APRIL 26 TO 28, 2018


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with thanks to our photographers:  Lisa sigurgeirson Maxx, Michelle Braakman, Gwen Mann. Gail Einarson McCleery, Gordon Gaudet

Videos are in the program below.


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


FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

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. Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir-Buch, CEO Platome Biotechnology
                                          Presentation: The 4th Pillar: The Innovative Society

11:00 am - 12:00 noon     Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada
                                          Presentation: A Hundred Years of Icelandic
                                          Sovereignty - Kingdom and Republic

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

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


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm           INLNA Awards Ceremony: 

                                         Sunna's Introduction

                                          INLNA Honorary Lifetime Membership

                                        Stefan Paul Guttormsson

                                        Mary Josefson

                                       Donna and Oliver Nelson

                                        Carolyn and Ken Yu


Joan Inga Eyolfson Cadham Award

                                       Stefan Jonasson


Laurence S.G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award

                                          Donald E. Gislason

9:00 pm                             Entertainment:
                                          Eva Ingólfsdóttir, Violinist


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

11:00 am - 12:00              Dr. Natalie Van Deusen, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies,
                                            University of Alberta
                                            Presentation:  National Treasures: Iceland's Manuscripts from the Middle Ages to today. 

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

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:
                                             Hjálmar W. Hannesson, President, INL Iceland
                                             Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga
                                             Þórður Bjarni Guðjónsson, Consul General, Winnipeg
                                             Eva Ingolfsdóttir, Violinist  film performance
                                             Serena Goebel, Winnipeg 2019
                                             Bev, Arason-Gaudet, ICCE Convention Chair, Closing Comments

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.

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.

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