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Disrupt & Transform

BC Library Conference 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC,
May 11-13, 2016

Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the following Keynote Speaker for the 2016 BC Library Conference!

Opening Keynote – 5:30 pm: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Location: Elmbridge Ballroom

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the YA graphic novel IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE< and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.



Closing Keynote – 3:00 pm: Friday, May 13th, 2016

Harsha Walia


Harsha Walia is a South Asian social justice activist, writer and popular educator. For the past fifteen years she has been active in community-based grassroots migrant justice, feminist, anti-racist, and Indigenous solidarity movements. She is formally trained in law, works with women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism. Walia was named one of the most influential South Asians in BC by The Vancouver Sun and one of the most popular left wing journalists by The Georgia Straight. She is the winner of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Power of Youth Award and has been called “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers” by Naomi Klein. She has presented to the United Nations on a number of issues including immigration and refugee policy, violence against women, and poverty and homelessness.