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Last chance for $80 savings on your conference registration

There are just two days left to register at special early-bird rates for the 30th anniversary conference. If you haven't registered yet, don't delay! Register by April 3 to save $80 off the regular conference fee.

The 30th anniversary conference takes place June 5–7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto and offers an exciting mix of career advancement opportunities, networking and fun.

Give your business a boost

Greg Ioannou, Marion Soublière and others share secrets for successfully landing government contracts.

Carolyn L Burke helps us explore the best practices of successful business owners and entrepreneurs—practices that deliver results.

Make the most of technology

Janice Cunningham and Asha Jhamandas show us how to use wikis and blogs to enhance our social networks—and our careers.

Gaëlle Chevalier demonstrates how voice recognition software can save valuable time. (French session)

Jodie Renner shares indispensable Word shortcuts, advanced tips and tricks guaranteed to help us work more efficiently.

Expand your repertoire—books and beyond

Top editors Lynne Missen (HarperCollins Canada) and Tara Walker (Kids Can Press) talk about editing picture books, young adult novels and children's non-fiction.

Publications managers from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant (Harbourfront Centre) delve into the complexities of editing in the cultural sector.

Bestselling author Sandra Gulland (The Josephine B. Trilogy) discusses editing historical research.

... and so much more!

More than 25 conference sessions, demonstrations and discussions have been confirmed, with even more to come. Visit the conference website to register and to check out the many programs and events available. Register by April 3…and save!

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Keynote Speaker : Nora Young

Photo credit: Gilberto Prioste

This year's keynote address will be presented by Nora Young. Nora started her career with CBC Radio as the founding host and a producer of Definitely Not the Opera, and is now the host of Spark, the weekly half-hour show that examines the intersection of technology and life. Nora has a love-hate relationship with technology and culture—something many of us can relate to—so she's the ideal companion to gently usher technophobes and technogeeks alike through the latest trends. She also contributes to a trend-watching blog, The Sniffer, in which she discusses such diverse topics as robot seals, wearable motorcycles and the sophistication of Canadian Internet users.


Guest Speaker: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Toronto's Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco will be guest speaker at the conference banquet. This prolific writer has authored 20 volumes of poetry since 1976. In 2004 he was the Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. In that same year, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto and his book, The Dark Time of Angels, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Di Cicco's inspirations on building the creative capacity of cities have made him a sought-after urban consultant, and his contributions to the mayor's Roundtable on the Arts and Culture have been widely publicized. Di Cicco is also curator of the Toronto Museum Project and Global Centre for Cities.