Christine LeBlanc and Gael Spivak, Conference Co-Chairs
Editors' Association of Canada
Join editors and other language lovers from all corners of Canada as they converge on the beautiful new Ottawa Convention Centre from June 1 to 3. They will share their linguistic lineage and soak up professional development with like-minded colleagues at the 2012 national conference of the Editors' Association of Canada / Association canadienne des réviseurs (EAC). The conference is open to everyone.
The 1 600 members of EAC are salaried and freelance editors who work in the government, corporate, technical, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC promotes and maintains high standards of editing in Canada.
An important initiative is EAC's certification program for editors of written material who work in English. Certification gives editors official recognition of excellent knowledge and skill—and provides a guarantee to employers that they can recruit staff and freelancers who meet industry standards.
The Landscape of Canadian Language: Word Nerds Gone Wild (Le paysage langagier du Canada : les mordus des mots se défoulent) is the theme of Conference 2012. Opening keynote speaker Charlotte Gray, award-winning author of such books as Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, is the perfect candidate to regale participants with stories of the Canadian landscape and the language that binds its denizens.
Conference 2012 explores the Canadian editing profession and how it varies from coast to coast to coast. Four pre-conference workshops and an evening reception with live entertainment kick off activities on Friday, June 1.
Thirty-five varied sessions are slated for Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The line-up includes topics such as editing e-books, mastering plain language, developing terminology, understanding changes in literacy requirements, branding effectively and editing translations. Most sessions are in English, but some are offered in French.
After the weekend's voyage of discovery, the conference will conclude with the reflections of a man who truly knows how to bring Canadians together—Canada's longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken. The former Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands served as Speaker from 2001 until 2011.
The registration fee for Conference 2012 is $600 for non-EAC members ($550 for students). To register online, visit EAC's website (www) . The conference section provides many more details, including tips on where to eat while in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, where to shop, what museums to visit and where to stay.
Worried about joining a pack where you don't know anyone? The ever-popular Conference Buddies service matches up interested conference participants in small groups, each coordinated by a lead buddy. Conference buddies get to know each other before the conference through email, and then at the conference, they can meet up at the beginning of the day, at breaks and lunches, at social events—the details are left to the group.