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On Friday October 13 at 1:45, panellist Elaine Bernard of the Trade union program at Harvard University, will be addressing delegates on the importance of organizing. Before being recruited by Harvard in 1989, Bernard was the Director of Labour Programs at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Bernard has a BA from University of Alberta, a MA from University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.

A high-school drop out with a Ph.D., Bernard is a testimony to life-long learning and worker education. Working as a machinist during much of her university education, Bernard has combined academic interests in technology and work organization with labour education and organizing activity.

Bernard is a lively and popular lecturer who has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments in the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, South Africa, Australia and many countries in Eastern and Western Europe.