Student Affiliate

William Gillies is a History MA student and recipient of the 2022 DePOT Masters’ Fellowship at Concordia University. He grew up on Cape Breton Island as it deindustrialized and moved to Calgary to find work, holding jobs in cartography and later political organizing. William is a founding member, researcher, and writer for the award-winning Alberta Advantage podcast which produces episodes on current political events and working-class history. He recently returned and completed his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Calgary. William’s primary historical research interests are labour, regional economic development, fossil-fuel capitalism, and state industrial policy.