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Spring 2004 PES-ICC Meeting


Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2 - 5, at the Montreal Hyatt

Special Advisory

Important Spring Meeting Announcement

Chairman Bill Taylor and Vice Chairman Jim Fitzgerald today announced major housing and meeting changes for the Spring 2004 ICC meeting in Montreal. It is vital that you read the following announcement closely and that you check back with the ICC website.

The Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel has been involved in a labor dispute for some time which does not appear to be resolvable before the ICC meeting starts. The hotel is operating using management to perform all staff functions; registration, maid service, basic breakfast etc and simply will not be able to support our activities.

As a result, all reservations made at the Marriott have been transferred to the Montreal Hyatt (1255 Jeanne-Mance St., Montreal - Tel: 514-285-1450). Chairman Bill Taylor STRONGLY ADVISES that you call the Hyatt at 1-800-361-8234 to confirm your room. To learn more about the Hyatt and its amenities, visit their website.

There is also one independent group reservation being worked on at the moment by the Marriott (the AEIC meeting on Thursday). This is being transferred to the Hyatt. The Marriott will contact those individuals who organized this meeting directly and shortly. We are also working with the Marriott and the Hyatt for new arrangements for the Spouse Breakfast. Please check the website frequently to learn about these new arrangements.

All other events (meetings, Sunday reception, Transnational luncheon) will be transferred to the Montreal Convention Center (Palais des Congres de Montreal, 201, Avenue Viger West, Montreal - Tel: 514-871-8122). This facility is similar to the large convention centers we use for the T&D show. Our meeting room use will occupy a small portion of this center.

Once again, with all of these last minute changes, it is imperative that you frequently check the website for the latest news.

An Invitation ICC Chairman Bill Taylor has released an invitation to the Spring 2004 meeting in Montreal and the meeting registration form. Bill writes, "A great way to start the year is by planning to attend the next ICC meeting in Montreal Sunday May 2 through Wednesday May 5, 2004. The meeting will be at the Montreal Hyatt (see rate info below under "Hotel Information").THIS IS A CHANGE SEE THE SPECIAL ADVISORY NOTE ABOVE Montreal is a great place to visit, so please plan on attending. Please plan on staying at the meeting hotel, as we have guaranteed them a number of room nights. If we don't meet that number, then we will be faced with a large penalty. This will be a great meeting. The educational program will feature a tour of the IREQ test labs. A bus will leave from the hotel and drive us to the labs and then back on Wednesday afternoon. You won't want to miss this tour, as it will be very interesting and informative. Please fill out the attached registration form (in PDF format or in MS-Word format) and register early. Registering early makes for much shorter, quicker lines at the conference. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Montreal. Thanks and best regards, Bill."

 

Meeting Agenda Follow this link to the Spring 2004 Agenda. This version is PRELIMINARY. Check back to get the latest changes. (posted 4/26/04)

 

Presentations The meeting is still months away, so few details are available. The Subcommittees will sponsor many Technical Presentations on key topics in their fields of interest. Updated 4/27/2004

Attention Presenters: Guidelines for Presentation Material Published in PES ICC Minutes

 

Registration Revised 03/01/2004 Please fill out the attached registration form (in PDF format or in MS-Word format) and register early. Registering early makes for much shorter, quicker lines at the conference.

 

Educational Program The Spring Educational Program will feature a tour of the IREQ laboratories.
 
  1. Welcome and Introduction to IREQ (30 min.).
  2. Experimental Laboratory: aging and testing of MV cables and accessories (30 min.).
  3. High Voltage Laboratory: testing areas for electrical equipment including cables (30 min.).
  4. Mechanical and Thermomechanical Laboratory: underground line facilities, accelerated aging on cables and accessories (30 min.).
  5. Network Simulation Laboratory (30 min.).
 
Round trip bus transportation will be provided from the hotel to IREQ labs. If you sign up for the educational lunch, then you will get a box lunch at IREQ, and the cost of the bus fare will be included.

Serge Pellisou and Steve Szaniszlo have posted photos from the ICC Educational tour of the IREQ laboratory facilities during the Spring 2004 meeting.
 

New Member Orientation (later)

 

Mini-Expo The Spring meeting will feature a Mini-Expo for vendors to make table top displays of equipment and services related to the scope of the ICC. You can sign up for a table top display using the meeting Registration form (available in MS-Word and PDF). 
 
Hospitality Suites If your company plans to have a hospitality suite in conjunction with the Spring 2004 meeting, be sure to see the Guideline page.

 

Spouse Activities On Monday there will be a guided walking tour of Old Montreal from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. returning to the Hyatt for a light lunch and buffet 12-2 p.m. The cost of Monday's walking tour and lunch will be $30 USD.

On Tuesday there will be a 3 hour city bus tour of Montreal from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. including the Basilica and the Summit at Mount Royal Park. The cost of the Historic bus tour will be $25.00 USD.

Please advise Judy Bow if you will be interested in either or both tours so that we can do additional preplanning.

THIS MAY CHANGE, SEE THE SPECIAL ADVISORY NOTE ABOVE
 

Travel Subcommittee A Chairman Serge Pellisou reports that he recently contacted Canada Customs [1-800-959-2036 or 514-633-7700] about the procedure to follow when crossing the border between the US and Canada. For US citizens the procedure is very simple. You need either a birth certificate or a passport.

The Hyatt reports that a shuttle (called the Aerobus) runs from the airport to the downtown hotels every thirty minutes. The cost is $12 Canadian.

 

Hotel Information The hotel's phone number is 514-285-1450. Please plan on staying at our conference hotel, to keep the ICC from paying a penalty, which helps keep the cost of the meeting down. Visit the Montreal Hyatt on-line. The Hyatt reports that a shuttle (called the Aerobus) runs from the airport to the downtown hotels every thirty minutes. The cost is $12 Canadian.
 
Tourist Information If you're still looking for that special night on the town, check out the following:
  • Yahoo Montreal Guide
  • Tourisme Montreal - official site for travelers, tourists, and convention or meeting planners. Also features information on the tourist industry.
  • Montreal Visitor Information - offers hotel information, car rental, and information about city attractions
  • Vieux-Montreal - info on Old Montreal
  • Ville de Montreal  - The official city of Montreal website
  • Are you a baseball fan? The Expos are at home May 1st and 2nd against the Dodgers and against the Rockies on the 4th and 5th. For tickets call 1-800-361-4595 in Canada or 1-800-678-5440 in the USA.

 

Host Utility Hydro Quebec is our host utility for the Spring meeting. They will be providing a guest speaker for our opening session. HQ serves over 2.8 million customers, maintains over 106,000 km of distribution lines (9% underground). They have a mixed generation portfolio of over 32,500 MW. It consists of 50 hydroelectric plants and 5 thermal stations along with a large portion of the 5,400 MW Churchill Falls Hydro Station in Labrador. ICC members are encouraged to follow the link above to learn more about our host.

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