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Please note that due to the high number of speakers expected for Clarity 2018, this list may be modified right up until the last minute. List Of Speakers Liste Des Conférenciers.


This schedule is subject to change. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2018, and end at 11:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018.  The venue will be the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal (1255 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal QC H5B 1E5). 


Time Activity
1:00 PM

Pre-Conference

Room 1 : International Francophone Network of Experts in Plain Legal Language
Room 2 : Education Begins Where Information Ends (Judith Rouan)
3:00 PM

Pre-Conference

Room 1 : Introduction to Plain Language in Law (French)
Room 2 : Introduction to Plain Language in Law (English)
5:00 PM

Cocktail and Opening Speeches (Length : 2 hours)

Address by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, the Guest of Honour of Clarity 2018, the Honourable François Rolland, chairperson of the board of Éducaloi and Eamonn Moran, Q.C., president of Clarity International.

Time Activity
7:30 AM

Welcome and Registration

8:30 AM

Welcome Speech (Details to come)

9:00 AM

Plenary Session : "Design Thinking and legal design"

Moderator : Mr. Saul Carliner (Professor, Concordia University). Panelists: Mr. Eric Kavanagh (Full Professor and Director, Master’s Program in Interaction Design).

10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

1st Series of Sessions

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Judges' Day Workshops (Reserved for judges)
11:15 AM

Break

11:30 AM

2nd Series of Sessions

Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Judges' Day Workshops (Reserved for judges)
12:30 PM

Lunch : Something Completely Different : Myths and Symbols of the Legal World - Francesca Trop

2:00 PM

Plenary Session : Clear Parking Signs: A Pipe Dream?

Moderator : Mr. Yves Boisvert (Columnist for La Presse newspaper). Panelists: Mr. Eric Alan Caldwell (Montreal City counselor). Others to come.

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

3rd Series of Sessions

Session 11
Session 12
Session 13
Session 14
Session 15
General Public Workshop Presented by Judges (Details to Come)
Judges' Day Workshops (Open to all)
4:15 PM

Break

4:30 PM

Presentation - Claims for Legalese and False Critisms of Plain Language: A 30-Year Collection- Mr. Joseph Kimble (Professor Emeritus, WMU–Cooley Law School).

5:30 PM

Free Activities with Tourisme Montréal

5:30 PM

AGM Clarity

Time Activity
7:30 AM

Registration

7:30 AM

AGM PLAIN

8:30 AM

Conference Opening (Details to Come)

9:00 AM

Plenary Session : The Case for Financial Literacy

Moderator: Ms. Stéphanie Grammond (Columnist for La Presse newspaper). Panelists: Mr. Camille Beaudoin (Director, Financial Education Programs, Quebec's financial markets regulator) and Me Suzanne Morin (Vice-President, Vice-President Legal and Senior Director, Protection of Personal Information, Sun Life Financial), Ms. Marianne Sterner (Riksbank, Sweden). Others to come.

10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

4th Series of Sessions

Session 16
Session 17
Session 18
Session 19
Session 20
11:15 AM

Break

11:30 AM

5th Series of Sessions

Session 21
Session 22
Session 23
Session 24
Session 25
12:30 PM

Lunch: Something Completely Different- Julie Lassonde (Title to come).

2:00 PM

Plenary Session : Plain Language Standards and Policies: Indispensable?

Moderator: (Details to come). Panelists: Mr. Christopher Balmford (Founder and Owner, Words and Beyond Pty Ltd.), Ms. Annetta Cheek (Board Chair, Center for Plain Language), Ms. Susan Kleimann (President, Kleimann Communication Group), Ms. Rosa Margarita Galan Vélez. Others to come.

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

6th Series of Sessions

Session 26
International Francophone Network of Experts in Plain Legal Language (in French only).
Session 27
Session 28
Session 29
Session 30
4:15 PM

Break

4:30 PM

Closing Conference (Details to come): What the Future Holds for Lawyers

Moderator: The Honourable Louise Mailhot (Former justice of the Court of Appeal of Quebec). Panelists : Me Robert Leckey (Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University), Me Étienne Dubreuil (Chairperson of the professionnal training committee for lawyers, Québec Bar), Me Nathalie Roy (Project Manager, Training and Skills Development, Lavery Lawyers). Others to come.

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

6:00 PM

Conference Closing

7:30 PM

Banquet and Gala

Special guest speaker to be confirmed.

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