Social Events Program 2018

Flavorful Montréal – (All Welcome!)

Thursday, September 27th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Meet in Lobby at 9:45 am)

Deluxe Motor Coach Tour

This tour will be guided by a food lover and will allow you to discover Montreal’s true sounds, smells and tastes. Starting in Old Montréal, going through Chinatown and ending in Little Italy, this tour includes several stops to let you enjoy some typical and delightful Montréal specialties. You will discover the smorgasbord of shops and eateries along lively Saint-Laurent Boulevard and enjoy a few local favourites like our bagels (said to be better than New York’s!). By the end of the tour, you will realize that Montréal’s diversity in culture and food is second to none. We will visit the open-air Jean Talon Market, the biggest of its kind in Canada and the United States. Even if this is not your first trip to Montréal, you will certainly love seeing the city from a completely different perspective and will surely want to come back again! This tour includes enough tastings to replace a meal.

Tour includes the following:

  • Deluxe Transportation
  • Professional Foodie Guide
  • All tastings (enough to replace a meal, include bagel, poutine and smoked meat) among other items.
  • All taxes and gratuities

Cost: $ 150.00 p.p. (Tax Included)


Welcome Reception – Appy’s and Drinks with Sponsors

Thursday, September 27th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm) (Continued New Format)

Le Westin Hotel 8th Floor – (All Welcome!)

presidents bash dinner

Plan to be in Montreal early to kick off the 2018 CARDP Scientific Meeting and Don’t Miss the Full Day Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Okeson

Welcome to Montreal!  To kick off our 26th Annual Scientific Meeting we will join our meeting sponsors other delegates and guests to rekindle old acquaintances and make new.  This year we have continued with the change in format and will feature a Reception Style event hosted early in the Sponsor Trade show area, allowing you the chance to then experience Montreal’s many excellent Restaurants.  The Welcome Reception will be hosted on the Eighth Floor of the Le Westin Hotel, Montreal.

Cost: Complimentary with Registration

Dress:  Business Casual


Visit of Museum of Fine Arts & Lunch @ Café Il Cortile

Friday, September 28th – (Partner’s Program)

9:30 am – 2:30 pm (Meet in Lobby at 9:15 am)

Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada.

It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall – Bourgie Hall – featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows. A fifth wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace devoted to international art and education, has open in late 2016 to launch Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum followed by a Luncheon in a local restaurant.

Luncheon:  Il Cortile offers its clientele an authentic and classy Italian cuisine experience. Our large European style terrace, decorated with a myriad of flowers, offers an escape from the hustle bustle of the city and will give you the feeling of dining under the Tuscan skies of Italy. Combined with its cozy and relaxing dining rooms, Il Cortile assures an inviting atmosphere that is suitable for any occasion.

Departure point: From the lobby of the Westin Hotel (270 Saint-Antoine West St.)

Includes the following:

▪   Professional guide

▪   Deluxe transportation

▪   3-course lunch + 1 glass of wine per person (Additional Beverage on Own)

▪   Entrance fees at the Museum of Fine Arts and guided tour

▪   All taxes and gratuities

Cost: $ 185.00 p.p. (Tax Included)


Friday Night “President’s Bash” @ Le Westin Hotel

9th Floor Fortifications Ballroom

Friday, September 28th (7:00 pm – 12:00 am) (New Format)

All Welcome, Speakers, Sponsors, Delegates & Guests

This Year we are continuing with the new format, to involve the entire group.  The President’s Party be on Friday Night to create a more Casual and Fun Night for everyone.  Pre-Dinner Reception on the Deck of the Fortifications Ballroom with Dinner and entertainment continuing in the Fortifications Ballroom. This more casual format is designed to get all members, guests, speakers and sponsors together for a fun and informal night.

Leaving Saturday Night for a Group Dinner at Portus 360 Restaurant or a free evening for delegates and guests to get together and explore the fantastic restaurants offered in Montreal.  Join us for this new informal evening.

Evening Entertainment “La Gioventu Band”

La Gioventu Band La Gioventu started in 1979 and its orchestra members are professional studio musicians with international experience. Their strong vocal qualities and elaborate musical talents have allowed them to work with top musicians around the world. Their talent and contribution to La Gioventu makes our orchestra unique and a leader in the entertainment industry.

Alma Faye Brooks

The beautiful American born, Canadian-raised chanteuse Alma Faye Brooks burst on the scene with a bright little number that gave her the first taste of American exposure. “Stop, I Don’t Need No Sympathy” was a horn-laddened number that was released on an RCA Records 12″ single. Followed up by an album on the Casablanca Record label called “Doin‘ It.” Alma co-wrote the album “Doin’ It,” that made noise on an international level. You can listen to Alma Faye Brooks sing “It’s Over” on YouTube.

Alma Faye Brooks is a two-time Juno award nominee, 1978 and 1980.  Our “Miss Brooks” who loves all genres of music and loves to perform more than ever ! Most would agree her love for singing and performing is contagious and leaves a smile on your face. Alma Faye Brooks still Doin’ it and loving every minute of it

Cost: $ 195.00 p.p. (Tax Included)

Dress:  Business Casual


High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel

Saturday, September 29 (12:00 am – 3:00 pm) – (Partner’s Program)

Includes Transfers, High Tea and gratuities.  Meet in Lobby @ 12:00

When the Ritz-Carlton Montreal opened in 1912 it became known for its legendary style, impeccable service and tradition for serving afternoon tea and high tea. Today, guests can take tea amidst the elegance of the famous Palm Court, served along with homemade canapés, scones and pastries.

About the Hotel

When it opened in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal was recognized as one of the city’s most esteemed five star hotels. More than 100 years later, the Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street still sets the standards for luxury hotels in Montreal, blending historic splendor with contemporary style. As Quebec’s only five diamond hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal offers guests:

  • Cozy accommodations blending historic elements with modern features
  • Fine dining restaurant, Maison Boulud, serving modern interpretations of classic French cuisine in an upscale setting
  • Elegant meeting and event space offering flexible seating arrangements and state-of-the-art technology
  • Indoor saltwater pool overlooking the city from our rooftop
  • The Palm Court and its traditional Afternoon Tea
  • The Spa St. James where senses are awakened in a peaceful sanctuary

Afternoon Tea – Served at 12:30 pm

Choice from our tea selection

Plain and cranberry scones, Homemade Devonshire style cream and jams

Finger cut sandwiches on homemade breads


Cucumber and mint cream on milk bread


Smoked salmon, dill cream on brioche bread


Egg salad, pickled celery, & tarragon on brioche bread


Herb fed chicken breast with coriander oil & mayo on milk bread


Pastry Chef’s creations

The Royal Tea

(Afternoon Tea accompanied by a glass of House champagne)

Cost: $ 65.00 p.p. (Tax Included) Includes Transfer from the Hotel and return and High Tea.


 Group Dinner @ Portus 360

 Saturday, September 29th, 2018 – (All Welcome!)

7:00 pm – Finish

Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 6:45 pm or at Portus 360

777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 3Z7

(7 Minute Walk from Le Westin Hotel)


Join your friends and colleagues for a Group Gathering or explore some of Montreal’s finest restaurants with your friends and colleagues.

About Portus 360 – With its panoramic view, the Portus 360 reminds us of a lighthouse, a well present element in Portugal’s landscape. It safely welcomes back lovers of good food and good wine. This exceptional place reunites the finest of palates and curious of gourmets. Appreciate the opportunity to experience Montreal through its warm Portuguese flavors and stunning views of the city.  Portus360 is a place that showcases its local accents and reflects its international origins. A two floors establishment where tourists and residents of Downtown, Griffintown and Old Montreal enjoy a memorable moment thanks, in part, to the 360 degree rotation of the restaurant.

Menu (Please indicate Meal Choice on Registration)

*Some items can be changed by the kitchen without notice

| Tapas to share

Garlic shrimps

Grilled octopus

Cod croquettes

Tomato and goat cheese salad

| Appetizer

Seared U-10 scallop – green pea puree, serrano chips

| Main dishes

Please Choose one:

Cod – chickpea puree, market vegetables

Seafood – calamari, mussels, shrimps, clams

Grilled beef sirloin – shoestring potato, arugula, chouriço sauce

(vegetarian dishes are available)

| Dessert

Portuguese desserts platter

For other Dietary Needs please contact David Alexander at

Cost: Individuals will pay own food and beverage charges.

Dinner Fee $ 75.00 per person, plus Tax and Gratuity, paid onsite.