About Congress

About Western University

About Western University

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world applications. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. 

Since 1878, 'The Western Experience' has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.

Western University acknowledges that its campus is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron (Neutral) people, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and with the Dish with One Spoon Convenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples who are recognized as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society.

About the Convenor

Jeff Tennant is an Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at Western, specializing in phonetics and sociolinguistics. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded research project entitled Language Contact and Prosodic Variation in Ontario French. He was Chief Negotiator for the UWOFA (University of Western Ontario Faculty Association) during three rounds of negotiations and currently serves as Chair of the OCUFA (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations) Collective Bargaining Committee. In 2015, he was awarded the distinction of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of France, and in 2017, he was a recipient of the CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Distinguished Service Award. As Academic Convenor for Congress 2020 Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism, he is looking forward to welcoming the Humanities and Social Sciences community to Western!