Asking the Big Questions: 2016 Royal Society Atlantic St. John’s symposium

Lay Summary 

The Asking the Big Questions 2016 Royal Society Atlantic St. John’s symposium took place between November 1st and 4th. It consisted of a series of events focused on examining what sustainability might look like in a post oil-dependent Newfoundland and Labrador and what kinds of skills, expertise, infrastructure and institutions we need to get there. The main sponsors were the Royal Society of Canada Atlantic, Memorial University’s Office of Vice President Research (in-kind staff support) and Memorial’s Harris Centre (in-kind support). The planning committee for the initiative was comprised of Barb Neis, FRSC, Ellen Steinhauer from the Office of the Vice President Research and Bojan Furst from the Harris Centre. The symposium events included: 1) a public screening followed by discussion of the award-winning documentary Atlantic on the oil and gas and fishing industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ireland and Norway; 2) a short musical performance by Duo Concertante in celebration of their election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2016 followed by a public lecture by Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir, Associate Professor, Public Policy and Governance, University of Iceland on Iceland after the fiscal collapse; 3) a public lecture by Gordon Laxer from the University of Alberta on his new book called After the Sands about Alberta and NL in a less oil-dependent future; and, 4) a day-long workshop to discuss a collaboratively written draft background paper on imagining a post oil-dependent NL. The full report for this symposium can be found here.

Office of the Vice President (Research)
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Royal Society of Canada Atlantic
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Oil & Gas
Regional Economic Development
Economic Development
Industry Sectors 
Oil and Gas Extraction
Start date 
1 Nov 2016
End date 
4 Nov 2016