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Brussels, January, 31st, 2017 (SIGNIS). There are only a few months left before our big meeting in Québec City! Things are starting to get serious, and we know that you are all eager to have more details and information! Below, you will find important information regarding travel arrangements, tips and customs in Québec as well as updates on the programme.
Our 3-day Congress will focus on the theme “Promoting Stories of Hope”. Around the theme, we will have 4 plenaries as well as sessions: presentations, workshops, panels etc. Even though the definitive programme is not ready yet, we can give you a few details: the sessions will be on various topics, such as storytelling, marketing methods, digital media, environment, reporting in time of conflict... You will be able to choose from around 15 different options. To give you just a glimpse of who you will be hearing, here are already a few names of speakers: Marco Brusati, the Director of the Hope Association musician and organizer of many Papal and Church events; Richard Leonard, SJ, Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting and well-known author and Prof Gilles Routhier, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Laval University. More speakers will be revealed to you in the coming weeks.
On the third day of our Congress, we will have the great opportunity to meet with the participants of the Catholic Media Conference (CMC), organized by the Catholic Press Association of North America (CPA). The CPA is one of the most active and vibrant group of Catholic communicators in the world. It has nearly 250 publication members and 500 individual members in the association. The Catholic Media Conference will be focusing on the same theme as ours, enabling us to share many great meetings. To know more about the Catholic Press Association, please visit their website.
Below, you can find a first preview of the programme. The titles of the sessions are not definitive yet, but here you have a first idea of the different topics that will be tackled.
2017 marks the 150th celebration of Canada becoming a Confederation and many celebrations are happening all over the country. This is very exciting, as we are sure that you will get some time to enjoy these celebrations during your time in Québec. But the downside of this is that many tourists might come to Québec at that same period, booking all of the available flights to Québec. So don’t wait too long, and book your flight as soon as possible.
Regarding flight tickets, please note that you can either fly directly to Québec, or you can fly to Montréal, then take a train to Québec. It might be a cheaper option.
If you have to stop in the USA for a connection, please note that you will need a Visa for the USA, even if you only stay in an airport for a few hours. We recommend that you don’t take that option, if you don’t yet have a valid visa.
Please note: SIGNIS will NOT be organizing transport from the airport/train stations to the hotel/University.
Canada requires tourists to get a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. Please check this website to see what document you will need. SIGNIS can send you a letter of invitation if needed. Please contact us as soon as your registration is completed in order for SIGNIS to send you the letter.
We remind you that you have two options for accommodation: You can stay in Laval University, where the Congress will be held or at Hotel Universel, located 1 km away from the University (See Google Map). SIGNIS will organize transport between the University and the Hotel.
We remind you that SIGNIS will not be not organizing any outing before or after the Congress. If you wish to visit the city, you will have to organise your tour by yourself. You can visit this website which contains much useful information.
The weather in Québec in June is usually nice: sunny days with temperatures from 10 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Please note that to charge all of your devices, you will need electrical sockets (outlets) of the "Type B" North American NEMA 5-15 standard. For more info, visit this website.
The deadline for registration has been extended. Register before May, 26th, 2017.
More information will come regularly, so keep an eye on all our publications and Twitter feed!