Have you registered for the Convention yet? The early-bird deadline is February 28 so head over to inlofna.org to get registered today!
Your deluxe 2-queen or 1-king room is waiting for you at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Included in your room is, of course, the convenience of staying at the Convention venue but the hotel also has a 24 hr Pavillon Pantry Market, ATM, room service, safety deposit boxes and a 24-hour fitness centre with a heated indoor pool. The lobby houses DT Stages Bar serving crafted beers, wine, appetizers and dinner specials and DT Stages Kitchen which celebrates the farmer to chef relationship with a menu inspired by local ingredients; both are open until 11:00 pm nightly.
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The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton is excited to host the 99th Annual
INLNA Convention in Edmonton next April! Our theme is Accolades and our
program will feature some of the best and the brightest individuals in Iceland
today; people who are at the top of their diverse professions and industries. Have
you ever wondered what it would be like to be a leading figure in human genetics
and analyze and understand the human genome? Or what it would be like to own
a film production company and produce and direct documentaries, films and TV
series in Iceland? Perhaps the life of an Icelandic sheep farmer piques your
interest or the Reykjavik fashion scene is more up your alley. Or the world of
platelet lysates as seen by a biomedical scientist? These exciting topics and
much more are waiting for you at the 99th Annual INLNA Convention!
The registration form for the Convention will be ready mid-December and will be
posted on both the ICCE website (iccedm.org) and the INLNA website
(inlofna.org). Additionally both Facebook sites will announce the availability of the
registration form which will also detail an optional tour to Stephan G
Stephansson’s home and the town of Markerville hosted by the Stephan G
Stephansson Icelandic Society of Markerville.
The venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton will make you feel
welcome from the moment you arrive as you are offered a freshly baked
chocolate chip cookie as you check in to your contemporary guest room.
Guest rooms are equipped with complimentary wi-fi, spacious work stations, a
mini refrigerator and a 42 inch HDTV. The Convention rate for one king bed or 2
queen beds is $150 (Canadian plus taxes) per night single or double occupancy
and can be booked via this link http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/
personalized/Y/YEGNMDT-ICE-20180426/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or by
calling 780-484-0821 and using the Convention rate code ICE.
This special rate is also available for 3 days before and 3 days after the
Convention so you can stay and enjoy the sites of Edmonton and surrounding
It’s a short shuttle (edmontonskyshuttle.com) or taxi ride from Edmonton
International Airport (flyeia.com) to the DoubleTree. And if you’re flying into
Edmonton, WestJet has offered a discount to Convention attendees of 10% off
Econo and 15% off Plus base fares for travel between Edmonton and anywhere
WestJet flies in North America!
You can travel from April 12 to May 6, 2018 and need to book by May 6, 2018
using the Coupon Code 4ITHPG4. You can change or cancel reservations within
24 hours of booking at no charge. Visit westjet.com to book your flight.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir and Daniel Helgason are unable to perform at the INLNA Convention or take part in the International Visits Program. Although this is disappointing to many, alternate entertainment is being pursued for the Convention and the IVP program is working on another visitor to tour INLNA Clubs.
The ICCE apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause for Convention attendees.
ICCE Convention Chairperson
Dr. Kári Stefánsson
Dr. Kári Stefánsson has worn many hats in his career; he was a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University and Director of Neuropathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts from 1993-1997. From 1983 to 1993, he held faculty positions in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stefánsson received his M.D. and Dr. Med. from the University of Iceland and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. Dr. Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics and the man who began an approach to population genetics that is being adopted all over the world. He founded deCODE in 1996 and has shaped deCODE’s scientific approach and been actively engaged in leading its work on human genetics.
Dr. Stefánsson’s most recent award was from the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) who named Dr. Stefánsson as the 2017 recipient of the annual William Allan Award, the top prize given by the ASHG. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity.
Kolfinna Von Arnardóttir
As a teenager Kolfinna Von Arnardóttir would visit with her Amma and spend time perusing a collection of old fashion design magazines that her Amma had collected. Together they enjoyed studying the fashions and they even designed and made a few dresses that Kolfinna wore to celebratory events including her own college graduation. From there a career a fashion was born leading Kolfinna to study fashion in Iceland, California and ultimately earning a Masters degree from Istituto Europeo de Design in Milan.
Today she is the CEO of Reykjavik Fashion Festival and Reykjavik Fashion Academy and is a member of FKA, a professional network for Icelandic business leaders where the core is to provide support to women by helping them to manage and grow their businesses. The subject of gender equality is a passionate subject for Kolfinna who entered the world of business as a young woman and saw first hand the need for an organization like FKA.
The Icelandic sheep is descended from the Northern European short tail breeds and was brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the middle ages. The vigour, hardiness and variety of uses for these sheep made them a cornerstone of the Viking settlement and later development of Icelandic culture. Genetically the Icelandic sheep is the same today as it was 1100 years ago. It is possibly the oldest and purest domesticated breed of sheep in the world today.
Sindri Sigurgeirsson, has been a farming leader for a number of years and a farmer himself for over 20 years. He studied farming at the Agricultural University of Iceland and business at the University of Bifrost, doing part of his studies at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. Today he is Chairman of the Icelandic Farmer’s Association and runs a sheep farm at Bakkakot in the western part of Iceland.
While we would love to say that you will see green grass and flowers, we cannot tell a lie but here are some things you can see or do:
• Art Gallery of Alberta
• Rogers Place and the Ice District
• West Edmonton Mall
• Alberta Legislature Building
• Whyte Avenue
• Muttart Conservatory
• Telus World of Science
• World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall
Expect average daily temperatures of 5C/41F and average lows of -1C/31F. Bring a sweater or light jacket but you can probably leave the umbrella at home!
Questions: just ask! Bev Arason-Gaudet firstname.lastname@example.org@shaw.ca