CCAC National Workshop 2019

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Join us at the CCAC National Workshop 2019 on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Richmond, British Columbia, for a day of thought-provoking presentations and dynamic breakout sessions!

Due to popular demand, the workshop will once again be held in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) Annual Symposium (May 25-28, 2019), offering an even greater opportunity for training and networking.

Consult the schedule at a glance to view the list of activities taking place.

Register early (before midnight EDT, on April 24, 2019) and take advantage of our early-bird rate!

General Information

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Rate: $350.00 + tax (before midnight EDT, April 24, 2019)
Regular Rate: $425.00 + tax

The registration fee includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, and a lunch on Saturday, May 25, 2019. It also includes entrance to our evening cocktail reception on Friday, May 24, 2019 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Enjoy a complimentary beverage as you relax, network, and connect with the broader CCAC community.

Cancellation Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing to . In the event of a cancellation before midnight EDT, on April 24, 2019, refunds will be subject to a $100.00 administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after midnight EDT, on April 24, 2019.

A Program That Meets Your Needs

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In response to feedback received at past national workshops, we will be repeating several breakout sessions during the day, to ensure that participants have the opportunity to attend as many of the sessions that interest them as possible.

This year's program covers a wide array of topics, including pedagogical merit review, welfare risks for aquatic facilities, and the benefits of transparency. There will also be breakout sessions and a hands-on exhibit on replacement alternatives.

Please consult the program for more information.

Involved in Teaching or Training? This Exhibit is For YOU!

Stop by our interactive exhibit throughout the day to explore state-of-the-art, practical replacement alternatives for teaching and training.

Workshop Location

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Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

The CCAC National Workshop 2019 will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, located at 7551 Westminster Highway, in Richmond, BC. Located near Vancouver International Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of the business district and Richmond Centre Mall.


The CCAC has secured a group rate, available for check-in on Friday, May 24, 2019 to check-out on Saturday, May 25, 2019, for all three hotels below. We encourage participants to make reservations early, as rooms may sell out. If you require additional guestroom nights or if you are also attending the CALAS Symposium, please contact the hotel in-house reservations directly. To receive the special rate, accommodations must be booked before 8:00 p.m. EDT, April 24, 2019. After this date, the regular rate will apply (upon availability).

Complimentary services included in your special rate as overnight guests:

  • 24 hour airport shuttle service
  • wireless internet access
  • parking

Special room rate for workshop participants (May 24, 2019 only, in CAD, before taxes)

  • Sheraton $185.00 (in-house reservations at 1-604-273-7878)
  • Marriott $209.00 (in-house reservations at 1-604-233-3991)
  • Hilton $209.00 (in-house reservations at 1-604-233-3990)

Travel and Special Discounts

Participants of the CCAC National Workshop 2019 can obtain the following discounts on their preferred method of travel.

Travel by Train

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VIA Rail is offering a 10% discount on the best available fares in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, and Sleeper class from May 19, 2019 to May 27, 2019, from all stations throughout the VIA system to Vancouver, BC and return. To obtain your discount, book online using discount code 13837. Restrictions apply.

Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.

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To book online:

  • Search fares and schedules at
  • Log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking
  • On the "Passengers" screen, select "Convention Fare" from the "Discount Type" drop-down menu, and enter the discount (13837) in the "Discount code" field
  • The conference fare will be shown on the next page

Travel by Air

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WestJet is offering a 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Vancouver or Abbotsford from May 18, 2019 to June 1, 2019. To take advantage of this offer, enter coupon code 9B5E6SI when you book your flight online.

What to See and Do in Richmond, BC

Visit the Richmond Tourism website for a list of activities and attractions, guided tours, and events taking place during your stay. Dine at the Golden Village, a dynamic hub of Asian culture that offers some of Canada's most authentic Asian cuisine, visit Steveston's National Historic Sites, or shop at the Aberdeen Centre, Yaohan Centre, or Parker Place Mall.