Social Activities

The ACA participants, as well as the registered accompanying persons, can enjoy three social activities included in the registration fees: the Welcome Reception, the Excursion and the Banquet. There are two optional activities ($) where participants must purchase food and drinks.

Welcome Reception

A Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday, July 16, from 17:00 to 20:00 in the Atrium of Pavillon E (1220 rue Notre-Dame Ouest). The registration desk will be set up near the main entrance of Pavillon E. Delegates will be able to register and pick up their conference kit before attending the reception. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


The excursion is scheduled after lunch on Thursday, July 18. Participants will meet by the main entrance of Pavillon E at 13:45. The buses will leave the campus at 14:00.

The excursion features a bus tour across the Monteregian Hills and a boat cruise on the Fleuve St-Laurent. The bus tour stops at Domaine de Lavoie for a cider and wine tasting activity with splendid views on Mont Rougemont. Participants will learn about the First Nations traditions with a guided visit of La Maison amérindienne located in Mont Saint-Hilaire.

After these two visits, the buses will bring the participants to the Longueuil Marina, on the south shore of Montréal. Participants can expect exquisite panoramic views of Montréal skyline during sunset while cruising their way back to Vieux-Montréal. A light meal will be served on the boat. Arrival in the Old Port of Montréal is expected at 21:00, which ends the excursion. To get back to your accommodation, the nearest transit option is the Champ-de-Mars metro station (orange line).

Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a smile! 🙂

Optional late night drink ($)

The organizing committee invites all participants to share a last drink at 3 Brasseurs (105 rue St-Paul Est), a nearby pub in Vieux-Montréal. More information will be given on the boat.


The banquet dinner will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Le Windsor Ballrooms located at 1170 rue Peel in front of Dorchester Square. It is a 15-minute walk from the ÉTS campus (1 km). Be careful not to confuse Le Windsor with the old train station building La Gare Windsor located nearby!

The cocktail preceding the banquet dinner will start at 19:00 in the Peacock Alley. The dinner will take place in the Versailles Ballroom.

Vegetarian menus or menus for those with food allergies have been planned for all who have indicated such needs. Simply make yourself known to the staff. Be aware that special menus are available to you if and only if you mentioned it when registering for ACA 2019.

Closing Ceremony ($)

The conference ends on Saturday, July 20 at 12:30. The organizing committee invites all participants to share one last meal at ZIBO! Griffintown, a restaurant located at 90 rue Peel, a 10-minute walk from campus. Participants will gather in the Atrium (E-2011) at 12:30. The group will leave for the restaurant at 12:45.