About the Conference:
The conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish-North American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture; to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish-North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community.
The conference is presented by the founding partners, the CHICAGO SCOTS and The American-Scottish Foundation in association with the hosting partner, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit and additional co-sponsors, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and the Toronto, Ontario-based Scottish Studies Foundation.
The hosts encourage all members of the Scottish-North American community to attend and participate in this conference and to take full advantage of the opportunity to meet with North American Scots and visitors from Scotland. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with key figures from Scotland, America and Canada on topics affecting and involving the Scottish-North American community both here and in Scotland.
The theme of this year's conference is Many Voices - One Vision.
As in the past, conference organizers expect to have active participation from the Scottish government, VisitScotland and other key Scottish and Scottish-North American missioned organizations. In 2011, for example, the conference featured Darren Burgess (from the Scottish government's Washington, D.C. office), Melanie Angus (VisitScotland), Brian Wilton (Scottish tartan authority) and the Lord Jamie Sempill (the Gathering), to name but a few.