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Conference 2009: Speakers and partners

The 30th anniversary conference took place from June 5 to 7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto.

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Informal pre-conference dinner
Welcome reception
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Speakers and partners

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Keynote speaker: Nora Young

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.

Nora Young

Photo credit: Gilberto Prioste

Banquet speaker: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

We're pleased to announce that 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.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Reception speaker: Tony Burgess

Zombies will be the chaser after the conference welcome reception on Friday, June 5! After celebrating our 30th anniversary with live music and EAC history bites, you'll have just enough time to catch your breath before a 9:00 p.m. screening of Bruce McDonald's new zombie thriller, Pontypool.

Tony Burgess, who wrote the book and screenplay, will introduce this well-reviewed film and answer questions after the closing credits.

Tony Burgess lives in Stayner, Ontario, with his wife Rachel and their two children. He is the author of The Hellmouths of Bewdley, Pontypool Changes Everything, Caesarea and Fiction for Lovers, which won the ReLit Award.

Tony Burgess

Photo courtesy of ECW Press

Conference 2009 partners

MagNet – Canada's Magazine Conference

Looking for more professional development and networking opportunities? From June 2 to 5, MagNet, Canada's Magazine Conference, will be held at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, which is also the EAC conference venue. Magazines Canada has partnered with organizations such as the Canadian Authors Association and the Professional Writers Association of Canada to offer sessions for writers and editors. What's more, EAC members will be able to register for MagNet seminars at a reduced rate.

Visit Magazines Canada for more information.

Indexing Society of Canada Conference

The Indexing Society of Canada's conference will take place from June 3 to 4 at St. Michael's College on the University of Toronto campus—a short distance from 89 Chestnut.

Visit the Indexing Society of Canada for more information.