World Peace Forum Society

The World Peace Forum Society was established to organize the World Peace Forum in Vancouver in June of 2006. As a result of the success of the forum the members of the society voted in the winter of 2007 to continue working to create spaces and events where activists, academics and artists committed to promoting peace, social justice and sustainability could get together to discuss and plan.

Speakers Bios

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SPEAKERS’ SHORT BIOS

Ingo is originally from Germany. He is an economist and Academic Coordinator of Labour Studies at Athabasca University

Gary works in the arts as a teacher and artists’ manager. In a previous life he lived in Chile and studied Latin American history.

Lorena came to Canada as a refugee from Chile. She has long been active in Latin American solidarity activities.

Joel is both a scholar and an activist. Two of his recent books are The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or The End of the World and Overcoming Zionism-Creating A Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine.

Miguel is the leader of the Communist Party of Canada. He was first elected leader in December 1992 at the 30th Party Convention.

Alison is a Professor at Simon Fraser University specializing in theories of global/international political economy, globalization, imperialism and development, amongst other things.

Mark is a Canadian historian of working class and left-wing history. He is the director of the Centre for Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he is also a Professor of Canadian History and the history of Marxism.

Fred is the communications director of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), and is currently teaching labor history at San Francisco City College.

Elspeth has been involved in movements for political change and social justice since the late nineteen thirties.

Elsie is a retired teacher and lifelong activist. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Peace Forum Society.

Thekla is founder and Co-chair of the Canada Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WW II in Asia (ALPHA) and President of its B.C. chapter.

Claude is a Rwandan doctor and peace activist now living in Norway.

Greg is a community activist and professor of political economy at York University in Toronto. He is on the board of Canadian Dimension magazine and a member of Socialist Project.

Andrew is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). He is currently studying Political Economy and History at Simon Fraser University. A recent paper is Global Power and Global Government:Evolution and Revolution in the Global Political Economy

Jim is the President of the BC Federation of Labour, the umbrella organization that represents 54 unions and 450,000 private and public sector employees in the province. He was elected to that position in 1999 after serving more than 18 years in the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union – CAW.

Stephen is Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in political economy, comparative public policy, and Canadian politics.

Dan teaches history and Latin American studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of several books on labor in Mexico, Indonesia, and the United States.

Peter is a social activist and teacher at Langara College where he is currently teaching: Politics of Developing Nations, Contemporary Ideologies, International Political Economy, and Democratic Socialism. He ran unsuccessfully for the provincial legislature in 2001.

Marjorie is president of the US National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, california, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law.

Gail is a member of the Law Society of BC. In 2001 she founded Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), a committee of Canadian lawyers that provides support internationally for human rights defenders. Gail also works with Lawyers Against the War (LAW).Lawyers against the War (LAW) a Canada-based committee of jurists and others with members in thirteen countries.

Regina is a full time worker for the Public Service Alliance of Canada when she is not singing. She is a labour educator and activist.

Beverly is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent book—Forces of Labor: Workers’ Movements and Globalization since 1870— has won several awards.

Geoff Teaches in the Geography Department of SFU where his interests include political economy, work/labour, money and monetary policy, inequality and unemployment, politics of race and gender, environment and natural resources. A recent article is Should political ecology be Marxist? A case for Gramsci’s historical materialism.

Kat is an aboriginal activist living in Coast Salish Territory. She is a member of the Indigenous Action Movement.

Mable is a former member of the Board of Directors of the World Peace Forum, former co-chair of Stopwar.ca and a union activist in the Canadian Auto Workers when she was driving a bus. Today she is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver  for Vancouver–Kensington, the first Filipina elected to the legislature.

Saturday Evening Cabaret
The Diggers are Earle Peach, a musician, social activist and the conductor of the Solidarity Notes; Regina Brennan, a full time union representative for the Public Service Alliance of Canada; and Dan Keeton, who is a freelance journalist, and the host of The Union Made Show on Co-op Radio. The three met in the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir and from that experience, moved on to form their group. Fraser Union is Dan Kenning, Henk Piket, Roger Holdstock, and Barry Truter. They formed more than 20 years ago to sing ‘songs with a bite”. Elizabeth Fischer is a Vancouver singer and visual artist known for her work with Animal Slaves. She is also a rare interpreter of the songs of Berthold Brecht, which she will present in the Thirties Cabaret.