Earlybird rate for Ink & Beyond expires April 4

Time is running out. This is the last week to take advantage of earlybird registration rates for the Canadian Community Newspapers Association’s (CCNA) 2008 conference, Ink & Beyond. Until Friday, April 4, earlybird registration for CCNA members is just $500, a 20-percent savings off the regular price of registration of $625.

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The CCNA’s room block at the Westin Harbour Castle also closes soon. Due to difficulties with telephone reservations, delegates are encouraged to use the online service. The cut-off date has been extended to Tuesday, April 15. Room rates at the Westin start at $215 per night for single or double occupancy, and can be booked online at the Westin Harbour Castle website: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=0707192101&key=91EDD.

Highlights of Ink & Beyond
The CCNA and its conference partner, the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA), have an exceptional lineup of speakers and events planned for Ink & Beyond. Some of the highlights include:

  • Better Newspapers Competition Awards Gala, celebrating the best of the community press
  • CCNA Presidents Luncheon, honouring past and present leaders of the association and recognizing the dedication of special individuals in the industry
  • Golf at Glen Abbey for registered delegates, guests, and advertising executives (separate registration, space is limited)
  • Tour of Toronto Star production facilities for registered delegates (space is limited)
  • Trade show with leading new media companies

Keynote speakers on topics essential to newspaper evolution include:

  • Opportunity Knocks: Are you listening?
    Rishad Tobaccowala, CEO of Denuo, a futures marketing agency, and Chief Innovation Officer of Publicis Groupe Media (PGM)
  • Strategy for the Next Five Years: Lessons learned from Business
    Michael Raynor, Deloitte Research Distinguished Fellow
  • Geoff Beattie, President, The Woodbridge Company Limited
  • New Audiences / Revenue Streams – Growing Circulation and Advertising through Loyalty
    Candy Lee, president of loyalty services at the Washington Post
  • Ogling Google: Print vs. Pure Play
    Josh Cohen, business product manager responsible for product strategy, marketing and publisher outreach for Google News
  • The Future of Free
    Piet Bakker, professor of Cross Media Content at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Hogeschool Utrecht and associate professor at the University of Amsterdam

About “Ink & Beyond”
Register and make travel plans now for the 2008 conference, dubbed ÔÇ£Ink & BeyondÔÇØ and taking place at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto from May 7 to 9. Join over 400 of your colleagues from community media and daily newspapers at