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2017 Conference 

This year, Ottawa is at the heart of the celebration for Canada 150.  As we welcome you to CALL 2017, we hope that you find both the conference and the city to be unforgettable. Our opening reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature is in the birthplace of Canada’s national museums - this was the first building in Canada created to house a national museum.  Greet old friends and meet new colleagues while admiring the castle-like architecture and the fascinating exhibits.Home to Parliament and to the Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa is where Canada’s legislative and legal history has been created and preserved for 150 years.  Our Social Committee has arranged tours of both the Library of Parliament and the Supreme Court, as well as a variety of other tours and walks. Our closing reception will be held at the Canadian Museum of History.  The venue stands on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, and boasts spectacular views of the city and Parliament Hill.


Cette année, Ottawa est au cœur de la célébration du Canada 150. Comme nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue à l’ACBD/CALL 2017, nous espérons que vous trouverez à la fois la conférence et la ville inoubliable. Notre réception d'ouverture au Musée canadien de la nature est le lieu de naissance des musées nationaux du Canada. Il s'agissait du premier bâtiment au Canada créé pour abriter un musée national. Accueillez de vieux amis et rencontrez de nouveaux collègues tout en admirant l'architecture digne d’un château et des expositions fascinantes. Abritant le Parlement du Canada et la Cour suprême du Canada, Ottawa est l'endroit où l'histoire législative et juridique du Canada a été créée et conservée pendant 150 ans. Notre comité social a organisé des visites à la fois à la Bibliothèque du Parlement et à la Cour suprême du Canada, ainsi qu’une variété d'autres visites et promenades soulignant la beauté et l'importance historique de la région. Notre réception de clôture aura lieu au Musée canadien de l'histoire. Le site est situé du côté québécois de la rivière des Outaouais et offre une vue spectaculaire sur la ville et la colline du Parlement

 Click here to view the conference program in English or French

Session Descriptions & Speaker Biographies - English or French 

2017 Conference Recordings Now Available! 

The 2017 Keynote Sessions and select Educational Sessions were recorded onsite at the 2017 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. These recording are now available to Conference Members at a 50% discount. 

To access the recordings please register online at www.cpdonline.ca and indicate that you are a CALL Member during registration for the discount to automatically apply.

A big Thank-You to our partner CPDonline for making this possible! 


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshop: Leadership Essentials | Ann Marie Melvie (Moderator), Wendy Reynolds & Annette Demers

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lightning Talks 

Raspberry Pi for PATs | John Kerr

We’re here to help! Access to Justice Innovation in Saskatchewan | Alan Kilpatrick

Lawyers, Gymnasts, and Researchers: Using a Flipped Classroom for LRW | Hannah Steeves

Docip and What it Does: Documenting Indigenous Peoples Engagement with the UN and EU | John Miller & Josee Daris

The Neutral Zone | Fiona McPherson

Library Experience as Emoji Maker: Engaging Users in Instant Messaging Apps and Social Media |  Channarong Intahchomphoo

Developing Online Modules to Teach Canadian Legislative Research |  Greg Wurzer

The SIG Formerly Known As Student  | Veronika Kollbrand

Monday, May 8, 2017

Plenary Sessions

The 2017 Canadian Copyright Review: Making the Case (Again) for Balanced CopyrightMicheal Geist 

The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas that have Shaped our Country | Charlotte Gray

Educational Sessions

Uncharted Ethical Lands: Law Libraries as Creators, Publishers, and Hosts of New Information | David Michels & Julie Lavigne

Wikipedia and the Law: A Mini Edit-a-Thon | Emily Kingsland

Everyone Writes! Let’s Do It Well |  Vicki Jay Leung (Moderator), Susan Barker & Ruth O. Kuras

TRC and the Right to Know for Libraries | David Michels, Naiomi Metallic, Johanna Smith & Alexia Loumankis

Demystifying Legislation: Drafting and Research | Emily BentonWendy GordonAleksander Hynna

Unconference Through the Fish Bowl: The Changing Role of Law Librarians in the Mix of an Evolving Legal Profession | Victoria Baranow &  Shaunna Mireau

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Plenary Sessions

The Health Of Canadian Electoral Democracy: Opportunities and Challenges For Improvement |  Marc Mayrand

Educational Sessions

Judicial and Legal Archives – Preserving the Past, Telling Stories in the Future | Rosalie Fox, David Rajotte & Philip Girard

Planning Strategically for the Future |  Joan Rataic-Lang & Connie Crosby

The Digital Litigator : Throwing Away the Binders and the BriefcasesJean-Sébastien Rochon

Using Problem-Based Learning and Research Planning to Achieve Legal Research Learning Outcomes | Kim Nayyer , Alexander Burdett & Steven Alexandre de Costa

What are Data? What Are Statistics? Why Do They Matter To Me? |  Jane Fry

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Plenary Sessions

The Role of the Speaker of the House in the Canadian Parliamentary System | Geoff Regan

Educational Sessions

Reference Skills and Strategies in the Legal Environment | Gloria Booth-Morrison

Introduction to Information Security | Tracy Z. Maleeff

Thank you to our Sponsors! 


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