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2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Selwyn House School

Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 26 - 29


Spouse/Partner Program

Registered spouses and partners are invited to join delegates for the Wednesday, Thursday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday conference program. Please register with the conference delegates.

Sold out. If you would like to get on the waitlist, please email Amy Ahart at ahart@theibsc.org.


Wednesday, June 26

1:00 - 3:00 PMRegistration and Refreshments

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Parc Mont-Royal A & B

3:00 - 6:30 PMOpening Plenary Session Featuring

Adam Cox, Molly Johnson, entertainment, and more

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Place du Canada

6:45 PMBuses depart the conference hotel for the school

7:00 - 9:00 PMWelcome Reception, The Art of A PartySelwyn House School

8:45 - 11:00 PMBuses depart the school for the conference hotel
9:00 - 11:00 PMAfter Hours BarCoristine Hall
Selwyn House School


Thursday, June 27

7:30 - 8:30 AMBreakfastFairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Square Dorchester

8:30 - 10:40 AMIBSC Annual Meeting

Plenary Session Featuring Sonia Lupien
2019 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Place du Canada
10:40 AMBreak
11:00 AM - 12:00 noonPlenary Session Featuring Jonathan EmileFairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Place du Canada

12:00 noonWelcome and LunchFairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Rue McGill
1:15 PM

Depart the conference hotel for
the Classic Montréal Tour by Bus

Admire the modern architecture of the new Quartier International de Montréal, the bustle of Ste-Catherine Street to stately McGill College Avenue, and skyscrapers such as the famous Place Ville Marie. Discuss the RÉSO, also known as the Underground City, and the Victorian Era Golden Square Mile. Cross through Mount Royal Park for a stunning view of the city and let the grandeur of the Saint-Joseph Oratory impress you. On the Plateau Mont-Royal, in the Latin Quarter, and along Saint-Laurent Boulevard, learn about the ethnic groups that have shaped our city. Glimpse the Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit, Montréal Casino, and La Ronde amusement park on the way to Jean-Drapeau Park (Saint Helen’s and Notre-Dame islands), a true oasis of fresh air. If you prefer, drive along the Port of Montréal to reach the Olympic Park. Nearby, find the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden.

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Mansfield Street entrance

5:30 PMBuses return to the conference hotel

Evening on Your Own


Friday, June 28

Breakfast on Your Own
9:15 AMDepart the conference hotel for Chateau RamezayFairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Mansfield Street entrance

10:00 - 11:00 AMGuided Tour of Chateau Ramezay

A team of experts collaborating with UNESCO named Château Ramezay one of the 1,001 historic sites you must see before you die. Montréal’s portal to its past, Château Ramezay was built in the 18th century as a prestigious residence. It was the first building in Québec classified as an historic monument. Relive more than 500 years of history through its numerous exhibits, multimedia portrayals of historical figures (available in six languages), and French colonial style garden.

11:00 AMDepart for the PlateauPark Avenue and Bernard in front of the Rialto Theatre
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Walking Lunch Tour of Montréal's Mile End and Plateau Areas: Beyond The Bagel North

There are stops you’d expect on a Jewish food history walking tour centered in Mile End and the Plateau, once heavily Jewish neighborhoods: Wilensky’s luncheonette, home of the iconic Wilensky Special, Schwartz’s, of course — and the dueling bagel places, St-Viateur and Fairmount. Even people who know nothing else about Jewish food know bagels. And those stops are there — complete with food. But what is transcendent about Beyond the Bagel, a new tour researched and curated by Montréal Jewish food historian Kat Romanow, is that it also includes places you wouldn’t expect to find on it – like the alleyway behind the backyard of the St-Urbain St. triplex from which Esther Witenoff launched the Mrs. Whyte’s pickle company. Enjoy this 2-hour version of a tour that normally runs 3.5 hours.

1:30 PMBuses return to the conference hotel
2:15 - 5:30 PMPlenary Session Featuring the Autism
Monologues and Ned Hallowell
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Place du Canada

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Cocktail Dinatoire Reception
Nuit en Blanc

Take this opportunity to dress in white to celebrate the late sunsets and early sunrises of the last week of June in our beautiful city. We hope you wear a white outfit (casual to dressy), but even just one white item adds to our festive theme. Le Dîner en Blanc (the white dress dinner), an outdoor dinner party in a public space set up as a temporary chic dining area, originated in Paris in 1988 and has spread around the globe. Now 80 cities in 30 countries host it.

Note: This reception is a 5-minute walk from the conference hotel. Delegates walk to and from the reception. If you require transportation, please stop by the information desk and we will gladly arrange it for you.

The Windsor Ballroom


Saturday, June 29

7:00 - 8:00 AMBreakfast

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Square Dorchester

8:00 - 11:45 AMClosing Plenary Session Featuring
Susan Doherty, Hal Hannaford, and
Jean-Marc Vallée

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
Place du Canada