Events & Tours

Tickets for all ICN Social Events, with the exception of the Networking Day Excursions, may be purchased here:  

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Times and locations for all events are tentative and are subject to change.

Pre-Congress Trainee Networking Bar-B-Q (for trainees only)

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 – 16:30
Location: Olympic Island (Area 21) 

  • 11:00 – 12:00: Check-in at the ICN2018 Registration Desk (located in the lower level of the Conference Centre at the Westin Harbour Castle) to receive your badge, sunglasses and bag. The Registration Desk will ONLY be open for the Trainees.
  • 11: 45 – 12:30: ICN2018 Young Ambassadors will lead you from the Westin to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located next to the Westin) and purchase roundtrip Ferry Tickets. Ferry tickets will be complimentary between 11:00 and 12:00
  • For those arriving later the ferry tickets will have to be self-purchased at the ferry terminal. 
  • The Young Ambassadors will be sporting black ICN2018 caps.
  • 12:15: Begin serving BBQ burgers and hotdogs (meat and veggie) and refreshments
  • 12:30: Welcome message from Dr. Denise Belsham, Chair of Local Organizing Committee, and Stephanie Fulton
  • 13:00 – 13:45 :  Postdoc and graduate trainee networking activity
  • 13:45  – 15:45 : Neuroendo trivia game with prizes (ICN2018 baseball caps) + free play  (volleyball, Frisbees, soccer / football)
  • 15:45 – 16:30: Trainees to return to the Westin Harbour Castle for the Inaugural Wylie Vale Public Lecture at 5pm

Download the map for the location of the Trainee Networking BBQ (Olympic Island – Area 21) here


Pre-Congress Public Lecture 

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Location: Plenary Hall – Frontenac Ballroom, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada


Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018Steam Whistle
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing

The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

Approximately 15 minutes walking distance from the Westin Harbour Castle




Gala Dinner

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 18:30 – 22:00
Location: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

Approximately 10 minutes driving distance from the Westin Harbour Castle

Please buy your tickets here:  

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Trainee Networking Social (for trainees only)

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 18:30 – 22:30
Location: The Ballroom, 145 John Street, Ontario, Canada

Includes bowling lane & shoe rentals (for 64 trainees only), pool tables and light snacks & beverages.  Shoe rentals are available on a first come first served basis.


Networking Day Excursions – registration has been extended until Sunday, July 15th, 2018, 14:00.

Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
All tours will depart the Westin Harbour Castle promptly at 13:00, please meet in the Hotel Lobby at 12:45.

Book your Networking Excursions Now!  All excursions include a boxed lunch, roundtrip bus transportation, entrance tickets (unless otherwise specified) and onsite dedicated staff.  Discounted rates will be available for Trainees only.

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Price Per Person


Niagara Falls Tour

$115.00 CDN + Tax

9 hours

Winery Tour

$144.00 CDN + Tax

10.5 hours

Toronto is filled with unlimited options. For your convenience and enjoyment, we have developed a taste of what the destination can offer. This program includes options to Niagara Falls and its surrounding region.
Please note: Guaranteed numbers for tours and excursions have required minimums.  If any tours are cancelled, the guest will be offered another option or issued a refund.


Niagara Falls Tour – $115.00 CDN + Tax
Duration – 9 hours

An unforgettable trip to Niagara Falls, a natural wonder of the world so spectacular that 14 million people a year come to experience it. The tour will take guests above, behind and into the mighty falls all in one day!
Arriving downtown Niagara Falls, you will have a chance to explore Clifton Hill area and have a walk around the Falls on your own time. You will then board the Hornblower cruise to the base of the Horseshoe Falls for an unforgettable sail (raincoats included).Niagara Falls
You will then have the opportunity to explore beautiful, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake where there are shops, museums, and restaurants. You will be on your own for dinner before being returned to Toronto.

Timeline: 1:00 PM – Depart from Hotel
2:30 PM – Arrive Niagara Falls and Free-time by the Falls & Clifton Hill
4:00 PM – Hornblower Cruise
5:30 PM – Travel to & Free-time in Niagara-on-the-Lake
8:00 PM – Return to Hotel

Winery Tour – $144.00 CDN + Tax
Duration – 10.5 hoursVineyard

Niagara is a paradise for food & wine lovers. On this tour, you will visit and taste some of the best wineries in the Niagara region. Guests will start at Redstone Winery which just won 2017 Winery of the Year! Named for its red clay soil and large stones, the 38-acre Lincoln Lakeshore property was purchased in 2009 and is home to a newly opened hospitality centre and a locally-inspired restaurant.
Guests will then be transported to Trius Winery and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery where you will have a chance to tour and taste both wine and whiskey. There will be free time in Niagara-on-the-Lake afterwards where there are shops, museums, and restaurants. You will be on your own for dinner before being returned to Toronto.

Timeline: 1:00 PM – Depart from Hotel
2:15 PM – Tasting at Redstone Winery
3:45 PM – Tour & Tasting at Gretzky’s Distillery
4:45 PM – Tasting at Trius Winery
6:00 PM – Free-time in Niagara-on-the-Lake
10:00 PM – Return to Hotel

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Excursion Contact Information

For more information on the Excursions, please contact the Tour Operator MCC by e-mail at

Moore Carlyle Consulting | MCC Destination Management
290 North Queen Street, Suite 208, Toronto, ON M9C 5L2

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