2013 Conference ~ Presenters


Sylvia McAdamSylvia McAdam was born and raised on the Big River Reserve in Treaty Six Territory.  She holds degrees in law and human justice and teaches at the First Nations University.

Most recently, Sylvia McAdam participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  Click here for a radio interview and below for a public forum held during the event.



ChrisTurnerChris Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s most authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom. A National Business Book Award finalist for The Leap (which the Globe and Mail called “one of the most arresting arguments for building a green economy yet in print“) and  The Geography of Hope, he is also the author of international bestseller Planet Simpson.

A TEDx speaker in 2010, Turner has appeared in Time, Utne Reader, the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and countless other publications.  Chris has won nine National Magazine Awards for his writing.



Janice Makokis

Janice Makokis is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree woman), Indigenous Scholar and Activist, Legal Eagle, treaty educator, treaty fighter, and leader for Idle No More and regular Twitter user (@bearclannation).

Janice was born and raised on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta. She holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Studies and earned her Law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2010.  Janice articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto before moving back to Alberta in 2011.



Roger Epp

Roger Epp is a respected scholar and author, and is Augustana’s former dean. He is currently professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Dr. Epp’s recent publications include a collection of “prairie essays” entitled, We Are All Treaty People, as well as his “‘There Was No One Here When We Came’: Overcoming the Settler Problem” (the 2011 Bechtel Lectures) and “Off-Road Democracy: The Politics of Land, Water and Community in Alberta” (2012).


Lorne Fitch

Lorne Fitch is an award winning biologist and Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary.  Lorne is internationally recognized as a communicator and is the Provincial Riparian Specialist for the Alberta Cows and Fish Program.

Lorne is a writer, teacher, mentor and board member of five conservation organizations. He has worked tirelessly at helping others learn and at being a voice for Alberta’s wilderness.



Don RuzickaDon Ruzicka and his wife Marie farm near Killam, Alberta.  Their farm is managed holistically, taking into consideration that every action has a reaction.  Their commitment to stewardship is resulting in increased biodiversity, clean water and a healthy landscape.

Click here to visit the Sunrise Farm website.