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 at the University of Alberta from 1987 to 2020. 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 Costly Fix: Power, Politics, and Nature in the Tar Sands, The Last Great Forest: Japanese Multinationals and Alberta’s Northern Forests (with Larry Pratt), and Assault of the Rockies: Environmental Controversies in Alberta. Ian served on the AWA Board of Directors from 2002 – 2009 and has been the editor of Wild Lands Advocate since 2009. Before becoming AWA’s Executive Director on July 1, 2021, Ian served as AWA’s Conservation Director in 2020/21.