NAJC2017 Conference and Gala Dinner
September 23 – 24, 2017, Canadian Museum of History
Early Bird Registration Deadline **August 31**
The Early Bird registration deadline for the NAJC2017 Conference, "Honouring Japanese-Canadian History for Canada's 150th Anniversary", and Gala Dinner at the Canadian Museum of History is August 31, 2017. Haven't registered yet? Don't delay, as this date is fast approaching!
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Why should I register so early? There's still plenty of time before
the Conference and Gala Dinner event on September 23-24!
You will save 15% if you register and pay by August 31; prices go up thereafter. As well, the local volunteers are working very hard to provide you with a well-organized and inspiring Conference, and a highly enjoyable and memorable Gala Dinner. This involves a great amount of advance planning, which in turn requires accurate estimates of numbers well before the event. Please help us and register by August 31 – it will be a huge help.
I can't find the email with the registration information! Where can
I find it?
Click here for the General Info package, which includes full program details, and the Registration Form, which provides pricing information.
I haven't been following the activities of the NAJC. Why would the
Conference be of interest to me?
The Conference, “Honouring Japanese-Canadian History for Canada's 150th Anniversary”, has something for everyone:
- fascinating stories by panellists from a multitude of backgrounds: a brigadier general who is the highest ranking Japanese Canadian in the Canadian Armed Forces; an interpreter who has accompanied the Canadian PMs and the Emperor and Empress of Japan; a Nisei who obtained his medical degree in post-war Hiroshima; an advertising/media professional of Japanese, Ojibway, and French-Canadian descent; and many others
- the chance to meet and mingle with Japanese-Canadian community representatives and leaders of all ages, from as far west as Vancouver Island, as far north as the Yukon, and as far east as Farnham, QC.
- exceptional opportunities for participants under the age of 30 to network and connect with Young Leaders from other parts of Canada
The Conference is a special celebration for Canada's 150th, and a community event the size and scope of which will never again be repeated in the Ottawa region. Don't miss out!
What's happening at the Gala Dinner besides the meal?
The Gala Dinner, hosted by emcee Mutsumi Takahashi, chief news anchor with CTV Montreal, will feature performances by Oto-Wa Taiko and the Bear Nation drummers from Golden Lake, ON, as well as the Ottawa Minyo-kai odori dancers. Montreal-born, LA-based actor Peter Shinkoda, of Marvel's Daredevil fame, will deliver a keynote address based on his own experiences as an Asian male in the performing arts. Fabulous goods from across Canada and from local businesses can be won in the silent auction. And it all takes place in the beautiful Four Seasons Salon in the Canadian Museum of History.
What if I'm only interested in the Gala Dinner, or just the
Conference? What if I have another commitment on one of the two days of the
Conference; do I still have to pay for both days?
No problem! See the Registration form for component pricing, i.e., Gala Dinner only; Conference only; Conference one day only.
What are the payment options for the registration
You can pay via Eventbrite, an online system that is easy and fast; by Interac e-transfer; or by cheque. Details are on the Registration form.
I may have other things come up in late September and am not yet
certain whether I can attend NAJC2017. Shouldn't I wait until I know for
Our advice is to register by August 31. If you have to cancel, simply contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, for a refund. Unfortunately refunds are not available after September 15, for the reasons stated below.
When is the final date that I can register?
September 15 is the final date for registrations and payments to be received. Unfortunately, no new registrations and no payments can be received after this date, as we must commit to numbers and payment with the caterers. Payments will not be accepted at the event, with the notable exceptions below.
I've heard that there are some single sessions for $15: which ones
All sessions are included in the Conference package pricing, with single-session (standalone) pricing also available for the following sessions on Sunday, September 24:
- New Immigrants from Japan: Japan-Japanese, Canadian-Japanese: a discussion about new immigrants. Moderator: Yumi Schoenhofer; panellists Mariko Niwano and Kenta Asakura. Following the panel presentations, small-group discussions will continue until 1:15 p.m.
- Excerpt of "Hidden Memories", a play by Yukon-based writer Lillian Maguire. Reading by a local cast.
- Talk to Peter Shinkoda: a freestyling Q&A session. Your chance for a "close encounter" with actor Peter Shinkoda, whose many roles over a two-decade career include "Dai" in Steven Spielberg's TV series, Falling Skies, and "Nobu" in Marvel's Daredevil, on Netflix.
For these sessions, payment by cash or cheque will be accepted at the door (registration table at the Douglas Cardinal Salon).
I have friends/family who are coming from out-of-town, and I heard
that the hotel is selling out. Is this true?
Yes, the first block of 40 rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton is sold out. An additional block of 15 rooms has been reserved (at $159 plus taxes); this block will expire on August 25. After August 25, individuals will need to find their own accommodations, so tell your friends and family to reserve quickly! The Four Points by Sheraton allows free cancellations with 48 hours advance notice.
Don't delay! Register today!
NAJC2017 Ottawa Organizing Committee