50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association: 2017 Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario May 10–13, 2017

Social Events


Opening Reception

Wednesday May 10, 2017 (19:00 - 21:00)

Cost: free

Join us for the official opening of the 50th annual CAA conference in the Voyageur Lounge of the Canadian Museum of History. Light refreshments and cash bar.

CAA Women’s Luncheon

Friday May 12, (12:00-13:30 pm)

Cost: at the participants’ own expense

Please indicate interest in this event by registering. We will make a reservation at a nearby restaurant. Each bill will be at the participants’ own expense.

Pub Night in the Byward Market

Friday May 12, 2017 (19:30 - 22:30)

Cost: $30

Join us for an evening of food and drink in Ottawa’s famed Byward Market. We’ve reserved the top floor of Patty Boland’s Irish Pub. Registration includes two drink tickets and appetizers.

Annual CAA Banquet and Awards

Saturday May 13, 2017 (18:00 - 23:00)

Cost: $85

Join us in the beautiful Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History as we wrap up the 50th annual CAA conference. Marc-André Bernier of the Underwater Archaeology Team at Parks Canada will speak about his personal experience being involved in the search for the Franklin ships. 

Public Lecture - Presentation by Robert Grenier on the first phase of the search for the Franklin ships

Saturday May 13, 2017 (14:00-16:00)

Cost: free

Resource Centre - Canadian Museum of History

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CMH/OUP Book Launch

Join us to mark the launch of the two newest Archaeology books in the Mercury Series of the Canadian Museum of History and the University of Ottawa Press!

Notre Dame Room, Four Points Hotel, 16h30

Tu sais, mon vieux Jean-Pierre: Essays on the Archaeology and History of New France and Canadian Culture in Honour of Jean-Pierre Chrestien
Edited by John Willis
This book is inspired by the work of former Canadian Museum of History archaeologist Jean-Pierre Chrestien (1949–2007) who worked hand in glove with a generation of researchers in helping to unearth unexpected and always interesting aspects of New France. Contributions highlight many facets of our past including exploration, fishing, identity, communication and commerce.

The Life and Work of W. B. Nickerson (1865–1926): Scientific Archaeology in Central North America
By Ian Dyck
W. B. Nickerson’s life story spans the transition of North American archaeology from museums and historical societies to universities. The quality, quantity and innovative nature of his work was only recognized after his death. This book, by a longtime Canadian Museum of History archaeologist, restores a pioneer who died in obscurity to his rightful place in the annals of North American archaeology.

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Informal CRM Social Gathering

The CAA CRM Committee will be hosting a social event at the Bistro Boréal, located at the Museum of History, on Thursday evening between 4 and 8pm. Please join fellow conference attendees for an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Cash bar service will be available and small appetisers will be provided.

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Banquet Keynote Speaker - Marc-André Bernier

In the Wake of Erebus and Terror: Parks Canada and the Franklin Project

Marc-André Bernier (Parks Canada, Ottawa, Ontario)

Biographical Notes

Marc-André Bernier has been with the Underwater Archaeology Team (UAT) since 1990 and managing this group since 2008. Born in Kapuskasing Ontario, he completed a B.A. in Classical Studies and a M.A. in Greek Archaeology, both at the University of Ottawa. He also has a Degree in Education from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. He was an elected Board Member of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology which he chaired and for which he served as a Board Member of the Society for Historical Archaeology Board. He was also a member of a member of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage. With Parks Canada, he has worked on numerous sites across Canada and also participated in underwater archaeology projects internationally.

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