Media advisory: Happy Birthday/Bonne fête! The uOttawa Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute celebrates its 50eth

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018

uOttawa Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

Members of the media are invited to attend an event to mark the uOttawa Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) as it celebrate its 50 years of excellence in second-language teaching, both in Canada and across the globe. The OLBI strives to stand as a national and international authority in the field of bilingualism and official languages. We will continue to act as a breeding ground for innovation and fresh ideas, where anyone dedicated to expanding and sharing our knowledge of bilingualism can join forces in achieving that goal.

WHAT: Event to mark the OLBI’s 50eth anniversary


  • Jérémie Séror, Directeur de l’ILOB et doyen associé de la Faculté des arts
  • Kevin Kee, Doyen de la Faculté des arts
  • Sarah Breslin, Directrice exécutive, Centre européen pour les langues vivantes du Conseil de l’Europe
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
  • Maureen Smith, CASLT Board of Directors Secretary
  • Denis Cousineau, Curriculum Coach, OCDSB
  • François Boileau, French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario (via satellite)


WHEN: November 1, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Huguette-Labelle hall (112); Tabaret building, 550, Cumberland street, Ottawa I map

Quotes :

“Preparing students for the jobs waiting for them takes into account the need for general competencies like critical thinking and problem-solving, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, collaboration, communication, self-directed learning, and citizenship. And there is no doubt, language skills will remain key in several fields of employability in Ontario. In these fields, the ability to work in French as well as in English will remain an essential aspect of preparing for the future of the workforce.  We are happy to be able to learn more best practices with international colleagues and renowned institutions like ILOB, that enable the acquisition of new knowledge through outstanding research capabilities.” - Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau.

“Canada, through its experience with bilingualism, is at the forefront of research on solutions for living together. The University of Ottawa, which developed while at the centre of these debates, is living proof that it is both possible and positive to live in the two languages. This influences our students, who carry this idea beyond our walls.”  — Jérémie Séror, OLBI director and associate dean, Faculty of Arts


For additional information:

Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn


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