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IPS 2020 Keynote Speakers
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Keynote Speakers

Alan Dyer
Alan Dryer

Chasing the Northern Lights


Former planetarian and current astrophotographer Alan Dyer recounts his tales of chasing the Northern Lights, with details on what we know — and still don’t know — about what causes the aurora. Most of the explanations we provide in our shows are wrong! Alan will illustrate his talk with images and time-lapse movies he’s taken from around the world. And yes, infamous STEVE will make an appearance!  


Alan worked for some 40 years producing planetarium shows for the Manitoba Planetarium in Winnipeg, the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium and Edmonton Space Sciences Centre in Edmonton and, from 1993 until 2013, for three generations of planetarium theatres in Calgary. He spends his retirement doing photography and writing, but still gets to dabble in planetarium production at TELUS Spark in Calgary now and then. As a resident of southern Alberta he sees auroras frequently from his rural backyard.  

Wilfred A. BuckScience Facilitator
Chateau Lacombe


Wilfred Buck is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, currently employed with the MFNERC as a Science Facilitator. He obtained his B.Ed. & Post Bacc. from the University of Manitoba.


As an educator Wilfred has had the opportunity and good fortune to travel to South and Central America as well as Europe and met, shared and listened to Indigenous people from all over the world.


He is a husband, father of four, son, uncle, brother, nephew, story-teller, mad scientist, teacher, singer, pipe-carrier, sweat lodge keeper, old person and sun dance leader.


As a Science Facilitator with MFNERC was given the mandate to “put a First Nation perspective in the sciences”. The easiest way to go about doing this, he was told, was to look up. Researching Ininew star stories Wilfred found a host of information which had to be interpreted and analyzed to identify if the stories were referring to the stars. The journey began…


“The greatest teaching that was ever given to me, other than my wife and children, is the ability to see the humor in the world”…Wilfred Buck  

plus more to come!


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