2019 RVFFA Conference: Recognizing our Francophone and Francophile Communities

Moncton will host the next major Francophone and Francophile Cities Network Conference August 15-17, in the heart of Acadie and in conjunction with the 2019 Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress).

Danielle LeBlanc

Conference coordinator

506.853.3471

rvffa@moncton.ca

RVFFA

REGISTRATION

Register now or before the closing date of July 1! Registration fees are $175 per person (taxes included) and include all conference-related programming, as well as most meals and cultural activities. 

You'll have to complete one form per person so that we can gather your personal information and preferences. You'll have the option to register for a spouse or family member travelling with you to attend the cultural and social events only. 

(Please note that registration is transferable but not refundable. Please contact Danielle (contact info above) if you have any questions or concerns.)

PROGRAMMING

The 2019 conference promises lots of events recognizing our Francophone and Francophile communities! Here are the presentations, panels, and workshops that comprise the program. We’re also saving a few surprises for you; we’ll soon announce the themes and speaker for our two luncheons, as well as the keynote address and the announcement of a special creative project.  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

12 - 4 pm Registration
4 pm Welcome reception and Acadian tintamarre
8 pm August 15 (Acadian national holiday) show

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

8:45 am Opening ceremony
9:15 am Keynote address - to be announced
10 am Presentation of the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
11 am Presentation - Municipal leadership for community development with Jonathan Durand Folco
12:15 pm Lunch - Keynote to be announced
 

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Resurgo: Bilingualism as a driver of economic (re)development

· Panel - Along the way: An overview of tourism trails, with Isabelle de Bruyn (Route Champlain), Anne Conway (Franco Route) & Gwen LeBlanc (Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse) 

Workshop - Creating Franco-friendly businesses and services

· Panel - Celebrating the Francophonie at the heart of a municipality, with Magalie Bergeron (ACFA) & Darell Nadeau (Festival du voyageur)

Workshop - Linguistic duality at work at the municipal level, with Nicole O. Melanson (City of Moncton)

3 pm

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Right fiers: Creating dynamic municipalities that promote youth development and retention 

· Panel - Celebrating the Francophonie at the heart of a municipality, with Magalie Bergeron (ACFA) &Darell Nadeau (Festival du voyageur)

· Workshop - Linguistic duality at work at the municipal level, with Nicole O. Melanson (City of Moncton)

5 pm Official unveiling and reception - to be announced
7 pm Free time to visit the CMA's Extrême frontière space, followed by the Show du 25e

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

8:45 am Presentation - Imagining the land's potential, by Geneviève Dorval-Douville & Jean-François Gingras
10 am

Participant's choice:

· Mayors' Meeting

· Workshop - Developing Francophonie-based tourism with Roukya Abdi Aden (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité) & Élise Bégin (Centre de la francophonie des Amériques)

11:30 am

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Telling the stories of our Francophone heritage, with Joseph Dunn (Louisiana Perspectives Marketing & Consulting), Sébastien Roy (Distillerie Fils du Roy) & Tourisme Riel 

· Workshop - Active Offer: A lot more than Hello! Bonjour!, with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada

12:45 pm Lunch - keynote to be announced
2 pm Closing ceremony

 

Don’t forget that there will also be a cocktail reception and a show on August 15, as well as a reception and the Congrès mondial acadien’s Show du 25e on August 16

All events will take place at the Delta Beauséjour unless otherwise indicated. Most of the events will take place in French, but a simultaneous translation service will be provided throughout. 
 

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We’re pleased to welcome you downtown Moncton at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Beauséjour. The group booking rate is $189 per night. Book your room at your earliest convenience either online (maximum four rooms per booking) or by calling 1 (844) 496-8551. The group code is "VIL".