Logistics

Venue

The General Assembly will take place at Concordia University, one of Canada’s most innovative and diverse universities. It is located at the heart of the city:

  • 2 steps from the metro station, connecting you with the rest of the city
  • 300 meters from the accommodation center
  • 100 meters away from the busiest commercial street of Concordia
  • Dozens of coffee shops and an impressive choice of international cuisines on the corner
  • 10-minute walk from the Montreal General Hospital, the founding facility of the first medical faculty of Canada (where Sir William Osler introduced bedside teaching!)


The University offers plenty of cozy and modern conference rooms, amphitheatres and classrooms. All are equipped with projectors, computers, black and/or white boards, sound system, tables, chairs and individualized electric sockets. Wifi will be easily available for all participants through a unique conference code, eduroam and the city public wifi.

Sessions will be held in different classrooms of Concordia’s John Molson School of Business Building, with capacity varying from 30 up to 400 seats. Additional rooms will be offered for parallel and side sessions, depending on IFMSA Officials’ needs. The John Molson building (MB) is the dynamic green centre of Concordia University. It was awarded LEED Silver level certification by the Canada Green Building Council.

Plenary sessions will take place in an amphitheater, with 800 people capacity, divided in two sections – making it easier for everyone to discuss and vote on important issues. We also have the possibility to add a livestream service if need be.


Food

Each meal will be served at the Grey Nuns’ Residence cafeteria. Local products will be favoured, minimizing our ecological footprint. Vegetarian options will be available at each meal. Plenty of nearby restaurants (sushis, souvlaki, dumplings, pizza, tacos) and coffee shops (Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Second Cup, Java U, etc) will give participants numerous additional options for group eating.

 


Accomodation

Participants will be hosted in near-by residences and hotels, all less than 10 minutes walking from the main venue.

Grey Nuns Residence

Once exams are over and our students leave, Grey Nuns opens its doors to the public for the summer, and is an unique combination of a beautiful heritage building, downtown location and excellent value for money. It was built in 1871 by the Grey Nuns, who used it as a former house and as an hospital during the 19th century.

There are a variety of private rooms available from single to quad occupancy (440 rooms) with shared and private washrooms. Games rooms, study lounges and event rooms are also available. Although centrally located Grey Nuns has a beautiful garden with shade trees, pond, picnic benches and volleyball terrain, offering a calm oasis for eating, exercise or just hanging out away from the hustle and bustle of town. The Grey Nuns Residence will be the home of 600 delegates.

The Nouvel Hotel

The Nouvel Hotel is located in front of the Grey Nuns Residence, less than five minutes away from the venue. Rooms will be from double to quadruple occupancy. It offers non-smoking guest rooms, an on-site restaurant, a gym open 24 hours a day, and an outdoor pool. It will be the home for 330+ delegates.

Delegates will get the option to select their preferences when completing their registration at the IFMSA August Meeting 2018. The Organizing Committee will do its utter best to respect those.


Getting Around

On August 2nd, we will supply a ticket for the local bus service, the 747, which will bring you right in front of the Grey Nuns Residence in less 30 minutes from the airport #YUL. Our welcome committee at the airport will make sure you have your free ticket and that you get out at the right stop. The same ticket will be used during the evening to get to the opening ceremony by our underground transit system, the metro (green line). The rest of the sessions will be at facilities less than 5 minutes walk from accommodation.


Social Program

Work hard, play harder. After plenary, it’s time to unwind and enjoy what Montréal has to offer best. We are an internationally-recognized hotbed of innovation and originality, home to a long list of leading artists in a variety of disciplines. Cultural and social events promoting the city of Montréal and highlighting the culture of Québec will be organized for the participants. Experiencing Montréal by night is when you’ll really get to see what the city is all about – contagious and inclusive joie-de-vivre.

A preview

  • Opening Ceremony at L’Olympia – one of Canada’s most renowned halls
  • SpeedFriending – The best way to get to know your new IFMSA buddies in a convivial and festive ambiance;
  • National Food and Drinks Party – Because it is a must at every IFMSA event;
  • Place des Spectacles – The beating square of the city with festivals all year round;
  • The Old Port – it has its romantic charms, and will remind you of Europe;
  • IFMSAVision Night – like EuroVision, but better (and in which Australia truly belongs alongside the other countries);
  • Global Health Movie Night