AMA International Women & Motorcycling special guests

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that Canadian Deborah Grey will be the keynote speaker at the Friday evening International Street Party during the fifth AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference, presented by Harley-Davidson and Buell, on Aug. 19-22 in Keystone, Colo.

Grey, who is legendary as the first-ever Reform Party Member of the Canadian Parliament, is also an avid motorcyclist.

The Friday night International Street Party is being organized by the Motorcyclists’ Confederation of Canada (MCC). Liz Jansen, an MCC director and chair of its Women Riders Council, said she was delighted by Grey’s selection as the keynote speaker.

"We are proud and thrilled that Deborah Grey will be delivering the keynote address at the International Street Party," Jansen said. "She is a role model as a Canadian, woman and motorcyclist. Above all, her life exemplifies the conference theme of ‘Riding to New Heights.’"

A master storyteller and the author of "Never Retreat, Never Explain, Never Apologize: My Life, My Politics," Grey is renowned for her ability to combine her no-nonsense attitude, wit and humor into a compelling presentation.

"Throughout her political career, Deborah Grey has exemplified the highest standards of integrity and leadership," said Tigra Tsujikawa, marketing and special events manager for the AMA. "We are honored to have such an inspiring woman and fellow motorcyclist address our conference attendees."

The 2009 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference, presented by Harley-Davidson and Buell, is the country’s premier event for women motorcyclists. With the theme "Riding to New Heights," the conference not only honors the contributions of women riders to motorcycling’s past and present, it also celebrates the fast-growing role that women riders are playing in the future of motorcycling.

The registration fee covers admission to all seminars, as well as opening ceremonies on Aug. 19, a barn dance on Aug. 20, the International Street Party on Aug. 21 and a closing banquet on Aug. 22. Both the barn dance and closing banquet include dinner.

Registration, which includes a commemorative t-shirt, is $165 through Aug. 3. Registration after Aug. 3, as well as on-site registration, will cost $185. Participants can register by calling (800) AMA-JOIN. While the event focuses on women riders, it is not limited to women. Men are welcome to participate with a paid registration.