Tuesday, April 5
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm   Chair’s Welcome Reception at St. James Theatre
Wednesday, April 6
8:00 am - 9:45 am   Delegate and Companion Breakfast at the Palais des congrès 517 C/D
10:00 am - 4:00 pm   Companion Program Activity Day
  10:15 am   Shuttle departs from the Palais des congrès
  10:45 am   Biodôme de Montréal
  With five ecosystems of the Americas under one roof, the Biodôme is like a walk in nature. A place of wonder, learning and environmental commitment, it's one of Montréal’s must-see tourist attractions. The Biodôme’s name means “house of life” and it has ecosystems where animals and plants can be observed. It is one of the few places in the world to reproduce so faithfully the complexity of the natural environment and the interactions between animal and plant species.

Biodôme offers an immersive visit through five ecosystems:

  • the Tropical Rainforest - lush and warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter;
  • the Gulf of St. Lawrence - which takes you to the heart of marine life;
  • the Laurentian Maple Forest - changing with the seasons;
  • the Labrador Coast and the Sub-Antarctic Islands, where thrills are guaranteed!
  12:15 pm   Shuttle departs
  12:45 pm    Jean-Talon Market Tasting Tour

Montreal’s best food tour takes you to at least 6 of your local guide’s favourite eateries and watering holes. From artisanal charcuteries to thirst-quenching craft beers, discover the surrounding areas of Jean-Talon, the largest food market on our walking food tour! Over the years, Montreal has held a reputation as a city that loves to eat and eat well. We take you on a trip to the Jean-Talon Market which helps the outsider grasp the fact that farm-to-table is nothing new in town. Together we will sample some tasty regional delicacies and meet the producers who take pride in the quality and distinction of their harvest.

Word of warning: come hungry!  All samples are included as part of the tour.

  3:15 pm   Shuttle departure back to Westin
9:30 pm - 1:00 am   After Party – Westin Hotel - Montreal Ballroom
Thursday, April 7
9:30 am - 11:30 am   Awards Brunch at Palais des congrès, Room 517 C/D 
11:30 am - 4:30 pm   Trade Show, Palais des congrès, Room 220
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Annual Banquet Reception, Palais des congrès, Room 517 B
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm   Annual Banquet • Dinner and Entertainment, Palais des congrès, Room 517 C/D