The 2015 CASID Annual Conference, held at the University of Ottawa, June 3 - 5, is now over. This year was, by all accounts, a smashing success! Turnout was great, our slate of panels and presentations were excellent, and the weather in the nation's capital was perfect. We were proud to welcome two keynote speakers, Maristella Svampa and David Jefferesse, both of whom's presentations were timely and thought-provoking.
This year was an important one for associational business, and we were glad to see that the AGM was well attended and that the people there were engaged and willing to discuss some challenging issues facing CASID. Overall, the meeting was very productive and a lot of interesting, sometimes dissenting, opinions and ideas were heard. We would like to thank everybody for their feedback and continued interest in CASID during this difficult time in the organization's history.
After announcing the Executive Committee election results and concluding the official business, the members re-convened at the great, student-run restaurant on campus, the Café Nostalgia. The banquet dinner was great (as was the company!). As always, we would like to thank our Conference Coordinator, Ron Harpelle, for all his hard work and for putting together what turned out the be a superb annual conference. We would also like to thank the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for funding the Conference.
Looking forward to the 2016 Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of Calgary (dates to be determined), we must note that some changes may be in order. Namely, the cost of attending the conference may need to rise next year to a level at which the event will be self-financing. We are busy exploring all avenues of seeing that this situation does not come to pass. In the meantime, start thinking about ideas for papers or presentations, since the call for abstracts will be coming out sometime in the fall. Keep an eye here, our Facebook group, or are Twitter feed for more information.