APRIL 26 TO 28, 2018


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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm           Registration Connections Cafe
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm         Convention Kick Off Connections Cafe
                                         Cash bar, coffee & tea
7:00 pm                            Solli Sigurdson, Singer, Songwriter: Songs of New Iceland
8:00 pm                            Snacks will be served

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018
Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am to 8:45 am
Registration table re-opens inside Palisades
Displays and vendors open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

9:00 am - 9:30 am            Opening Remarks: Bev Arason-Gaudet, ICCE Convention Chair
                                                                       Donna Crozier, ICCE President
                                                                       Sunna Furstenau, INLNA President
9:30 am - 10:30 am          Dr. Kári Stefánsson, CEO deCODE genetics
                                          Presentation: Health and Heritage
10:30 am - 11:00 am        Coffee break
11:00 am - 12:00 noon     Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada
                                          Presentation: A Hundred Years of Icelandic
                                          Sovereignty - Kingdom and Republic

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm             Kolfinna Von Arnardóttir, CEO Reykjavik Fashion Festival
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm             Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir & Halldór Árnason, Snorri Foundation, Jody Arman- Jones,
                                           Director Snorri West INLNA
                                           Presentation: Snorri, Snorri Plus, Snorri Deaf, Snorri West
                                           Holly Ralph, INLNA Webmaster
                                           Presentation: INLNA Merchandise

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm             Coffee break, Displays, Vendors

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm             Sindri Sigurgeirsson, President, Farmers Association of Iceland;
                                           Presentation: Farming in the Shadow of Eyjafjallajökull


6:30 pm - 7:00 pm            Cash bar opens
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm            INLNA Awards Ceremony
                                          Program will be available at the Event
                                          Awards to be presented:
                                          INLNA Honorary Lifetime Membership
                                          Joan Inga Eyolfson Cadham Award
                                          Laurence S.G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm            Cash bar reopens, finger food served
9:00 pm                             Entertainment:
                                          Eva Ingólfsdóttir, Violinist


Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am to 8:45 am
Displays and Vendors open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

8:30 am                            Delegates pick up voting cards at 8:30 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am         Annual General Meeting and Elections of the INLNA
                                         Open to all Convention Attendees

10:30 am - 11:00 am        Coffee break

11:00 am - 12:00              Dr. Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir-Buch, CEO Platome Biotechnology
                                          Presentation: The 4th Pillar: The Innovative Society

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm             Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Filmmaker, Krumma Films,
                                           Presentation: My Life as a Documentary Filmmaker
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm             Dianne O’Konski, INLNA Convention Director
                                           Presentation: 2019 INLNA Calendar, 100 Years Strong
                                           Sunna Furstenau, Past President, INLNA
                                           Presentation: The Road Ahead

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm             Afternoon coffee break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm            Höskuldur Sæmundsson, Brand Manager, Ölgerðin
                                           Presentation: Spirits in the New World
6:00 pm                              Cash bar opens, will close during the Program
6:30 pm                              Grace: Rev. Stefan Jonasson, Editor Lögberg-Heimskringla
                                           Dinner will be served
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm             Program will be available at the Gala Dinner
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm             Draw 50/50 raffle winner & Silent Auction closes
9:00 pm                              Band - Pete Turland Trio

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

8:30 am                           Bus departs Edmonton, meet in lobby of the DoubleTree by 8:15 am
10:30 am                         Visit Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site
11:30 am                         Visit Hamlet of Markerville. Lunch in Fensala Hall with Fjallkona Della Branson in attendance
12:30 pm                         Walking tour of Markerville with brief stops at 1) Historic Markerville Creamery Museum,
                                        2) Historic Markerville Lutheran Church and
                                        3) Buttermaker’s House (new restoration project)
1:45 pm                          Leave for short drive to Tindastoll Cemetery
2:30 pm                          Bus returns to Edmonton with a quick stop at the Edmonton International Airport
                                       (for those with Sunday evening flights)
                                       with an expected arrival at DoubleTree by Hilton of 4:30 pm
Markerville was first named Tindastoll in 1888 by Icelandic settlers. In 1974 the Stephan G Stephansson Icelandic Society was formed to promote awareness of Icelandic culture and encourage community involvement. Through restoration projects,
managing and interpreting them, Markerville Creamery, Lutheran Church, Fensala Hall, Tindastoll cemetery and the Buttermaker House, the tiny hamlet on the banks of the Medicine River is a joy to visit.
**If you did not preregister for the tour, check at the Registration Desk to see if space is available**

Book your room by April 9, 2018

The 2-Queen or 1-King rooms reserved for the Convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton have sold out!  Currently there are a few King Suite rooms available for $169 per night plus taxes.

The DoubleTree has made arrangements for additional rooms at the Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton; these rooms are Standard Guest rooms which have 1 Queen bed and a pull out sofa for the rate of $145  per night plus taxes. This property shares a parking lot with DoubleTree so it is very convenient.

If reserving your room by phone, call 780-484-0821 and use the Convention code ICE or reserve on-line with the link The link will be updated by Monday, February 25, 2018.

There are also many hotels in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by Hilton and a google search will give you many choices.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Silent Auction

Do you have something to donate to our Silent Auction fundraiser? Contact Ivan Jonsson at . We appreciate and recognize all donations!

The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton is excited to host the 99th Annual
INLNA Convention in Edmonton next April! Our theme is Accolades and our
program will feature some of the best and the brightest individuals in Iceland
today; people who are at the top of their diverse professions and industries. Have
you ever wondered what it would be like to be a leading figure in human genetics
and analyze and understand the human genome? Or what it would be like to own
a film production company and produce and direct documentaries, films and TV
series in Iceland? Perhaps the life of an Icelandic sheep farmer piques your
interest or the Reykjavik fashion scene is more up your alley. Or the world of
platelet lysates as seen by a biomedical scientist? These exciting topics and
much more are waiting for you at the 99th Annual INLNA Convention!

This special rate is also available for 3 days before and 3 days after the
Convention so you can stay and enjoy the sites of Edmonton and surrounding
area (

It’s a short shuttle ( or taxi ride from Edmonton
International Airport ( to the DoubleTree. And if you’re flying into
Edmonton, WestJet has offered a discount to Convention attendees of 10% off
and 15% off Plus base fares for travel between Edmonton and anywhere
WestJet flies in North America!
You can travel from April 12 to May 6, 2018 and need to book by May 6, 2018
using the Coupon Code 4ITHPG4. You can change or cancel reservations within
24 hours of booking at no charge. Visit to book your flight.

Mark your calendar to attend the 99th Annual INLNA Convention!

Due to unforeseen circumstances,  Kristjana Stefánsdóttir and Daniel Helgason are unable to perform at the INLNA Convention or take part in the International Visits Program. Although this is disappointing to many, alternate entertainment is being pursued for the Convention and the IVP program is working on another visitor to tour INLNA Clubs.  

The ICCE apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause for Convention attendees. 

Bev Arason-Gaudet

ICCE Convention Chairperson

Dr. Kári Stefánsson


Dr. Kári Stefánsson has worn many hats in his career; he was a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University and Director of Neuropathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts from 1993-1997. From 1983 to 1993, he held faculty positions in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stefánsson received his M.D. and Dr. Med. from the University of Iceland and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. Dr. Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics and the man who began an approach to population genetics that is being adopted all over the world. He founded deCODE in 1996 and has shaped deCODE’s scientific approach and been actively engaged in leading its work on human genetics.

Dr. Stefánsson’s most recent award was from the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) who named Dr. Stefánsson as the 2017 recipient of the annual William Allan Award, the top prize given by the ASHG. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity.

Kolfinna Von Arnardóttir

As a teenager Kolfinna Von Arnardóttir would visit with her Amma and spend time perusing a collection of old fashion design magazines that her Amma had collected.  Together they enjoyed studying the fashions and they even designed and made a few dresses that Kolfinna wore to celebratory events including her own college graduation. From there a career a fashion was born leading Kolfinna to study fashion in Iceland, California and ultimately earning a Masters degree from Istituto Europeo de Design in Milan.

Today she is the CEO of Reykjavik Fashion Festival and Reykjavik Fashion Academy and is a member of FKA, a professional network for Icelandic business leaders where the core is to provide support to women by helping them to manage and grow their businesses. The subject of gender equality is a passionate subject for Kolfinna who entered the world of business as a young woman and saw first hand the need for an organization like FKA. 

Sindri Sigurgeirsson 

The Icelandic sheep is descended from the Northern European short tail breeds and was brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the middle ages. The vigour, hardiness and variety of uses for these sheep made them a cornerstone of the Viking settlement and later development of Icelandic culture.  Genetically the Icelandic sheep is the same today as it was 1100 years ago. It is possibly the oldest and purest domesticated breed of sheep in the world today.

Sindri Sigurgeirsson, has been a farming leader for a number of years and a farmer himself for over 20 years. He studied farming at the Agricultural University of Iceland and business at the University of Bifrost, doing part of his studies at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. Today he is Chairman of the Icelandic Farmer’s Association and runs a sheep farm at Bakkakot in the western part of Iceland.

What else is there to see or do in April in Edmonton?

While we would  love to say that you will see green grass and flowers, we cannot tell a lie but here are some things you can see or do:

     Art Gallery of Alberta

     Rogers Place and the Ice District

     West Edmonton Mall

     Alberta Legislature  Building

     Whyte Avenue

     Muttart Conservatory

     Telus World of Science

     World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall

Expect average daily temperatures of 5C/41F and average lows of -1C/31F. Bring a sweater or light jacket but you can probably leave the umbrella at home!

Questions: just ask! Bev Arason-Gaudet
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