2017 Conference FAQ October 11 - 14, 2017

2017 Conference FAQ October 11 - 14, 2017

What are the registration deadlines?

Early registration ends at 11:59pm EST, July 21
Standard registration ends at 11:59pm EST, September 14
Late registration begins after September 15


Who qualifies as a guest? 

A guest is someone who accompanies you to enjoy the visit to Ottawa, not to participate in Conference sessions nor earn continuing education hours. 

What does a guest registrant get? 
A guest registrant will have access to general food & beverage functions.  They are also eligible for other separately-ticketed events.

I’m a sponsor, how do I register? 
Click here and use the registration code given to you by Capitalizing on Heritage. This will guarantee that you are registered at the complimentary or discounted rate promised.

I’m a speaker/session chair, how do I register? Click here and use the registration code given to you by Capitalizing on Heritage. This will guarantee that you are registered at the discounted rate promised.


What if I have to cancel my registration?
If you cancel through Aug. 28, Capitalizing on Heritage will refund all but $25
If you cancel Aug. 29 – Sept. 25, Capitalizing on Heritage will refund all but $100
If you cancel after Sept. 25, Capitalizing on Heritage will refund only $100

May I transfer my registration to someone else in the event I cannot attend? 
Yes. You can modify your registration online, including changing the name of the registrant, affiliation, etc. Retain your confirmation email for directions to make modifications.

Is there a group discount? 
No group discount is available. 

What meals are provided?
Your full Conference registration includes:
Dinner at the Exhibit Gala
Continental breakfast and Lunch on Friday and Saturday
Full day field session and workshop attendee registrations include served continental breakfast and lunch on each day they meet.

Does Capitalizing on Heritage offer scholarships to attend the Conference?

Capitalizing on Heritage does not have scholarship funds for Conference attendance.

The newly renovated and expanded Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (http://airport-ottawa.com/) is Ottawa's main airport with regular arrivals and departures from most major Canadian and many American cities.



Air Canada is the Official Canadian Airline for the APT/ National Trust for Canada 2017 Joint Conference in Ottawa and is offering a discount to attendees! To book a flight, go to aircanada.com and enter your promotion code XHPD7P41  in the search panel

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
  • The travel period begins Wednesday, October 04, 2017 and ends Saturday, October 21, 2017.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 

A taxi to downtown hotels should cost around $35.
For shuttle information visit: https://www.airportshuttles.com/ottawa.php


How do I apply for CEUs?
Forms will be available onsite for AIA LUs, ASLA LUs, engineering PDHs, Canadian architect CEs, and Canadian Institute of Planner LUs.


Canadian Professional Learning Credits:

Ontario Association of Architects

Ordre des architects du Québec

Canadian Institute of Planners


Will you be providing a list of the conference attendees?
Yes. A list of Conference registrants will be posted online during the Conference and then updated post-Conference.


What is the dress code?
Business casual for most events, casual attire for workshops, and casual attire with good walking shoes for field sessions.


What will the weather be like in OCTOBER?

Early to mid-October in Ottawa is generally a great time to visit, with the Fall leaf colours peaking (great in Ottawa; fantastic in the Gatineau Hills, 10 minutes north of the City). It usually sees a high of 55˚F / 13˚C and an overnight low of 37˚F / 3˚C. Throughout mid-October, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain and rarely very light snow. However, there are more sunny days than rainy days. October is generally dry - precipitation occurs only once in three days and there is over 40% sunshine and less than 60% cloud time.


Do I need a passport? 

If you are traveling from outside of Canada, including the United States, you need to have a valid passport. In addition to having a valid passport, visitors from certain countries also need a visit visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department or the Government of Canada website.


Do I need to exchange currency for purchases?
Canada has its own currency - the Canadian dollar - however in border towns and at major tourist attractions, U.S. currency may be accepted; it is at the discretion of the retailer.  Foreign currencies are easily changed into Canadian dollars at currency exchange kiosks at airports, border crossings, large shopping malls and banks.  Many places near the Canada / U.S. border - tourist destinations especially - accept U.S. dollars, but exchange rates vary by retailer and likely are less favorable than bank exchange rates.

Debit and credit cards issued by other countries can be used for purchases or to withdraw Canadian money in Canada, but currency exchange rates will vary by card.  ATMs will ding you for a user fee between $2 and $5.

Some Typical Canadian Prices (as of 2016):

    Cup of Coffee (Tim Hortons): $1.60 - $2.70
    Cup of Coffee (Starbucks): $2.50 - $7+
    Parking downtown in major city: about $8 - $15 per hour or $25 - $40 per day.

    6-pack of beer: $12 - 20
    Glass of wine at bar / restaurant: $6 - $18

Can I use my phone in Canada?

Your U.S. cell phone will work in Canada but the charges will be astronomical if you don't let your carrier know you are heading out of the country and have them work out a texting and calling package for you while you're away.If you don't set up a special plan, be sure to turn off your cellular data in settings and only download email when you're hooked up to WiFi. The main conference venue, Westin Ottawa, will have free WiFi available.