2018 SILGA AGM and Convention Program 



2018 SILGA Convention Binder 

2018 SILGA Program

2018 Speakers, Panels and Tours 



Keynote Speaker David Allison  

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Market Motivation Speaker 

For more than three decades, David has been working with mass-market audiences and helping his clients stay one-step-ahead of the curve. His research on how & why people are motivated to make decisions helps his clients outperform their competition.  From automobiles to orchestras, from technology to hotels, and from condominiums to entire communities, David shows us how to activate people while the world continues to swirl with change around us.  His talk on why people are motivated to choose a new city or neighbourhood helps urban planners shape the places and spaces where we all live, work and play.  


Keynote Speaker Ivan Coyote

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Storyteller, writer, and LGBT advocate

Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture."

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Ivan's 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was released in the fall of 2016 with Arsenal Pulp Press. Tomboy Survival Guide was named an American Library Association Stonewall Honour Book in 2016, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Roger's Trust Prize for non-fiction, and long listed for Canada Reads in 2018. In 2017 Ivan was given an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.



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