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We have secured a block of rooms for conference attendees at the nearby Novotel hotel at a special discounted rate starting at CAD$229/night. Kindly note that to take advantage of this special rate, you must book with the hotel by April 10, after which the block of rooms will be released at the regular rack rate. For your convenience, the hotel has created a website that you can use to book your reservations online.

Click here to use the direct booking link. 

You can also book your reservation by calling the Novotel at 1-613-230-3033. Please refer to booking code 327951 when you call. Other hotels that are within a walking distance to Telfer include the Lord Elgin HotelFairmont Château Laurier Hotel,  The Westin Ottawa, and Les Suites Hotel.

If you are coming by plane, from Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport take a taxi or OC Transpo bus # 97 to The Telfer School of Management located at 55 Laurier Avenue East.

If you are driving, directions to the main campus can be found in this link.


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13928197229_99ae15dc04_bAs Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a city of impressive landmarks, a wealth of cultural attractions, a beautiful natural setting, all wrapped up in a relaxed urban vibe. Nestled at the junction of three rivers and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Cana, the city is considered one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. Add to that its clean, green natural setting and the allure of the surrounding wide-open green spaces, parks and wilderness areas and you’ve got a capital combination that attracts millions of visitors every year.  Its museums offer creative, ground breaking and world class exhibitions. From its excellent shopping boutiques, intimate sidewalk cafes and exciting nightlife, there is much to discover.

Ottawa boasts a hospitality industry well-accustomed to hosting international delegations and diplomats. The professional meetings and conventions community facilities, hotels, attractions and destination management organizations offer everything you would expect to find in a world capital.

Ottawa is also one of the most educated cities in one of the most educated countries in the world. The largest university in the area is the University of Ottawa, a bilingual public research university founded in 1848, which now enrolls well over 40,000 students.

Ottawa is centrally-located in the province of Ontario, with the award-winning Ottawa International Airport offering daily direct connections to over 30 Canadian, U.S. and European Centres. The capital is also serviced by Canada’s train service, VIA Rail, and accessible by a number of major highways. The airport is just a 15-minute shuttle ride from downtown Ottawa, and the city’s downtown is remarkably compact and walkable.

Quick Facts

  • A population of over 1.2 million makes the Ottawa region the fourth-largest urban area in Canada
  • More than 1,800 advanced technology companies employ more than 76,000 people
  • With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country
  • With 90 per cent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development conducted here, Ottawa is one of the world’s top five sites for R&D
  • Canada’s Capital region welcomes over 7.3 million visitors per year, who spend over $1.18 billion


Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa

Parliament Hill
The seat of Canada’s federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year
round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction. Each morning during summer
months, the front lawn of Parliament Hill is the setting of the daily Changing the Guard ceremony;
each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and
Light show – spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant images projected on the Parliament
Buildings set to words and music. Both events are free. Truly a must-see!

National Cultural Attractions
Ottawa cultural attractions, museums and galleries invite visitors to experience the best of
Canada all in one place. Whether it’s the stunning National Gallery of Canada, with world class
art on display, or the dramatic Canadian War Museum, these are the experiences that bring

Canadian culture to life for any visitor.

ByWard Market
An historic farmers’ market and shopping district by day, a favourite gathering place of restaurants
and clubs by night – the ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill is one Ottawa neighbourhood

you won’t want to miss.

UNESCO Rideau Canal
A historic waterway filled with boaters spring through fall and the world’s largest naturally frozen
skating rink in winter – the Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa before connecting

with the Ottawa River through dramatic stepped locks right next to Parliament Hill.

The Outdoor – Adventure
outdoor adventure
Ottawa is a natural for sports fans and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Try whitewater
rafting and kayaking on the Ottawa River, some of the continent’s finest. Then top it off
with some bungee jumping. Ottawa is also a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination, with
over 180 kilometres of recreational pathways linking natural areas, parks, gardens and national
Ottawa is a city of celebrations, offering visitors a year round calendar of parties, festivals
and special events. On July 1st, the city celebrates the biggest party in the country, Canada
Day. Visitors will also experience a host of music celebrations, including the TD Ottawa
Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Bluesfest, which welcome some of the world’s biggest
acts to our city. In winter, Canada celebrates Winterlude, and takes to the ice on the

world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal.

 Culinary scene
The culinary scene in Ottawa has come alive in recent years, with a thriving community of Ottawa
chefs and Ottawa restaurants making names for themselves both at home and abroad.
Ottawa restaurants are wonderfully diverse. In the mood for French, Italian, Chinese or seafood?
Choose from scores of each. Craving something a little more unique and exotic? You’ll
find it. As one of Ontario’s designated culinary tourism destinations, the city, its restaurants
and its local food producers are all working together to bring locally-grown and prepared

foods to tables across the region through an initiative called Savour Ottawa.

 Performing Arts
entertainment culture
The Capital’s premier performing arts venue, the National Arts Centre, presents a full line-up
of music, dance and theatre, plus popular touring acts and shows. Ottawa also has a thriving
local theatre scene, including the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Little Theatre,

and The Gladstone.

 City tours
Ottawa is filled with Capital sights and attractions – and just about as many ways to explore
and see them. Experience a tour on both land and water with the Lady Dive amphibious bus,

or take in a walking tour across Ottawa’s picturesque ByWard Market courtyards.



Unique Ottawa neighbourhoods offer distinctive shopping, dining and nightlife experiences
across the Capital. From Little Italy’s charming bars and restaurants, to the glorious new archway
over Chinatown, there is plenty to experience in Ottawa’s varied neighbourhoods.

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