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Alberta Teacher's Association cancels speech by man convicted of murdering Vancouver woman

Last Updated Feb 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm PDT

Andrew Evans will speak at the Calgary City Teachers convention February 14-15 (Calgary City Teachers Convention - website)

Andy Evans was supposed to be a speaker at the Calgary Teacher's Convention

He was convicted of strangling a woman and spent seven years in prison.

The ATA has since apologized to victims and survivors for naming Evans as a speaker

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The President of Alberta’s Teacher’s Association announced on Twitter that controversial speaker Andy Evans will no longer be speaking at the upcoming Calgary Teacher’s Convention.

The ATA faced public backlash when it was announced that Evans, a convicted murderer, would be speaking at the convention to share his personal experience with addiction and recovery.

READ MORE: Controversial speaker expected at Calgary Teachers’ Convention

Evans was convicted of second-degree murder in 2007 for strangling a Vancouver woman and spent seven years in prison. Evans presentation was one of several talks scheduled for this year’s convention on Feb. 14 and 15.

A spokesperson for Jonathan Teghtmeyer, ATA initially defended its decision to have Evans speak: “We believe that teachers are smart and thoughtful professionals capable of examining contentious issues and sensitive topics with critical thought,” he said.

“For this reason, we have controversial sessions or speakers and ultimately we trust in the professionalism of teachers to understand and appreciate different perspectives on issues that relate to their work.”

Teghtmeyer maintains the ATA in no way condones the past actions of Evans and expresses heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Nicole Parisien for their terrible loss.