Annual Rural Education Symposium

March 5, 2017 to March 7, 2017

Fantasyland Hotel

Edmonton, Alberta

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Sunday March 5, 2017 Webcast: 

7:15 pm to 8:45 pm - Ministers Panel Discussion

Hon. David Eggen - Minister of Education

Hon. Shaye Anderson - Minister of Municipal Affairs

Hon. Richard Feehan - Minister of Indigenous Affairs

Hon. Marlin Schmidt - Minister of Advanced Education

Hon. Stephanie McLean - Minister of Service Alberta, Minister of Status of Women

Hon. Danielle Larivee - Minister of Children's Services

Monday March 6, 2017 Webcasts:

9:00 am to 10:15 am - Keynote from Doug Griffiths

11:30 am to 12 noon - Success Story - The Magrath Story

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Keynote from Todd Hirsch, ATB

Tuesday March 7, 2017 Webcast:

9:15 am to 10:30 am - Deputy Ministers Panel Discussion

Curtis Clarke - Alberta Education

Tim Grant - Service Alberta

Bev Yee - Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Carl Amrhein - Alberta Health

Jason Krips - Economic Development and Trade

Alberta Rural Education Symposium Keynotes

Doug Griffiths

Doug uses a straight-shooting, no-punches-pulled approach to show how attitude is the biggest factor – and roadblock – to building a successful community. Using his vast experience talking with municipal and community leaders from across North America,
Doug uses a mix of frightening examples and humorous stories to help you find answers to questions that have hindered your community as it tries to reach its full potential.

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is ATB Financial's Chief Economist. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. For over 20 years he’s worked as an economist at Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012.

Todd provides economic commentary for several Canadian media outlets and is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the U of A’s Alumni Honour Award.

He also writes an economic update that is sent to thousands of subscribers around the world everyday. Its called The Owl and you can subscribe at 

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