As a continuation of our International Mountain Day celebrations, Banff Public Library is pleased to present a speaker series on the importance of mountain areas in terms of health, well-being, and ecological sustainability.
Marie-Eve Marchand is the Business Manager for the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas Beyond the Aichi Target Task Force. She successfully coordinated the movement to bring the plains bison back to Banff National Park and worked with over twenty-five Indigenous communities in western Canada and the United States to sign the Buffalo Treaty. The treaty serves as an alliance amongst the communities to restore and conserve bison as well as renew and strengthen ancient cultural and spiritual relationships with bison in the Northern Great Plains. Marie-Eve will discuss her experiences working on the Bison Reintroduction to Banff National Park as well as the relationships between land, wildlife, food, and reconciliation.
Jim Olver is a former geologist who spent eight years exploring remote areas throughout the Canadian Shield, Nunavut, and the Arctic Islands. He has been working at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity since 1983 where he interprets the geology of the Rocky Mountains to visitors on a daily basis. Jim is also part of a dynamic group of river paddlers and will share his passion for canoeing and mountain river exploration.
Silvio Adamo has been involved in emergency response with the Banff Fire Department since 1987 and is the current Fire Chief and Director of Protective Services. He is also a member of the Canada Task Force 2 Incident Management Team and assists the Alberta Emergency Management Agency with emergency exercises for the newly created provincial EOC support teams. Silvio will discuss the importance of fire prevention in the mountains and some of the challenges faced when fighting fires in mountain terrain.
Josh Welsh is a town planner with the Town of Canmore. He has also worked as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park, a landscape architect in Vancouver, and a professor of design in Pittsburgh. Throughout his past and current work, Josh has held the belief that fostering human connections with the land is central to stewarding local communities to collectively overcome the global environmental crisis. Josh will discuss his work and the power of connecting with nature to effect change.
Amar Athwal is a local photographer whose work focuses on the nature and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. He first became interested in photography in 2005 while working for Parks Canada, and what was once a summer hobby has since become a year-round passion. Amar will discuss his work and present an exhibit of his wildlife photography which will be on display at the Library from Jan. 16 to Feb. 2.
Chic Scott is a well-known local writer and mountaineer who has spent over fifty years discovering the magic of high places. He has climbed and skied all over the world, from the icefields of the Canadian Rockies to the historic climbs of the European Alps, from the grandeur of the Himalaya to the icy solitude of Mount Logan. Chic has written at length about his experiences in the mountains and has received many awards for his work including the Alberta Trade Book of the Year, the Bill March Summit of Excellence Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. Chic will share his presentation “The Mountains of Canada,” which combines beautiful scenic images, exciting climbing and skiing shots, and fascinating historic photographs from across the country.