Thomas Barker is Professor of Communication in the Graduate Program in Communication and Technology in the Faculty of Extension and Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. He is Project Lead for the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project, funded by the OHS Futures Program of the Alberta Ministry of Labour. He has been engaged with the Alberta non-profit, human-services sector since 2011. His research work focuses on communication issues in public health, risk communication, and community engagement. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Alberta in 2007-2008 studying models of community engagement for risk communication for pandemics.