Mar. 27, 2008
DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS SERVED
On March 27, 2008, the University of Alberta Energy Club was honoured to host some of Alberta's leading thinkers from politics, academia, and business to discuss Energy and Entrepreneurship: Opportunities in Alberta.
Author of "The Economics of Happiness"
Mark is the author of "The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth." Since its release in June 2007, the book has become a Canadian best seller. On March 10th, 2008, in New York at the Axiom business book awards, Mark's book received the bronze medal in the category of "Economics." Mark's books provides a new road map for building new economies of well-being, not simply growth, built on a model he calls "Genuine Wealth."
Mark wears many hats as an ecological economist, entrepreneur, professor, author and president of his family-owned consulting firm, Anielski Management Inc. He has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to developing new tools for measuring the sustainability and genuine well-being of nations, communities, businesses and organizations. In the Sept./Oct. 2004 edition of Adbusters magazine, Mark was named a "rising star" amongst international progressive economists.
Mark teaches corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship at the School of Business at the University of Alberta. He also a founding faculty member of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute near Seattle - the first MBA program dedicated to sustainable business practices and ethics.
For 14 years he served as senior economic policy advisor and expert in performance measurement with the Alberta Government. He has pioneered of Genuine Progress Indicators and natural capital accounting in the US and Canada. He recently served as a senior economic advisor to China in their efforts to produce green GDP estimates.
Mark is the past-President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, a Senior Advisor to the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a Senior Fellow with the Oakland-based economic think-tank Redefining Progress. Mark lives in Edmonton with his wife and their two daughters.
Professor Brian Fleck
Host of Project X, a CBC TV Series on Science and Technology
Dr. Brian Fleck is one of those rare individuals who can not only make science and engineering interesting, but fascinating! It is therefore no wonder that CBC recently selected him to be a host for their new "Project X" series, by the same producers of the hit show "The Nature of Things", to highlight the wonders of modern science and technology.
Professor Fleck, who teaches here at the University of Alberta in Mechanical Engineering, exemplifies the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that have made Canada the country that it is today. In the past he's worked for environmental consulting companies, oil and gas, and the government (including Environment Canada and the Department of National Defense) and now has his own companies that do consulting for new technology development.
His publications cover a wide range of subjects, including turbulence, mixing, multiphase flow, combustion, and both renewable and non-renewable energies.
Professor Fleck is a man of tremendous energy and charisma. When he's not teaching, researching renewable energy, patenting new combustion technologies or running Ironman races, Fleck has found time to travel and live abroad with his family of six and relax for a moment or two. Don't expect this guy to sit still too long though…
Reference: Project X - Team
Alderman Dominic Mishio
Alderman Dominic Mishio is an active student of political leadership. Currently he is studying Political Science at the University of Alberta.
In October 2007 Dominic was elected to Leduc City Council and set a record becoming the youngest person to do so in the City. Alderman Mishio is currently the youngest politician in the province of Alberta and diligently advocates environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Dominic has always actively participated in politics from attending International Conferences on such issues as innovation, to being a member of numerous municipal advisory boards dealing with a variety of local matters.
Prior to Dominic being elected as an Alderman for the City of Leduc, he gained leadership experience from numerous sources. Some of his leadership experience was garnered working in the business field as a Business Analyst with consultant firm R Bruce Inc. In 2007, Dominic demonstrated his leadership skills and organized a Youth Leadership Conference, bringing together politicians and youth leaders from the Capital Region.
Dominic prides himself on being results orientated. Rather than be content to simply talk about the issues he moves from debate, to action.
In 2006, Dominic's passion for environmental issues led him to co-found the Alberta Environmental Stewardship Coalition a groups who's mandate is to bridge the gap between public and political environmental discourse.
Researcher, entrepreneur, boundless thinker
Joey Hundert is a Hamilton-born, New Jersey raised, Edmonton-based entrepreneur who has earned his stripes from the school of hard knocks with respects to business, entrepreneurship, economics, technology and investment. Joey has worked on levels ranging from grassroots to top-tier multinational business.
Joey's vision has revolved around a truly vibrant and sufficiently differentiated sustainable economy, capable of providing its members with security, equity, happiness and a sense of belonging. Research, Work and Experience have been gained in the following spaces: biofuels, bioenergy, new crop development, small scale foods processing, alternative building materials and biocomposites, ecovillage and sustainable community development, water and wastewater system design, transportation research and design, nutrition and health, oil and gas, mining, economics, macroeconomics, angel investment, venture capital and financial market research.
Joey is currently CEO of Biowest Energy Inc., a bioenergy and environmental consulting and development firm; Joey also fills the position of Senior Partner at Ideal Capital Solutions Inc., an Edmonton-based investment communications firm.
Reference: Seed Trust