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Conference 2013 is over. Thanks to all the participants, speakers and volunteers for your contributions toward EAC's successful conference in Halifax.

See you next year in Toronto, June 6th to 8th, 2014. 



We are the Nova Scotia twig of the Editors' Association of Canada, and we invite you all to the 2013 EAC/ACR conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What's New?


Handouts for selected presentations are posted here
on the Sessions and Speakers page.

(From Frances Peck, Marie-Claude Rioux, Elizabeth Macfie, Alexa Thompson,
Heather White, Michelle Boulton, Carolyn Burke, Lisa Goodlet & Gael Spivak,
Laurel Hyatt, and James Harbeck)

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Hope you had a good time at the conference.

We sure did, and we sincerely thank everyone who came and helped make it a splendid event.

The 2013 committee (June 9, 2013)

The Lord Nelson hotel is where the conference action happens – smack dab in the middle of Halifax. The program is as full as ever, with pre-conference workshops, five simultaneous session streams (including French-language presentations), reception, banquet, awards, an AGM, and much socializing.

We are especially pleased to be joined by the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI), who will host their annual conference with us in Halifax. See the ISC website for details of their program.

We also welcome members of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA), the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), and the Plain Language Association InterNational (PLAIN), who are eligible for EAC member rates on registration.

C'mon down east

This will be the first ever EAC/ACR conference to be held east of Quebec. Those of you from Atlantic Canada or who have spent some time here know what a wonderful and historic part of Canada it is. The rest of you will certainly know that too, after attending the 2013 conference and experiencing down-east hospitality.

Halifax is one of my favourite North American cities. I'd love to live there! I look forward to visiting some of my favourite downtown spots.

—Noeline Bridge, Moncton

We invite you to explore Halifax and Nova Scotia via the Destination Halifax and Destination Nova Scotia links. To get a feel for what happens in the vicinity of the conference hotel, you might want to visit the Spring Garden Road area website.

Cape Breton Island (need we say more?) is a mere four hours away by car from Halifax. And don't forget that Halifax is handy to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick – it's less than five hours by car to downtown Charlottetown or Saint John.

Getting to Halifax

Getting here is a cinch – by air (Air Canada, Porter, or WestJet), rail (the Via Ocean), or road (four lanes almost all the way). Please don't think of Nova Scotia as being remote; it's closer than you think.

For directions to the conference hotel, click here.

Speaking of the conference hotel, the Lord Nelson is holding a block of rooms for us. See the Accommodation page for rates and booking information.

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Keynote Addresses

We are thrilled to announce that two well-known personalities and authors, Robert MacNeil and Donna Morrissey, will be participating in the 2013 conference.

Robert MacNeil: Opening keynote speaker

Robert MacNeil

Born (January 19, 1931) in Montreal and raised in Halifax, Robert MacNeil graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955.
    MacNeil rose to fame during his coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for PBS, which led to an Emmy. This helped lead to his most famous news role, working with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. MacNeil left the show in 1995.
    MacNeil has written several books, some about his career as a journalist, but since his retirement from NewsHour he has also dabbled in writing fiction.  


Donna Morrissey: Closing keynote speaker

Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of Kit's Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted, and Sylvanus Now, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She recently wrote a children's book, Cross Katie Kross, illustrated by her daughter, Bridget. Her latest novel is The Deception of Livvy Higgs.
    Morrissey grew up in The Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland, and now lives in Halifax.

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Conference essentials
  Pre-conference workshops
  Conference schedule at a glance
  EAC Sessions & speakers **NEW**
  ISC/SCI program
  Congrès 2013

Conference plus
  Conference buddies
  Reception, banquet, special events 
  Behind the scenes
  Sponsorship opportunities
  Vendor fair
  Just for the fun of it!

Travel and accommodation
  Travel & arrival
  Halifax experience
  Destination Nova Scotia

Making connections
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