The 2019 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture

'Pipelines and the Petro State'
Presented by author/journalist Andrew Nikiforuk
Wednesday 27 February 2019 | 7pm
Luther Auditorium | The University of Regina

Now that the federal government owns the aging TransMountain pipeline, says Andrew Nikiforuk, it will have to carefully consider the political and economic consequences of the $11-billion expansion project. To date the storied mega-project has polarized the country with Trumpian flair. Heavy oil exporting provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan may favour the deal but the debate highlights the dismal failure of statecraft in Canada as well as a notable absence of rigorous analysis on oil economics. Nikiforuk argues that with no cogent resource policy or oil strategy other than dig it and ship it, the pipeline debate neatly illustrates the failure of petro states to plan for volatile oil pricing - let alone climate change. It also deflects from another truth: neither Alberta nor Saskatchewan have ever adopted former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed’s sage principles for oil: behave like an owner, add value to the resource, collect your fair share, and save for a rainy day. Join us for this timely and interesting dicussion.

About Andrew Nikiforuk
For more than three decades Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West for a variety of Canadian publications including The Walrus, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith. In the late 1990s, he investigated the social and ecological impacts of intensive livestock industries and the legacy of northern uranium mining for the Calgary Herald. His public policy position papers on water diversion in the Great Lakes (2004) and water, energy and North American integration (2007) for the Program on Water Issues at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre sparked both discussion and reform. Nikiforuk’s journalism has won seven National Magazine Awards since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. His dramatic Alberta based-book, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2002 and has recently been reissued by Greystone Books with an introduction by Chris Hedges. Pandemonium, which exposes the impact of global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. More about Andrew Nikiforuk >>

All are welcome to this free public lecture. Free parking on campus is available in Lot 10. For more information please call 306-585-4226 or email

About the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to present an annual lecture in honour of Woodrow Stanley Lloyd (1913-1972), a dedicated public servant of Saskatchewan. Woodrow Lloyd served as the province's eighth Premier (1961-1964) and also as Minister of Education (1944-1960). It was in this capacity that he played a formative role in the development of the modern day education system. In 1963, he laid the cornerstone of the first building on the Regina campus of the University of Saskatchewan, now the University of Regina. Throughout his career, Woodrow Lloyd's voice emerged as one strongly in favour of the university as a space for innovation and catalyst for social change.

Said Woodrow Lloyd at the Canadian Education Association Convention of 1951, "Education needs courage. The very fact that education, if it is vital, leads to purposeful change, indicates the need for courage on the part of those who lead, because even purposeful change is always opposed. It is opposed by those who do not understand."

The Woodrow Lloyd lecture is presented each Winter by the Faculty of Arts and funded by the generosity of the Woodrow Lloyd Trust Fund. Each lecture features a nationally or internationally recognized scholar, writer, thinker, and/or activist, who speaks on issues of direct relevance to Saskatchewan.

Past speakers have included former Premier of Saskatchewan Roy Romanow, noted climatologist Elane Wheaton, and author and Indigenous leader Cindy Blackstock.

Past Woodrow Lloyd Lectures

  • 2018: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: If it Feels Good, It's Not Reconciliation
    Presented by Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaw lawyer, author, social justice advocate, and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University
    A video of Dr. Palmater's lecture is available at:

  • 2017: Islamophobia and Muslim Women in Canada
    Presented by Dr. Sheema Khan, Author and Global and Mail Columnist
    A video of Dr. Khan's lecture is available at:
  • 2016: Presented by The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
    A video of Justice Sinclair's lecture is available on the Faculty of Arts YouTube channel at:
  • 2015: Reconciliation: the children's version
    by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, as well as Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) and as Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. View or download the lecture from the Faculty of Arts Youtube channel at
  • 2014: The Hedgehog, the Fox and Canadian Austerity
    by Dr. Thom Workman, Professor, Political Science at the University of New Brunswick.  View or download the lecture from the University's oURspace website at
  • 2013: Can Civil Disobedience Ensure Health Care Access for Drug Users?
    by Ann Livingston, Social Justice Organizer
  • 2012: Taking and Making Human Life: has healthcare replaced religion?
    by Dr. Margaret Somerville, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
  • 2011: Western Canadian Democracy: A backward and a forward look
    by the Honorable Preston Manning, Founder of the Reform Party of Canada
  • 2010: Transforming Power: New paths to social and political change
    by Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University
  • 2009: Subprime Constitutionalism: Why are we over-invested in the charter?
    by Professor Harry Arthurs, Osgood Hall Law School, President Emeritus, York University