Special Events


IES organizes and collaborates on a number of special events during the year. Every March, the Institute hosts a special guest speaker in anticipation of Earth Day. 

Past Events  

Peter Tertzakian delivered an exceptional talk on Finding the Middle Ground on energy and environment for Earth Day. We look forward to keeping abreast of energy trends by following Peter on Twitter @PTertzakian

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Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and author was the Institute's 2016 Earth Day speaker. Naomi Klein's critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust prize for nonfiction.

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IES hosted Edward Burtynsky, renowned photographer, to present in March 2015. Edward told the story of where water comes from, how we distribute it, use it, and waste it. It was a thought provoking journey which tackled environmental issues.

IES_AtKisson_SustainabilityOn March 6, 2014, an audience of 300 joined Alan AtKisson, author, musician, environmentalist, speaker, and member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame, as he explored some of today's most pressing challenges related to sustainability. Using story and song, Alan guided us on an entertaining romp into the fascinating realm of sustainability in this world premiere performance presented by the IES. The audience learned how they can be a more effective change agent for a more sustainable planet.

IES_2014EdayIn September 2014, IES was pleased to offer a unique opportunity for Mount Royal University instructors and students. The Inquiry Exhibition was installed at MRU during the Under Western Skies conference. The exhibition featured stories from 30 young people who spoke out during the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry led by Justice Thomas Berger in the 1970's. Inquiry raised questions about large resource projects that continue to spark debate in Canada. Drew Ann Wake, the curator of the exhibition, led interactive seminars for Mount Royal classes during that week. The exhibition, which features images by Calgary photographer Linda MacCannell, was designed in 2009 with the help of more than 200 elders in 25 Dene and Inuvialuit communities of the Northwest Territories.