About Media at the Couchiching Institute
Since 1932, media have been captivated by the extraordinary caliber of the conference. Public and private broadcasters soon joined print media. For 18 years CBC Radio and later CBC Television presented national broadcasts of the summer conferences from Geneva Park. Later, other broadcast media such as CTV, TVO, Citytv, VisionTV covered aspects of the conference. In 1991, CIPA began making summaries and transcripts of keynotes and panels freely available on its website.
CPAC began broadcasting the summer conference “gavel to gavel” in 2007 – programs that consistently generate some of the network’s highest ratings. And in 2010, the Institute began making public video summaries of the conference proceedings.
Social media has come naturally to the Institute. Not only does it attract contemporary speakers but it appeals to participants who also have something to say. No surprise, then, that the Twitterverse is brimming with conference and other commentary. Generated by keynotes, panellists, moderators and attendees alike, conversations start even before our conference and other events begin and continue after they have officially ended.
At the August 2011 conference, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, CBC’s Jesse Hirsh and Egyptian columnist Mona Eltahawy in particular, blogged and tweeted relentlessly.
Our Commitment to Social Media
The Couchiching Institute attracts participants from across Canada and around the world who are interested in a wide variety of public affairs and policy issues. Given that the internet has become a key point of contact in all sectors, the Institute is committed to integrating interactive tools into the website and other digital publications to ensure that you can be part of the Couchiching community experience no matter where you are, whether sitting in a Muskoka chair by the lake or connecting from the comfort of your own home.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON