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The conference takes place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre in Toronto.
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What others are saying
The convention at Kamloops was extraordinary in how lively and engaged the attendees were and the diversity and quality of the talks given. As a speaker, my most common problem is technical, and have to say the techs were a pleasure to work with and everything went smoothly for everyone the whole weekend. The audience was age and gender diverse and there were plenty of groovy folks to drink with in the evening. And I have to say, the food served (for lunches, shared by all, and dinners, for speakers and VIPs) was quite delicious and abundant. I spent nothing out of pocket to eat! It's an excellent little mecca to come to and enjoy the company of nonbelievers from all over this side of the globe. You've got to go at least once!Carrier
I have attended numerous conferences over the past three decades often feeling they were a waste of time. I arrived at Kamloops, BC, as one of the invited presenters, with great hesitation and apprehension. A conference titled “Imagine No Religion 3.
I left this event in awe because this event turned out to be a time of learning and reflection in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Presentation by renowned experts was one reason. The spontaneous small group discussions on varied topics were another, where no topic was off limits.
Bill and Kathy Ligertwood, the organizers of the conference, have managed to surround themselves with a legion of volunteers and made each attendee welcome. They all succeeded in creating an informal, relaxing atmosphere where gayety, the sharing of knowledge, laughter and back slapping melted into serious discussions such as “What can we all do to eliminate Violence against Women”. My presentation on honour based violence fit well into the overall agenda. I met some wonderful people and left the conference feeling that I had made a lot of friends.Aruna Papp
I had a wonderful experience at INR5. Everything was close to perfect: the airport pickup, the hotel, the food, the conference room, the AV support, the schedule, the number and the quality of speakers and the time allotted to each. They even sold all the books I brought to the book table. Bill Ligertwood was a perfect host and an expert conference organizer. I was delighted to hear new things from speakers I had heard before and new speakers I had never even heard of, and I enjoyed meeting and talking to the attendees. I honestly can’t think of any suggestions for improvement.Dr. Harriet Hall
I had the time of my life at INR3. I felt like I had come home to family after decades in the wilderness. I told my wife, "I haven't had that much fun since my honeymoon."
The conference was so, so well run--for that I thank you. The presentations were fascinating. At one point I had to literally go back to my room, lay down, and stare at the ceiling due to information overload.Peter Boghossian
To my mind, INR is the best "nonbelief" meeting going. There are great speakers, they are given enough time to speak expansively and answer questions, the audience is curious and smart, and the schedule relaxed enough to permit plenty of interaction and discussion. It's a happy mixture of science, secularism, and philosophy. Don't miss it!Jerry Coyne
- I've been fortunate to be a speaker at many conventions, but Bill, Kathy and the folks behind Imagine No Religion consistently make everyone - speakers and attendees - feel that they're part of something truly special; because they are. Great people, great talks and great fun! I only wish I'd been able to attend every year. It's just that good.Matt Dillahunty
- I have attended many psychiatric seminars and humanist conferences over the decades and I have no hesitation to say that the conference Imagine No Religion 3 in Kamloops was the best. Since it was an informal conference and we had ample time to meet each other I had a rare opportunity to have in depth dialogues with speakers like Taslima Nasrin and Brian Dalton. It was inspiring for me to listen to the stories of fellow atheists and agnostics, freethinkers and humanists who have been offering sacrifices for their ideals. I was approached by so many strangers who wanted to ask me questions about my journey from Islam to Secular Humanism. I feel confident that if you continue with your annual meetings Kamloops would be known for Imagine No Religion Conferences all over the world. Please extend my thanks to all your friends especially Kathy and Tom for their hospitality and generosity of spirit. Keep up the good work. I am sending you the summary of my presentation.Dr. K. Sohail
INR conferences are wonderful relaxed opportunities to hear a great set of speakers with a schedule that provides that rare treat: ample time for lectures and questions, followed by opportunities for discussion with a wonderfully diverse crowd of interested and interesting people. The organization is meticulous, and speakers and audience members are taken care of with respect and generosity from the moment of arrival until the moment of departure.Lawrence Krauss
I knew the Imagine No Religion conference would be an event to remember, not to mention a lot of fun, nor was I disappointed. The single thing that struck me most powerfully was that, despite a disparity of opinions on various topics, the speakers and attendees formed one big, happy crew! It was a delight to meet in person various leaders, scholars, podcasters, etc., whose works I had read and who had interviewed me. Instant friendships! What a cast of characters! And, as always, it was a great treat and privilege to enter into conversation with the attendees, learning of their journeys, experiences, and concerns. And to embarrass them one more time, I am amazed and grateful to Bill and Kathy for their Herculean work putting these things together!Robert Price
Imagine No Religion 3 was a remarkably contentful and exciting event. Almost every talk was really excellent and none were bad, and—a rarity at such conferences—I would guess that almost everybody attended almost all the talks. A sea of intensely interested happy faces, reacting constructively and intelligently to everything. There was no down side. The food was better than I had anticipated.Dan Dennett