The opening reception and main meeting will be held at the award winning Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). The OCC opened in May of 2011 and was built to LEED Silver Certification standards (Canada Green Building Council), demonstrating a commitment to providing an environmentally healthy and ‘green’ meeting facility. The OCC is centrally located in downtown Ottawa beside the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and within walking distance of numerous attractions and landmarks, including the ByWard Market (an area roughly four blocks square in which can be found museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and pubs). The OCC is a 15-20 minute taxi/shuttle ride from the Ottawa International Airport (see ‘Travel Information’), and is directly linked to the Westin Ottawa Hotel and the 180-store Rideau Centre shopping complex.
The final congress ‘banquet’ will be held at the spectacular Canadian Museum of Civilization, located across the Ottawa River in ‘La Belle Province’ of Québec. Departing from tradition for the joint SSE/ASN/SSB meetings (but similar to ESEB), this event will be a less formal social ‘mixer’ and farewell party, lacking in speeches but featuring good food and drink, along with a variety of music and free access to the museum. The event will be fully catered and tickets will be sold separately during registration for the main meeting.