Keynote Speakers

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Alia Dharssi

Our opening keynote, Alia Dharssi, is a freelance journalist, editor and researcher based in Vancouver. Her writing and investigations on sustainability, global development, human rights and immigration have been published by a range of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the National Post, the Financial Post and Reuters. Previously, she covered sustainability for The Discourse, where she launched a newsletter on sustainable development in Canada, investigated Canada's policies on plastic pollution and worked on a toolkit to help improve the media's coverage of refugees. Before that, she was the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellow at Postmedia News, where she spent a year covering daily news for the Calgary Herald and the National Post with a focus on immigration and refugees. As a fellow, she wrote a six-part investigation on Canadian immigration policy, revealing how it results in billions of dollars of losses to the economy and and pushes thousands of workers into the underground economy. The project was published in newspapers across Canada.


Dr. Max Haiven

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Our closing keynote, Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity(with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014). His latest book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, was published by Pluto in Fall 2018.