Cohort 4 began in Fall 2017
John Adams (McGill)
John is fascinated by the philosophical and experiential foundations of our societal pathologies, and their correction: both in theory and practice. For his bachelor’s degree, he studied ecological restoration with a focus on agroecology at Texas A&M, where he acted as president of the campus sustainable farm and led workshops to move toward a thriving, just, sustainable human presence on the planet. John is also a structural bodyworker (Rolfer), contact improv dancer, facilitator of an intersubjective meditation practice called circling, and monk in a contemplative wisdom tradition.
Keywords: embeddedness, attention, intersubjectivity, systems, well-being
JOHN COLLINS (MCGILL)
Ben is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill. Born and raised in British Columbia, Ben received both his Bachelor and Master of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia. As a graduate student, he looked at how to better incorporate traditional knowledge of the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation into reclamation and mine closure planning. Since completing his Masters, he has been working as a consultant with Indigenous communities on environmental reclamation and land use planning decisions of mineral development properties. For his Ph.D. research, he is looking to continue his work with Indigenous communities, and to study how to better make resource management decisions, while considering the differences in values, wants, and needs of society.
Keywords: minerals, metals, energy, indigenous communities, environmental values, reclamation
Charles Guay-Boutet (McGill)
Charles is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Natural Resources Sciences at McGill University. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Laval University and a M.A. in Sociology from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. In his M.A. thesis, he examined Québec student bank indebtedness in relationship with the financialization of capitalism. His Ph.D. research cross-examines the relationships between the energetic and financial profitability dimensions of the Canadian Oil Sands supply chains and aims at checking if the theory of Ecological Unequal Exchange provides a useful framework to analyze the global oil industry.