EnviroCon Western Science

Invited Speaker Bios

Maude Barlow

National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and her latest Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.

(from https://canadians.org/maude)

Jarmo Jalava

Director of Ecosystem Recovery, Carolinian Canada

Since volunteering at the Long Point Bird Observatory in his mid-teens, Jarmo has worked in many capacities in the conservation field – from reintroducing endangered Peregrine Falcons to the wilds of Algonquin Park to extensive field surveys in some of Ontario’s most treasured natural areas to high-level international, national and provincial conservation planning initiatives. Jarmo has authored or co-authored many, many reports and articles in the fields of ecology and the environment, including baseline ecological studies of two of Ontario's UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.  A recipient of Ontario Nature's Steve Hounsell Greenway Award, Jarmo's vision is to promote the informed protection and recovery of ecosystems, sustainable land uses and lifestyles, and deep reverence for the natural world, by applying his experience as an ecologist, songwriter, writer, educator and facilitator.


Dr. Alan MacEachern

Professor, Department of History, Western University

The founding director of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment (niche-canada.org), Alan MacEachern has been active for the past decade and a half promoting Canadian environmental history -- the study of the relationship between people and nature in the past. He has written and edited textbooks on Canada’s history, on environmental history methodology, and on digital history; has written “The Academic Alphabet” and “The Associate” columns for the magazine University Affairs; and is the editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press. His own research areas include the history of national parks, climate, natural disasters, environmentalism, back-to-the-land movements, tourism, and Canada’s size and territorial expansion.He has taught history at Western since 2001.