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Ambrose Research Conference 2023

Each year Ambrose University hosts the Ambrose Research Conference – a gathering that aims to spotlight student, faculty, staff, and alumni research and scholarly activity, through a series of conference presentations and poster exhibits. This event is free to attend and open to the general public.


This year’s ARC theme explores the implications of climate change for a Christian liberal arts university and seminary. The goal of the conference is to explore the diverse ways that climate change can impact people, society, business, education, the art, and faith.


Mark your Calendars: March 29th, 2023           

* This event is partially funded by a grant from AAAS DoSER (Advancing Science, Serving Society: Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion). Questions? Email Dr Lo (Research Committee chair) at

Register for ARC 2023


Previous Conferences

Below is a list of previous conference programs and themes

  • March 30, 2022
    Adjacent Possibilities: Research That Makes Room for What's Possible
  • March 31, 2021
    Faithful Science
  • March 27, 2019
    Uncharted: Conversations in the Hinterlands
  • April 4, 2018
    The World after Tomorrow
  • March 29, 2017
    The Power of Story
  • April 4, 2016
    Wisdom: Past, Present, and Future
  • March 30, 2015
    Poverty: Causes, Impact, and Solutions
  • March 31, 2014
  • March 16, 2013
  • March 26, 2012
  • March 28, 2011
  • March 29, 2010

ARC Schedule

Time Room A2131 Room A2133 Room A2210 Room L2084
8:30 am Arrive from 8:30 am to check your schedules and find your place. Parking is free. Light refreshments are provided.

Business 1 – Entrepreneurship for Our Sustainable Future
(Moderator: Dr Wilian Gatti, Jr.)

Amiel Cabayao, “Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Philippines: Incorporating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Social Enterprises”

Nishad Mani, “Social Enterprises & B-Corps in Calgary: Seeking More Efficient & Sustainable Alignments with the Community's Needs”

Dr. Wilian Gatti, Jr., Davis Bell, and Bridget McNaughton, “Learning About Sustainability Through the Use of an Entrepreneurship Board Game”

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(Moderator: Dr Chris Wang)

Jonathan Brown, “The Interaction Between VIG-1 and miRNA in the Maintenance of the Balance Between Proliferation and Differentiation in C. elegans”

Saffron Godard, “The Interaction of VIG-1 and miRNA to Regulate the Balance Between Proliferation and Differentiation”

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Interdisciplinary – Interdisciplinary Conversations
(Moderator: Dr Sherry Martens)

Allan Thacker, “Canadian Naturalists, Faith, and Climate Change”

Dr Christy Thomas and Amber Hartwell, “Improving Collective Practices through Collegial Conversations”

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Theology – Christian Theology, Creation, and Ecology

(Moderator: Dr Colin Toffelmire)

Dallas Loewen, “Death and Resurrection: A Christological Analysis of Compost and Soil”

Caleb Moore, “Wisdom Literature & Creation”

Russell D. Clarke, “Angels and Humanity: Messengers and Stewards joined in praise in the Celestial Hierarchy and Karl Barth”

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10:10 - 11:10

Business 2 – Just Consumption and Sustainability: An Examination of the Worlds of Fashion, Coffee and NGOs (Mod: Dr Murray MacTavish)

Adam Meckelborg, “Eternal Ways of Life: Biblical Creation Care by Seeking a Sustainable Fashion Industry with Implications for Consumer Lifestyles”

Thomas Unrau, “Fair for Whom? The Effectiveness of Fairtrade in the Coffee Industry”

Amy Isaac, “Re-Exploiting Victims: Ethical Storytelling in NGO Fundraising Promotions”

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(Moderators: Dr Liza Abraham and Dr Kristian Caldo)

Annica Creighton, “Total Phenolics and Flavonoid Quantification in Edible Albertan Berries”

Carter McLenahan, “Investigation of a Natural Surfactant Sapindus mukorossi, as an all-in-one Reducing and Protective Agent for the Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles”

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Humanities 1 – New Research in History
(Moderator: Dr Ryan Wilkinson)

Aaron Fraser, “Keeping Ourselves in The White: Canada’s Ku Klux Klan and a Forgotten Racist Past”

Sarah Herrington, “The Gift of An Ojibway Christian Voice” Sarah Johnson, “Tsimshian Christianity and Westernization”

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Social Sciences 1 – Student Research in the Social Sciences
(Moderator: Dr Rodrigo Dal Ben)

Karanah Defante, “The Impacts of Coming out on Mental Health for Gender, Sexual, and/or Romantic Minorities and Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour”

Nabila Maliki, “The Church and Poverty Complex: Insights from Multidisciplinary Perspectives”

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11:20 - 12:20

In the Gym – Plenary Presentation: “Climate Change in the Space Between the Garden and the Machine” Dr John R Wood, Emeritus Professor, The King’s University, Edmonton

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12:20 Lunch Break:

Food is provided in the Atrium for those who signed up for lunch at registration. Paid lunch is also available in the Calf.


In Airhart (from 12:30)

ECOL 351 Posters Conservation Biology (Moderator: Lizelle Odendall)

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In Airhart (from 12:30)

MED 327 Posters Medical Genetics (Moderator: Dr Chris Wang)

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In the Gym (at 1pm) – Author Meets Critics

Dr Darren Dyck’s Will & Love: Shakespeare and the Motion of the Soul, with Dr Goossen and Dr Coutts (Moderator: Dr Kyle Jantzen)

2:10 - 3:10

Business 3 – Changing Organizational Climates: An Examination of Effects of Training on Organizational Climates and Computerization on Job Vulnerability
(Moderator: Prof Karikari)

Brooklyn Armstrong, Brooklyn Deol, and Donovan Olichny, “The impact of Organizational Climate on Learning Effectiveness”

Ryan Partaker, Macauleigh Wilks, & Madeline Williscroft, “Effects of Collaboration, Motivation, and Training Transfer on Organizational Climate”

Alfredo Suarez, “Exploring the Susceptibility of Job Categories to Computerization and Demographic Factors for Analytical Jobs, Sales and Marketing Jobs, and Administrative Jobs”

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Environmental Science
(Moderator: Dr Stephen Jeans)

Lucas Cusanelli, “Undergraduate Science Thinking: Pieces to the Career Puzzle includes Climate Change”

Sierra Menchini-McHugh, “More than Climate Change: Finding Passion for Multidisciplinary Science through Subsidiarity”

Dr Stephen Jeans, “Climate Change and the Christian University: Geo-environmental Education Leads to Action”

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Humanities 2 – Humanities for our World
(Moderator: Dr Ken Draper)

HUM 485 Capstone class: Connection between humanities disciplines and the ‘real’ world is one of the persistent complaints leveled against the humanities. On the other hand, humanities scholars argue that the humanities are essential to civil discussion in society, to the future of democracy, to human flourishing and even to the new postindustrial economy. This panel of senior humanities students will demonstrate that their disciplines can engage issues important in our current reality. They will also explore how the resources of their disciplines can be deployed to address these issues.

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Social Sciences 2 – Faculty Research in the Social Sciences
(Moderator: Dr Joel Thiessen)

Dr Rodrigo Dal Ben, “An Open Phonotactic and Orthotactic Probabilities Calculator”

Dr Monetta Bailey, “The Impact of Racist Public Discourse on Racialized Individuals: Expanding Ideas of Harm”

Dr Sanderson (presenter), Dr Hammond, and Dr MacTavish, “Flourishing Agency: Identifying and Nurturing the Critical Resilience and Performance Strengths in Business Students”

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3:20 - 4:20

In the Gym – Plenary Session: Ambrose Faculty Panel on Climate Change in Research and Teaching (Dr Beth Stovell) Derek Cook (Canadian Poverty Institute), Dr Stephen Jeans (Science), Dr Murray MacTavish (Business), Dr Sherry Martens (Education)

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* This event is partially funded by a grant from AAAS DoSER (Advancing Science, Serving Society: Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion). Questions? Email Dr Lo (Research Committee chair) at