event.

Southern Alberta Award: Calgary, April 10, 7:00 PM
Northern Alberta Award: Edmonton, April 12, 7:30 PM

This conference is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

Alberta Teachers’ Association
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
Civic Service Union Local 52
Friends of Medicare
Health Sciences Association of Alberta
Parkland Institute
United Nurses of Alberta

Media Sponsors:
Alberta Views
Vue Weekly

To learn about other past conferences, visit the annual conference page.

For more information contact our office.

3rd Floor, 10512 - 122 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5N 1M6

 Phone: (780) 420-0471
Fax: (780) 420-0435
E-mail: office@pialberta.org

Conference Coverage - 

Economic Equality and Land Rights - People Power Struggles For The Future
BY MATT HANSON in the MediaCoop, June 4th, 2013

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