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Creating a Vibrant and Innovative Francophone Community

Submitted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spurred in part by the Ontario government’s decision not to fund a new French-language university, students in Associate Professor Nadia Caidi’s INF2010 course (Analyse et Conception de Services en Langue Francaise) have invited a number of high-profile members of the province’s Francophone community to a round table to discuss how best  to tap into francophone talents to produce and promote original content, innovative programming and services by and for the francophone community in Ontario and beyond.

“As bilingual information professionals, the students and I firmly believe in the value of paying attention to the needs and services provided to the communities who speak Canada’s other official language, especially in a diverse province such as Ontario, where English still dominates,” says Prof Caidi. “Our students wanted to broaden out the conversations they were having. It’s highly significant that an event like this is being held at the Faculty of Information.”

Speakers at the Round Table, which will take place on Friday March 29, include Francois Boileau (left), the province’s Commissioner of French Language Services, prize-winning author Didier Leclair, Florence Ngenzebuhoro, Director General of the Centre Francophone de Toronto, and Monique Beaudoin, Health Promotion Coordinator at the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury.

The Round Table, which will be held in French, is jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Information, the Faculty’s FrancoClub. the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne at OISE, and University of Toronto Libraries. Register and see the full list of speakers and topics here