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FAQ

1) GENERAL

We’ve tried to cover lots of common questions in this list. If you don’t see an answer to your question in this list, please contact:

Helen Mitchell at Helen.Mitchell@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3344

OR

Tammy Oakes at Tammy.Oakes@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3340

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND the conference?

For current conference registration pricing – click on the Registration tab.

Tours are included in the registration fee. Delegates can register for one (1) tour in advance. Additional tour spots may be available on-site, space permitting. Click here to register for Tours.

Pre-conference Workshops are available to conference delegates at a reduced fee ($145 for half day & $295 for full day) – use the promo code DELEGATE. Click here to register for Workshops.

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR THE CONFERENCE?

The dress at the conference is business casual, with some attendees leaning toward a more casual style and others leaning toward business attire. Whatever your preference, we suggest you consider layers; it is difficult to predict the temperature in a room when you have a large number of people together. Additionally, tour sites require closed-toe, non-heeled shoes and other requirements - so please make sure you review requirements here.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO THE CONFERENCE?

  • Appropriate footwear
  • If you plan to participate in a tour, please check specific tour site here.
  • Business cards
    The conference offers a myriad of networking opportunities. We recommend that you bring plenty of business cards that you can hand out as you share, learn and grow with other attendees.
  • Passport/Visa
    If you are traveling from outside of Canada, you will need your passport and possibly a visitor visa. Click here for additional regarding traveling to Canada.
  • Some tour sites require government issued ID (in some cases required in advance).
    If you have signed up for a tour with that requirement, please bring your driver’s license or passport and please check specific tour site here.

IF I HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS AT THE CONFERENCE, WHOM CAN I ASK?

  • For general questions, look for anyone in a red vest (staff and volunteers) to help you.
  • For registration and workshop questions, please visit the Registration Desk.
  • For tour questions, please go to the Tours Desk.

WHAT other ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN winnipeg?

Winnipeg has lots to offer! Please see www.tourismwinnipeg.com for ideas on what to do while you are in town.

First time in Winnipeg? – City Tours on Monday, June 4 – 10 a.m. or 2 p.m – departing from Convention Centre.

Wonderful Winnipeg City Tours (WWCT) offers a very interesting and enjoyable 2-hour narrated guided tour of Winnipeg in the comfort of a modern mini-bus. Learn about Winnipeg's origins and get a glimpse into the city's future, see the leading sites and attractions, and find out about its famous personalities and companies. This popular tour will depart from the RBC Convention Centre (main floor, 375 York Avenue doors) at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Monday June 4th. A special conference rate of $25.00 per passenger (including tax) has been arranged.

Register here
Learn more here

IS WI-FI AVAILABLE AT THE CONFERENCE?

Yes, free Wi-Fi will be available in the meeting space.
Enjoy free telus wi-fi at the RBC Convention Centre. Telus’ free and friendly wi-fi is open to everyone – not just telus customers. Turn on wi-fi — select the #telus network — open a browser — enter your first & last name and email — accept terms — click submit — access your email and confirm your guest account message from telus — happy browsing.

WILL ANY NETWORKING ACTIVITIES OCCUR DURING THE CONFERENCE?

There will be multiple networking opportunities for conference attendees. In addition to networking breaks throughout the conference, on Monday evening there will be a welcome reception (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and on Wednesday evening there will be Consortia Night  (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) – both excellent opportunities to network with attendees.

At all meal times we encourage you to sit with attendees whom you don’t know and to engage in dialogue before the keynote speakers.

DO I NEED TO RENT A CAR if i’m flying in?

No, you will not need to rent a car. You can take a taxi or shuttle from the airport – click here for more information.

Many of the hotels listed on the Hotels & More tab are within walking distance of the convention centre where all conference activities will take place –click here for maps and transportation information. However, if you prefer to rent a car click here  for car rentals available at the Winnipeg airport.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN WINNIPEG?

Typically, Winnipeg temperatures in June are:

Average High:  20⁰C / 68⁰F

Average Low:  11⁰C / 52⁰F

For the latest local weather forecast, please click here.

2) convention centre

WHERE IS THE CONVENTION CENTRE?

All conference activities take place at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, 375 York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. Phone Toll Free: 1-800-565-7776 or (204) 956-1720.Click here to access their website.

HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL FROM THE AIRPORT?

You can take a taxi for approximately $25.

IS THERE A HOTEL DISCOUNT FOR THE CONFERENCE?

Yes, there are options to choose from - click on the Hotels & More tab for more information. Additional hotel information can be found here

DO I NEED TO MAKE MY OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS?

Yes, you are responsible for making and managing your own hotel reservation.

3) logistics

IS THERE A CONFERENCE SCHEDULE?

Details on all the conference sessions and activities can be found on this website. There is a printable up-to-date schedule that you can view/print for an overview of the entire conference including tours and workshops – click on the Schedule tab.

WHAT TIME DOES THE CONFERENCE START AND END?

  • Pre-conference activities, Monday, June 4:
    8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Full-day workshops
    8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Half-day workshops
    Various times – Tours
  • Conference keynotes, presentations and tours:
    Tuesday, June 5, 8:00 a.m., through Thursday, June 7, 1:30 p.m.. Click on the Schedule tab for full details including breakfast/meal times.

I’M NOT RECEIVING ANY CONFIRMATION EMAILS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please contact:

Helen Mitchell at Helen.Mitchell@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3344

OR

Tammy Oakes at Tammy.Oakes@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3340

CAN I SHARE MY REGISTRATION?

Yes! You can share your registration for each of the four days of the conference. Any individuals that are sharing are also entitled to the ‘conference attendee’ discounted rate for Workshop Registrations. If you plan on sharing your registration with a company colleague, there are a few important things you need to remember to avoid challenges at the conference:

  • Name Tag Holder MUST be worn and visible at all times while at the conference.  There is only ONE Name Tag Holder per registration.
  • Name Tag Holder MUST be left at the Registration Desk, along with the name of the person replacing you, so a new name card can be printed and placed in the Name Tag Holder.
  • Replacement delegate must check in at the Registration Desk to register/pick up the Name Tag Holder.

IF I BOUGHT A GROUP OF REGISTRATIONS, HOW DO I ASSIGN THEM TO PEOPLE?

Ensure all original registrations have been assigned names by emailing geri.clincke@cme-mec.ca if you have not done so already. A link to the Badge Sharing site will be sent to you upon request. If you have any questions, please contact Geri Clincke at (204)500-3343 or geri.clincke@cme-mec.ca.

CAN I ATTEND ONLY ONE DAY OF THE CONFERENCE?

Yes – but we recommend that you share your badge/registration for the remaining days of the conference – there is no ‘one day’ registration fee available.

WHEN WILL THE REGISTRATION DESK BE OPEN AT THE CONFERENCE?

The registration desk hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, June 3: 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 4: 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5: 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6: 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7: 6:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHAT MEALS WILL BE COVERED AT THE CONFERENCE?

  • Monday full-day workshop participants: Breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Monday morning workshop participants: Breakfast is included.
  • Monday afternoon workshop participants: Lunch is included.
  • Monday morning tour participants: breakfast at the convention centre is included.
  • Monday afternoon tour participants: lunch at the convention centre is included.
  • Tuesday through Thursday: Breakfast and lunch are included each day. (If you go out on a morning tour and are not back in time for lunch at the convention centre – a boxed lunch will be provided. All afternoon tour departures allow time for lunch at the convention centre before you leave for the tour site).
  • Monday (Welcome Reception – snack and drink ticket) & Wednesday (Consortia Event – snack and drink ticket) evening events are included in your conference registration.

I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS – WILL THEY BE ACCOMMODATED?

The convention centre can accommodate most dietary restrictions. If you did not include your dietary considerations when you registered, please contact us so that we can inform the convention centre. As there is open seating during the conference, you will need to identify yourself to your table server so that your special meal request will be served.

4) tours

WHEN CAN I SIGN UP FOR A TOUR?

Tours are included in the registration fee. Delegates can register for one (1) tour in advance. Additional tour spots may be available on-site, space permitting. You can register for Tours here.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND A TOUR?

  • Attending one tour is included with the cost of your conference registration. 
  • Space permitting, you may register for additional tours on-site.

HOW CAN I TELL IF A TOUR IS FULL?

If a tour is full, the registration system will indicate this and you will not be allowed to register.
At the conference, there will be a visual board indicating which tours are full.

IF A TOUR IS FILLED, IS THERE ANY CHANCE I CAN STILL ATTEND THIS TOUR?

Typically, there are a few people who do not show up for their tour. If a tour is full, you can have your name added to a waiting list at the Tour Desk once you have arrived in Winnipeg. Once your name is on the list, you would simply show up to the tour departure room and wait to hear if your name is called. Some tours will be more popular than others, therefore we cannot predict how long the waiting lists will be. In order to go on your first-choice tour, we recommend that you sign up as soon as registration opens.

CAN I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE TOUR?

Paid conference registrants may sign up for one tour prior to the conference start.

Registrants can attend additional tours, space permitting, once on-site by going to the Tour Desk and have your name added to the waiting list. At the time of the tour, report to the tour departure room and seeing if there is standby room available. CME will allow official sign-up for a second tour beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 when conference registration is open.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN SAFETY GEAR FOR THE TOURS?

Please review restrictions and requirements regarding Tours here. If the tour you are attending requires safety glasses, they will be provided to you by CME or the host facility.

IF A TOUR REQUIRES GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID, WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

If the tour you have signed up requires that government issued ID be presented prior to your tour, bring your passport, driver’s license or other government issued ID.

5) workshops

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND A WORKSHOP IF YOU ARE REGISTERED?

  • The charge for a full-day workshop with conference registration is $295.
  • The charge for a half-day workshop with conference registration is $145.

Note that if you are sharing your badge/registration – all individuals are entitled to ‘conference attendee’ discounted rates (per above) – use promo code DELEGATE. You can register for a Workshop here.

I AM REGISTERED FOR A WORKSHOP – WILL I BE PROVIDED LUNCH?

  • Monday full-day workshop participants: Breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Monday morning workshop participants: Breakfast is included.
  • Monday afternoon workshop participants: Lunch is included.

CAN I ATTEND A WORKSHOP BUT NOT THE WHOLE CONFERENCE?

  • Yes, you can register for a workshop only.
  • The charge for a full-day workshop without conference registration is $445.
  • The charge for a half-day workshop without conference registration is $245.

ARE WORKSHOP PRESENTER HANDOUTS AVAILABLE FOR WORKSHOPS?

Workshop presenters typically provide handouts for participants. If handouts are available, they will be provided at the start of your workshop. Workshop presenters are not required to provide handouts. As it is typically consultants who conduct the workshops and that is part of how they make their living, workshop presentations are not available for download.

6) VALUE STREAM PRESENTATIONS

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR VALUE STREAM PRESENTATIONS?

There is no need to sign up or register for Value Stream Presentations.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and some sessions will fill up more quickly than others. We recommend that you get to the room early to ensure you get a seat.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH VALUE STREAM PRESENTATION IS BEST FOR ME?

Descriptions of presenting companies, the expected learning points and session highlights are noted in the Program book and online – click on Presentations tab for details. We recommend that you read through the expected learning points and find sessions that will best suit your needs.

ARE SPEAKER HANDOUTS AVAILABLE FOR VALUE STREAM PRESENTATIONS?

Value Stream Presentation speakers generally do not provide handouts, but all presentations will be available immediately following the conference; go to EMBRACINGEXCELLENCE.CA

DO I NEED TO ATTEND ALL THE PRESENTATIONS IN A PARTICULAR VALUE STREAM?

No; you should select the presentations sessions that most interest you.

At any given time during the conference, you will have four value stream presentations from which to choose (or you may elect to leave the building and go on a tour). You should move around among the sessions in order to maximize your learning.

7) OTHER

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact:

Helen Mitchell at Helen.Mitchell@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3344

OR

Tammy Oakes at Tammy.Oakes@cme-mec.ca or (204) 500-3340