Parkland Institute Report:

Parkland Welcomes New Executive Director

With the election of Ricardo Acuna as President of the Faculty Association at the University of Alberta, Parkland is pleased to welcome Bill Moore-Kilgannon as the Executive Director for the next 2 years. Bill has a long connection with Parkland as he was on the founding Board of Directors in 1996, and was the first Executive Director from 1997-2001. Bill has maintained a close relationship with Parkland while he was Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta from 2004-2015. 

I am very excited to be able to work with all of the staff, board and supporters of Parkland. Given the many challenging issues facing our economy and democracy, Parkland has a vital role in doing political, economic research and hosting important educational events. I look forward to connecting with all of the Parkland community over the coming months.

Bill Moore-Kilgannon
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Bill 32 Will Hurt Workers and Democracy in Alberta

The UCP government’s Bill 32 is going to have many serious implications for workers and democracy in Alberta.  

Parkland Institute has published two blogs by Jason Foster, Associate Professor of Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University, that explain the implications for unionized (Part 1) and non-unionized (Part 2) workers.  

Taking Aim at Unionized Workers – Bill 32 Part 1

Increasing Employer Power at the Workplace – Bill 32  Part 2

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Parkland Conference Survey

We are in the process of planning the Parkland Institute’s annual conference for November, 2020. Of course, given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding the conference virtually. 

While this new online format presents some challenges, we are excited about the opportunity to attract some top international, national and local speakers. 

We are asking our Parkland supporters to provide us your advice on our conference plan by completing the following survey by August 4th. There are only 5 questions, so it should only take a few minutes of your time to respond. We value your input on how we can make this a dynamic and engaging virtual conference!

Parkland Conference Survey

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Parkland Board Member Cory Ollikka will be dearly missed

Parkland staff and Board of Directors were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our long-time board members, Cory Ollikka.  Cory was a farmer near Smoky Lake, Alberta, former President of the National Farmers Union and a passionate advocate for social justice and the family farm. 

Cory’s wife, Maureen Parker, wrote to us to say…

I know that Cory very much appreciated the work with you, and the board. Those special ties through the CWB and NFU meant that he was truly in a place that was progressive and where he could contribute. We always enjoyed how he was listed on the board page as “farmer.” It was one of the few places in his life where Cory as farmer was so pronounced and centred – no other titles hanging around. He was a heck of a farmer to have on a board of that composition. And Parkland Institute was a place he willingly spent his time because of the values alignment.

To learn more about Cory’s incredible life, you can read his obituary here – Cory Ollikka 

As a special tribute to Cory, Parkland Institute is going to explore hosting a public talk or conducting research into a theme that Cory was passionate about. 

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