Conference

Welcome Message
Organizing Committee
Program Details
Call for Proposals
Invited Speakers
Conference Venue
Registration
General Information
Sponsorship
GLISA North America Human Rights Award
Contact Us
Human Rights Conference 
 

July 26th - 28th, 2011

Welcome Message

The Vancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference is a three day event encompassing a variety of thematic areas, including the following:

  • Youth – bullying/cyberbullying, transgender issues, safe same-sex sex and STD’s, coming out safely through filmography, how to set up issue-related youth camps;

  • Seniors/aging – healthy senior lifestyle, wealth management for the long term, alienation and isolation, health and care issues, accommodation and lifestyle, senior sexuality;

  • Health and well-being – STD’s and healthy sexual practices, HIV/AIDS research, visiting centres and treatment facilities;

  • Law/jurisprudence – recent LGBTQ human rights case lawsame-sex marriage initiatives, transgender rights, LGBTQ human rights activities in other geographic jurisdictions (Europe, Central and South America);

  • Workplace – incorporation of rights in collective agreements, respecting rights on the shop floor, transgender worker rights, what a 'welcoming employer' is;

  • Spirituality – acceptance of the LGBTQ lifestyle by organized belief systems, how religions can be welcoming, inclusive and diverse;

  • Education – involvement of teachers/teacher unions in creating safe and respectful educational settings, experiences and lessons from those “on the ground”, creating teaching/learning tools;

  • Sport – LGBTQ discrimination in sport; coaching in a diverse and inclusive environment, transgender issues in sport, 'best practices.'

The Vancouver 2011 Conference will cross generational barriers and move LGBTQ human rights forward in North America. In doing so, the conference will reflect various LGBTQ communities including youth, seniors, educators, workers, unions, those in the legal and health care communities, and others.

Conference sessions will include concurrent, plenary, panel, and interactive activities. Concurrent sessions, panels, and discussion groups in particular will rely on open dialogue, community-building, and skill-enhancement. 

The 2011 Conference will also feature the presentation of two LGBTQ Human Rights awards. One will be presented to an individual, couple, or family and the second to the corporation, association, or federation which has made a significant constructive impact in moving forward LGBTQ human rights within their sphere of influence.

The Conference will build on previous Outgames conference outcomes including the Montreal Declaration (2006)the Calgary Blueprint (2007), and the Copenhagen Best Practices (2009)

The Vancouver 2011 Human Rights Conference is concurrent with the sports and culture activities of the 2011 Outgames and Vancouver’s Pride celebrations. Through various conference activities, opportunities to underscore the synergy between LGBTQ Human Rights, sport, and culture will occur, such as a same-sex dancesport exhibition.

 

Organizing Committee

Greg Larocque, Co-Chair
Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association
Sardis, British Columbia 

Victor Elkins Co-Chair
Hospital Employees' Union 
Canadian Labour Congress
Burnaby, British Columbia 

Jennifer Birch-Jones
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) 
Ontario

Mary Anne Bobinski
British Columbia 

Maxine Davis
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Vancouver, British Columbia 

Gordon Dunbar
Ontario  

Brian Yuen
British Columbia 

Rev. Peter G. Elliott
British Columbia 

Paula Ettelbrick
New York 

Cesar Maschmann 
International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Montreal, Quebec 

Keri Renault
Independent LGBT Advocate 
Maryland, USA 

Stephen Shapiro
St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
Vancouver, British Columbia  

 Program Details

View the preliminary program

Program at a Glance

 

Tuesday 
July 26

Wednesday 
July 27

Thursday 
July 28

08:00

Breakfast with Champions

Breakfast with Champions

Breakfast with Champions

9:00

 Armchair Experts

Armchair Experts

Armchair Experts

10:00

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

10:30

Concurrent 

Sessions

Concurrent 

Sessions

Concurrent 

Sessions

12:00

 Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

13:30

Concurrent 

Sessions

Concurrent 

Sessions

Concurrent 

Sessions

15:00

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

15:30

Conference Opening & Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Conference Closing & Keynote Address

17:00

   

Awards 

Reception

 

Post Conference Events

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Q BALL - Find details here


 

Call for Proposals: CLOSED

The Human Rights Conference Committee is no longer accepting proposals.

Deadline for Submissions was February 1st, 2011.

Note: At this time the Vancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference Organizing Committee is working towards securing funds to provide a modest stipend to accepted proposal presenters. Further details will be available in spring 2011.

 

Invited Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker
Blake Skjellerup
Olympic Short Track Speed Skater

Keynote Speaker
Steven Glassman
Chairman - Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission


Closing Keynote Speaker
Sara  Davis  Buechner  
Professor and Concert Pianist

View the preli minary p rogram h ere

 

Conference Venue

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street 
Vancouver, BC

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre sits on the city's highest point and offers magnificent views of the ocean, city, and mountains. Sheraton guests find themselves in the heart of Vancouver surrounded by the boutiques of trendy Robson Street and Yaletown, outdoor markets, clubs, art galleries and theaters, along with a wide variety of local and international dining choices. On arrival to the grand courtyard, the Sheraton soothes the senses with its spectacular gardens, cascading water, and Roman-styled, hand-laid paving stones, which provide a dramatic counterpoint to the hotel's stunning architecture and innovative glass design. The 12,000-square-foot health club includes state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a European-style lap pool, personal trainers, Jacuzzis, saunas, and a hair salon. Vida Wellness Spa incorporates Ayurvedic principles to balance outer vitality and inner calm. 

All guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase spectacular panoramas. Amenities like irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, luxury bath amenities, bathrobes, refreshment centers, safes, high-speed Internet access, Internet via wireless keyboard and TV monitor, fax/data ports, voicemail, and three telephones outfit all rooms.

Room Type

Description

Rate

 

Run of House

 

Standard Room:  One king or two double beds; Complimentary Internet in all guestrooms; Complimentary use of the full service health club; Complimentary newspaper.

Upgraded rooms are available upon request

$235.00 + 15.5 % Tax

 

Registration

REGISTER NOW!

OUTGAMES FEE

EARLY 
On or before 
April 22, 2011

 

 LATE/ON-SITE 
After 
April 22, 2011

 

GLISA Member*

$75.00

$100.00

Non-Member

$100.00

$125.00

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

 

 FULL REGISTRATION

 

 

EARLY
On or before 
April 22, 2011

 

 

LATE/ON-SITE
After 
April 22, 2011

 

GLISA Member*

$250.00    

$300.00

Non-Member

$300.00    

$400.00

 

ONE-DAY REGISTRATION  

 

GLISA Member*

$100.00

Non-Member

$200.00

*GLISA Members are required to provide their membership number.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION includes:

  • On-site Program and Conference Handouts

  • Conference Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

  • Access to all conference sessions

  • Awards Receptions

  • Registration is a two (2) step process.
    Step One is to register for the Outgames where you will be asked what sports you will be participating in, and if you are attending the Conference. Once your payment of the Outgames fee has been verified and processed you will receive an e-mail containing information and registration links on the individual sport(s) and/or conference.

To register please click on the REGISTRATION TAB or click here.

 

General Information

Official Language 
The official language of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference is English.

Letter of Invitation for Visa Policy 
An official Letter of Invitation to obtain a Visa and authorization to attend the Vancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference will be issued ONLY after the Registration Form and full payment have been received.

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that participants take out insurance to cover loss incurred in case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects. The organizers of theVancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference will not be responsible for any medical costs incurred by participants. The Organizing Committee will not accept liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to Conference participants, either during or as a result of the Conference or during any tours.

Information for People with Disabilities
Vancouver is one of the most accessible cities in the world for people with physical disabilities. For more information on local transportation, restaurants, hotels and other issues related to your stay in Vancouver, please contact:

The British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities
204 - 456 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Y 1R3
Tel: +1 604 875 0188 • Fax: +1 604 875 9227
Website: www.bccpd.bc.ca

 

Sponsorship

The Vancouver 2011 Outgames Human Rights Conference extends its appreciation to the following sponsors for their support:

Silver

Level

 

Bronze Level

 

Friends Level

For information on all Sponsorship opportunities please contact 604.681.2153 or send an e-mail.

 

GLISA North America Human Rights Awards

The GLISA North America Human Rights Awards will be presented every four years by GLISA North America and the Host Continental Outgames Organizing Committee. 

The Awards will consist of a main plaque with the inscription of the name of the award winners, a plaque for the winners, and the recipients will be featured on the GLISA North America web home page and in local and continental news.

The award’s inception is to honour the work of an individual, couple or family, and a group, association or organization committed to the GLBTQ community and whose work and efforts have constructively raised awareness of GLBTQ equity and human rights.

Deadline for Submissions has passed - March 15th, 2011.

 

Contact Us

Vancouver 2011 – Human Rights Conference
Conference Secretariat: 
International Conference Services Ltd. 
2101 – 1177 West Hastings Street 
Vancouver, BC Canada V6E 2K3 
Phone: +1 (604) 681-2153 
Fax: +1 (604) 681-1049 

By E-mail:

General Information 
Conference Manager: Blair Hiltz

Registration & Accommodation Information
Registration & Housing Manager: Vanessa Idler 

Sponsorship Information