- Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue
- 2022: Mitigating Wildfire - New and Old Ways of Co-Existing with Fire with Joe Gilchrist and Paul Hessburg
- 2021: All My Relations - Trauma-Informed Engagement with Karine Duhamel
- 2019: Power of Empathy with Kimberly Jackson Davidson
- 2019: Rethinking BC Referendums with John Gastil
- 2017: Strengthening Democratic Engagement with Valerie Lemmie
- 2015-16: THRIVE! Surrey in 2030
- 2014: Citizen Engagement and Political Civility with Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer
- 2013: Building a Culture of Participation with Dave Meslin
- 2012: Riots and Restorative Justice with Dr. Theo Gavrielides
- 2011: Growing Out of Hunger with Will Allen
- 2010: The Age of Unequals with Richard Wilkinson
- Climate Solutions
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access
- Health and Wellness
- International Relations
- Reconciliation and Decolonization
- Teaching and Learning
- Urban Sustainability
- Redefining Philanthropy
- Strengthening Democracy
- Talk Dialogue to Me Podcast
- SEMESTER IN DIALOGUE
- SFU COMMUNITY
2022: Facing the Flames - New and Old Ways of Co-Existing with Fire featuring Joe Gilchrist and Paul Hessburg
The emergence of catastrophic mega-fires over the past five years demands transformative action in BC. Unprecedented fires are burning huge tracts of culturally and ecologically important territory, threatening lives and livelihoods, blanketing the province in smoke, exacerbating systemic inequities, and releasing staggering amounts of emissions into the atmosphere. It’s a frequency, scale, and severity we’ve never seen before, fuelled by growing climate impacts, altered forest landscapes, and the forced removal of Indigenous Stewardship and good fire from these lands. Catastrophic mega-fires that we’re unable to suppress and control are our emerging reality-- but they don’t have to be.
As part of the annual Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue programming, we explored big ideas for the future of wildfire in our province, through dialogue, with speakers Joe Gilchrist, of Interior Salish Firekeepers Society, and Paul Hessburg, Senior Research Ecologist with US Forest Services.
Read more about about this event, including topics discussed and insight gained, in the event recap here.
ASSOCIATE DEPUTY MINISTER, BC'S MINISTRY OF FORESTS
Eamon started his career with the BC Public Service in 1991 as a Park Ranger in Mount Robson Park.
He moved on to join the Land Use Coordination Office, then into the role of Planning Manager with the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, then Regional Executive Director with the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) for 10 years. In October 2018, Eamon was appointed into the role of Assistant Deputy Minister of the North Area (FLNRORD).
In February 2022, he became the Associate Deputy Minister of Forests.
INTERIOR SALISH FIREKEEPERS SOCIETY
Joe is a member of the Skeetchestn Indian Band near Kamloops and the Vice President of the Interior Salish Firekeepers Society. Joe’s earliest memories of using fire were near Ashcroft growing up along the Thompson River in a house with no power, running water or plumbing. Fire was used daily for cooking, boiling water, and warming the house during winter.
Moving to Merritt at six years old, Joe noticed fire being used to improve hay production, cattle feed and deer habitat. Joe started firefighting at the age of 15 as an emergency hire. He then became a member of the newly formed Merritt Firedevils Type 1 Unit Crew in 1991, first as a squad boss and then as Unit Crew Leader the following year. In 1996, Joe became a full time employee for 17 years with BC Wildfire service in the Merritt Fire Zone after completing a 16-week Fire Prevention Technician course at the Tribal Justice Institute in Mission BC, and continues to support cultural fire initiatives.
SENIOR RESEARCH ECOLOGIST, US FOREST SERVICES
Dr. Paul Hessburg is Senior Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NorthWest Research Station, Professor at four western US universities and the University of British Columbia, and current President of the International Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). His research explores wildfire and climate change effects on historical, current, and future landscape dynamics and resilience. Paul holds a PhD from Oregon State University and a BS from the University of Minnesota. You can follow his research here.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SFU MORRIS J. WOSK CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE
Robin Prest is the Program Director at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, where he strengthens the democratic process through dialogue-based engagement and builds the capacity of governments, citizens and stakeholders to co-create solutions to pressing issues.
Robin regularly supports elected officials and senior decision-makers to improve the clarity and impact of public engagement initiatives, and to embed engagement within organizational cultures. This work includes launching the International Climate Engagement Network to help national and sub-national governments accelerate climate action, advising Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat in the development of its 4th Open Government Plan and facilitating the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Engagement at the City of New Westminster.
KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE MANAGER, SFU MORRIS J. WOSK CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE
Elodie Jacquet is the Manager of Knowledge and Practice at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Elodie has developed and refined her convening and facilitation skills in a wide variety of dialogues, from Canada’s World, a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy, to the National Reconciliation Gatherings, the Citizens’ Dialogue on Canada’s Energy Future or the community guided dialogues for the National inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She currently leads the Centre’s work on climate engagement and equity.
Exploring critical community issues through dialogue, this annual programming engages the community at large with the academic community to explore innovative approaches to local issues through cross-sectoral dialogue.