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2017 Starts Now! A Canada 150 Conference Series Launches in Vancouver

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Dust off your party hats Canada, because we have a very big birthday coming up! 

2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. (Oh Canada - you don't look a day over a century.)

A shindig like this takes some serious planning, so to help get Canadians' creative juices flowing, CBC/Radio-Canada is teaming up with Via Rail Canada and Community Foundations of Canada to spark a coast-to-coast conversation about our nation's sesquicentennial. (Try saying that quickly three times!)

The party planning will take place at a series of 12 conferences across Canada. Each one will bring together various visionaries, citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country.

The very first event kicks off Friday, April 5 in Vancouver. CBC NewsIan Hanomansing and CBC Radio-Canada's Julie Landry will co-host a day-long series of presentations and round-table discussions.

ian-hanomansing-julie-landry.jpgIan Hanomansing (left) and Julie Landry (right). -- CBC

The goal? To "inform, inspire and incubate local and regional projects and ideas" to mark Canada's milestone and to "develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives."

Arctic Air's Adam Beach will take the stage to talk about Canada's future. So will Juno Award-winning musician Bif Naked, who will speak about national change. Poet and critic Sonnet L'AbbĂ© will delve into national history, and there will be many more speakers from all walks of life taking part.

Starting tomorrow, you can catch the inaugural conference via live stream at www.2017startsnow.ca.

Get in on the action by tweeting your questions/comments to @cbclive using the hashtag #Canada150.

And be sure to mark these dates on your calendar. 

Canada 150/2017 Starts Now conference schedule:

Vancouver: Friday, April 5
Calgary: Friday, April 12
Toronto: Friday, April 26
Saskatoon: Wednesday, May 1
Winnipeg: Friday, May 3
Montreal: Wednesday, May 8
Charlottetown: Tuesday, May 21
Moncton: Thursday, May 23
St. John's: Monday, June 3
Halifax: Tuesday, June 4
Yellowknife & the North: Thursday, June 20
Ottawa (Summary Event): Thursday, June 27

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