About Congress

About the University of Alberta

About the University of Alberta


The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 40,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.9 billion and attracts more than $500 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 900 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus.The university has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide.

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory and Homeland of the Métis, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. 

About the Academic Convenor 

Professor Michael O'Driscoll 

Michael O'Driscoll

Michael O'Driscoll is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He teaches and publishes in the fields of critical and cultural theory, and his expertise in 20th Century American Literature focuses on poetics and performance across various media. He is a Governing Board Member of the SpokenWeb SSHRC Partnership. He has also served in the senior leadership of the Faculty of Arts, and for ten years was Editor of ESC: English Studies in Canada.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Michael was raised in Waterloo, Ontario. He earned his BA Co-op Honours and MA degrees in English at the University of Waterloo, and his PhD in English at the University of Western Ontario. While completing his degrees, Michael worked for twelve years as a writer for CTV Television before taking up his position at the University of Alberta. He is the proud father of four adult sons and grandfather of two nine-year-old twin boys. He and his partner Cecily are busy raising two adorable Corgis. He has traveled extensively in North America and Europe, and enjoys music, dining with friends, and fine whiskies.

As Convenor, Michael leads the University of Alberta Congress team in collaboration with the Federation, serving as an ambassador to our many scholarly and public partners. He has attended every Congress since 1997, and is thrilled to be at the helm of the 90th Anniversary edition of this important Canadian institution.