December 06-07 2018


Second annual conference organized by the Association for Canadian Studies

DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2018

Delta Hotel by Marriott Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, Ontario


Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre  for 179.00 CAD  per night
  • Book your group rate for Association for Canadian Studies ACS 100th Anniversary



    This marks the 100th year since Statistics Canada began collecting, compiling, analyzing and publishing statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, linguistic, economic and general activities and condition of the people of Canada. Statistics Canada has been central in enabling Canadians to follow the demographic, social and economic evolution of their country. It has played and continues to play a fundamental role in improving public and private decision making in the interest of all Canadians.

    On the occasion of Statistics Canada’s 100th anniversary, the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the Vanier Institute of the Family, will be holding a conference that will look at how Canada’s population has evolved over the last 100 years and at the critical contribution made by the country’s national statistical agency in measuring its evolution. We will look at the last 100 years of Canada through the work of Statistics Canada and examine the country’s current challenges as documented by our national statistical agency and what the future holds.




    The overall objective of this conference is to facilitate open and constructive dialogue between researchers, civil society actors and policy makers to foster a better understanding of challenges and innovations related to measuring identities in Canada. For example, how has the evolution of the social, economic and cultural fabric of Canada been represented in Statistics Canada’s data? How have users from the government, public opinion, academic and community sectors influenced the way Statistics Canada measures identities over time? How have families and family structures evolved over the last century, and how has this been captured, measured and analyzed through Statistics Canada data? How did computer technology, information and communication technology, as well as social media, influence Statistics Canada’s collection, analytical and dissemination methods, and what does the future hold in this regard?

    Keeping the overall theme in mind, you are invited to submit original proposals (in the official language of your choice) to organize bilateral or multilateral sessions (i.e., workshops, roundtables or poster sessions) using comparative perspectives that offer important insights into measuring identities in Canada in the past, present and future.



    We will be accepting workshop proposals related to the following themes and topics:



    • Gender
    • Aging  
    • Fertility
    • Mortality
    • Youth
    • Migration
    • Population Projections


    • Families
    • Housing
    • Sense of Belonging
    • Social Networks
    • Social Capital
    • Social Determinants of Health

    Work and Economy

    • Education
    • Student Retention
    • Employment  
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • Equity and Inclusion 
    • Income

    Census of the Future

    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Biometrics
    • Surveying
    • Data Coding and Editing
    • Data Collection Methods
    • Missing Data Imputation
    • Quality Management in Statistical Research

    Identities and Diversity  

    • Official Language Minority Communities
    • Indigenous Languages   
    • Ethnic Origins
    • Religions and Religiosity
    • Multiple Identities
    • Bilingualism
    • The Changing Composition of Canada (Demographics)


    Industry & Finance 

    • Risk Analysis
    • Experimental Design
    • Measurement Uncertainty
    • Business Innovation
    • Asset Management
    • Quantitative Finance
    • Big Data and Surveys

    Statistical Methods

    • Multivariate Analysis  

    (regression, analysis of variance)

    • Indexing Integration
    • Probability and Mathematical Statistics
    • Recent advances in statistical methodology
    • Statistical modelling and inference

    Official Statistics and Public Policy

    • How statistics shape and inform public policy 
    • Overviews of existing statistical work and publications
    • New developments to support emerging policy
    • Use of technology to improve the production and dissemination of official statistics

    Communicating Statistics 

    • Teaching statistics
    • New and diverse ways to convey statistical thinking
    • Inspiration for young people to learn statistics
    • Sharing statistics with different sectors (public, private, politics and media)



    Workshops (90 minutes): Workshops consist of three to four presentations of approximately 15 minutes, each followed by discussion. Please identify a workshop coordinator or someone who will preside over the session. Individual papers received will be grouped with other papers under thematic areas.

    Roundtables (90 minutes): The roundtable is an effective format for exchanging information and experiences among a relatively small number of people (one chair and up to 7 other discussants). It is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues. Please note that the roundtables take place in one large room, with multiple discussions taking place simultaneously.

    Poster Sessions: Poster sessions provide an alternative format through which conference participants can share research that has not been otherwise presented. Posters should provide some conclusive results, even if preliminary. Poster presenters must provide their own display materials.



    The Conference Adjudication Committee will consider proposals that have two or more confirmed presenters and bring a diversity of perspectives from across Canada and around the world. Workshop proposals should focus on (1) presenting evidence-based research; (2) measuring the impact of policy and program changes; and (3) presenting new concepts, methodologies and innovative practices. Please provide the following additional information with your submission:

    • A clear title for your presentation
    • A 50-word abstract to be included in the program
    • A 250-word summary that provides background or context for your presentation
    • The names of the presenters, including affiliation, titles and contact information (i.e., email, phone)
    • The name and contact information of the session organizer(s)
    • The preferred session format (i.e., workshop, roundtable or poster session)

    *Note: Each person listed as an organizer, participant, chair or discussant in a workshop must register to the conference either as a day participant or as a full conference participant and pay the applicable registration fees. Please inform your presenters of this requirement when inviting them to participate in your workshop.



    Please note that the information you provide us will be included in the conference program. Verify the spelling of your presenters’ names and the titles of their presentations. If you are organizing a session with both English and French presentations, we ask that you provide us with the translation of the title and 50-word abstract for the program. Proposals should be submitted no later than October 29, 2018, to For additional information, please contact James Ondrick by email or telephone at 514-925-3097.

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