Sunday, November 14 | Entertainment

Dallas Arcand

Dallas Arcand is a 3x World Champion Hoop Dancer, keynote speaker, workshop presenter, storyteller and musician specializing in education, healing workshops and cultural hoop dance performances. Dallas is from the Alexander First Nation (Kipohtakaw) Treaty 6 in Alberta.

Paul Cournoyer

Franco-Albertan singer-songwriter and bassist Paul Cournoyer released his debut album in 2014, and released his ten-song album, Le Détroit, in 2019. He is also a member of Edmonton band Post Script.

Monday, November 15 | Entertainment

Andrew Phung

Andrew Phung’s infectious and relatable personality has made him one of Canada's top comedic performers, best known as a star on CBC’s hit television series Kim’s Convenience. His work earned him four Canadian Screen Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Tuesday, November 16 | Keynote Speakers

Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is a  Canadian arts journalist and administrator. He was born in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto in cinema studies in 1996. He broadcast for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on films and pop culture for 20 years and was appointed as Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2020. 

Janet Brown

Based in Calgary, Janet Brown is one of Alberta’s most recognized political pollsters and analysts. With over 30 years of experience in polling and marketing research, Janet has developed a knack for asking the right people the right questions. Janet sees beyond the headlines and talk radio chatter to assess and interpret what’s happening beneath the surface in Alberta politics.

Paul McLoughlin

Based in Edmonton, Paul McLoughlin has been a member of the Alberta Legislature Press Gallery since 1983. In 1993, he formed Word of Mouth Communications, which publishes Alberta Scan, a weekly newsletter about Alberta politics. Alberta Scan is read by a broad section of federal, provincial and local politicians and bureaucrats, by industry associations, by media outlets and others looking for current, in-depth political information.