Public Interest Alberta's Seventh Annual Advocacy Conference

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Banner Image.JPGPublic Interest Alberta’s

Seventh Annual Advocacy Conference


Join us for an opportunity to exchange fresh ideas and

engage in dynamic discussion!



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 future? 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.


Keynote Presentations

Calgary – April 10 @ 7:00 pm, Parkdale United Church

Edmonton – April 11 @ 7:00 pm, Chateau Louis Conference Centre


Plenary Speakers

Afsar Jafri (Focus on the Global South)Sean Devlin (Truthfool Communications)Kevin Millsip (Next Up), Julia Pope(Leadnow), Diana Gibson, Dennis Howlett (Canadians for Tax Fairness)Wendell Potter (Healthcare Advocate and Author of “Deadly Spin”) and many more.


Breakout Sessions

•      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 & 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 a two-part toolbox workshop on Creative Activism/Action Planning.


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