2007 Toronto Biennial Conference

19th ACSUS Biennial Conference

November 14-18, 2007,

Westin  Harbour  Castle, Toronto, Canada


Program PDF

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Remarks delivered by Assistanty Deputy Minister Drew Fagan at the Government of Canada plenary, ACSUS Biennial conference, Nov 15, 2007.

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Toronto fast facts

  • Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America with 2.6 million residents
  • One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 km (100 miles) of the city
  • Over 60% of the US population is within a 90-minute flight
  • Toronto’s economy comprises 11% of Canada’s GDP
  • In 2005, Toronto’s GDP reached $127 billion 
  • Toronto-based businesses export over $70 billion in goods and services with retail sales of $47 billion annually.


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The name Toronto comes from the Huron word for meeting place. ACSUS is pleased to host its 19th Biennial meeting in Toronto  November 14-18, 2007.To recognize the occasion, we have adopted a special focus,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Exemplar for the 21st Century: to profile the diversity, dynamism, and progressive attitude of Canada and its cities and provinces.

The biennial conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholarly discussion as well as a venue for networking with colleagues from throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. The conference presents an opportunity for academics and other professionals involved in the study of Canada to present their research to peers, to learn about new developments in Canadian studies, to hear prominent Canadians, and to visit with publishers of books and periodicals relating to Canada and Canada-U.S. relations.


Every participant must be a 2007 ACSUS member or a member of an ICCS recognized Canadian studies association outside the United States. Secure on-line membership forms are available  here


The Westin Harbour Castle is a 977-room twin tower rising 38 stories above scenic Lake Ontario, and is conveniently located near major attractions, including the Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, Financial and Theatre districts. This CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award hotel has easy highway access and is less than 30 minutes from Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Once inside, you will marvel at the spacious marble lobby, with floor to ceiling windows. 70,000 square feet of gracious meeting space allows comfortable accommodations for large groups while a casual elegance throughout the hotel prevails.

Enjoy the WestinWORKOUT® Powered by Reebok Gym, outdoor tennis court, indoor heated pool and whirlpool. Escape to one of the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, complete with revitalizing amenities. Enjoy a restful sleep in the signature Heavenly Bed®, and invigorating morning shower in the Heavenly Bath®.

Westin didn't discover fresh air, but is proud to offer it at this hotel. 

ACSUS has secured a special meeting rate at the Westin Harbour Castle. On-line room reservation and conference registration details will be posted here  soon.  



ACSUS is pleased to offer the following tours during the biennial conference. Particpants may sign up for tours on the conference registration page (link above). 


Niagara Winery Tour

(Wednesday, November 14, 10:00am-6:30pm) 

Discover the beautiful countryside Niagara’s Wine Region has to offer.  Sit back and relax with your friendly, knowledgeable driver-wine guide. You will enjoy the famous sights along the historic Niagara Parkway, visit two wineries and enjoy a gourmet lunch at the lovely Queenston Heights Restaurant: (http://www.niagaraparks.com/dining/queenstonres.php) overlooking the vast, rugged Niagara Escarpment. Lunch includes three “flights” of wine and dessert with the featured ICE-WINE. You’ll visit the beautiful Chateau des Charmes Winery (http://www.chateaudescharmes.com/) at St. David’s bench, enjoy a guided tour and tastings. Then it’s off to the famous Inniskillin Winery (http://www.inniskillin.com/index.asp) for a guided tour and tastings. To cap off a great, fun day you’ll arrive at historic Niagara-on-the Lake, voted the prettiest town in Ontario. Here you’ll enjoy free time to browse and visit the quaint shops before returning to Toronto.


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Discovering Canadian Art: A Comprehensive View of the Collection

(Sunday, November 18, 12:00-5:00pm. Coach makes a stop at Pearson International Airport at 4:40pm)

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario is the only major public art gallery devoted solely to the collecting and exhibiting of Canadian art. Enjoy all that this gallery has to offer in one comprehensive package.  The Discovering Canadian Art tour includes every major aspect of the McMichael collection.  Weather permitting, you will start outside where you can see Tom Thomson’s Studio, an impressive Inuit sculpture and the McMichael’s original home.  Then you move inside the gallery to explore an impressive array of historical and contemporary Canadian art including works by the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, Canada’s First Nations and Inuit, and featured artists in the Special Exhibition.  The gallery offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy Canadian landscape paintings in the woodland setting that inspired them. Built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries and is situated amid 100 acres of serene conservation land. Floor-to-ceiling windows enable visitors to enjoy marvelous views of the densely wooded HumberRiver Valley. Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can discover outdoor sculptures and wander the McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery co-founder Robert McMichael have been laid to rest. Visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection:http://www.mcmichael.com/index.cfm

In the Skin of Toronto: A Self Conducted Tour of Sites Featured in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion. Read more here.



American Airlines offers a 5% discount off their discountable fares.   Zone fares, which are already a discounted refundable fare with change fee are also offered only by calling the number below.  To qualify, call American’s Group and Travel Desk at 1-800-433-1790 and reference the Discount Code 78N7AL.  There is a $10 booking fee if you call the 800# and ticket over the phone.  There is no booking fee if you use your discount code via www.aa.com. 

Air Canada is offering a 10% discount for travel to and from Toronto over the official conference dates.  The discounts and fares are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges.  The reservation must be made on the website which iswww.aircanada.ca.   The Promotion Code is E449G2J1. 



ACSUS has arranged special discounted rates with Avis for car rentals during ACSUS’s Conference in Toronto.   To receive these rates call 1-800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com.   Your special ACSUS Avis number is:  CV #D757002

The special rates are available November 13 through November 18, 2007.  Return to the same renting location or additional surcharges may apply.  All rates include unlimited free mileage.  Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest.  Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.  Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages or gas refueling charges.  Renter must meet Avis’ age, driver and credit requirements.


Call for Proposals (guidelines)

Submission Forms (deadline 2/15/07)

Submissions must be made using the appropriate submission form below:


Form A (individual data  - required of everyone)

Form B (abstract for papers and posters)

Form C (abstracts for pre-organized panels, roundtables, or workshops).

Submit Forms to  toronto@acsus.org


2007 ACSUS Membership form (each presenter must be a 2007 member)  

2007   Conference Section Chairs

  • Anthropology, Sociology and Aboriginal Peoples /  Arts - Visual & Performing / Business & Economics / Gender, Identity, & Social Issues / Geography, Environment, and Resources / History / Immigration and Border Issues /International Relations and Defense / Literature in English  / Literature in French / Politics & Government / Public Policy / Québec & the French Presence in North America / Teaching Canada