Tickets on Sale October 1
Space is limited so be sure to buy your tickets well in advance. Be sure to check out our current speaker list and check back for new additions to the line up.
The conference takes place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre in Toronto.
Click on the link in the venue section to book online
We recommend you reserve your room soon.
Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.View profile
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Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a fellow, advisor, and board member of the Society of Ontario Free Thinkers . He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly…View profile
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What others are saying
I was honored to attend the ImagineNoReligion3 conference. I was particularly honored because I watched the vast majority of speeches at the conference and the quality of speakers stood out. Indeed there were several speakers who I had not heard of before that struck me as having new and substantive contributions to make. This conference does not have the "been there, done that" quality of some conferences.Sean Faircloth
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
INR is a great conference. If you have chance to go - go! I was treated very well, there were terrific speakers, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.William B Davis
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
- 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 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
Imagine No Religion stands out among the many (wonderful) conventions, and I think it's partially because Bill and Kathy Ligertwood have the pulse of the attendees and speakers. There's plenty of information, but there's also humor, heart, storytelling and a real connection with the audience. There are no lulls on the schedule. No "meh" items on the roster. And INR maintains a Quality Over Quantity vibe, realizing that the audience wants to be engaged without being overwhelmed. I also see INR as an event which respects the time and pocketbooks of its attendees, providing a premier conference value without becoming cost-prohibitively exclusive. That's a tough balance, but Bill, Kathy and the INR crew pull it off. Finally, the conference staff (and many in attendance) have become dear friends, and my connection with these wonderful people may never have happened without Imagine No Religion. It's truly an honor to have been a part of iT.Seththe Thinking Atheist
It's been an amazing couple days, met some amazing people and had a wonderful time. I really loved the intimate feel of the conference. If I had a small contribution to everybody having a good time I am very happy about it. I for one was really impressed with how varied the talks were and with how friendly and down to earth everyone was. I want to thank you again for giving me this opportunity and putting up with all the drama of me getting there. I hope I mingled to your satisfaction.
I am heading to Vancouver right now to see some of your beautiful country, but keep in touch I'll be home at the end of the month. This was really amazing, I am very happy I got to meet you and hope to see you again sometime.Cristina Rad
Yet another wonderful INR. Great people. Exceptionally well run event. And a profound sense of community. I'm already looking forward to next year.Peter Boghossian