Joe Vipond has worked as an emergency physician for fifteen years, currently at the Foothills Medical Centre and the Peter Lougheed Hospital. His interest in the environment began at a young age with many hikes and natural explorations, and solidified further when he worked for three summers at Dinosaur Provincial Park. In his own community of Hillhurst Sunnyside he, along with some neighbours, re-established the highly local, highly organic Farmers’ Market. More recently, his interest has turned back to the environment, sitting on the board of CPAWS-Southern Alberta (2012-2015), and the Alberta Wilderness Association (2015-ongoing) and becoming a spokesperson for the Alberta Coal Phase Out movement, and more recently, the Canadian Coal Phase Out network. He runs three Facebook pages, including Alberta Acts on Climate Change, and often reaches upwards of 15,000 people per week. Joe grew up in Calgary and continues to live there with his wife and two young daughters.