We are happy to once again host our annual conference in Ottawa.  Please use the attached link to provide us with feedback.



Ian McKay

Ian McKay is the R.L.Wilson Chair of Canadian History at McMaster University and director of the Wilson Institute. His most recent publications include The Vimy Trap: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2016, with Jamie Swift). The Battle of Vimy Ridge has recently and often been hailed, from former Prime Minister Stephen Harper through to Pierre Berton, Don Cherry and the official Canadian handbook, as the birth of the Canadian nation. The significance of Vimy to the Canadian identity, while important; is a narrative that according to Tim Cook, was hinted at before but truly gained traction with Pierre Berton’s book Vimy and subsequently carried forward; a narrative that the heroes of World War I should be honoured for preserving Canada’s democratic institutions, rights and freedoms.  In the Vimy Trap Dr. McKay and partner Jamie Swift consider this narrative contentious and they challenge the national breast beating of “Vimyism” as the “big bang theory of Canadian nationhood. Vimy, they implore wasn’t a determining battle of the Great War nor the decisive moment of the forging of the Canadian nation in a convincing fashion. Dr.McKay will bring a refreshing approach to our understanding of World War One, Canadian nation building and our approach to pedagogy in the 21st century.



Susan Delacourt is the Toronto Star's senior writer in Ottawa and has covered federal politics for more than two decades as a reporter and bureau chief. One of Canada’s most respected political journalists and authors, Susan Delacourt has 30 years’ expertise covering such subjects as the Canadian Constitution, the Reform Party, and the evolution of political marketing in Canada.


To View the list of workshops available at this year's conference click here.


Conference Schedule 



Thursday, November 16th

Friday, November 17th

 7:00 - 9:00      Registration

 7:30 - 9:00      Breakfast

 8:30 - 9:00      Publisher’s Display

 9:00 - 9:15      Welcome and Presidential Address

 9:15 - 10:15    Keynote Speaker

10:15- 10:30     Publishers display/coffee break

10:30 -12:00    Workshop A

12:00 -1:00      Lunch

 1:00 - 2:15     Workshop B

 2:15 - 2:45     Publishers display/coffee break

 2:45 - 4:00     Workshop C

Skeoch Tour (Collishaw) pm (1:00-4:00 - This takes both Workshop B and Workshop C time) - Indigenous Walking tour of downtown

7:00 -   8:30     Registration

8:30 -   9:00     Publisher’s Display

7:30 -    9:00     Breakfast - Skeoch Award Winner Presentation & AGM

9:30 -   10:30    Workshop D

10:30 -  11:00   Publishers display and break

11:00 -  12:15   Workshop E

12:15 -   1:45   Lunch and Keynote Speaker  

  1:45 -  3:00   Workshop F



Thursday November 16th and Friday November 17th

Ottawa Conference and Convention Centre


Courtyard® by Marriott Ottawa East

200 Coventry Rd

Ottawa, ON, K1K 4S3

p 613-741-9862  

Hotel: Standard King Guestroom $141 (Taxes and Destination Fees will apply)

Guests may book their rooms either online or over the phone. Guests who wish to book online may do so using the link  OHASSTA CONFERENCE.  Guests who prefer to call in may contact my reservations department at 613-741-9862 or 855-333-6896 where they will need to reference the date of their travel as well as the group code OHS. Please book by October 18th.

 Participants can also try  booking at the Hampton Inn.  

Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa