Unwrap the Research

In 2010, at the height of Alberta's oil boom, many researchers, urban planners, and municipal leaders were exploring the unique challenges of managing and supporting a resource-based and largely transient population. Unwrap the Research: What now for Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo?  was a community-engaged conference held in Fort McMurray, with the aim of bringing research findings to the public. 

Unwrap the Research was unique, the first conference of its kind in the region, facilitating dialogue and learning opportunities among researchers from multiple disciplines, as well as between researchers and local residents and business owners in the oil sands region.

Following the conference, CRSC pilot tested several online forums to continue the community-engaged dialogue sparked at the in-person events.

"Social Resiliency and Innovation" in a Resource Economy: Reflections from a Community Builder Voyeur

Date: October 22, 2010

Moderator: Mark Cabaj (founding principal, Tamarack Institute and director of Vibrant Communities)

Panelists: Melissa Blake (Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo) and Diane Shannon (director, United Way)

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Space and Planning

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Jean Porteous (Supervisor, Statutory Plans, RMWB), Latosia Campbell (Senior Planner, RMWB), Claire Major (PhD candidate, Department of Geography, York University), Rob Shields (academic director of CRSC and Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta)

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Immigrants and Temporary Foreign Workers

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Sara Dorow (associate professor, Department of Sociology, University of Albertaz), Goze Dogu (PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta), Eliana Urrea (career and employment consultant, YMCA Immigrant and Settlement Services), Ramazan Nassery (coordinator, Temporary Foreign Worker Program, YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services)

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Population Issues in the Region

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Michael Haan (assistant professor, University of Alberta), and Gary Gordon, (consultant to the municipality, principal, Gordon and Associates)

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Aboriginal-Industry Relations and Land-Use

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Alice Martin (lead community researcher and Mikisew Cree Elder), Deborah Simmons (SENES Consultants Ltd), Peter Fortna (Fort McKay Industrial Relations Corporation), Jumbo Fraser (president, Fort Chipewyan Metis Local 125, community researcher), Glenda McNeilly (member, Metis Local 2020 and community researcher, Brenda Ganter (member, Fort McKay First Nation and community researcher), Gillian Donald (program manager, Reclamation Working Group Technical, CEMA), Brenda Parlee (assistant professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta), and Glynnis Hood (assistant professor of Environmental Sciences/Studies, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta)

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Early Childhood and Family Well-Being

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Line Marie Perron (community development and mobilization manager, University of Alberta), Christina Ezekiel (community development zone coordinator for Wood Buffalo, Early Child Development Mapping Project), and Carey Bonnah (executive director, The HUB Family Resource Centre)

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Work and Gender

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Christopher O'Connor (PhD candidate, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Royal University), and Sara O'Shaughnessy (PhD candidate, University of Alberta)

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Educating for Democratic Citizenship in an Oil-dependent Economy

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Tracy L. Friedel (Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia), Alison Taylor, (professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta), and Andrew Hodgkins (PhD candidate, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta)

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Mobile Workers

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Rolando Inzunza (internal communications advisor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo), Keith Storey (honorary research professor, Geography Department, Memorial University), Angela Angell (graduate student, Rural Sociology, University of Alberta)

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Collaborative Research Models

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Terri Vallance, BSW (social planner, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo), Andriko Lozowy (PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta)

Francophone Experiences

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Angelina Gionet (director, ACFA Wood Buffalo), Michelle Daveluy (professor, Department of Anthropolgy, University of Alberta), Gabriel Asselin (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta)

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Creating Space for Community

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Rosalind Franklin (graduate student, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University), Terri Vallance, BSW (social planner, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo)

Sex, Drugs, and Health

Date: October 23, 2010

Panelists: Daven Seebarran (Wood Buffalo HIV & AIDS Society), Angela Angell (graduate student, Rural Sociology, University of Alberta)

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Social Meanings of Oil and the Environment

Date: October 24, 2010

Panelists: Jon Gordon (contract academic staff, University of Alberta), Lianne Lefsrud (PhD candidate, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta), Keely Kidner (instructor, University of Alberta), Chris Joseph (PhD candidate, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University)

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Wrap Up Discussion: Research Sparking Change: What Now for Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo

Date: October 24, 2010

Facilitators: Andrew Hunter and Lisa Hirmer (Dodolab)