2021 CSA Online Conference — Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online!

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November 12, 2021, 6:00 pm - November 14, 2021, 4:00 pm (EST)


We are excited announce our upcoming 2021 CSA Conference: Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online! to be held via Zoom November 12-14, 2021. This is the second year we are delivering our annual conference virtually after hosting a successful 2020 conference – our first foray into the virtual world!

This year’s conference is very special to us as the CSA is celebrating 30 years as an Association! We would like to thank our wonderful stuttering community, friends, family, supporters, and SLP’s for helping us grow a trusted network of support across Canada and for spreading awareness of people who stutter.

Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online! is packed with a variety of speakers who will be presenting on a range of topics. We have more than 20 diverse workshops, ranging from personal inspirational and empowering stories, to focus groups and panel discussions on the latest research and therapies.


In addition to the workshops, we are pleased to present two exciting keynote speakers at the 2021 CSA Conference: JJJJJerome Ellis and Joze Piranian. We welcome JJJJJerome and Joze to our conference!

JJJJJerome Ellis 

As you might tell by the spelling of his name, JJJJJerome Ellis is open and comfortable about being a self-proclaimed person who stutters. A talented musician and composer, Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba music and performed with local musicians at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He holds numerous sound design and composing credits, including being the resident composer and saxophonist at 5C Café and Cultural Centre in New York City from 2008-2011. Ellis is also a piano teacher and Portuguese translator.

Read his bio:

JJJJJerome Ellis is a stuttering, Afro-Caribbean composer, poet, and performer. His works are invitations to healing, transcendence, communion, and deep listening. Through an interdisciplinary practice that focuses on oral storytelling, improvisation, and the interrelations between speech, silence, disability, and religion, he’s collaborated with choreographers, rappers, playwrights, booksellers, typographers, podcasters, toddlers, and filmmakers. Mr. Ellis’ work has been presented or developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center, MASS MoCA, and WKCR. He is a writer in residence at Lincoln Center Theater. Born in Connecticut to a Jamaican mother and a Grenadian father, he was raised in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Jerome is an excellent public speaker, and we look forward to his keynote presentation and his inspirational music that we will showcase during the conference. 

Read more about JJJJJerome Ellis: https://jjjjjerome.com/ 

Joze Piranian

He can make you laugh and make you think – a powerful combo! Joze Piranian is not only a popular comedian and a Global TEDx speaker, but also a multilingual motivational speaker who has spoken to international audiences on the power of resilience and inclusion to unlock your true potential in your personal and professional life. Piranian is also the winner of the Inspirational Speaker of the Year award in 2017. 

Read his bio:

After avoiding speaking almost entirely for more than 25 years due to a debilitating stutter, Joze uncovered ground-breaking insights for personal transformation that turned his obstacle into triumphant public speaking and stand-up comedy performances in 3 continents and three languages. Joze is now a mission to change people’s relationships with fear and discomfort so that they start taking action and unleash their inner greatness at work, school, and in life. In addition, Joze is well known to the CSA and his comedy workshop at one CSA Conference was filmed as part of a documentary about his life as a person who stutters that he hopes will be released sometime next year!

Read more about Joze Piranian: https://www.jozepiranian.com/ 

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