De-Growth Conference April 29 – May 2nd

April 6, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Fred Stanback for this information.

De-Growth conference. April 29 – May 2nd

The evidence is overwhelming that unlimited industrial growth is no longer possible.

Our challenge now is to find ways to shrink the overall size of the economy without creating unemployment and poverty.

Please join us and a panel of some of the world’s leading experts in a dialog that will pave the way to creating a new framework in understanding.

April 29th – May 2nd Vancouver will be hosting the first ever de-growth conference in North America.

When: April 29th – May 2nd
Where: Vancouver Library and One Two One Studios.
To register or for more information on this historic event please visit

Speakers list:

Dr. Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. Dr. Victor is a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University and from 1996 to 2001 was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 28 years, as an independent producer of television documentaries, many with environmental subjects. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. The de Graaf
Environmental Filmmaking Award, named in his honor, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California.

Rex Weyler is an American / Canadian author, journalist and ecologist. He has worked as a writer, editor, and publisher at newspapers and magazines, and occasionally as a commentator on Canadian television. In the 1970s, Weyler served as a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation. He was a cofounder of Greenpeace International in 1979.

Brian Czech is the president of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. The mission of CASSE is to educate the public and policy makers on the fundamental conflict between economic growth and: 1) environmental protection; 2) economic sustainability; 3) national security, and; 4) international stability. He currently serves as Conservation Biologist in the national office of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.

Anita Burke Founder, Catalyst Institute Ms Burke has been heard to say “The greatest risk management strategy at this time is to begin the deep and rich investment into personal spiritual connection and the building of community”. Anita previously spent 18 years with Shell International as advisor to the Shell International Committee of Managing Directors on the operationalisation of sustainable development and the energy portfolio implications of a carbon constrained future.

Mark Anielski is President and CEO of Anielski Management Inc (AMI) located in Edmonton, Alberta. As an economist he works with communities, businesses and governments to help them assess, measure
and manage their genuine wealth — the things that matter most to their well-being, quality of life and sustainability. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, School of Business and teach a course in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

Vanessa Timmer is co-founder and Director of the One Earth Initiative. With her sister Dagmar, she co-hosts the Canadian television show The Sustainable Region. Vanessa sits on the Board of Judith Marcuse Projects, a not-for-profit that promotes art practice as a transformative tool, creating positive social change. From 2006-2008, Vanessa was Project Manager (External Relations) at Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District).

David Hughes is a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager.

Matt Hern is an activist, organizer, writer and academic who lives and works in East Vancouver with his partner and daughters. He directs the Purple Thistle Centre for Youth Arts and Activism and founded Car Free Vancouver Day.

Mel Lehan is a teacher and longtime community builder. Mel co-founded St. James Community Square, a recreational and cultural space; organized a successful effort to save affordable housing in Kitsilano; and led the creation of adventure playgrounds at Tatlow Park and Beaconsfield School.

For his work Mel has received awards from the David Suzuki Foundation, the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

Conrad Schmidt is a Vancouver filmmaker and writer working at the cusp of economic and social change to enable an ecologically viable future. He is the author of Workers of the World Relax and Alternatives to Growth and the director of the film Five Ring Circus.

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