Submission Process



Each session must be given a short creative title (limited to 8 words) that summarizes the focus of the session.


This is a concise two to three sentence statement (no bullet points) explaining the intent of the session and should reflect the stated objectives of the session.

Other information that will be required:
  • educational track
  • presentation format: plenary, symposia, concurrent, workshop, tour

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide up to three specific objectives describing the outcomes resulting from the presentation.
  • A learning objective should complete the following statement with an observable and measurable verb: After this presentation, the attendee should be able to …
  • The following verbs are not acceptable when writing learning objectives: know, learn, grasp, enhance, understand, appreciate and improve.
  •  Learning objectives and program focus should be directed at an informed (not novice) audience.
  •  Learning objectives should highlight applications of the session to professional practice.

Speaker and Biographical Information

A brief biographical description and current contact information must be provided for each speaker. The biographical statement should highlight the speaker’s research, work experience and expertise related to the topic.
  •  Briefly describe each speaker's contribution to the session objectives.
  •  It is strongly encouraged that at least one of the speakers is a DC member.
  •  DC welcomes ‘new experts’ and those who have not spoken at DC conference in the past 2 years.
  •  All speakers must be willing to have their sessions recorded.

Speaker Benefits

Conference session speakers will be offered a basic package of benefits to offset the main costs of their participation in the conference.

Conference Registration

  •  Full conference registration if speaker is a DC member.
  •  Non-member speakers will be offered one-day registrations for the day they are speaking.


  • Return air, train or ground travel by least expensive method without undue hardship with regard to time.
  • Taxi or shuttle service costs, and parking as appropriate.
  •  Meal allowance (excluding meals served at the conference) to the level of the DC expense policies.

Accommodation, Honoraria and Speaker Fees

  • One night accommodation and $200 honorarium OR 2 nights hotel accommodation at the conference hotel for non-local speakers.
  • $200 honorarium for local (Vancouver area) speakers. 


Updated June 1, 2017.

Download Guidelines

The guidelines for submitting proposals for plenary, symposia, concurrent, workshops or tours are available in PDF format for easy reference offline.
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Submit Proposal

The Program Planning Team will review all proposals for plenary, symposia, concurrent, workshops or tours received on or before September 15, 2017.
Submit your proposal online