Mar 8, 2018

OttawaMark your calendar now to participate in one of the best Conferences in many years. Volunteers and boaters from across North America will congregate in Ottawa to exchange ideas, have their say in the business of their national organization, attend workshops, network with old friends and meet new ones. It will be a working conference with time for a little fun and relaxation. We are excited to have you all as our guests and show you some real National Capital hospitality.

Our conference theme is “Captains and Mates – Boating Life”

We are celebrating our 80th Anniversary as an organization and we decided that you should travel light to Ottawa this year with your costumes. None of us have been around for the 80 years of the organization but it would be interesting for the Friday night festivities to see what you were wearing in the 50’s, through 80’s while boating.

What does Fall look like in Ottawa?

When Mother Nature cooperates, the leaves change to colours of golden reds, radiant yellows and vibrant oranges. Ottawa presents fabulous opportunities to experience the beauty of autumn. You really can’t go wrong attending a Conference in the Nation’s Capital.

Ottawa presents visitors with a wide selection of sightseeing and outdoor leisure options. In fact, with more than a dozen national museums and galleries Canada’s Capital Region has something for everyone. We plan to give you unforgettable experiences with the tours we have planned for your enjoyment.

Visit the National Website to register for the CPS-ECP Conference, book mealsand tours. The Full Conference Package includes Friday Theme Dinner and Party, Saturday AGM Luncheonand the Chief Commander’s Gala Dinner and Dance. After September 3, 2018 higher registration rates will apply.

To make your room reservations, please call the number below:

Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
Reservations: 1-800-853-8463
Reservations for CPS-ECP Members

We are pleased to announce that for CPS-ECP members attending the 2018 Conference and AGM a special room rate of $179/night has been secured. This rate will be available until September 17, 2018 at 4pm and is subject to availability.

For any information, questions or concerns, please contact:
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