The Learning Specialists Association of Canada invites proposals for our May 2019 Conference in Olds, Alberta themed Connections: Discover. Connect. Inspire.

The Learning Specialists Association of Canada Conference

LSAC LogoCalendar   May 27 - 29, 2019

Location   Olds College

The Learning Specialists Association of Canada invites you to our May 2019 conference in Olds, Alberta themed Connections: Discover. Connect. Inspire.

Discover new ideas, connect to the work you do and be inspired to try something new.



LSAC 2019 National Conference Rates for May 27-29.
(additional fees for pre-conference and post-conference participation. 50% refund for cancellations made prior to April 30, 2019).
No refunds after April 30, 2019 (substitutions may be permitted by contacting the conference organizers).

Register Today

Early Bird LSAC members
Register by April 5, 2019
$225 per person
LSAC members$250 per person
Non-members$350 per person
1-day registration with banquet$175 per person
1-day registration without banquet$150 per person
Student registration$100 per person
Additional banquet tickets$35 per person


Travel Grants are Available

A limited number of travel grants are available to LSAC Members. Please click here for more information. (n.b. You must log on to view).

Application deadline of March 15, 2019



View the detailed session schedule (subject to minor changes)

Conference Extras

  • Sunday, May 26 (evening) - Welcome Reception  
  • Monday, May 27 - Network with your colleagues while doing something fun! 
(Extra costs may be associated and are payable at registration.)



Darci LangDarci Lang

If anyone understands that life is what you make it, it’s Darci. She quite literally went out and built the life she wanted. She has worked for great leaders and not so great leaders, built three award-winning businesses and let them go when the time was right. All she has accomplished has been done on her own terms and by Focusing on the 90% - on the positive in her world.

Darci Lang is an engaging, entertaining, and powerful speaker whose message about ‘Focusing on the 90%’ is clear, insightful and most of all, important. Darci's Focus on the 90% message will help you and your team to find the positives at work, rise above adversity, and triumph in all they do!


Dr. Jody CarringtonDr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Having grown up in rural Alberta, she worked on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary for 10 years and is now in pleased to be back to a rural setting, working in private practice, speaking around the country, writing a book, and raising her family. Jody is a passionate believer in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach.

The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: We are wired to do hard things. We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: We are wired for connection.

Shuttle Services & Transportation

Complimentary Shuttle Service (to and from Calgary International Airport (YYC) - specific dates and times). Special requests or groups will be considered for alternate times.

Sign Up for Transportation Shuttle

Other transportation options - Car Rentals from Calgary Airport (Enterprise, National, Avis, Budget, Hertz, etc.). A Visitor Parking Pass will be provided so there is no cost for daily parking on campus. Please note that there is no bus service and it is a 45 minute drive. Taxi options might be costly.


Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College
(use conference code LSAC 2019)

  • $129.00 per night based on single or double occupancy
  • includes hot breakfast, free parking, free wifi, access to business centre, pool with hot tub and water-slide, fitness centre and on site pub and restaurant)
  • Need to accommodate more people in one room? Contact the hotel directly for other room options, at regular rates

Book A Room


Olds College Centennial Village Dormitory

  • Rate is $60.00/night for single occupancy; $70.00/night for double occupancy (share bed or double bed and one cot); $80.00/night for triple occupancy (shared double bed and one cot).
  • Features private rooms with a double bed and private bathroom. 
  • Access to a fitness room, free parking and free wifi.

Book a Room


Camping on Campus

  • $25/night plus GST. Camping is available in Lot DD
  • The camping lot is gravel and power is available, but no water or sewage hook-ups. Please note that there are no campfires, open alcohol, unattended animals, or ATV's permitted on Olds College properties.  

Camping On Campus


Accommodation options in the Town of Olds:


On the recommendation of an ad-hoc committee, the Board of Directors approved the creation of awards to recognize students, emerging professionals, distinguished professionals, lifetime achievement, and groups / teams. Nominations are accepted between national conferences, are reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of LSAC members in good standings, and awards are presented at the following national conference. Award winners will have their conference registration fee waived, will be presented with a plaque during the conference banquet, and will be memorialized on the LSAC website.

LSAC Awards

Things To Do (on campus and nearby)


Day Trips (for your pre or post conference travel or non-conference attendees)

Pre-Conference Events

"Canadian Tutor Standards Accreditation Processes"

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Cost: $150.00/person (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Lyn Benn and Alice MacPherson

  • Morning Session  (9.00 am – 12.00 pm) – What are Educational Standards?
    Since our last session on Canadian Tutor Training Standards, KPU has attained Tutor Training Program Accreditation through the Educational Developers’ Caucus of the Canadian based Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Join this discussion to identify the elements required to ensure quality educational standards as they relate to tutor training.  Examine approaches to gaining Canadian accreditation for your tutor training program. Reflect on ways your tutor training could be accredited and how badging could be used to certify your tutors.

  • Afternoon Session (1.00 pm – 3.30 pm) – Implementing Accredited Tutor Training Curriculum.
    Following on from the morning session, explore ways in which your accredited curriculum could be implemented with regard to process and content.  Identify ways in which to deliver training, monitor progress, supervise tutors, collate information, certify tutors and evaluate your program.

Post-Conference Events

Mental Health First Aid - BASIC

Date: Thursday & Friday - May 30 & 31 (must attend both days to complete this training and receive certificate)
Cost: $150.00/person
Facilitator: Raelynn Notley

Maximum of 25 participants.

Overview: MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This courses focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

Course Model:

In the MHFA course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 5 basic actions of ALGEE:

Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
Listen non-judgmentally
Give reassurance
Encourage professional support
Encourage other supports

ALGEE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.

Course Sections:

  1. Mental Health & Stigma
  2. Substance-related disorders
  3. Mood related disorders
  4. Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
  5. Psychotic disorders

*Training manual provided. 

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Canadian Certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) Supervisor Training

Dates: Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1 (1 half day and 3 full days)
Cost: TBD

Maximum of 15 participants. 

Certified SI Supervisor's Training

Training covers topics including: SI in the Canadian context; considerations in selecting SI courses and SI leaders; roles of supervisors and leaders; benefits of the SI model; budgeting, evaluation and assessment of the program; supervision of SI leaders; theoretical underpinnings of the SI model; and effective SI session strategies. 

*SI Supervisor and SI Leader manuals will be provided, as well as a certificate of completion.

How to Train Your SI Leaders (Strongly Recommended Additional Day)

This additional day of training allows for more intensive consideration of practical applications for SI Leader training, marketing and promotion, and skills and strategies used in effective SI sessions. 

*An additional manual is provided.

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Other Events of Interest

Writing Centre Multiverse

CWCA/ACCR Conference

Keynote: Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University
Plenary: Steve Marshall, Simon Fraser University

For our 2019 conference, the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction welcomes proposals on any writing-centre-related subject, but particularly invites proposals that explore how Writing Centres navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.

How, for example, do any of the following multis inform, enrich, and/or limit our work in the context of our own institutions? How do they intersect or overlap with practical, political, and/or personal concerns around training, pedagogy, administration, decolonization, or wellness,? How do we as writing centre practitioners respond to, negotiate, or resist, any or all of these?

Learn More