High Functioning Bilingual Scholars: Training, Lecturing, and Beyond

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), through its research centre CCERBAL, is hosting a symposium on High Functioning Bilingual Scholars: Training, Lecturing, and Beyond. This half-day symposium features distinguished keynote speaker and political reporter Ms. Chantal Hébert, an individual who embodies high functioning bilingualism in her everyday work. This event will be a unique opportunity for all academic staff to share their experiences lecturing in their second language. It is hoped that new avenues of research in the field will emerge from the presentations and panel discussions.

Chantal Hébert will present: The New Face of Bilingualism in Canada

Other guest speakers are Dr. Christian Detellier, Vice-president and Provost, and Dr. Marcel Mérette, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Both will address different aspects of second language training and lecturing.

The panel will include University of Ottawa professors who have taken on-site language training or who are currently teaching in their second language. Join us in the discussion as they will share their experiences and thoughts on bilingualism.

The symposium will be held on the bilingual campus of the University of Ottawa, in Canada’s national capital on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. It will be held in Room 12102 of the Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Avenue East. Light refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

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This symposium is open to all, but registration is required by email at

Admission is free. Students are welcome. Please register soon as places are limited.


Friday, February 15, 2013, DMS12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East

1:00-1:30 pm


Dr. Richard Clément, Director and Associate Dean, OLBI

Introduction of Language Training

Ms. Huguette Bourgeois, OLBI: Language Training for Academic Staff

The University’s Perspective

Dr. Christian Detellier, Vice-president and Provost

1:30-2:45 pm

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Chantal Hébert, political analyst, Toronto Star and Le Devoir, and commentator, CBC.
The New Face of Bilingualism in Canada

2:45-3:00 pm



3:00-3:15 pm

Bilingual Teaching and Research

Dr. Marcel Mérette, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

3:15-4:45 pm


Dr. Sheila Scott, Assistant Director, OLBI, Moderator


Dr. Ioan Nistor, Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Michael Marin, Common Law Section

Dr. Patrick Leblond, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

4:45-5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Dr. Marie-Josée Hamel, Director, CCERBAL


Organizing Committee

Lise Bazinet – Assistant Director, Development and Promotion Office

Huguette Bourgeois – Language Training for Academic Staff 

Mélanie Cossette – Marketing Officer

Marie-Josée Hamel – Director, Canadian Centre for Studies and Research in Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL)

Josée Légaré – Executive Secretary

Hilaire Lemoine – Executive in Residence

Sheila Scott – Assistant Director