Keynote speaker: Joyce Nelson, Author and activist

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning freelance writer/researcher whose seventh book, Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-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.