CURA will host the 2017 annual conference of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) on the Carleton campus in the Richcraft Building (formerly called the River Building), May 24 – May 26, 2017. This coincides with the 75th anniversary of Carleton University and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. We are expecting around 100 delegates from universities and colleges across Canada.

On Wednesday afternoon, May 24 from 2-4 pm the Provost and Vice-President Academic of Carleton, Peter Ricketts, will host a reception for all Carleton retirees and CURAC delegates in the Richcraft Building atrium (2nd floor). This will be followed by registration and a reception for CURAC delegates in the same location. The Thursday and Friday sessions, May 25 and 26, and the Thursday evening Banquet, will also take place in the Richcraft Building. The Program will feature sessions on health, wealth (the economy), and higher education.

Planning for the event is well advanced. The conference organizing committee is pleased to acknowledge financial support from Carleton University, the Bank of Nova Scotia, MFS Investment Management, Beechwood Cemetery, Listen-Up Canada, Economical Select Insurance, Collette Travel, Great West Life, Revera, Cleland Jardine Engineering.

Registration: You can register online on our registration website. The cost for early-bird registration will be $180, including HST, extended until March 15th, 2017, and $200 after that. Sign up now!

Accommodation: It is expected that Ottawa will be busy at that time, so it would be wise to register and book accommodation early. We have rooms reserved at the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites (377 O’Connor St.) in central Ottawa, for $155 per night (breakfast included). This is a new name for the hotel, formerly Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites. Phone to reserve them at 1-800-465-7275 and let them know you are part of the CURAC Conference group block. Our group code is 01G. To take advantage of this rate, you must book by phone before April 24th 2017.

Rooms are also reserved at the Carleton University Residences. They can now be booked by phoning 613-520-2600 Ext 1487. They are about $55 per night per bed for single rooms, and $65 per bed per night for suites, but check prices when you phone. (There is no online booking site). Parking is available at about $10 per day.

For other accommodation, and for attractions of the National Capital Region, visit Ottawa Tourism at

Stay tuned for more information as we get nearer to the conference date. For more information contact Bob Morrison ( or David Holmes (, conference co-chairs.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa in May.

Our Sponsors

Carleton University
Great-West Life
economical SELECT
 Cleland Jardine