We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to Media Democracy Days Ottawa 2013. Our speakers will share their insights and knowledge about this year’s themes: information control and Aboriginal voices.

Kevin Page

Kevin Page is the current Jean Luc Pepin Research Chair, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. He was Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer from March 2008 to 2013. Prior to being the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin had 27 years of experience in the federal public service. Most of these years were at central agencies responsible for budgeting including the Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. He has a Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University. He is married and the father of three children.

Title of presentation: “Information Analysis and the Role of the Media: Lessons Learned from the Former Parliamentary Budget Officer”

Katie Gibbs

IMG_7582-s croppedKatie Gibbs recently finished her PhD in Biology at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis looked at broad scale conservation questions including assessing the effectiveness of endangered species legislation. She has a diverse background organizing and managing various causes and campaigns and in the summer of 2012 she was one of the lead organizers of the Death of Evidence rally. She is now the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy—a new organization that advocates for the transparent use of evidence in government decision making and public policy development.

Title of Presentation: “No science, No evidence, No truth, No Democracy”

Albert Dumont

Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
Albert Dumont was employed by Correctional Services Canada for the last three years as a spiritual advisor for the Aboriginal men incarcerated at Millhaven Institution located near Kingston, ON. He is an activist, a volunteer and a poet who has published 5 books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal Peoples particularly those as they affect the young.

April Carrière

April Carrière is a Doctoral Candidate at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her main research interests revolve around collective capacity theories and practices. Through her engagement with the Centre on Governance and the Ottawa Multicultural Media Innitiative, she has developed a growing interest in the communicational dimension of collective capacity.

Title of Presentation: Beyond the problem of mass media concentration: Lessons from Bolivia

Claudette Commanda

Claudette Commanda is Algonquin First Nation. She has dedicated the last 25 plus years promoting First Nations people, history, traditional knowledge and rights. Claudette is an alumni of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law; is a professor for the University of Ottawa, teaching courses on First Nations Women, Native Education, First Nations People and History, Indigenous Traditions, and Decolonization. She is the Executive Director of a national organization mandated to protect First Nations culture, languages and education.  She is the mother of four children and grandmother of nine.

Title of presentation: “Media in its relationship to First Nations: Friend or Foe”

Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders has been editing Press for Conversion!, the antiwar magazine of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), since 1990. In the mid 1980s, he produced a weekly radio show (“Peace Network”) at the University of Ottawa before switching to CKCU, where he produced “Voice for Peace” for 15 years. He has also produced video documentaries, including “Mothers Day at the War Show” (1997) on the romanticization of war planes at air shows. COAT began in 1989 by organizing against Canada’s largest arms trade show, which led to the 20-year ban on such events from City of Ottawa property.

Title of presentation: Mission Imperial: The War of Words against First Nations and the Myth of Canada’s “Peaceable Kingdom”

Kirsten Kozolanka

Kirsten Kozolanka is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is the author of The Power of Persuasion (2007) and co-editor of Alternative Media in Canada (2012). Currently she is co-writing a book on media activism.

Dr. Heather Morrison

Morrison_Heatherfinsm2Heather Morrison est professeure adjointe, École des Sciences de l’information, Université d’Ottawa. Heather Morrison is an Assistant Professor, School of Information Science, University of Ottawa. This session will present selections from Dupuis’ bibliography “The Canadian War on Science” and activist strategies, drawing from the theories of Keck and Sikkink. Cette session présentera des sélections de la bibliographie de Dupuis “la Guerre canadienne à la Science” et des stratégies d’activiste selon les théories de Keck et Sikkink. Session bilingue. http://www.sis.uottawa.ca/faculty/hmorrison.html

Title of presentation / Titre :  La guerre du Canada contre, et activisme pour, science et connaissance / Canada’s war on science and knowledge and growing counter-activism