2015 November: Thomas Davies

Bio: Thomas Davies


Thomas is a writer, researcher and organizer on issues of human rights and social justice in Canada, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Fire This Time Newspaper. Over the last ten months he has written extensively on many different aspects and impacts of Bill C-51. Thomas is also a leading organizer with the Working Group to Stop Bill C-51, which has organized 35 consecutive weekly informational picket actions across the Lower Mainland to engage with the public about Bill C-51. Thomas has also coordinated public forums and discussions.

As an activist in the environmental and social justice movement Thomas has spoken at international conferences from Mexico to South Africa over the last decade. When not writing and organizing, Thomas is employed as a licensed Power Engineer in downtown Vancouver.


2015 November: Alison Bodine

Bio: Alison Bodine


Alison is a peace and social justice activist in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Chair of Vancouver's peace coalition Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO). For the last 12 years MAWO has regularly held public forums, discussions, rallies and petition drives in order to increase public discussion and awareness around issues of war and peace. Alison has frequently represented the peace movement in Canada at conferences and events across the country, in the United States and Latin America, and has led many workshops in high schools and universities.

Originally from the United States, Alison is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She currently works as an Electrical Designer at an engineering firm in Burnaby.

2015 September: Jonas Albeck

BIO: Jonas AlbeckJonas Albeck

Recently retired in 2012 as a Senior Petroleum Landman, Jonas Albeck has enjoyed a rich career with progressively increasing responsibility in the U.S., Canadian and international Oil and Gas on- and offshore negotiations and management sectors.

Most recently, in Calgary, where much of his career has been centered, Jonas worked as a Senior Land Specialist for Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc.

Prior to this appointment, Jonas was engaged as a Commercial Negotiations Landman with Norsk Hydro Canada Oil and Gas Inc., now known as Statoil. In 2001, he transferred temporarily to Oslo and Bergen, Norway to increase his technical experience and focus on North Sea exploration, production and unitization.

Before the Norsk engagement, Jonas was Vice President of the Land division for Prodeco / Petromark Oil and Gas Inc., and still earlier held responsibilities with Esso Resources Canada Ltd and Pan Canadian Petroleum Ltd (Encana).

     Jonas’s corporate Oil & Gas management experience continues to focus on

- Business cases, intelligence procurement and deal structure development 

- Strategy, tactical, operational approach, contracts formulation and administration

- Acquisitions, dispositions and closings

- Commercial and economic evaluations

- Domestic and international private sector, government liaison and marketing

Jonas earned a degree in Business Administration in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He is proficient in several languages. In 2003, he became a candidate on the Alberta Energy and Utility Board’s roster for Appropriate Dispute Resolution. Jonas continues to be a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen and is the sole proprietor heading up Albeck Consulting in Calgary.

Jonas also holds Canadian accredited diplomatic status as the Honorary Consul Emeritus of Denmark in Calgary and he maintains his membership of many years in the Danish Canadian Club of Calgary.

In May 2010 Jonas received one of the highest national distinctions from the Queen of Denmark when he was knighted. The knighthood is officially known in Danish as ‘Ridder af Dannebrog’.

Jonas resides in Calgary with his wife Lisa Albeck. They spend summer months in B.C. and enjoy winter months in Puerto Vallarta, La Cruz, Mexico.

2015 October: Thomas Gradin

Bio: Thomas GradinThomas Gradin

Born in Solleftea, Sweden, Thomas Gradin graduated from the University of Stockholm with a specialization in Physical Education and a love of hockey. He began his 16-year career as a junior playing for Sweden and it wasn’t long before he was drafted into the professional ranks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Here he distinguished himself throughout a brilliant on-ice period spanning nine years with the Vancouver Canucks from 1978 to 1986. The following year he played briefly for the Boston Bruins during the 1986-87 season and playoffs.

Thomas also played for Sweden regularly in several international hockey tournaments. In January 2011 the Canucks inducted Thomas into their ‘Ring of Honour’, celebrating him as one of a few select players, staff members and broadcasters having a lasting impact on the franchise. At the time, Thomas was the highest scoring Centreman in the franchise’s history.

After retiring from competitive hockey, Thomas coached young talent before being drafted once again in 1994 by the Vancouver Canucks, this time as the Associate Head Scout, a position he has held for over 20 years and maintains today. Thomas was part of the scouting team that drafted the Swedish players Mattias Ohlund, Alex Edler and the Sedin twins.

In 2013 Thomas accepted additional new responsibilities when he was appointed Honorary Consul for Sweden in British Columbia and the Yukon Territories.

Thomas and his wife Cathie live in Vancouver where they spend much of their time, except when Thomas is scouting the world for the next great Canuck.

2015 January: Darci LaRocque

Darci LaRocque

Darci LaRocque is an award‐winning technology trainer and speaker. Many have referred to Darci as a technology superstar because of her insight regarding Smartphones and Tablets and how to best take advantage of what they offer. Darci's strength is explaining in a user‐friendly way how to become more productive while saving on your wireless bills.  These devices are changing how we live, work, eat and play. Darci’s understanding of technology and desire to make it fun for everyone makes her training and presentation style interactive, humorous and informative.