Interpretation Canada Online Conference: A Diversity of Interpreters


Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:00am to Friday, October 12, 2018, 3:00pm

Registration Deadline:

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 11:59pm

Details and registration available at

Keynote Speaker: Colleen Dilenschneider
Blind Spots And Brain Tricks: Overcoming Biases To Become A Data-Driven Heritage Organization
The human mind can be sneaky!  Colleen Dilenschneider helps organizations understand the motivations, behaviors, and expectations of their visitors and supporters, and she knows first-hand that it isn’t enough to simply collect and interpret data in order to create change. Colleen is the Chief Market Engagement Officer of IMPACTS Research & Development and the author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. To be successful in understanding audiences, leaders benefit by first understanding how cognitive biases unknowingly hold us back from successful heritage interpretation and embracing diverse voices. In this keynote, Colleen will not only underscore why the use of data is important, but shine a light on the inner workings of one of the biggest obstacles to achieving success: Our own minds. Attend this keynote prepared to learn more about how to successfully integrate data within your organization, and ready to learn a bit more about your own mind in the process!

Session Schedule

  • Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. EDT: Colleen Dilenschneider
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. EDT: session TBA
  • Thursday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT: session TBA
  • Thursday, October 11, 1:00 p.m. EDT: AGM and session TBA
  • Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT: session TBA
  • Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. EDT: session TBA

Confirmed Speakers

  • Amanda Foote, Lougheed House Historic Site and Museum - Our Stories Intertwine: Interpretation from Personal Perspective with Autistic Youth, Local Community, and Traditional Interpreters
  • Ellen Gasser, Heritage Park Historical Society - Engaging Cultural Communities in Interpreting Living History
  • Reed Osler, Galiano Conservancy - A Story of Diversity: Interpretation with inner city youth on Galiano Island, BC. 
  • Glen Hvenegaard, Univ. of Alberta - My staff don't agree with me? Diverse staff perspectives on the target outcomes of personal interpretation