Keynote address: Joyce Nelson, author and activist


Joyce will be delivering a talk entitled: Damming the future: SNC-Lavalin and Water Export.

In all the press coverage of the SNC-Lavalin affair, not enough attention has been paid to the company’s involvement in Site C – the contentious $11 billion dam being constructed in B.C.’s Peace River valley. The Liberals say that any pressure they put on Jody Wilson-Raybould to rubber-stamp a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for SNC-Lavalin was to protect jobs at the company. But the pressure may have been to protect something much bigger: the Liberals’ vision for Canada’s future. Site C epitomizes that vision.

Nelson has written extensively on this issue. In this keynote speech she will bring together the most salient points about SNC-Lavalin’s involvement in Site C (which is ideally sited for water-export); the company’s thirty-year interest in exporting water to the U.S.; the role of companies like the Blackstone Group in water profiteering; and the federal Liberals’ “Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy” – a vision that could facilitate the damming and draining of the country.

Click here for one article that Nelson wrote on this subject.

About Joyce Nelson

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning writer and investigative journalist whose seventh book, Bypassing DystopiaHope-Filled Challenges to Corporate Rule is a sequel to Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism. Joyce Nelson explores global examples of active and creative resistance to the iron grip of corporatism on our economies and imaginations.

Nelson was given an award for her writing by the Vancouver Island Human Rights Society and on three occasions her articles have been selected by NewsWatch Canada for their Top Ten “significant but under-reported” stories of the year.

In addition, Nelson has created 23 hours of radio documentary for CBC Ideas, all of which were re-broadcast by popular demand, and she won 2nd Prize for Radio Drama in the CBC Literary Competition. Nelson has also taught at Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.

Nelson writes regularly for The Watershed Sentinel, Counterpunch, and other publications. She is also a visual artist and member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art in Toronto.