Webinars for members

Webinars for members

The Federation offers a series of webinars for its members all year-round. Webinars are free for our members to attend, and a full video of each webinar will be posted on this page after the event.

For technical assistance, see below.

Hosting a Virtual Annual Meeting – Tips, Resources and Lessons Learned

April 20, 2020

In this webinar, the Federation shares best practices for holding a virtual annual meeting, such as:

  • legal and governance-related considerations when hosting a virtual annual meeting*;
  • tips on how to choose a software, prepare and host a successful virtual annual meeting;
  • technical considerations for video conferencing and voting;
  • lessons learned from the Federation’s experience.

Download the handout and the powerpoint that accompanied the webinar.

*Please note no formal legal advice will be given.

An Introduction to Defamation Law – A Resource for Canadian Scholars

November 21 and December 4, 2019

Clashes between free expression and the need to protect a person’s reputation are governed by law of defamation. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, has developed a member resource specifically on this topic. In this webinar for Canadian scholars at any stage of their careers, presenters Stéphane Émard-Chabot, Jennifer Andrews and Chantal Richard will provide an overview of the legal principles and processes used to assess defamation in the context of academic work.

Join us and learn about:

  • How a basic understanding of defamation law can empower Canadian scholars
  • Defamation in institutional and personal contexts
  • General recommendations on how to deal with defamation lawsuits


Stéphane Émard-Chabot, Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa
Jennifer Andrews, President, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (English webinar)
Chantal Richard, Associate Professor, University of New Brunswick (French webinar)

Download supplementary materials.

Watch the full webinar here:

Please contact membership@ideas-idees.ca with questions.

Past webinars for members

Publishing with The Conversation

Scott White, Editor, The Conversation Canada
Nicola Katz, Acting Director of Policy, Programs, Communications and Membership, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Moderator)

March 28, 2018

The Conversation Canada is a new digital publication that brings together the expertise of academia and journalism, where all of the authors are from Canadian universities. The Conversation works with professional journalists to expose academic research to a wider audience, a model that serves as a "knowledge mobilization" vehicle for academics who want to raise their profiles and share their expertise across Canada and around the world. Editor Scott White explained the model and gave a live demonstration of how academic authors get access to detailed publishing analytics.

In this peer-to-peer exchange participants learned about:

  • How this new journalism model is a vehicle for knowledge mobilization
  • How to raise your profile and share expertise in Canada and beyond
  • How to reap the benefits of detailed publishing analytics

Effective use of social media for associations 

Michel Duquet, Executive Director, Canadian Historical Association
Nicola Katz, Communications Manager, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

December 7, 2017

Michel Duquet of the Canadian Historical Association and Nicola Katz of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences shared lessons from their experiences for effectively developing scholarly associations’ digital presence. In this peer-to-peer exchange, participants learned about:

  • Getting started on social engagement
  • Platforms that work for the scholarly community
  • Measuring and modifying as you go
  • Preparing a campaign
  • Gearing up for #congressh

Assessing impacts in the HSS

Peter Severinson, Policy Analyst, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; lead author, Approaches to Assessing Impacts in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University

October 26, 2017

This webinar features discussion on how scholars in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are approaching the challenge of impact assessment. The session featured David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University who was an advisor on the Federation’s Impacts Project and is one of Canada’s leading knowledge-mobilization proponents. His co-presenter was be Federation Policy Analyst Peter Severinson, lead author of the Federation’s latest report on impact assessment. Join this interactive session to learn about:

  • The state of the impacts discussion: Canadian context, feedback from members
  • Key observations and recommended approaches in assessing impacts in HSS
  • Views and experiences from other participants  

Membership recruitment and retention strategies

Sherry Fox, Executive Administrator and Conference Coordinator, Canadian Sociological Association

January 24, 2017

This webinar features insight and discussion of the Canadian Sociological Association’s successful strategies for member recruitment and retention, including: building personal connections; best practices in communication; setting membership terms and fees; and conveying the value of membership. This event took place in English.

Technical FAQs

Federation webinars are provided using GoToWebinar software.

I am having trouble registering for a webinar.  Whom can I contact?

Email the team at membership@ideas-idees.ca

I submitted my registration and haven’t received confirmation. What should I do?

The GoToWebinar email system typically sends that email within 30 minutes of registration. Check your Spam Mail and Junk Mail.  If you still have not received confirmation at after 30 minutes, email the team at membership@ideas-idees.ca

How will I access the webinar at the scheduled time?

After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a personalized link to attend the session on line as well as information to access the audio (via your phone or through your computer speakers). Ten to fifteen minutes prior to the start of the webinar, click on the link provided by GoToWebinar. This link will automatically connect you to the webinar. You may be prompted to download the GoToWebinar software.  If you are prompted to download GoToWebinar, choose “Run.” Once you are connected, you will have the choice to (1) call into the conference line via your telephone, or (2) listen though the speakers of your computer. With either option, you will automatically attend the session in listen-only mode, so you don’t have to worry about any mute options. Questions can be asked using the Question feature chat box in GoToWebinar. 

What are the system requirements to attend a GoToWebinar session?

You can access a GoToWebinar session on your Windows or Mac computer, or on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows mobile device.

  • For Windows (XP or later), use your Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Chrome browser (JavaScript enabled)
  • For Mac (OS X 10.8 or later), use your Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browser (JavaScript enabled)
  • For mobile devices, get the free GoToWebinar app from the App Store, Google Play or Windows Store
  • See the detailed instructions on the GoToWebinar website for specific system requirements.

To access the audio portion of the webinar, you have the choice of listening through your computer’s speakers or by dialing in via phone. You do NOT need a microphone or a webcam. Please note that questions from the audience will be collected by typing in a chat box.

Do I need a GoToWebinar account in order to attend?

No, you do not need a GoToWebinar account. Simply register for the event by following the registration instructions above and you will be provided with all the information that you need to join our GoToWebinar session.

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Will this webinar be recorded and available after this session?

Yes, the webinar is being recorded and will be posted shortly after the event. You will receive an email with the link to view the webinar as well as a link to complete the webinar survey shortly after the event.

Can I communicate with the panel and other participants to make comments or ask questions?

Yes. Type your comment or question in the chat box located in the "Chat" panel on the right side of you screen.

Please note that while the panelists will do their best, it is not always possible for all questions to be addressed during the webinar.