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Frequently Asked Questions - and Answers
If you do not find an answer to your question in this FAQ or in other conference pages above, contact We will add Q&A to this FAQ as we become aware of your questions.
When do things get started on Sunday May 3rd?
Registration open from approximately Noon to 6pm
Welcome Reception starts 6 pm, including 
Dinner with Interpretive Showcase of Ideas until 8 or 9 pm

What is the schedule?

Sunday May 3 conference opens, Mon concurrent sessions, Tues off-site sessions, Wed concurrent sessions, Thurs May 7 is one big session and conference adjourns at noon.

That's about four days total, plus optional post-conference trip to Old Quebec City and La Mauricie National Park Thurs, Fri and ending Saturday May 9th. More schedule info

I am finding the online registration forms a bit awkward. Any tips?
Try a browser other than Firefox (their recent update may cause issues with connecting to some secure servers). If this is not the problem, or it doesn’t help, contact Jamie King at and she will help. Waiting until the last moment may not be the best idea. 
What is the next deadline?

Advance registration will end April 28; after that date, you will need to register onsite for full- or single day-registration

How do I change my off-site session?
As you have registered, all you need to do is return to the registration page, remove the current offsite, and then add a different one.

Who comes to this conference?

Interpreters from 30 - 70 countries participate in each year. Though it is beneficial for any interpreter, typically managers and supervisors register.

How long has this conference been running?

Around ten years in countries around the world including Greece, Australia, Panama, and most recently Korea.

How can I get permission to register?
Think about the needs of your organization and of your suite of interpretation offerings as you browse the session descriptions and off-site session info. What kinds of problems are you trying to solve, if any? List specific keynotes and sessions you plan to participate in and why. Then speak to your supervisor about the benefits your participation will bring to the organization.

Is this a spring training conference?

No - the sessions are not designed for skill development for front-line interpreters, but instead focus on ideas and examples from around the world that have broad application to the field. It's a fall conference if you are coming from the southern hemisphere. The schedule is driven by the international community.

Where do I look for a spring training conference?

To Metro Vancouver on Canada's west coast, where a regional IC conference was just held. See Events board at home page for professional development opportunities including training and conferences.

Why a partnership with NAI? 
National Association for Interpretation is a US-based organization with members around the world. NAI collaborates with host countries to present an international conference every year. To offer Canadian interpreters an ideal opportunity to share, learn and network with international colleagues, Interpretation Canada (IC) has partnered with NAI this year. More NAI info
How will I get to the conference?

Montréal-Trudeau International Airport YUL is closest, about 25 minutes by car from the conference site at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. Mirabel Airport is around 45 minutes by car. VIA Train Station is about is about 5 km from the hotel. More travel info

Are offsite sessions valuable learning opportunities or junkets?
Offsite sessions are professional learning opportunities. Most are being developed to include a tour of an interpretive facility and a presentation by a manager on their programming/approach to interpretation. The Montreal Science Centre session will include a workshop, the Biodome will include a special behind-the-scenes tour, Mount Royal Park will include two interpretive programs, and another will include a customized interpreter-led bicycle tour along the Lachine Canal. Two of the main benefits of attending these workshops include seeing another facility's approach to interpretation in action, and making connections with other interpretive professionals around the world in a more social setting.
How much?
Early Bird Rate: USD $350 (until March 1) and then Regular Rate: USD $425. Reserve a room in the conference room block at CND $152. Optional post-conference field trip: USD $425. Any meals not included in registration and any extra expenses (souvenirs, poutine, etc) will be in Canadian dollars.

Can I register by cheque?
Best to pay by credit card as any cheque payments must be drawn from US funds.
NAI is handling registration duties for this conference. Credit card payments will be converted to your local currency, as with other online purchases.


Will presenters receive a registration discount or honorarium?
No, although we encourage presenters to register during the Early Bird period.
Will IC and NAI members receive a registration discount?
No - this is an international conference that welcomes all interpreters regardless of where they are from or what organization they belong to.

Everyone pays the same amount to register. Star Trek fans can think of it as a convention of the United Federation of Planets.


Will there be partial registration rates if people can only come for one day or don't want off-site sessions?
Not at the moment. But we will be discussing this at a joint IC/NAI meeting next week, so stay tuned.
Will room-sharing be available at the hotel? How should I indicate this, and how can I find another registrant to share with?
Right now, it is up to the participant to arrange room sharing. However, we will discuss at our next IC/NAI meeting and see if we can facilitate a process for you to connect.

Will more information be made available?
Yes, and web pages are being updated often. Please check back, or join IC to receive updates by email.


Does Interpretation Canada have outside funding for this? 
No - this and our other wonderful programs are provided through registration and membership fees, and the volunteer contributions of other interpreters like you. IC is a not-for-profit association with one part-time staff person. We work hard to keep costs low so all interpreters can afford to be involved if they choose. Thanks for asking :-) 


More questions? 
Please send them to me at, and I will answer and add them to these FAQ.