Kevin is a director with Voters Taking Action on Climate Change in Vancouver. He works to stopping thermal coal exports from BC coastal ports. Right now his group is focused on blocking plans for a new coal port on the Fraser River, dedicated to the export of US thermal coal from the Powder River basin.
CORY WANLESS is a lawyer at Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors. Cory represents clients across Canada and beyond in the areas of corporate accountability, native rights, environmental law, and affordable housing.
Dr Jonathan Skinner is Associate Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. His interests include Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ecocriticism; Ethnopoetics; Environmental Studies; Translation Studies. Founder and editor of ecopoetics, a journal which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology.
Mark Nowak is an award-winning American poet, as well as cultural critic, playwright and essayist, from Buffalo, New York. Nowak is currently the director of the graduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought (marxism, anarchism, post-colonialism). His most recent work on Frantz Fanon and the politics of recognition won Contemporary Political Theory’s Annual Award for Best Article of the Year in 2007. He is Yellowknives Dene.
Kanahus is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region of so-called British Columbia. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. She helped to set up the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe camp at the disaster site.
Alain Deneault is a researcher at the Réseau Justice fiscale and lecturer in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. Some of the books he has written on tax havens, on the mining industry in the Global South and on financial criminality have been or will be translated into English, including Offshore: Tax Havens and the Rules of Global Crimes (New York: The New Press); Canada: A New tax Haven (Vancouver: Talonbooks); Imperial Canada Inc.: The Legal Haven of Choice for the World Mining industries (Vancouver: Talonbooks), and Paul Martin and Companies (Vancouver: Talonbooks).
Leila Darwish is the former BC-Yukon Regional Organizer for the Council of Canadians. Over the last decade, she has worked as a community organizer on campaigns such as fracking, tar sands, pipelines, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, green jobs, and more. She has spent the last year organizing in solidarity with communities across BC that are fighting fracked gas pipelines and LNG proposals.
Chandu Claver was born in the small town of Tabuk in the mountainous Cordillera region of the Philippines, near a large copper mine at various times partially owned by Canadian interests. This is where he became a surgeon, got married, and wanted to raise his family.
Aziz Choudry is professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Montreal, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg. He is author of Learning activism: The intellectual life of social movements (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press) and co-editor of Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on social movements and knowledge production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Organize! Building from the local for global justice (PM Press/Between the Lines, 2012)