CASAE National Conference 2008


Mary 23, 2008 From the Desk of Shauna Butterwick


Hello everyone: With just a little over a week before the conference starts, we wanted to give you some information that we hope will help you enjoy your time at UBC at and the CASAE conference. For UBC maps and information about keynote speakers etc. please go to the CASAE conference website:


  1. Registration: The first stop when you arrive at UBC is to go to the Congress Registration office that is located in the Walter Gage Conference centre, 5959 Student Union Blvd (northeast corner of the campus). Once you pick up your Congress registration package there, please make your way to the Mathematics Building, 1894 Mathematics Road (directly behind the Koerner Library) where we will have the CASAE conference. The CASAE registration desk is located on the second floor. We will open this desk on Saturday May 31st  from 3 to 6pm. Thereafter registration will be open each morning starting at 8am (Math Building, second floor). There will be a map at the Congress registration centre on the designated CASAE bulletin board directing you to the Math Building. We will have signs posted to direct your way. It is about a 5 minute walk.


  1. Buttedahl Memorial Lecture: On Saturday, May 31st CASAE registrants are invited to join the First Memorial Buttedahl Lecture that will be held in the Choi building, 1855 West Mall (a few minutes from the Math Building). There will be time to mingle and meet people starting at 6pm; the lecture will be from 7 to 8pm with a reception following.


  1. Keynote Speakers: The conference officially opens on Sunday June 1st with an opening plenary from 9 to 10:15am in Math 100. After welcome remarks and notices from your conference co-chairs, Dr. Linde Zingaro will give a keynote address. See attached flyer for more information about her talk. There will be a second keynote speaker on June 1st  from 5 to 6pm given by Dr. Paul Bouchard; this keynote will also be held in Math 100; see attached flyer for more information. Following Dr. Bouchard’s talk there will be a reception, hosted by the Canadian Council of Learning, on the first floor of the Math building. We will also have a Closing Plenary on Tuesday June 3rd from 11:30 to 12:30 also held in Math 100.


  1. Journal and Book Launch: during the June 1st lunch hour 12:50 to 1:30pm, there will be a launch of a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (CJSAE) on Work and Lifelong Learning (Volume 20, No. 2) as well as a book launch for the recently published The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work D.W. Livingstone, K. Mirchandani and P. H. Sawchuk (Eds). 2008, Sense Publishers.


  1. Conference Program:  There are a total of 12 concurrent single paper and roundtable sessions held from June 1 to 3rd. Each concurrent session lasts 50 minutes and there are between 5 and 7 concurrent sessions during each time period. There are also two symposia which will last 1 hour and 50 minutes. Presenters are responsible for managing their time and concluding their sessions according to the program schedule. There is a 10 gap of time between papers. Please see attached for the latest version of the program.


  1. Posters: Posters will be displayed in the hallway on the second floor of the Math building outside the classes where the sessions are held. Poster presenters will set up their posters over the lunch hour (after the Journal and Book launch) on June 1st and will be at their poster stations for questions from 2 to 2:50pm June 1st (first session after lunch). Posters will remain up during the remainder of the conference.


  1. Location & Rooms: All our sessions, except for the Buttedahl Lecture on Saturday May 31st (held in the Choi building, room 120) and the joint panel session with CSSHE and CSSE on June 3rd 10-11:15  (held in the Geography Building, Room 100) will be held in the Mathematics building in the following rooms: 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 202, 203, 204, 225. There is an elevator but only up to the first floor. Floor maps of the Math building will be in your registration kits.


  1. Coffee, Lunch: Each morning June 1, 2 & 3 there will be a continental breakfast provided (coffee, tea, juice, muffins/scones/croissant, fruit) from 8 to 9am. Coffee will be refreshed mid morning and mid afternoon each day. Sandwich lunches are provided on June 1st (part of a journal launch in Math 100) and June 2nd (for those attending the CASAE AGM in Math 100). All coffee and food will be served in the hallway on the first floor of the Math building. Water will be available throughout the conference on the first floor next to the coffee. 


  1. CASAE Banquet/Dinner: The dinner will be held at the Enigma Restaurant on Monday June 2nd, 4397 W. 10th Avenue with cash bar starting at 6:30pm and dinner at 7pm. A map with directions will be provided in the CASAE registration package. For those who have not bought tickets yet, we are able to sell tickets ($45) until June 1st (before the conference you can contact Roweena Bacchus at; once at the conference, Roweena will be at the registration desk). To look at the menu, please go to the CASAE conference website.


  1. Sustainability: We have been conscious of trying to reduce the “footprint” of this conference. To that end, we have created a CD for the proceedings (abstracts will be part of the conference package). We ask that registrants deposit their coffee, tea, lunch remains in the marked bins – we hope to recycle most of the paper plates, knapkins and food through UBCs excellent composting unit which will take everything except plastic. We have ordered water fountains to reduce the amount of plastic bottles. All the cutlery is made of biodegradable corn starch and plates, cups and bowls are made of sugar cane fibre. To help reduce waste we encourage you to bring your own coffee mugs.


  1. Climate and weather: Vancouver at this time of year can be both warm and sunny as well as cool and wet so bring your umbrella, raincoat and dress in layers.


If you have any other concerns or questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to your conference co-chairs: Shauna Butterwick ( and John Egan (


We have a wonderful and inspiring collection of papers, roundtables, symposia, and posters to stimulate dialogue and contribute to the scholarship of adult education. Enjoy your stay.

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