2011 - 21st ACSUS Biennial Conference: Ottawa: A capital City

2011 ACSUS Biennial publicity poster 

21st ACSUS Biennial Conference: 

Ottawa: A Capital City

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The 2011 Biennial conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States is shaping up to be a city wide with participation of a wide number of partners in Ottawa and beyond. Below you will find details about the event. We will update this site frequently to reflect additions and revisions to the program. Updates will also be shared on Facebook.          

The Westin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 16-20, 2011

The newly rejuvenated Westin Ottawa, situated on the famous Rideau Canal with stunning views of Parliament Hill and steps from the Byward Market, is the designated hotel for the 40th Anniversary ACSUS Conference. A discounted group rate is available. We recommend that you reserve a room at the Westin Ottawa as early as possible.

  • Air Canada is the official airline of the 40th Anniversary ACSUS Conference. Book a flight with the promotion codeQCKZN4C1 at aircanada.com and save 10% . Enter the promotion code in the search panel. 
  • Avis Rental Car. ACSUS has arranged special discounted rates with Avis for car rentals.  To receive these rates call: 1-800-331-1600 or visit www.avis.com. Your Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is:  D757002. This Avis discount is available on rentals November 9 through November 26, 2011 throughout the Canadian region.


Guest Speakers

pwOPENING RECEPTION SPEAKER on Parliament Hill (National Press Building) The Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M.

The Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M. was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 22, 2008. She is Chair of the Senate's National Security & Defence Committee, serves on both the Veterans Affairs subcommittee and the Special Committee on Anti-terrorism and she is also a member of the Senate's Foreign Affairs & International Trade Committee. 

Pamela is also the Chancellor of the University of Guelph. She serves on several corporate boards, including Gluskin Sheff & Associates; Oilsands Quest; and Porter Airlines. Pamela is also a member of a special Advisory Board for BMO Harris Bank. 

Pamela is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour. She also served, at the request of Prime Minister Harper, on the special Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan. 

Pamela was Consul General of Canada in New York from 2002-2006. She continues her work as the Senior Advisor on Canada-US relations at the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York.

Invited guests include: US Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson;Senator, Pamela Wallin; Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson; Quebec Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Pierre Moreau; City of Ottawa Strategic Planner and Project Manager, Anna Hercz;  Francois Lapointe, National Capital Commission; Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Giller Prize winning author, Elizabeth Hay; Governor General Award winning author, Marie-Claire Blais; Editor of Douglas Gibson Books and former editor of McClelland and Stuart, Douglas Gibson; Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming months.    


The opening reception will take place on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, November 16. On Thursday, November 17, a reception will be held atCanada’s Museum of Civilization. Additional plenary events to be held at the Westin Ottawa. The program will feature over one hundred panels and roundtables on Canada and Canada-US relations across twelve disciplines. An excursion is being organized with the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation to Plasco Energy’s innovative waste conversion plant. A draft program, along with registration and accommodation details will be available in May. 


Conference Sections include: Anthropology, Sociology and First Nations; Arts—Visual and Performing; Business, Trade and Economics; Gender, Identity and Diversity; Geography, Resources, Environment; History; Border Issues and Migration; Foreign Policy and Defense; Literature in English; Literature in French; Politics and Public Policy; The North; Quebec and the French Presence in North America; Education; Canada in Comparative Perspective; Life Sciences and Technology. Poster Sessions are also planned.

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