by Greg Nielsen, Concordia University, and Jean-François Côté,Université du Québec a Montréal, Co-chairs for the Local Organizing Committee
Bonjour! Bienvenue à Montréal! Hi, and welcome ASA to Montréal, a refuge not far away from home in one of North America’s most diverse metropoles. The last time the ASA was here, George W. Bush was president. After elections that shook the world this year, we hope a break from the thundering drumbeats of an apparently ever more divided United States will be appreciated. As Montréal’s motto is “Concordia salus” (“Salvation Through Harmony”), we hope this will be a place for you to step back and reflect on the past year, and recharge our discipline for what is to come. And—not to be neglected—we also hope that the city will be a place to have fun!