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Join us as campus hosts Congress 2017, May 27-June 2

Community is invited to participate by registering to attend or volunteering
Category:From the Interim Provost
December 16, 2016
Aerial view of campus

Photo: Next spring, Ryerson and the Faculty of Arts will host Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

From May 27- June 2, 2017, Ryerson University and the Faculty of Arts are thrilled to host the 86th annual external,Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest academic gathering. Congress brings together more than 8,000 academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange ideas for the future of Canada. The theme is “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands,” selected to reflect Ryerson’s focus on shaping the future of Canada through the advancement of applied knowledge and research. The theme is also a reflection of Canada’s diversity – and Ryerson’s importance as a metropolitan university.

Seventy associations are expected to take part in the event, with delegations ranging from 15 to 1,000 members, on topics from theatre research and literary studies to education, sociology, communications, and history. Some of the programming will include Big Thinking and Ryerson presents… lectures, Career Corner workshops, and the Congress Expo—Canada’s largest academic trade show.

I invite you, as members of the Ryerson community, to get involved and participate – and there are a number of ways to do so. First and foremost, I hope you will join us and register for the event. Students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible for a subsidy of 100 per cent off of the Congress 2017 Student Early Bird Registration Fee and faculty who are presenting are eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent off of the Congress 2017 Early Bird Registration Fee. Early bird registration will run January 3 - March 31, 2017.(Note: Association Membership Fees, Association Congress Fees, and Association Banquet or Excursion Fees are not covered.)

There will also be more than 500 volunteer positions, 120 paid positions, and several internships in areas such as event management, sustainability, accessibility, hospitality and communications. Participating in the operations of a nationally recognized event of this scale provides great learning and networking opportunities, as well as invaluable work experience. Volunteers will also receive a certificate of achievement. To get involved, please contact Meghan MacLean, Congress Planning and Volunteer Co-ordinator, at

Finally, while some programming is only for registered attendees, there will be sessions and forums that are open for the public community to attend.

Register, sign up to volunteer and learn more at external,Congress 2017.


Chris Evans
Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic