Friday, 8 August 2014

Cross-Canada Check-in Complete

With much thanks to our guest lecturers, we have completed our Cross-Canada Check-In.  To view the various lectures, please visit the links below:

British Columbia:  Dr. Tracy Summerville (UNBC)

Tracy Summerville is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UNBC. Her research includes work on sustainable communities and a study on the impacts of globalization on northern British Columbia. Dr. Summerville loves to be in the classroom and she believes deeply in empowering students to take ownership of their learning.  She was the recipient of the UNBC Teaching Award in 2000 and she was short listed for the Canadian Political Science Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010.. In 2013 she was the recipient of the UNBC Advancement of Literacy Award and the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award.

Alberta:  Dr. Duane Bratt (Mount Royal)

Duane Bratt is Chair and Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D 1996). He teaches in the area of international relations and Canadian public policy, with specialty in the sub-field of Canadian foreign policy. His primary research interest is in the area of Canadian nuclear policy. Duane is also a regular commentator on political events.

Saskatchewan:  Dr. Ken Rasmussen (Regina)

Ken Rasmussen is a professor of public administration at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.  He is a foremost expert on Saskatchewan politics, public policy and public administration, having worked in the civil service and researched and published widely on the subject.  He earned his PhD from the University of Toronto, MPA from the University of Winnipeg, and BA from the University of Manitoba.

Manitoba:  Mr. Paul Vogt (Manitoba) 
Paul Vogt is Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba, and teaching in the joint Master’s in Public Administration program at the UofM and UofW.  Paul is former Clerk of the Executive Council & Cabinet Secretary, Government of Manitoba, educator and scholar. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Manitoba and completed a Master of Philosophy at Oxford University (1985) and additional graduate work at Princeton. An educator in the classroom and in the caucus, he has taught at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg in philosophy, political studies, and economics.

Ontario:  Dr. Andrea Perrella (Wilfrid Laurier)

Andre Perrella is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy.  His main research areas include: Political behaviour; participation; electoral politics; political communication; Canadian/Ontario/Quebec politics. Dr. Perrella is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Comparative Provincial Elections Project (CPEP).

Quebec: Dr. Guy Lachapelle (Concordia)
Guy Lachapelle is professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University since 1984 (full professor since 1996). He is currently (since April 1999) the elected Secretary General of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) which is based at Concordia University (  His publications include contributions to Publius, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Revue francaise de science politique, Revue québécoise de science politique, Québec Studies, Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, Éthique publique, Politique et Sociétés. He is often solicited by the media to comment on the Canadian and American political scenes.

New Brunswick:  Dr. Mario Levesque (Mount Allison) 
Dr. Mario Levesque’s is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University.  His teaching and research focuses on public policy analysis and public administration largely within the Canadian context. His research examines relationships between variations in governance arrangements and changes in public policy in order to elaborate strategies for public policy change. Previously, he worked in the environmental sector and served on various environmental industry associations.

Nova Scotia: Dr. Louise Carbert (Dalhousie)
Louise Carbert is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She was granted a Doctor of Philosophy degree by York University in 1991 and has been at Dalhousie University since 1995. She has published widely on civic engagement and political leadership.   Professor Carbert's research focuses on the intersection between political behavior and economic development policy, particularly in rural communities. She has conducted interviews with rural women leaders across Atlantic Canada and western Canada about their experiences and perceptions of public life.

Newfoundland & Labrador:  Dr. Stephen Tomblin (Memorial)
Stephen Tomblin is a full professor in the Department of Political Science and Medicine (Community Health) at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Tomblin has published widely on the issue of regional integration. He has been a frequent media contributor and produced discussion papers for the Romanow Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada.  His new book on health care reform, with other Romanow collaborators, came out this fall, entitled Paradigm Freeze. Stephen joins us tonight from Boston, where he is studying fracking and regionalization (both within and across states and provinces).  He and Charles Colgan of Maine have an article on the subject due out soon in Canadian American Public Policy   

Prince Edward Island:  Dr. Don Desserud (UPEI)

A former professor in Political Science at UNB Saint John and the director of the Urban and Community Studies Institute, Dr. Desserud also served as associate dean of Graduate Studies and Dean of Arts at UPEI where he is presently a professor of political science.  Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Dr. Desserud has a BA and MA from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. He also has an MA in English and Creative Writing from UNB. His research interests include parliaments and legislative assemblies. He frequently comments on political issues on local and national media.

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