Brock bids to host Canada’s premier academic gathering in 2014

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Brock bids to host Canada’s premier academic gathering in 2014

Oct. 1, 2009

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 2), representatives from the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences will tour Brock as part of the University’s bid to host the 2014 Congress.

Organized annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, attracting delegates from every province and territory and from around the world.

“Congress represents a significant opportunity for us to highlight Brock’s growth and development as a research-intensive, comprehensive University,” says Liette Vasseur, vice-president of Research at Brock. “This is also a chance for us and our key community partners to work together to showcase Niagara on the world stage.”

Congress attracts more than 8,000 scholars, researchers and graduate students, practitioners and policy makers. The event also draws extensive national and international media coverage.

The event has the potential to generate economic spin-offs of upwards of $10 million to the local host region — requiring some 17,000- to 20,000-room nights in local hotels and University residences.

As part of tomorrow’s day-long visit, the Site Selection Committee will meet with key stakeholders from the University and region — including administrators, local mayors, and representatives from media, and economic development and tourism associations — who will be on hand to advocate for Brock and Niagara to host the 2014 Congress.

Brock hosted Congress, formerly known at The Learneds, in 1996. Hosting the Congress in 2014 would coincide with celebrations for the University’s 50th anniversary.

The event was held in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa in 2009 and will take place in Montreal at Concordia University this year from May 28 to June 4.

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