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May 24-26

Metro Toronto Conference Centre, Toronto, ON,

Conference Contact: Robin Barry; Phone: 414-298-8789 x7364; Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Board Members/Trustees – Business Executives – Staff developers

The 58th AQC combines networking with learning, entertainment with knowledge exchange, business with pleasure. Join thousands of quality professionals for three days of : “¢ networking “¢ celebrating quality “¢ international activities “¢ educational sessions “¢ team competitions “¢ recognition Keynote Speakers: Dr. John A. White University of Arkansas chancellor and president of Baldrige Award Board “Quality Success at the University of Arkansas.” Jennifer James Urban cultural anthropologist, columnist, lecturer, and consultant “Thinking in the Future Tense.” Keith Harrell Former IBM marketing executive, speaker “Positive Attitude Toward Change.”

May 24-28

Conference Theme: Improving Best Practices…Strengthening Standards

May 24 – 28 2004, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta,

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Board Members/Trustees – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Business Executives – Product Developers – Researcher

Conference Contact: Leanne MacDonald; Phone: 403-512-3139; Email:

Leaders from the End User, Academics & Solution Provider communities coming together to establish the business and technology direction of Integration.

AMTEC 2004
May 25-28

Conference Theme: In Touch with Technology

Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario,

Conference Contact: Johanne Rioux; Phone: 705-675-1151; Fax: 705-675-4842; Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Facility Managers – Product Developers – Library/Media Specialists

IN TOUCH WITH TECHNOLOGY will bring together academics, instructional designers, on-line developers, librarians, technical professionals, industry practitioners into one forum. Come and learn more about newest learning technologies and techniques. Meet leading developers and distributor of quality educational products. The conference will promote good practice, current technologies and solutions in the use of learning in education. The conference program will consists of keynote speakers, session speakers, workshops, trade show, award lunches and banquet. This is your opportunity to hear and network with experts in the field of learning technologies

May 30-June 2

Conference Theme: Pioneers in a New Age

York University, Toronto, Ontario,

Contact: Division of Continuing Education; Ph: 416-736-5616; Fax: 416-650-8042; Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Board Members/Trustees – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Facility Managers – Business Executives

The conference will showcase accessible, effective and innovative educational strategies, as well as ways to leverage technology to provide new ways of learning online, at a distance, in the classroom and in the workplace. This event will be of special interest to those involved in education, training and professional development, including: the K-12, college and university sectors; educational administrators, policy-makers/decision- makers and governmental agencies; trainers in private, public and not-for-profit sector organizations; and technology experts. Program highlights: -8 pre-conference workshops; -internationally renowned keynote speakers from Canada, the US and the UK; -over 80 conference sessions delivered by leaders in the field of distance, online and technology-enhanced education and training; -an awards banquet recognizing excellence in open and distance learning, and in the educational use of learning technologies; and -many opportunities to network with other professionals. Visit for registration and conference details.

Jun 16-18

Conference Theme: e-Learning Magic

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB,

Conference Contact: Ingrid Stammer; Phone: 403-319-7245; Email:

Who should go?
Teachers & Trainers – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Staff developers – Curriculum specialists

The Interface 2004 conference theme, e-Learning Magic, will bring educators, administrators, and corporate trainers together through presentations, workshops, and networking in the following areas: – New ideas in analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning; – Innovative methods for the delivery of student services for e-learners; – Novel approaches to faculty professional development for e-learning.

May 21-27

Washington Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia,

Conference Contact: Virginia Artis; Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Business Executives – Staff developers – Curriculum specialists

The ASTD 2004 International Conference & Exposition is the premier conference for everyone involved in workplace learning and performance. Features: More than 250 educational sessions Legends sessions featuring pioneers in the profession Forums and global panels Pre-conference workshops for in-depth learning Training, ROI, and Human Performance Improvement Certificate programs The leading workplace learning EXPO Networking opportunities with colleagues from more than 75 countries.

May 23-26

Conference Theme: Teaching and Leadership

Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, United States,
Conference Contact: Sheryl Powell; Phone: 512-471-1482; Fax: 512-471-9426; Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Library/Media Specialists – Staff developers – Curriculum specialists

The NISOD conference is the largest international conference to focus specifically on the celebration of teaching, learning, and leadership. It features exemplary practices and programs in workshops, seminars, and roundtable sessions; preconference seminars offering in-depth descriptions and demonstrations of successful initiatives; general sessions featuring keynote remarks on current issues in higher education; an exciting Expo Plaza of NISOD partners and supporters demonstrating products and services, and offering hands-on opportunities to experience the latest and best instructional and organizational tools; and NISOD’s College Showcase, highlighting best practices in colleges across North America and beyond.

May 23-26

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia,. USA,

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Business Executives – Product Developers – Library/Media Specialists

Conference Contact: Stacey Rowland; Phone: 770-838-2563; Fax: 770-836-4666; Email:
Alternate Contact: Melanie Clay; Phone: 770-838-3018; Fax: 770-836-4666; Email:

The Distance Education Administration Conference, sponsored by The Online Journal for Distance Learning Administration and The State University of West Georgia, focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, teach and support distance education activities and courses. The confeence invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on topics related to: -Managing Growth in Distance Education -Training & Support for Distance Instructors -Support for Distance Students -Budget & Cost-Benefit of Distance Education -Marketing & Evaluation of Distance Learning -Distance Learning Ethics and Copyright Issues – Organzational Issues in Distance Education -Striving for Excellence

June 1-2

DNR Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan, United States,

Contact: Colette Perugia, ETOM Business Manager, Ph: 734-462-4570, Fax: 734-462-4589, Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Library/Media Specialists – Curriculum specialists

This two-day retreat for distance educational professionals is a long standing tradition in Michigan.

Jun 7-11

Conference Theme: Global Reach and Diverse Impact

The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, Tuscon, Arizona, US,

Conference Contact: Catherine Larson, Email:

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Library/Media Specialists – Curriculum specialists – Researcher

The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries,” including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing. The intended community for this conference includes those interested in aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics.

2004 National Education and Technology Conference
May 13-14 2004

Gimli Lakeview Resort, Gimli, Manitoba, Manitoba,

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Administrators – Board Members/Trustees – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Facility Managers – Business Executives

Conference Contact: Lloyd Roche; Phone: 204-642-6270; Fax: 204-642-7273; Email:

This annual 2 day conference brings presenters from across Canada and the United States to cover the many timely issues in technology and education. Presenters regularly include both technology and education experts dealing with such subjects as multimedia, Internet and integrating computers into the classroom.

Oct 14-17

From October 14-17th, 2004, the University College of Cape Breton will host the International Celtic Conference, Forging a Future for Celtic Languages and Cultures, under the direction of Robert Morgan, Laurent Lavoie, Hector MacNeil and Pierre Siguret.

During the 20th century, in America and Australia a significant number of languages have disappeared, the inescapable consequence of the assimilation since the seventies. The same has happened with the Celtic languages. Our conference is organized by four professors who wish to promote a genuine interest in Celtic languages. Professor Hector MacNeil teaches Gaelic language, Professor Robert Morgan is an historian, specialist of Cape Breton History, Professor Laurent Lavoie favours the maintenance of minority languages and teaches French and Professor Pierre Siguret is a scholar in French with an intense interest in Breton.

Call for papers: We are asking for papers from scholars from everywhere. The organizing committee will invite participants with the best proposals. Different applied methodologies will be presented around the question from psycho-linguistics, social linguistics, theories of language acquisition, community development and cultural promotion. Specialists of Celtic languages will be invited together with scholars on such threatened languages as Maorie and Mi’kmaq.

Entertainment: On each night of the conference there will be live entertainment: Celtic music, songs and poetry perpetuating the formidable Gàidhlig heritage still surviving in Cape Breton and in the various Celtic countries of the world.

For further information or contributions to enhance the intellectual and economic success of the conference, you may visit our website at or email

May 20-May 23

Organized by faculty and students from St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick, and featuring an array of keynote addresses and pre-conference workshops, Narrative Matters 2004 will take place from May 20 to May 23, 2004, at the Sheraton Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The conference is a unique experience in which theorists and practitioners, researchers and students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines will have the opportunity to enjoy conversation and together explore the importance of narrative – or story – in countless aspects of human life.

Jun 16-18

ideaCity, a “meeting of minds”, is an annual conference held in Toronto, Ontario. It brings together some of the most interesting and fascinating personalities of our time, for three days of stimulating conversation, performances, thought-provoking ideas, and other social events.

The conference is not centred around any one discipline or industry, and there are no keynote or panel discussions. In fact, scripted speeches are forbidden; as the website states: “Everyone is in on the common narrative.” Rather than the usual Q&A sessions after a speaker has completed their talk or performance, the conference has adopted the practice of long breaks between sessions (and nightly parties) that invite conversation between speakers, performers, and attendees.

This year’s presenters are:

Michael Adams – (President and CEO, Environics, Author, Sex in the Snow)
Henry Aubin – (Investigative Journalist, Author, The Rescue of Jerusalem)
Robert Bateman – (Artist, Naturalist)
Jane Bunnett – (Modern Jazz Musician)
Ken Finkleman – (Writer, Director, Producer; The Newsroom)
Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra – (2 Pianos, 4 Hands.)
Derek Hatfield – (Sailor, “Around the World Alone” yacht race)
John Ince – (Lawyer, Advocate for a more sexually ‘healthy’ culture)
Robert Kennedy Jr. – (Defender of the Environment, Lawyer, Author)
Laura Kipnis – (Cultural Theorist and Author Against Love: A Polemic)
Anita Kunz – (Editorial Cartoonist, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker)
Mers Kutt – (Inventor of the world’s first personal computer)
Sook-Yin Lee – (Musician, Actor, Filmmaker)
James Lockyer – (Lawyer; Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted)
Joseph MacInnis – (Physician, Scientist, Businessman, Deep-sea diver, Author, Environmentalist)
Lewis MacKenzie – (Commander, UN Peacekeeping Mission to ‘Sector Sarajevo’; Author)
Gabor Mate – (Physician, Author, When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress)
Jaymie Matthews – (Astrophysicist, Mission Scientist, The MOST project)
Paul Moller – (Founder, Moller International; inventor of the Skycar)
Terry Mosher – (Political Cartoonist, The Montreal Gazette; Cartoon Editor, Maclean’s)
Robert Munsch – (International Best-Selling Children’s Author)
Cleo Paskal – (Travel Writer, The National Post; Producer, Channel 4; Contributor, The Independent)
Irene Pepperberg – (MIT Media Lab; Expert, Animal-Human Communications (Grey Parrots))
Lola Rasminsky – (Avenue Road Arts School Founder; Advocate for Arts Education)
George Rizsanyi – (Guitar Craftsmen to the Stars)
Harry Rosen – (Founder, Harry Rosen Inc.)
Eva Vertes – (Scientist, Researcher, student at Princeton; made a significant Alzheimer’s discovery at the age of 15.)
Paul Wells – (National Affairs Columnist (and ‘Back Page’ occupant), Maclean’s).

“In an age that seems to swing wildly between wide-eyed optimism and dire pessimism, perhaps our greatest challenge is to sustain a capacity for idealism. ideaCity is one small effort to establish a forum for the high ground of ideas and idealism.” (ideaCity website)

This year’s conference takes place from June 16th to the 18th in Toronto, Ontario. For more information regarding the conference, contact or call 416 591 7400 x2475, or visit the conference website at

Provided by Lonita Fraser


Online Educa Madrid 2004 – May 12-14 – Madrid, Spain – The meeting point for European and Latin American E-Learning Professionals. Meeting the networking needs of the international e-learning and distance education industry, the annual Online Educa Madrid conference is the key networking venue for strategists and practitioners from Europe and Latin America. Details:

AMTEC 2004 – May 25 – 28 – Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario – In Touch with Technology – Come and learn more about newest learning technologies and techniques. Meet leading developers and distributor of quality educational products. Details:

CADE 2004 – May 30-June 2 – Keele Campus of York University, Toronto, ON – Planning is underway for the CADE and This is I.T. 2004 Conference: Pioneers in a New Age. The Conference is hosted by the Canadian Association for Distance Education, Education Technology Committee of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts of Ontario, and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies in collaboration with Glendon College, York University. Details:

InfraEDUCA 2004 – June 25 – 27 – Pragati Maidan, New Delhi – The exhibition will be synergetic platform showcasing recent developments in Basic & Primary Education, Higher Education, Coaching Institutes, Specialised Courses, Vocational Training & Career Prospects, Distant Learning Systems, International Universities and Programmes, E-Learning Tools and Educational Kits, Computer Education, Government Schemes and Programmes etc. Details:

N.A.Web 2004 – Oct. 16-19 – Fredericton, NB, Canada – The Tenth Annual International Web-Based Teaching and Learning Conference – Details:

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