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28 - 30 September, 2016 • Montreal, Canada

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Logistical Information


The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is located at 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2R6.


CIGI has arranged and is paying for up to two nights’ accommodation for those within North America and up to three nights’ accommodation for those from outside North America. Individuals extending their stay in Montreal, or are arriving early, are responsible to cover the costs of any additional nights.

Summit Venue

All sessions will be held in the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal conference centre unless otherwise noted.


Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is located on Boulevard de la Cote-Vertu, Montreal approximately 30 minutes’ drive from downtown. www.admtl.com/en

For further airport departure/arrival and specific needs information, such as time to arrive at the airport before departing Montreal, please visit www.admtl.com/en/guide/personal-guide%3Fbase-course%3Ddeparture-international.

Ground Transportation

Delegates are to arrange their own method of ground transportation at their own expense. Available travel options to and from the airport include:

  • Taxi Service:

    A taxi rank is located near the arrivals area. Alternately, call Taxi Diamond at +1.514.273.6331. The rate to downtown Montreal will be a flat rate with any taxi of $40.00, excluding tip.

  • Limousine Service:

    If you are booking ahead of time, you can call Montreal Limos VIP at 1.514.500.7769.

  • Bus:

    The 747 express bus line goes between the Montreal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montreal. There is a stop at the corner of Peel Street and Réne-Lévesque Boulevard, which is approximately two blocks from the Omni Mont-Royal.

    The fare is $10 which can be paid in Canadian coins on the bus or by purchasing a pass at kiosks in the international arrivals area. This pass includes unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and Métro network and is valid for 24 consecutive hours. For more information and bus schedule: www.admtl.com/en/access/transports/buses-747-express

Host Information

Centre for International Governance Innovation
67 Erb St. W., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 6C2
Phone: +1.519.885.2444

For inquiries, please contact:

General email correspondence:
[email protected]

Anne Blayney, Senior Conference Planner
[email protected], +1.519.498.3405

Chrissy Orlowski, Event Coordinator
[email protected], +1.519.573.2703

Colleen Fitzpatrick, Community Relations and Events Manager
[email protected], +1.519.590.9912


Business attire is required for all GTTS meetings and other events.

Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet is provided at all meeting venues. Details are provided on-site.

Languages at the Summit

As there will be a diversity of countries represented and languages spoken by participants at the Summit, all sessions will be conducted in English only and translations will not be available.

Chatham House Rule

The Summit will be held under the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

See more at: www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule


All meals during GTTS are provided by CIGI:

Wednesday, September 28
Off-Site Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Thursday, September 29
Breakfast, Lunch, Off-Site Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Friday, September 30
Breakfast, Lunch and Optional Cultural Tour: Flavours and Aromas of Old Montreal Walking Tour


Wednesday, September 28
Welcome dinner at the Mount Royal Club, 1175 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal

Thursday, September 29
Cocktail reception and dinner at L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, 426 Saint Gabriel Street, Montreal

Friday, September 30
Optional Cultural Tour, TBD


Transportation is the individual’s responsibility for arrival and departure of the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. Other transportation provided for participants:

Thursday, September 29
17:50: Shuttle Bus departs Hotel Omni Mont-Royal for L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel
18:00: Short walk from shuttle bus to reception at L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel
22:00: Shuttle to Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

All other ground transportation is the responsibility of the individual attendee.

Taxi Diamond: +1.514.273.6331
Taxi Co-op: +1.514.725.9885
Champlain Taxi: +1.514.271.1111

Private Car Services
Montreal Limousine: +1.514.875.5466
Montreal Limos VIP : +1.514.500.7769

Public Transport
Information about public transport in Montreal can be found at: www.stm.info/en/info/advice/visitors.

General Information

Emergency: All Emergencies, Dial 911


Weather: The average maximum temperature in September is 21°C / 69°F; the minimum is 10°C / 50°F. In October the average maximum temperature is 13°C / 55°F; the minimum is 4°C / 39°F.


Timezone: Montreal is currently on Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UTC-04:00).


Languages: Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities within Canada with 56% of the population able to speak both English and French.


Passport Requirements: A valid passport is required for travel in and out of Canada for residents of all countries, including the United States if travelling by air. Residents of some countries may also require a visa; you can check to see if you need a visa to enter Canada at: www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.

As of June 1, 2009, US citizens travelling to Canada from the United States must have a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document in order to return home, whether by air, land or sea.


Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. The cost is $7 CAD; application details and further information can be found online at: www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp.


Visiting Montreal: For information regarding tourist activities visit the website: www.tourisme-montreal.org. The 2016 Visitor’s Guide is available online: https://goo.gl/fvw0gV.


Telephone Service: To make international calls from Canada:

  1. Dial 011
  2. Dial the country code of the country you are trying to call.
  3. Dial the city/area code for the number you are dialing.

Codes and more information can be found at: http://countrycode.org.


Electricity: Electrical sockets (outlets) in Canada are the “Type B” North American NEMA 5-15 standard, and the power supply is mainly 120V/ 60Hz, the same as in the United States.

Adaptors can be found at the airport, and will need to be purchased to use international appliances.


Currency: Currency can be exchanged at banks or at currency exchange stations. Some hotels and other merchants accept foreign currency, but it is recommended that visitors exchange currency before they arrive. The legal currency is the Canadian dollar. Note that there are no $1 or $2 bills, but coins known as “loonies” (because the reverse side features a bird called a Common Loon) and “toonies” respectively. Currency can be exchanged at banks or at currency exchange stations. Some hotels and other merchants accept foreign currency, but it is recommended that visitors exchange currency before they arrive. Up-to-date exchange rates can be found at: www.xe.com


Banking: Banking hours differ by bank and branch, but are generally the same as common working hours (09:00 to 17:00). Some banks are open later or on weekends or Thursday evenings. Most businesses accept debit cards as a form of payment. Most major credit cards are accepted in Montreal. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located in banks and in various other locations throughout the city. They are usually available during and outside of regular banking hours, although often with an additional service fee.


Taxes: For up-to-date tax information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at: www.cra.gc.ca/visitors


Tipping: For good service at a restaurant, a tip of 15% of the pre-tax bill is customary. Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill, especially in large groups, in which case further tipping is not expected. Tipping is also customary in bars, salons/spas, and taxis.


Smoking: In Quebec and Ontario, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.