2025 Opening Plenary
(May 16-18, 2025)

All 230 participants will meet in Montréal, Québec, for a three-day plenary session. Members will be addressed by high-profile Canadian speakers on issues that provide focus and substance to the Conference theme. For reference purposes, you will find below the preliminary schedule for the 2025 Opening Plenary. All times are subject to change.

Thursday, May 15, 2025

All Day

Conference delegates arrive in Montréal
Note: On June 15-16, transportation will be coordinated from the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport to the Hotel

2:00 pm

Early Registration opens


Social evening for early arrivals in Montréal (Optional)

Friday, May 16, 2025


Remaining participants arrive in Montréal


Optional activities available to explore the surrounding areas

8:00 am

Registration re-opens for delegates and speakers

12:00 pm

Lunch available at Hotel

1:30 pm

Deadline for arrival of all Conference delegates in Montréal

2:00 pm

Study groups meet in their breakout rooms

4:30 pm

Opening Ceremony

6:30 pm

Opening dinner and keynote panel in Main Ballroom

9:30 pm

Opening dinner concludes

Saturday, May 17, 2025

6:30 am


8:00 am

Welcome by Conference Chair

8:10 am

Plenary Session #1

10:45 am


11:00 am

Plenary Session #2

12:15 pm


1:30 pm

Plenary Session #3

4:00 pm

Study groups meet in their breakout rooms

5:00 pm

Members depart for Montréal evening experience

6:15 pm

Reception, dinner and evening in Montréal

10:00 pm

Last shuttle returns to Hotel

Sunday, May 18, 2025

6:30 am

Delegates will check-out of their rooms and bring their luggage to the Operations Room for storage

8:00 am

Plenary Session #4

9:30 am


9:45 am

Plenary Session #5

11:00 am

Delegates should all have checked out from their room

12:20 pm

Plenary Session #6

2:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Governor General and Conference Chair

2:15 pm

Opening Plenary concludes

2:30 pm

Study groups depart for their respective study tours