Frequently asked questions

Where is the conference taking place?

The Reception Hall La Plaza is located at 420 Rue Sherbrooke West. La Plaza has an underground parking garage, however there is plenty of street parking close to the venue.

Is the conference accessible?

La Plaza conference halls are wheel-chair accessible. A large automatic door offers access to the building, and elevators provide access to the mezzanine level where the conference will take place. The halls are almost entirely step free and there are ramps available on request to access the one area with steps. Public transport for those with reduced mobility include the 24 Sherbrooke and the 80 Avenue du Parc buses. The métro system is not wheel-chair accessible, however there are accessibility points. Please consult the STM Accessibility Page for more information. There will be two gender neutral washrooms, and both include accessible stalls for those with reduced mobility.

Will the conference be in English, or French, or both?

The conference will be presented in both English and French. The plenary sessions and keynote speakers will be open to all registered participants and conducted bilingually. However, some content will be presented in one language, and so we invite participants who are uncomfortable in either language to make use of translation headsets that will be available onsite throughout the conference. Please note that workshops offered in one language will not be translated, however we have ensured that each scheduled time period offers content in both English and French. You can consult the list here on Our Workshops page. We are currently making every effort to have ASL and LSQ translators on hand to aid deaf and hard of hearing participants as well, however we cannot yet confirm that the service will be available.

I’m sensitive to fragrances – what’s the policy on that?

We would like to offer guests a scent-free space, as many folks react poorly to chemical and strong natural scents. We ask that participants respect the policy and use scented personal products with moderation for the duration of the conference.

I have food allergies, sensitivities or strong preferences. Can you accommodate?

The food offered at the conference will be quite varied each day, and we’ve planned to make the food accessible by requesting that all participants confirm any food restrictions that they may have. If you haven’t done so already, please contact [email protected] and let us know so that we can make our best effort to accommodate.

When should I arrive for my volunteering shift?

During the conference, we will have two shifts per day, and so it depends on the availability you offered. We ask that volunteers arrive shortly before their shift so that orientation can happen in a group setting.

When will the volunteer orientation take place?

There will be a short orientation at the beginning of each shift. During this time, volunteers will be quickly walked through the Plaza and given tasks for their shifts.

Is there a dress code?

We will provide a shirt for you to wear during the conference that will identify you as a volunteer for the participants. We advise volunteers to wear clean comfortable clothing.

How long are the volunteering shifts at the conference?

Volunteering shifts for the national conference will be as follows:

  • Friday, August 11: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Monday, August 14: 10 am – 2 pm, 2 pm – 6 pm
  • Tuesday, August 15: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, 12 pm -6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 16 7:30 am – 12:15 pm, 11:45 am – 6 pm
  • Thursday, August 17: 7 am – 12:15 pm, 11:45 am – 6 pm

Will food be provided?

For those volunteers shifted in the mornings of the conference there will be a small lunch provided, and for those volunteering during the afternoon a short snack break.

Who do I speak with if there is a problem during the conference?

Jamiey is the conference volunteer coordinator and so any questions, concerns or problems can be addressed to him. If for any reason you are unable to make it to your volunteering shift, please email [email protected] immediately with all the relevant details.

Where is my hotel?

If you’re visiting Montréal for the conference, you will be lodged for the duration of the conference at Lord Berri Hotel. It is located 100 meters south along rue Berri from Berri-UQÀM metro station, with the closest intersection being rue Berri and boulevard René-Levesque.

Address : 1199 Rue Berri, Montréal, QC H2L 4C6, Canada

What is the most convenient method of transport from the airport?

The 747 airporter bus stops on rue Saint-Hubert which is very close to the hotel, less than two city blocks from the hotel. The cost for this is $10 and it also acts as an 24h access pass to the public transportation system, for all buses and metros on the island of Montreal.

What is the most convenient method of transport from the train station?

From the train terminal, follow the signs to Bonaventure metro station. From there, take the Montmorency train and take the Berri UQÀM stop. From there, exit onto Sainte-Catherine and walk one block south to Hotel Lord Berri.

What is the most convenient method of transport from the bus station?

Gare d’autocars de Montréal is the terminal station for buses, and is located on Berri as well. Simply walk three city blocks on the east side of the street and Hotel Lord Berri will be on your left.

When should I check in?

Upon arriving to Montréal, we ask that bursary recipients go immediately to the hotel to avoid complications and expedite the process. The conference is taking place during a very busy time in Montreal. Hotel reception will have a list of bursary recipients on hand to assist you in checking in to your room.

Will I have my own room?

Due to limited hotel and accommodations in the city at the time of the conference, lodging is expensive and as such we must lodge bursary recipients together in a shared room.

Can I pick the person with whom I’m sharing my room?

Provided the other person is a bursary recipient who agrees to share the room with you yes, however these arrangements must be made as soon as possible with the conference organizers. Write them at [email protected]

I would like to exchange my room with someone. How do I go about doing so?

After you have checked in, you will need to go to the reception with the bursary recipient that you intend on switching with, and have the file updated with reception. Once the conference has begun, our staff and volunteers will not be able to intervene or make changes to your reservation and these will need to be made between concerned parties.

Where is the conference taking place?

The Reception Hall La Plaza is located at 420 Rue Sherbrooke West. La Plaza has an underground parking garage, however there is plenty of street parking close to the venue.

Is the conference accessible?

La Plaza conference halls are wheel-chair accessible. A large automatic door offers access to the building, and elevators provide access to the mezzanine level where the conference will take place. The halls are almost entirely step free and there are ramps available on request to access the one area with steps. Public transport for those with reduced mobility include the 24 Sherbrooke and the 80 Avenue du Parc buses. The métro system is not wheel-chair accessible, however there are accessibility points. Please consult the STM Accessibility Page for more information. There will be two gender neutral washrooms, and both include accessible stalls for those with reduced mobility.

Will the conference be in English, or French, or both?

The conference will be presented in both English and French. The plenary sessions and keynote speakers will be open to all registered participants and conducted bilingually. However, some content will be presented in one language, and so we invite participants who are uncomfortable in either language to make use of translation headsets that will be available onsite throughout the conference. Please note that workshops offered in one language will not be translated, however we have ensured that each scheduled time period offers content in both English and French. You can consult the list here on Our Workshops page. We are currently making every effort to have ASL and LSQ translators on hand to aid deaf and hard of hearing participants as well, however we cannot yet confirm that the service will be available.

I’m sensitive to fragrances – what’s the policy on that?

We would like to offer guests a scent-free space, as many folks react poorly to chemical and strong natural scents. We ask that participants respect the policy and use scented personal products with moderation for the duration of the conference.

I have food allergies, sensitivities or strong preferences. Can you accommodate?

The food offered at the conference will be quite varied each day, and we’ve planned to make the food accessible by requesting that all participants confirm any food restrictions that they may have. If you haven’t done so already, please contact [email protected] and let us know so that we can make our best effort to accommodate.

When should I pick up my accreditation?

Conference reception will open beginning at 1pm and running until 9pm Monday, August 14th. We ask that you collect your accreditations during this window to avoid complications when regular participants arrive the following morning. This is also be a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the space. We will also have staff and volunteers on hand that can offer advice or answer any questions that you might have about the conference, the Canada Pride Montréal 2017 program and the city in general.

I missed my flight, bus or train, what should I do now?

Please contact Lord Berri Hotel to let them know about your expected delay so that they do not remove you from the reservation. Please note that Montréal Pride will not pay for any additional costs incurred in such circumstances. If you are also presenting at the conference and your delay will impact your presentation in any way, we ask that you email [email protected] with an urgent subject explaining your situation so that we can inform participants of the situation.

I have a serious concern or an emergency – with whom do I speak?

Before the conference, please communicate with the coordinators Bruno and Jamiey by email at [email protected]. During the conference, there will be numerous volunteers as well the coordinators Bruno and Jamiey on site to assist you.

Where is the conference taking place?

The Reception Hall La Plaza is located at 420 Rue Sherbrooke West. La Plaza has an underground parking garage, however there is plenty of street parking close to the venue.

Is the conference accessible?

La Plaza conference halls are wheel-chair accessible. A large automatic door offers access to the building, and elevators provide access to the mezzanine level where the conference will take place. The halls are almost entirely step free and there are ramps available on request to access the one area with steps. Public transport for those with reduced mobility include the 24 Sherbrooke and the 80 Avenue du Parc buses. The métro system is not wheel-chair accessible, however there are accessibility points. Please consult the STM Accessibility Page for more information. There will be two gender neutral washrooms, and both include accessible stalls for those with reduced mobility.

Will the conference be in English, or French, or both?

The conference will be presented in both English and French. The plenary sessions and keynote speakers will be open to all registered participants and conducted bilingually. However, some content will be presented in one language, and so we invite participants who are uncomfortable in either language to make use of translation headsets that will be available onsite throughout the conference. Please note that workshops offered in one language will not be translated, however we have ensured that each scheduled time period offers content in both English and French. You can consult the list here on Our Workshops page. We are currently making every effort to have ASL and LSQ translators on hand to aid deaf and hard of hearing participants as well, however we cannot yet confirm that the service will be available.

Will there be childcare at the conference?

Unfortunately, we do not have an adapted space for childcare, a cafeteria space, nor personnel that can offer childcare, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

I’m sensitive to fragrances – what’s the policy on that?

We would like to offer guests a scent-free space, as many folks react poorly to chemical and strong natural scents. We ask that all participants respect the policy and use scented personal products with moderation for the duration of the conference.

I have food allergies, sensitivities or strong preferences. Can you accommodate?

The food offered at the conference will be quite varied each day, and we’ve planned to make the food accessible by requesting that all participants confirm any food restrictions that they may have. If you haven’t done so already, please contact [email protected] and let us know so that we can make our best effort to accommodate.

I have a serious concern or an emergency – with whom do I speak?

Over the course of the conference, many volunteers and the coordinators Bruno and Jamiey will be on hand to assist with any concern you might have.

 

Where is the conference taking place?

The Reception Hall La Plaza is located at 420 Rue Sherbrooke West. La Plaza has an underground parking garage, however there is plenty of street parking close to the venue.

Is the conference accessible?

La Plaza conference halls are wheel-chair accessible. A large automatic door offers access to the building, and elevators provide access to the mezzanine level where the conference will take place. The halls are almost entirely step free and there are ramps available on request to access the one area with steps. Public transport for those with reduced mobility include the 24 Sherbrooke and the 80 Avenue du Parc buses. The métro system is not wheel-chair accessible, however there are accessibility points. Please consult the STM Accessibility Page for more information.

Will the conference be in English, or French, or both?

The conference will be presented in both English and French. The plenary sessions and keynote speakers will be open to all registered participants and conducted bilingually. However, some content will be presented in one language, and so we invite participants who are uncomfortable in either language to make use of translation headsets that will be available onsite throughout the conference. Please note that workshops offered in one language will not be translated, however we have ensured that each scheduled time period offers content in both English and French. You can consult the list here on Our Workshops page. We are currently making every effort to have ASL and LSQ translators on hand to aid deaf and hard of hearing participants as well, however we cannot yet confirm that the service will be available.

When can I pick up my accreditation?

We would like to invite presenting at the conference to come to our advance registration table to collect their accreditation, program and familiarize themselves with the space. This will prove particularly important for those presenting the first morning of the conference.

When will my panel, workshop or keynote take place?

Each participant has already been contacted with these details, however you can confirm this information in the program which is now available online here. We ask that participants familiarize themselves with La Plaza and arrive a couple minutes early so that their presentations fall directly within the allotted time frame. This is especially important because many other presentations, speeches, workshops and panels will happen in quick succession. The

Who else is presenting at the conference?

You can consult the complete list of workshops, panels and presenters on our website.

Are there accessible washrooms?

The two washrooms will be gender neutral for the conference, and both include accessible stalls for those with reduced mobility.

I’m sensitive to fragrances – what’s the policy on that?

We would like to offer guests a scent-free space, as many folks react poorly to chemical and strong natural scents. We ask that participants respect the policy and use scented personal products with moderation for the duration of the conference.

I have food allergies, sensitivities or strong preferences. Can you accommodate?

The food offered at the conference will be quite varied each day, and we’ve planned to make the food accessible by requesting that all participants confirm any food restrictions that they may have. If you haven’t done so already, please contact [email protected] and let us know so that we can make our best effort to accommodate.

Will there be childcare at the conference?

Unfortunately, we do not have an adapted space for childcare, a cafeteria space, nor personnel that can offer childcare, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Who do I speak with if there is a problem during the conference?

Over the course of the conference, the main coordinators will be on hand to assist with any concern you might have.

La conférence intitulée Réalités LGBTTIQA2S : nos luttes, nos victoires, nos défis sera l’occasion de dresser un bilan de la situation au Canada en matière des droits des personnes LGBTTIQA2S. Son objectif est de réunir les acteurs communautaires et culturels, les chercheuses et chercheurs universitaires, les regroupements de travailleuses et travailleurs, et les représentantes et représentants gouvernementaux afin de créer une occasion de discussion inégalée.

La conférence permettra l’échange, le réseautage et l’apprentissage de ce qui se fait au Québec et ailleurs au Canada pour nous positionner sur nos défis à venir. Afin de soulever avec justesse les questions qui préoccupent les communautés LGBTTIQA2S d’un océan à l’autre, ces thématiques seront examinées dans une variété d’optiques culturelles et identitaires. Les réalités des femmes, des communautés ethnoculturelles et des communautés autochtones, des personnes transgenres et des personnes non binaires seront, entre autres, mises de l’avant dans le but de refléter les diversités du drapeau arc-en-ciel : d’origine culturelle, d’identité de genre et d’orientation sexuelle.

Pendant trois jours, du 15 au 17 août 2017, le Centre de congrès La Plaza accueillera la conférence.

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