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Conference Venue

The Conference on Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals will be held at the Loews Le Concorde Hotel, located at 1225, cours du Général-De Montcalm in Québec City (province of Québec, Canada). The Conference venue is in the heart of Québec’s capital, just a short walk from the Old City and its museums, monuments and numerous restaurants.

Hotel Information

To ensure you a pleasant and safe stay, we have reserved rooms at a preferred rate for conference attendees at the Loews Le Concorde Hotel. From its strategic location on the highest point in the City, on the “Champ-Élysées” of Québec, this hotel offers a sweeping view of the historic Battlefields Park, the famous St. Lawrence River and the Parliament Hill. The Loews Le Concorde Hotel is Québec City’s only Mobil 4 star/CAA-AAA 4 diamond hotel; all rooms are equipped with dataports, voice mail and coffee maker, and its revolving rooftop restaurant offers award-winning international cuisine.

Preferred conference rates are
CDN $ 139.- for a hotel room (one or two persons)
CDN $ 20.- for each additional person
CDN $ 275.- for a suite
Reservations may be made by :
  • Fax : Fill out the Reservation Card (pdf) and return it
    by fax to 418-647-4710.
  • Phone : 1-800-463-5256 (toll-free) or 418-647-2222
  • E-mail :
When reserving your room by phone or e-mail, please mention that you will be attending the Conference on Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals.

Deadline for hotel reservations at the preferred conference rate is January 16, 2003. After this date, reservations are accepted based on availability of rooms and billed at the normal hotel rate.

Travel Information

Access to Québec City

By airplane, Québec City is a one-and-a-half hour flight from New York, Boston and Toronto, and only 40 minutes from Montréal. The Jean-Lesage International Airport is located 16km (10 miles) from downtown. We have appointed Air Canada as the official airline of the 2003 Conference on Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals in Québec City. Simply contact Air Canada’s North America toll free number at 1 800-361-7585 or local number 514-393-9494 or your travel agent and take advantage of Special Discount Airfares. Our convention number is CV978426. By ensuring that the convention number appears on your ticket, you will be supporting our organization. We thank you.

If you wish to travel by bus from Montréal to Québec City, you can take regularly scheduled buses from Dorval airport to downtown Montréal. Orléans Express offers an hourly service between Québec City and downtown Montréal. The bus trip takes approximately two and a half hours. Alternatively, there are several daily train connections between Montréal and Québec City. By car, two main highways link Québec City to Montréal. If you wish to rent a car, you may do so at the airport or in downtown Montréal or Québec City.

Passport and Visa

Residents from certain countries will require entry visas. Please consult the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your country. US residents may enter Canada with proof of citizenship, though a passport is preferable and is occasionally required by officials.

Currency Exchange

Legal tender is the Canadian dollar that divides into 100 cents. Bills come in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. The coins in use are of the following denominations: 1, 5, 10, 25 cents, as well as one and two dollars. Canadian and American dollars are not at par. American currency is accepted in most establishments at a variable exchange rate.

To avoid problems it is recommended that, on arrival, visitors obtain Canadian currency at the official exchange rate at a bank or travel agency. You may consult the following web site to obtain the current exchange rate:

General Information

The Conference

Official Language
English will be the official language of the Conference. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Letter of invitation
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the Conference may write to the Conference Secretariat. This procedure is designed to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference, and does not cover registration fees or other expenses. The invitation does not imply provision of financial or other support.

Certificate of Attendance
A certificate of attendance will be available on-site.

Identification badges are mandatory and will be required for admission to all the Conference functions, the scientific program, and exhibition areas. Individuals who loose their badges will be required to pay a fee to obtain a personalized replacement badge.

Québec City

Québec City is the birthplace of French civilization in North America. It guards access to the entire region from its perch on the Cape Diamond promontory high above the mighty St. Lawrence River.

Québec is the only city in North America still surrounded by ancient stone fortifications. As the only walled city on the continent north of Mexico, it has a unique personality. UNESCO recognized this uniqueness by including Old Québec in the prestigious family of world heritage treasures, monuments of exceptional universal value worthy of special protection.

There are many ways to discover Old Québec. A walk through the narrow streets is obviously among the most enjoyable. Contemplate the beauty of an ancient stone house while standing in the shade of a centuries-old tree. With every cobblestone street you take, the city’s history and European flavor are very much in evidence.

Climate and Clothing
March is still a winter month in Québec City. Average temperatures range from -8°Celsius at night to 0°Celsius during the day. You will need coats, boots and gloves or mittens.

For those of you who love the great outdoors, March offers plenty of opportunities for skiing, skating and other winter activities such as dogsledding or snowmobiling in Québec City and its close surroundings.

Some remarks about the winter: winter is cold in Québec. It is also usually dry and characterized by long periods of sunshine. The snow and the cold are part and parcel of winter, but the clear air and light reflecting off the snow are magical. It is not surprising that a number of Québec painters have sought to portray the beauties of this winter spectacle.

Units of Measure
Canada uses the Metric System.

Electricity in Canada is 110-volt direct or alternating current. All non-North American appliances require an adapter for the current as well as for the plug.

In Canada, gratuities are not included in restaurant bills, but are left to the discretion of the customer. It is customary to leave a gratuity of 15% of the total cost before taxes are added to the bill. This same policy applies to taxi fares. Porters expect CDN $1 per suitcase.

Tax Refunds
The Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7% is added to all purchases, as well as the Québec Sales Tax (QST) of 7.5%. Non-residents may claim refund of the GST. Tax reimbursement forms from Canada Customs will be available upon arrival at the registration desk. For more information, visit the Visitor Rebate Program Web page on the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Web site at

Health and Personal Insurance
Conference organizers cannot accept liability for injuries or losses arising from accidents or other situations during or as a consequence of the Conference. Access to Canada’s health care services are very costly for non-residents, therefore, it is recommended that participants arrange health and accident insurance prior to travelling to the Conference. It is also recommended that insurance against possible loss of luggage or travel disruption be retained.

Register Now to the Conference on Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals

CPMP 2003 Conference Secretariat
c/o Agora Communication
2600, Boulevard Laurier, Suite 2680
Sainte-Foy, QC G1V 4M6 Canada
Tel : (418) 658-6755 Fax : (418) 658-8850

March 16 to 19 2003, Québec City
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