The conference will take place at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3
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Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre is located in Vancouver's historic Spencer building, at the corner of Hastings and Richards streets in the city’s Heritage District. Shopping, restaurants, hotels and entertainment facilities are all minutes away.

Harbour Centre is directly across the street from Vancouver’s transportation hub, Waterfront Station, where Skytrain, Seabus, and Westcoast Express stations conduct visitors and commuters to all parts of metro Vancouver and beyond. The Canada Line Skytrain links Waterfront Station directly to the Vancouver International Airport. Public parking is available at many locations near the campus as well.

Here is a selection of nearby downtown Vancouver’s hotels.

The Delta Vancouver Suites

550 West Hastings Street
Telephone:  604-689-8188
Toll Free: 1-888-663-8811

Conference participants are eligible for a special conference rate at the Delta Suites. Please call for a reservation and ask for the "MECS company corporate rate". This will allow you to book a room for $209/night, instead of $313/night.

Toll free: 18002681133 (only in Canada). For outside Canada: call the Delta direct (number above)

NB. Some people have been told by the call centre that this rate does not exist: this is not correct! If you are running into any issues, please let Karen know at

Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver

435 West Pender Street (2 blocks away)
Telephone: 604.488.1088
Toll Free: 1.888.389.5888

The St. Regis

602 Dunsmuir Street, 2 blocks away
Telephone: 604.681.1135
Toll free: 1.800.770.7929

Victorian Hotel

514 Homer Street, Vancouver
Telephone: 604.681.6369
Toll Free: 1.877.681.6369


Directions to Harbour Centre

Driving from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
From the airport, proceed north along the Arthur Laing Bridge to Granville Street. Head north on Granville Street into downtown Vancouver. After crossing the Granville Street Bridge, take the Seymour Street exit and continue north on Seymour until Hastings. Harbour Centre is located on Hastings Street, between Seymour and Richards.

Public parking is available at many locations near the Centre. Street parking is free after 10 pm. The closest parking lot is at 400 West Cordova Street.

Public Transit
Major public transit lines, the SeaBus, SkyTrain and WestCoast Express terminate at Waterfront Station, located in the historic CP Rail Station on Cordova Street, opposite Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre. Transit schedules can be found at The Centre is also within easy walking distance of all street buses with a terminus in downtown Vancouver.


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