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Bryan Gallagher: SSHRC Storyteller Finalist

April 01, 2015

Bryan Gallagher, a PhD student in the Beedie School of Business, has been selected as a Top 25 Finalist in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storyteller competition. His project on Indigenous entrepreneurship in urban settings was supported by a SSHRC grant.

As a finalist for the SSHRC Storyteller competition, Bryan has shown that research can be useful and interesting for everyday Canadians. His research has the possibility to transform how people think about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and entrepreneurship.

Bryan discusses his experience creating the video:

The primary motivation for the video was to communicate research results to interviewees. The demands of academia necessitate theoretical framing and implications as well as complex language, which make academic works such as my dissertation almost impossible to comprehend. I wanted to find a way to communicate back to interviewees, as well as to the Indigenous business community, what I found in an accessible and interesting way.

I decided upon creating a video and engaged our in-house producer Richard Maerov to help me make a video as a side project. Richard was enthused with the possibility of working with Indigenous peoples. It was a terrific experience working with Richard. It was also a fantastic experience working with James Michels and Denise Sparrow in making the video.

Both James and Denise are incrediblly generous with their time, are extremely open and are true masters in their fields. It was an honour and an inspiration to work with both of them. Submitting the video to the SSHRC Storytellers contest was to be icing on the cake: a way to pay for some of my research expenses and to compensate Richard for his time.

Having the video selected by SSHRC means a lot to me, both in that communicating meaningful research is a priority for the Canadian research community and that a video about Indigenous entrepreneurship could be selected as being important to Canadians.

I am glad it will highlight on a national level the terrific work that Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada and Australia are doing in order to make a living, strengthen culture and provide for their communities. For me, the award is a great showcase on what should be the ultimate goal of research: Understandable and useful information to make Canada a better place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

After completing his PhD, Bryan hopes to explore employment opportunities with First Nations communities in the field of economic development. 

For more information on the SSHRC Storyteller Competition, click here.

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