The Centre for Rational Thought & Humanist Canada present…
The conference takes place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre in Toronto.
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Single Tickets are now available for Lawrence Krauss only and Richard Dawkins only. Very Limited quantities.
Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author of many books including The God Delusion, and founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.View profile
known as an advocate of the public understanding of science, of public policy based on sound empirical data, of scientific skepticism and of science education and works to reduce the impact of superstition and…View profile
Born and raised in India, has been and advocate on behalf of immigrant women for the past 35 years. She has written extensively on the issue of honour based violence. She founded three agencies...View profile
Gretta Vosper has served West Hill United, a congregation of The United Church of Canada located in Scarborough, Ontario, for nearly two decades. With the leadership of the congregation, she has transitioned West Hill...View profile
daughter of George Carlin, began her showbiz life working in TV production for her mother and father on various shows for HBO. While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead...View profile
A poet, playwright, essayist, translator and editor who lives in Ottawa. His commitment to writing first came to national attention through the controversial political and literary journal Edge which he founded in Edmonton, Alberta, and...View profile
Rob Penczak is a physician turned writer and secular activist. As a physician with undergrad training in cellular biology, he was exposed to the rudiments of statistical analysis and became well acquainted with the...View profile
Tahir Gora is a Director General and founder of Canadian Thinkers’ Forum (CTF), a Think Tank focusing on complexities of diversity in Canada. CTF is specialized in Study Reports regarding Growing Islamic Radicalization and...View profile
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
An American professor of biology, known for his commentary on intelligent design. A prolific scientist and author, he has published dozens of papers elucidating the theory of evolution.View profile
A Franco-American cognitive scientist, public speaker, author, and professor at Rutgers University where he holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science. He is the author of numerous...View profile
A video producer and former Christian broadcaster, now hosts thethinkingatheist.com one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world, a site which encourages all to reject faith, pursue reason, explore doubt, and to “start thinking.”...View profile
Actress and the author of the forthcoming comedic memoir, Wherever You Go, There They Are: stories about family you might relate to (Blue Rider Press, spring 2017), the New York Times bestseller and Thurber...View profile
Ali is the author of “The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), and winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Award for Best Humanist Book of 2016 from the...View profile
What others are saying
- 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
- I have spoken at each of the five Imagine No Religion conferences and I have to say that every year, they have somehow gotten increasingly better. I’m not sure how they do it, but Bill and Kathy manage to invite speakers who attract the types of people who greatly appreciate the thought-provoking ideas and close connection one has come to expect from such a gathering of minds. Despite the growing numbers of attendees and the changing venues, INR has managed to maintain a close and personal connection between the speakers and the attendees. INR has quickly become the go-to event for secular thought in North America.Christopher Dicarlo
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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