National Conferences

FOUNDING CONFERENCE, Thunder Bay, Ontario, October 1- 3, 2010

Theme: Italian-Canadian Lives: Past, Present and Future: Towards the Creation of a National Archive on the Italian-Canadian Experience

Sponsors/host: Institute of Italian Studies, Lakehead University; The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, York University; aig+c, Lakehead University

2nd Annual Conference and AGM, Toronto, Ontario, February 2-4, 2012

Theme: Towards a National Italian-Canadian Archive

Keynote Speakers: Franca Iacovetta and Nino Ricci

Sponsors/host: The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, York University; Founders College, York University

3rd Annual Conference and AGM, Montreal, Quebec, March 1-2, 2013

Theme: From Concept to Incorporation

Keynote Speakers: Screening of the documentary, The Italian Question

Sponsors/host: Istituto Italiano di Cultura; The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, York University

4th Annual Conference and AGM, Gatineau, Quebec, May 9-10, 2014

Theme: Reaching Across

Keynote Speakers: Launch of ICAP nationally

Sponsors/host: Canadian Museum of History, Musée Canadienne de l’histoire de Gatineau; The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, York University

5th Annual Conference and AGM, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 28 – 29, 2015

Theme: Identifying, Connecting, Preserving, Sharing

Keynote Speakers: Book Launch of Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains; Viewing of the Performigrations installations curated by Angela Clark.

Sponsors/host: Italian Cultural Centre, Performigrations—EU project; The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, York University

6th Annual Conference and AGM, London, Ontario, October 14 – 15, 2016

Theme: 21st Century Approaches to Preserving Italian-Canadian Community Narratives: Engagement, Identification, Sharing

Keynote Events: Screening of the Mario Circelli film, In Our Own Words: Stories of Italians in London; Gianna Patriarca, Poet and Writer. Presentation of All My Fallen Angelas; Screening of the Paul Tana film, Ricordati di noi, documentary on the discovery and preservation of the Teledomenica television series; Presentation of Italians in Canada: Yesterday and Today(new edition) by Bruno Ramirez, Université de Montréal and Gabriele Scardellato, York University

Keynote Speakers: Michael Moir, University Archivist and Head, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University; Jonathan F.W. Vance, Distinguished University Professor, J.B. Stallman Chair, Research Chair, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.

Sponsors/host: The Marconi Club; the University of Western Ontario

7th Annual Conference and AGM, Guelph, Ontario, September 22-23, 2017

Theme: Our Heritage, Our Future

Keynote Events: Presentation of (1) MEMORY AND ART, “La vita è bella”, the works of Angela Giovinazzo by Ron Shuebrook, Artist (Former chair of Art History and Studio Program at the University of Guelph), Nicholas Ruddock MD and writer” and Ralph Giovinazzo, Artist; (2) “Guelph Public Art and the Role of the Italian-Canadian Community" by John Mason (Mason Real Estate Limited, Guelph); (3) Gabriel Niccoli, St. Jerome’s University and former Vice-Consul Waterloo and Wellington Counties “Italian Heritage Projects in the Kitchener-Waterloo Area”; (4) Oscar and Marta Nespoli on the life of their father, “Celebrating the Life of Geremia Nespoli”; (5) Presentation of Fragments of Light, a volume of poetry by Anna Ciardullo Villapiana, poet and illustrated by Carina Francioso, artist.

Keynote Speakers: Luisa del Giudice, Founder-Director, Italian Oral History Institute (Los Angeles, California) on “Archives, Public Programs, and Advocacy in the Italian Diaspora”.

Sponsors/host: The Italian-Canadian Club of Guelph; the University of Guelph