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 March 15, 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



A detailed schedule will be made available soon. View the draft schedule

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 Intrrnational 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 is available, visit the  Accomodations Page  for more info.


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)


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?

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