BIG International Conference 2017

Ottawa, ON
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, December 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Program Travel Info Conference Pack

See interviews of conference speakers on our YouTube page.

Borders in Globalization will host its second international conference in Ottawa 6-8 December 2017 with the intention of bringing together students, scholars and policy-makers on the key themes of the program. The purpose is to present research to the policy, private and non-profit sectors to solicit feedback and facilitate discussions on the many dimensions of borders and bordering processes.

The conference intends to bring together international border experts, government leaders, and private sector partners to strengthen our collaboration on the management of borders. By working with government partners, we can not only strengthen relationships, but also find solutions to common border challenges, and ensure that the BIG partnership fulfills its potential to conduct meaningful and policy-relevant research. Furthermore, the conference will provide a platform to facilitate dialogue between the various stakeholders engaged on border management in Canada.


Event Borders in Globalization 2nd International Conference
LocationLord Elgin Hotel Conference Facilities
WhenWednesday - Friday, December 6-8, 2017

Featured Speakers:     Doug Saunders (Globe & Mail)
                                      Alan Bersin (Retired, Department of Homeland Security)
                                      Brice de Schietere (EU Delegation to Canada)
                                      Martin Guillermo Ramirez (AEBR)
                                      Jean Peyrony (Mission Operationelle Transfrontaliere)
                                      Anne Laure Amilhat Szary (PACTE-CNRS)
                                      Chris Sands (Johns Hopkins)
                                      Laura Dawson (Wilson Center)
                                      Matt Morrison (Pacific Northwest Economic Region)

More information:

The Borders in Globalization second international conference is organized around the themes of our research agenda, and will feature keynotes by leading experts and academics including Doug Saunders (Globe & Mail), Alan Bersin (formerly US Dept of Homeland Security), Brice de Schietere (Deputy Head, EU Delegation to Canada), Martin Guillermo Ramirez (Executive Director, Association of European Border Regions), Jean Peyrony (General Director, French Mission Operationelle Transfrontaliere), Anne Laure Amilhat Szary (Professor and Director of PACTE-CNRS, Author of Qu’est-ce Qu’une Frontière Aujourd’hui and Borderities and the Politics of Contemporary Mobile Borders), and an evening plenary panel with Chris Sands (John Hopkins), Laura Dawson (Wilson Centre) and Matt Morrison (Pacific Northwest Economic Region) (see draft program for more speakers).

If you work in border or related policy and are interested in attending, please register at the link above. Space is limited.

All participants (chairs, discussants, and speakers) must register. Participants will be reimbursed.


Early Bird: October 10 - October 31
One day: $90 (includes keynotes, lunch and dinner Thursday night)
Two days: $180 (includes keynotes, lunches and dinner Thursday night)

Regular Conference Fee: November 1 - November 20
One day: $110 (includes keynotes, lunch and dinner Thursday night)
Two days: $220 (includes keynotes, lunches and dinner Thursday night)

Late Fee: November 21 - On-site Registration
One day: $125 (includes keynotes, lunch and dinner Thursday night)
Two days: $250 (includes keynotes, lunches and dinner Thursday night)

Students can register for a fee of $25.00 for each day.

The following travel grants are available for students (please contact borders[at]uvic[dot]ca for details):
20 x $25.00
5 x $100.00 (for students residing in Ontario and Quebec)
5 x $300.00 (for students residing outside of Ontario and Quebec)

BIG is unable to provide official letters of invitation for international guests who require travel visas, unless they are conference participants.