Calgary Evening Pubinar Series (IAIA-WNC Southern Alberta)

Speakers: Donna Kennedy-Glans & Don Hill

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Where: The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of our “Pubinar” series of talks for another season. Come on out to The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from The Metropolitan’s excellent menu (happy-hour pricing before 6pm). Admission is free for IAIA-WNC members, or $10 for non-members ($5 for students). Yearly memberships can be purchased at the door, or on the IAIA-WNC website (

About the speakers: Donna & Don co-author the blog, Beyond Polarity (, two people from two different worlds who come together to deepen our understanding of Alberta’s narratives, challenges & opportunity:

DONNA KENNEDY-GLANS is a Calgary-based lawyer, writer, and veteran of the world of energy & politics. This work includes decades as a deal-maker & executive to Canadian & global energy companies on the ground in 35 jurisdictions; authoring a book for business on why & how to manage beyond compliance with rules & laws; several Government of Alberta governance roles including ministerial responsibility for electricity & renewable energy; leading an initiative to gather Albertans’ perspectives on energy & climate to deliver in Paris at COP21.

DON HILL is an Edmonton-based broadcaster, writer, and digital media producer. His many television documentaries have been broadcast around the world. A former host of CBC Radio One’s Tapestry, and presenter of numerous documentaries on IDEAS, Don also enjoyed a long association with CKUA Radio Network.  His most recent production, Special Places: Writing-On-Stone is an immersive 360 video/VR (virtual reality) presentation for full-dome screens and VR headsets; it’s screened at planetariums in Europe and North America.

The talk: We believe Alberta is about more than infrastructure. Our province needs a narrative, a story that we all believe in. Right now our infrastructure is lacking and so too our narrative & hence our identity.

We’ll talk about the state of Alberta’s narrative: The confusing & conflicting anecdotes, our blindspots, the lack of a single compelling story, and implications for 2019 elections.  And we’ll explore the antidote to our dilemma. Like a flu vaccine, you have to prick people with a little poison if you want them to be strong in times of crisis.  

We don’t want to spoil the vaccine; you will have to come to the talk to learn more.