Finalist for the 2016 John W. Dafoe book prize for non-fiction
Winner of the 2015 Errol Sharpe book prize
Listen to A New Left Radio Interview with Gordon Laxer
There is sudden interest in my 1986 article, Class, Nationality and the Roots of the Branch Plant Economy. Something in the zeitgeist? Perhaps it’s because the pandemic has shown the importance of governments protecting the national public interest. Click to read below:
April 26, 2021
WHO I AM
I am the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Parkland is a non-corporate research institute that does public policy research to serve the public interest. When the Progressive Conservatives ruled Alberta under Ralph Klein, the Globe and Mail called Parkland Alberta’s ‘unofficial opposition’. Parkland’s mission has been to change the political culture of Alberta.
I am a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and the author of After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians (Sept 2015) Douglas & McIntyre. I am also author or editor of five other books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford Uni Press), which received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada, and have published over 50 journal articles and refereed book chapters and reports.
I was the Principal Investigator of a $1.9 million research project: Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006).
I am a socially-engaged, public intellectual. My op eds have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Province (Vancouver), the Winnipeg Free Press, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Hill Times, the Saint John Chronicle Herald, the St. John’s Telegram, Canadian Dimension, and other publications. I have been interviewed a number of times on venues such as the CBC’s The Current, As it Happens, and the House, and served on the board of the Council of Canadians from 2004 to 2009.