NAVA 49 (2015)


2015 Annual Meeting / Réunion annuelle 2015

Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario
October 16–18, 2015

Whether you are greeted with “Bienvenue à Ottawa et NAVA 49” or “Welcome to Ottawa and NAVA 49,” the sentiment is the same and reflects Canada’s well-known hospitality. This is the third time the Association has met in Canada’s national capital, a fact that reflects the exceptional nature of the city. And this time we will have the pleasure of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Canada’s national flag. The maple leaf flag is one of the most successful redesigns of a national flag ever. It is an anniversary absolutely worth recognizing and celebrating, and NAVA will do both in style.

The Association’s executive board and meeting host Ken Reynolds invite you to come to Ottawa for the 49th Annual Meeting of the North American Vexillological Association / Association nord-américaine de vexillologie. This promises to be a special annual meeting that Association members will not want to miss.

NAVA 49 will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, located downtown close to Parliament Hill. This great location along with its fine facilities make the Marriott an excellent choice for our annual meeting.

Breakfast will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings to those attendees who indicate during registration that they would like breakfast. For meals not included in the registration fee, lunch and dinner groups will be arranged to extend the opportunities to mingle with fellow attendees.

Accommodations have been arranged at the rate of Canadian $149 per night for single or double occupancy (with free basic Wi-Fi in each room). For U.S. attendees, this price is even more attractive because of the current favorable exchange rate. Association members may take advantage of this rate from Wednesday night through Tuesday night, October 14–20.

These rates are good for reservations made until Tuesday, September 22. Any reservations received after that date will be accepted based on room type availability at the time of request, at the hotel’s prevailing rate of the day. You may make your reservation by either calling 1-800-853-8463 and asking for the NAVA rate or online at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel NAVA 49 reservation page. Please make your reservation using the NAVA group rate as it helps pay for the cost of the meeting rooms. Anyone looking to share a hotel room should contact meeting host Ken Reynolds at as he will maintain a list of those looking to share a room.

If you can come early or stay late, Ottawa has plenty of sites, attractions, and activities to make your stay even more memorable. Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, and Library and Archives Canada—as well as a beautiful walkway along the Rideau Canal—are all within close proximity of the hotel. In terms of shopping, the Rideau Centre—Ottawa’s most-well known shopping centre—is nearby. The Ottawa Tourism Bureau website provides a tremendous list of possible activities.

For those arriving at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, taxi transportation to the hotel is approximately C$35 and public transport costs C$3.50 ( For those driving, underground parking is available at the hotel for C$22 per day for self-parking and C$27 per day for valet parking.


Friday, 16 October
12:00-6:00 p.m. – registration
3:00-4:30 p.m. – George Henry Preble Lecture
6:00-8:00 p.m. – President’s Reception

Saturday, 17 October
7:00-8:30 a.m. – breakfast
8:30-8:45 a.m. – opening ceremonies
8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – presentations
12:00-12:30 p.m. – vexibits / auctions
(12:30-1:30 p.m. – lunch on your own)
1:30-3:00 p.m. – presentations
3:00-5:00 p.m. – visit to the Canadian Museum of History
6:30-6:45 p.m. – group photo
6:45 p.m.- – Whitney Smith Dinner

Sunday, 18 October
7:00-8:30 a.m. – breakfast
8:30-10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – presentations
12:00-12:30 p.m. – closing ceremonies

George Henry Preble Lecture / Conférence George-Henry-Preble
The 2015 Preble Lecture will be given by Dr. Claire Boudreau, the Chief Herald of Canada, and other members of the staff of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, on the subject of the “Flag Creation Process” as part of the granting of arms to municipalities, individuals, etc., by the Authority. Details as to the location of the Preble Lecture will be added when they become available.

Presidents’ Reception / Réception des présidents
Soon after the Preble Lecture, attendees and companions are invited back to the Ottawa Marriott Hotel to the Mackenzie Salon on the 27th floor of the hotel for the Presidents’ Reception.

Whitney Smith Dinner / Banquet Whitney SmithTFV.Whitney Smith.flag
The Whitney Smith Dinner will be held on Saturday evening in the Summit Room on the 29th floor of the Ottawa Marriott Hotel with its 360-degree view of the National Capital Region, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, and more. Preferred dress for the dinner is either business or formal attire and decorations may be worn. In addition to award presentations, there will be an excellent after-dinner speaker. Anyone with special dietary needs should contact meeting host Ken Reynolds at so he can inform the catering staff.

Registration for NAVA 49 is through the Philosophy Documentation Center, which also processes the Association’s membership applications and renewals. Click here to register. Onsite registration will be available, but because it makes planning difficult, please register online if at all possible. The last day for online registration is October 8.

NAVA 49 registration fees:

  • Individual (includes Whitney Smith Dinner)
    • Through August 4—US$175
    • August 5 to September 15—US$200
    • Beginning September 15—US$250
  • First-time attendee registration (includes Whitney Smith Dinner)
    • Through August 4—US$150
    • August 5 to September 15—US$175
    • Beginning September 15—US$225
  • Student (active member who is enrolled full-time in a degree program at an institution of higher education; includes Whitney Smith Dinner)—US$100
  • Companion (includes Whitney Smith Dinner)—US$135
  • Whitney Smith Dinner only (Saturday)—US$65
  • Supporter (packet of annual-meeting flag and printed materials only)—US$25
  • First exhibit table (before October 8; non-commercial or organizational members)—free
  • First exhibit table (before October 8; commercial exhibitors that are not organizational members)—US$10
  • Second exhibit table (before October 8)—US$10

At the time of registration, attendees will be asked if they intend to participate in the Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts. These meals are provided as part of the regular, student, and companion registrations; however, in order to reduce expenses for uneaten meals, NAVA needs to provide an accurate number to the hotel catering staff.

NAVA 49 Call for Papers
For those of you who have been contacted by First Vice President Annie Platoff FF that your paper proposal has been accepted, please mail both hard and electronic versions of your completed paper in publishable form by August 31. The electronic version should be in Microsoft Word with high-resolution image files.

Please direct all abstracts, completed papers, other submissions, and questions to:

Annie Platoff FF
103 Kalley Dr.
Goleta CA USA
Work telephone: (805) 893-2074

The following papers have been accepted for presentation at NAVA 49:

  • Hugh Brady (Virginia), “An Orphaned Dominion?: Dominion Day and the Effects of Patriotic Memory on the Canadian Flag Debate”
  • Roger Eriksen (Adams State University), “The Importance of Good Flag Design: Alternate Flag Proposals”
  • Caterina Florio (Canadian Museum of History), “From Flying Flag to Museum Flag”
  • David W. Grebstad (Canadian Armed Forces), “The Flag of our Fathers? The Manitoba Provincial Flag and British Cultural Hegemony in Manitoba, 1870-1966”
  • Scot Guenter (San Jose State University), “Survey Results: College Students, the American Flag, and other Powerful Patriotic Symbols”
  • John M. Hartvigsen (Utah), “The Many Aspects of Vexillology”
  • Steven Knowlton (University of Memphis), “Flags for the Fallen”
  • Vernon Leon (New York), “Legends of the Triforce: A Link to the Past”
  • Forrest Pass (Canadian Museum of History), “‘A “Red Flag” to an Infuriated Bull’: American Flags, Canadian Vexilloclasts and the Origins of Canadian Flag Culture, 1880-1930″
  • Bruce Patterson (Canadian Heraldic Authority), “The Red Ensign and the Maple Leaf: Canada’s Two Flag Traditions”
  • Annie Platoff (University of California at Santa Barbara), “Old Flags, New Meanings”

NAVA 49 Flag Description
The NAVA 49 flag was designed by Reid Reynolds and her father, Ken Reynolds Ph.D., with input from John Hartvigsen and Pete Loeser, and final artwork by Jeremy Hammond. Although a simple and minimal design, the flag covers a lot of contextual ground. First, the flag is restricted to red and white—the national colours of Canada. In this instance, the white field also signifies snow and winter, the latter being the predominant season for most of the country (and the reason why NAVA 49 could not be held in Ottawa in February 2015 for fear of freezing most of the attendees—it was -32 degrees Fahrenheit on February 15, the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag). The silhouette next to the hoist depicts the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, the well-known building that most represents Ottawa to the country and the world. The maple leaf in the upper fly represents the nation as a whole and Canada’s most well-known symbol. The flag’s proportions are 1:2.

Travel Requirements (Including Passports)
Attendees who are not Canadian residents will likely require passports to enter Canada and return home. The general requirements for adult U.S. citizens are simple: (1) a U.S. passport or NEXUS card if you are traveling to Canada by air or (2) a U.S. passport card, U.S. passport, or NEXUS card if you are traveling from the U.S. to Canada via land or sea borders. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Canada.

Details on eligibility to enter Canada as a tourist—including young children of adult U.S. citizens and visa requirements for citizens of countries other than the U.S.—are available here. While all attendees are responsible for determining both the Canadian and their own country’s travel requirements, contact meeting host Ken Reynolds at if you need assistance with a letter of invitation or similar concerns.

For most attendees from outside Canada, traveling to NAVA 49 only means you need a passport. If you do not have a current passport, then be sure and apply for one now!

NAVA 49 is certain to attract members of the Association from Canada, the United States, and from around the world. This is an annual meeting you don’t want to miss. Register and place your name on the list early.

Registered attendees to date:

  • Mary Ansoff (Virginia)
  • Peter Ansoff (Virginia)
  • Amber Atteberry (Florida)
  • Chris Bedwell (Washington, DC)
  • Jim Brown (Alberta)
  • Hugh Brady (Virginia)
  • Al Cavalari (New York)
  • Joe Cook (Washington, DC)
  • James Croft (Vermont)
  • Byron DeLear (Missouri)
  • Fred Drews (Texas)
  • Barbara Dundas (Ontario) (WSD only)
  • Diana Durish (Michigan)
  • Eric Durish (Michigan)
  • Roger Eriksen (Colorado)
  • Caterina Florio (Québec)
  • David-Roger Gagnon (Québec)
  • Hank Gigandet (Québec)
  • Dave Grebstad (Ontario)
  • Scot Guenter (California)
  • Michael Halleran (British Columbia)
  • Robert Harper (Ontario)
  • Susan Harper (Ontario)
  • John Hartvigsen (Utah)
  • Lee Herold (Minnesota)
  • Richard Hobart (Ontario)
  • Graeme Jagger (Maryland)
  • Ted Kaye (Oregon)
  • Steven Knowlton (Tennessee)
  • Vernon Leon (New York)
  • Marianne Loeser (California)
  • Pete Loeser (California)
  • Jack Lowe (Maryland)
  • Karen Lowe (Maryland)
  • Ted McNabb (Ontario)
  • Louis Maxime Meka Meka (Cameroon)
  • Mrs. Meka Meka (Cameroon)
  • Rich Monahan (Ohio)
  • Carlos Morales-Ramirez (Pennsylvania)
  • Edward Murphy (Ontario)
  • Forrest Pass (Québec)
  • Bruce Patterson (Ontario)
  • Annie Platoff (California)
  • Michael Platoff (California)
  • Rob Raeside (Nova Scotia)
  • Ken Reynolds (Ontario)
  • Reid Reynolds (Ontario) (WSD only)
  • Diego Sanchez (Ohio)
  • Clyde Simpson (Ohio)
  • Collin Simpson (Ohio)
  • Chris Smith (Utah)
  • Larry Soucier (Virginia)
  • Kin Spain (Texas)
  • Gwen Spicer (New York)
  • Gus Tracchia (New York)
  • Pete Van de Putte (Texas)
  • Vanessa Van de Putte (Texas)
  • Cindy Williams (North Carolina)Cindy is looking for someone to share a room with at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. If you are interested, please send Ken an email at and he will pass it along to Cindy.  Thanks.