Ian received his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia after completing an M.A. at Queen’s, an Honours B.A. at U.B.C. and working for several years in the House of Commons. Environmental and natural resource exploitation issues have figured prominently in his research and teaching since he joined the University of Alberta in 1987. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley (John A Sproul Research Fellowship in Canadian Studies), Portland State University (Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Northern Momentum Teacher/ Scholar). His publications include The Last Great Forest: Japanese Multinationals and Alberta’s Northern Forests (with Larry Pratt), Assault of the Rockies: Environmental Controversies in Alberta, and Making it Work: Kyoto, Trade and Politics (for the Parkland Institute). His forthcoming publications include Costly Fix: Power, Politics, and Nature in the Tar Sands and the article “Borders, Boundaries and the Politics of Petroleum Pipelines” (Journal of Borderland Studies). Ian served on the AWA Board of Directors from 2002 – 2009 and has been the editor of Wild Lands Advocate since 2009. He has been AWA’s conservation Director and became AWA’s Executive Director July 2, 2021.