Barry Cooper, a fourth generation Albertan, was educated at Shawnigan Lake School, the University of British Columbia and Duke University, where he received his doctorate in 1969. He taught at Bishop’s University, McGill, and York University before coming to the University of Calgary in 1981. For the past twenty-five years he has studied western political philosophy, both classical and contemporary. Much of his teaching has focused on Greek political philosophy whereas his publications have been chiefly in the area of contemporary French and German political philosophy. Over the years he has spent considerable time in both countries, teaching and doing research.
Sara MacIntyre is currently President & CEO of Vuca-Sera Inc., working on government, media relations, communications and business strategic support for medium sized companies in oil, grain, gas and telecommunications. Sara started in politics and communications while studying with Tom Flanagan at the University of Calgary. Before completing her master’s degree thesis on the Aboriginal sentencing provision of the Canadian Criminal Code, she headed for the capital. In 2002, she led the strategy, policy and stakeholder relations while working for then Aboriginal Affairs Critic Brian Pallister as a legislative assistant. Sara then moved to the Opposition Leader’s Office as one of the lead researchers on the Sponsorship file before moving to Victoria to become BC’s Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Sara was later appointed Director of Public Affairs and Communications for NaiKun Wind Energy Group, an offshore wind energy project proposed for the Hecate Strait near Haida Gwaii. Sara returned to Ottawa to work as Press Secretary for then Prime Minister Stephen Harper. After the majority win in 2011, Sara looked west again and became Premier Christy Clark’s Director of Communications in 2012. A break from politics and communications, Sara then moved to LA to become a Bikram Yoga Certified instructor in 2013. She serves on the advisory board of The Sky Guys, a drone start-up in Oakville, Ontario. She has appeared in Forbes, CBC, CTV, Newstalk 1010, the Toronto Sun and the Globe and Mail. She lives in Elora, Ontario, with her dog, Brutus.
Christopher Primeau serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the Impact Society and is the lead for project implementation and organizational development at Goodpin. Over the past 13 years Christopher has served in the business and charity sectors in Canada, and around the globe to help organizations who do good, be better, by improving teams, processes, and branding to more effectively communicate and fulfill their purpose. Previously he was the leader for organizational growth as the Vice President for Advancement at Ambrose University, where he oversaw the organizations development, communications and enrollment efforts. Christopher continually supports the organizations he serves, and their clients, by effectively developing strategy, and implementing effective programs that grow relationships, communicate purpose, and increase revenue.
Trevor Shelley is a temporarily displaced Albertan currently serving as Postdoctoral Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches and works in the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, and is engaged in research at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty. He received his Doctorate from Louisiana State University in Political Science, and has written for both popular and academic publications on issues of politics, philosophy, and economics. His book, Liberalism and Globalization: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Manent will be released by the University of Notre Dame Press in Spring, 2020.”