Reception for Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison (UWS2012)

The organizers of Under Western Skies 2, along with Mount Royal University, are pleased to hold a reception in honour of Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison for their ongoing important contributions through literature and film to advancing environmental understanding and awareness.

Co-hosted by Dr. Pamela Banting (University of Calgary) and Wendy Francis (Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative), the reception will be held in Wyckham House at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12, the third evening of the Under Western Skies 2 conference.

Karsten Heuer is the author of Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bears’ Trail (McClelland & Stewart, 2002) and Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd (McClelland & Stewart, 2006).

Leanne Allison is co-director of Being Caribou (NFB, 2006) and director of Finding Farley (NFB, 2009). Her most recent work, “Bear 71,” won a 2012 Cyber Lion Award at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

For more information about Karsten and Leanne, see their website,

This event is open to the public as well as to conference participants. Visit for advance tickets or contact Dr. Robert Boschman at

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