"Firestorm" Book Launch

How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future

Join us on Friday, January 19, 2018, for a presentation by Ed Struzik, the author of Firestorm, alongside Jamie Coutts, Regional Fire Chief for Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service; and Mike Flannigan, Professor of Wildland Fire at University of Alberta.

Ed Struzik will discuss and present photographs of 12 incredible wildfires that have burned in North America, and had the biggest impact on society and fire management, over the turn of the last century. 

Of those 12 fires, three of them burned in Alberta, but surprisingly the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016, dubbed "The Beast" is not on that list. Hear Struzik explain how he came to the conclusion to leave the Fort McMurray wildfire off his list, and find out what Jamie Coutts, Fire Chief for Slave Lake, Alberta -- who fought the wildfires in both Fort McMurray and Slave Lake -- thinks of this conclusion. Does Coutts agree or disagree with Struzik's assessment? We'll also hear from Dr. Mike Flannigan, Professor of Wildland Fire at the University of Alberta, and get his thoughts on the matter. 

Following the presentation, guests will enjoy a reception, with the opportunity to meet Struzik, Coutts and Dr. Flannigan. Ed Struzik will also be available for a book signing. 

Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 

Schedule of Events: 

  • 6:30 p.m. - Doors 
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. - Presentation in the IMAX Theatre
  • 7:40 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Reception in the Purple Pear


$15* (1 x Free Popcorn & 1 x Pop or Bottled Water included)

About Ed Struzik

Edward Struzik has been writing about scientific and environmental issues for more than 30 years. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. Struzik was awarded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and is an active speaker and lecturer. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

About Jamie Coutts

Jamie Coutts has been in the fire service for 25 years, with 12 of those years spent as a volunteer in Slave Lake, Alberta, before becoming an instructor, then Deputy Fire Chief and finally Fire Chief. Coutts had the pleasure of serving many Albertans in a variety of deployments, including the Slave Lake Fire in 2011, the Southern Alberta floods in 2013, and the Fort McMurray Fire in 2016. The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service has had the honour of helping serveral Alberta communities through unique weather changes, which continue to occur.  

About Mike Flannigan 

Dr. Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and is the Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science located at the University of Alberta. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions, including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, landscape fire modelling and interactions between vegetation, fire and weather. Dr. Flannigan recently appeared in an epidosde of CBC's Nature of Things with David Suzuki "Into the Fire: Small Window to Escape".
*All prices +GST.