13th Annual Conference - Our Public Services: Protecting and Revitalizing in Uncertain Times

13th Annual Conference


With a provincial election on the horizon, conversations about the oil industry and the economy dominate political discourse and the media in Alberta. As important as economic issues are, political parties have lost the focus on public services, that are so important to the health and well-being of Albertans.

The progressive movement has made vital gains such as the newly introduced $15 minimum wage, $25-a-day child care, and the carbon tax. However, these programs are under threat by belt-tightening conservatives who are planning massive cuts and privatization of public services to balance the budget, rather than focusing on common sense solutions like fair taxation. This is why now more than ever we need to shift the public conversation and take action to protect and revitalize our public services, creating the conditions for greater fairness, justice, and equality for all Albertans.

Public Interest Alberta’s 13th Annual Advocacy Conference will explore these topics and more. Join activists and advocates from across the province in Edmonton April 4 and 5 to pursue bold directions toward a better Alberta for all.


Please register below for the full conference in Edmonton, April 4 - 5.

Join Public Interest Alberta or renew your membership to access discounted conference registration rates.

If you only wish to attend the keynote in Calgary, April 3, click here

If you only wish to attend the keynote in Edmonton, April 4, click here.




Full bios for each speaker available here.


Heather Smith, President of the United Nurses of Alberta







Elizabeth Ballerman, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)










Alvin Finkel, Professor Emeritus of History at Athabasca University, Author, President of the Alberta Labour History Institute












Sarah Barber, Research and Evaluation Specialist at End Poverty Edmonton









Allyson Pollock, Professor, Director of the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University








Micheal Janz, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee










Sandra Ngo, Research Coordinator at the Edmonton Social Planning Council











Knowmadic, Edmonton's Poet Laureate








Conference Schedule*

Thursday, April 4th          2pm - 10pm

Friday, April 5th               9am - 5pm



*Details TBA 







April 04, 2019 at 1pm - April 05, 2019
Chateau Louis
11727 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 3A1
Google map and directions
Monica · · 780-420-0471

Will you come?

$240.00 Non-member Pricing: Full Conference
Conference April 4th & 5th in Edmonton (includes keynote)
$200.00 Member Pricing: Full Conference
Conference April 4th & 5th in Edmonton (includes keynote)