9:00-10:30 – Keynote – Day 1

Diverse Cultures and Community Impact

Speakers: Jessie Loyer (Library), Rima Tarraf (Alberta Health Services), Leah Hamilton (General Management and Human Resources), and Michael Hawley (Humanities)

Time: 9:00-10:30

Location: Gold Room

Moderated by: Marva Ferguson

Keynote Speakers answering the following questions:

  • A brief description of the work we have done (e.g., research questions, role of community)
  • Challenges we’ve encountered
  • Impact of project
  • How has this work affected us, particularly in the classroom?

Keynote Speakers answering questions submitted online by Members.

 Keynote Speaker’s Biographies:

Jessie is a Librarian at Mount Royal University. Her research looks at Indigenous information literacy and supporting language revitalization.

Rima  is a research and evaluation consultant at Alberta Health Services. She received her MSc and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Her work primarily involves conducting research and evaluation on healthcare initiatives, the optimal use of healthcare providers, and workforce wellness and retention. Rima has also worked on projects geared towards understanding the resettlement needs of Syrian refugees, with a particular focus on housing.

Leah is an Associate Professor at the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University. Her program of research focuses on the social and economic integration of newcomers and refugees in Canada. She is a community-engaged scholar who frequently partners with organizations from the settlement sector. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Michael Hawley is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Mount Royal University and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary.  He is founding Chair of the Sikh Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR).  He is the editor of Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency, and Experience (Brill 2013), and co-edited with Pashaura Singh Re-imagining South Asian Religions (Brill 2013).  He is the author of several articles on Sikhism including ‘Sikh Institutions’ in the Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies, as well as encyclopedia entries and book reviews relating to Sikhism.  He is currently working on a multi-year project documenting Sikh history, religion, and culture in the province.  His favorite Indian dish is karela.