2017 AGM in Ottawa-Gatineau

2017 Annual General Meeting

May 19 to 21, 2017, Ottawa-Gatineau

The Society is partnering with the Canadian Museum of History to hold its 2017 annual general meeting in Canada's Capital Region.

Come and experience the excitement as the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau welcome the world to a year-long celebration of experiences, festivals and events to mark Canada's 150th birthday.


Celebrate With Us!

Join us in the national capital region amid the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League, the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa 67's, the 90th anniversary of the Senators last Stanley Cup win and the 25th anniversary of the modern day Senators Hockey Club.

The conference will take place at the Canadian Museum of History, and will include a guided tour of the special exhibit "Hockey in Canada — More Than Just a Game", that celebrates the sport's evolution and its widespread appeal.

Kevin Shea
Marc Durand
Jean-Patrice Martel
Benoît Clairoux

Special Public Event - SIHR Overtime

Join some well known members of the Society for International Hockey Research on Sunday, May 21, as they deliver hockey related presentations that are sure to entertain. This event is open to the public and free with paid admission to the museum. Registration is required as space is limited. Details

La SIRH en prolongation - Ouvert au public

Rencontrez quelques membres bien connus de la Société alors qu'ils offrent des présentations liées au hockey qui sont sûres de divertir. Cet événement est ouvert au public et gratuit avec entrée payante au musée. L'inscription est nécessaire car le nombre de places est limité. Détails

Why Ottawa - Gatineau?

The Heart of the Party

In 2017, Ottawa - Gatineau is where you'll want to be for Canada's sesquicentennial — its 150th birthday!

The meeting venue — the Canadian Museum of History, and the official hotel are both located on Confederation Boulevard, the Capital's ceremonial and discovery route, which encircles the downtown areas of Ottawa and Gatineau. It is the route that reflects Canada, as it connects many sites and symbols of national significance — institutions like Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as museums, heritage sites, embassies, monuments, parks, pathways and beautiful natural landscapes.

So whether you visit early ahead of the meeting or stay late afterwards, there will be plenty to see and do.

Rich Hockey History

The national capital region is home to two Major Junior teams — the Ottawa 67's and the Gatineau Olympiques, and the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of returning to the ice. Add to that the link to Lord Stanley and the iconic trophy he donated, and the special exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History, and there will be hockey related activities all year.

Attractions Abound

Must see Ottawa area attractions include Parliament Hill, National cultural museums, ByWard Market, Gatineau Park and the Rideau Canal.

Canada 150 , Ottawa 2017


Friday, May 19

2 p.m. (Sold Out) and 3 p.m.
Early Bird Event
Guided Tours of Rideau Hall

7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Meet & Greet
Canadian Museum of History

Saturday, May 20

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SIHR Annual General Meeting
Canadian Museum of History
View Agenda

6 p.m.
Dinner at Mill Street Brewery Ottawa View Group Menu

Sunday, May 21

10:30 a.m. English
SIHR Overtime! - Public Event

13 h en Français
La SIRH en prolongation! - Événement public. Détails

The Governor General of Canada
Guided Tour of Rideau Hall - Friday, May 19
1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

UPDATE: The 2 PM tour is sold out, but a second group has been added for 3:00 p.m.

Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

Register for free to join us on a visit of a site which has long had a relationship with Canada's national winter sport. Learn more about Rideau Hall.

Arriving at Rideau Hall
Arrival on foot: Groups may access the grounds of Rideau Hall through the Sussex, Thomas or MacKay gates. Visitors should present themselves at the gazebo marked with a red “Tours / Visites” banner at least 10 minutes before their scheduled tour. Please allow for 5 to 10 minutes walking time between the gate and the meeting point. Ample signage is in place throughout the grounds to direct guests.

Arrival by car: Parking is available on the neighbouring streets. On-site parking is limited to persons with mobility restrictions and is accessible via the Princess Gate. Please call 1 866 842-4422 in advance of your visit to get up-to-date information and to reserve a spot.

View a map of Ridau Hall Groundss

Members Meet & Greet - Friday, May 19
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec

The spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill will serve as the backdrop while attendees mingle at the Meet & Greet in the museum's Panorama Lounge.

This casual gathering is the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other members, and will feature information and artifacts related to hockey in the national capital region. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favourite hockey jersey or sweater.

Member Chris Delorme, author of the forthcoming book The History of the Sens Jersey, will deliver a presentation which takes a look back at 25 years of Ottawa Senators uniforms.

SIHR Meet & Greet
SIHR Meet & Greet

There is no fee to attend this event, and guests are welcome. Registration is required, as space is limited. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Members Meeting - Saturday, May 20, 9 AM
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club will be a major theme of the meeting, as the team celebrates the 25th anniversary of its return to the NHL.

In addition to the exploits of the modern-day club, there is much to celebrate about the original team as well. In the years following the formation of the National Hockey League in 1917, the Senators were the first dynasty, winning the Stanley Cup four times in the first decade.

Former NHL player Jim Kyte, who skated with the original Winnipeg Jets, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Calgary Flames, the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks, will be a guest speaker. He will be joined by Laurie Boschman, the first captain of the modern-day Senators. Laurie played for the Leafs, Jets, OIlers, Devils and Senators.

Members Peter Kitchen, Dr. Paul Bennett, Mike Fisher, Fred Addis and Howie Morenz III will deliver presentations.

The fee to attend is $50 per person, and does not include lunch. Register here.

Ottawa Senators XXV

Former Ottawa Senators Jim Kyte at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, October 11, 2011. (Photo: JEAN LEVAC / THE OTTAWA CITIZEN)

Former Ottawa Senators Captain Laurie Boschman at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1992. (Photo: THE OTTAWA CITIZEN)
Former Ottawa Senators Captain Laurie Boschman at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1992. (Photo: THE OTTAWA CITIZEN)

Mill Street Brewery
Dinner - Saturday, May 20, 6 PM (SOLD OUT)
555 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

UPDATE: The group reservation is full, but it may be possible to get a separate reservation by calling 613) 567-2337.

Join fellow members for an informal dinner at Mill Street's Ottawa Brew Pub located in the Thompson-Perkins Mill, a beautiful old mill building on the Ottawa River originally built in 1850.

Guests are responsible for the cost of their meal from a group menu with prices starting at $14.

SIHR Overtime! - Public Event - Sunday, May 21, 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec

A public event which will showcase presentations by SIHR members Kevin Shea, Marc Durand, Benoît Clairoux and Jean-Patrice Martel will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2017. There will be an English and a French presentation related to the theme of the special exhibit "Hockey in Canada — More Than Just a Game", and the curator will be on hand to answer questions. Details.

Hotel Info

Official Hotel

Four Points by Sheraton Gatineau

A block of rooms has been set aside for the Society at the Four Points by Sheraton, 35 Laurier Street, Gatineau, directly across the street from the Canadian Museum of History. Click here to view on Google Maps.

Rooms must be booked no later than April 19, 2017, and the rates are $149/night for single or double occupancy, $169 for triple occupancy, and $189 for quadruple. You can book your room online by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-567-9607.

If you book by phone, be sure to mention that your are with the Society for International Hockey Research. This is a very competitive rate for thea area in 2017, with rooms already in short supply as Ottawa and Gatineau gear up for the biggest tourism year in history.

Four Points Gatineau
Reservation Deadline

April 19, 2017

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Other Options

The Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa is a 5 minute walk from the museum, and the Crowne-Plaza is about a 15 minute walk. There are also several other hotel options in Gatineau and Ottawa that are a short cab ride away, as well as Airbnb properties.

Need help? Questions about the area?

Don't hesitate to contact meeting organizer James Milks by email at should you need help with accomodation or have any questions about the area.

Links / Plan Your Trip

Historic Sites

Parliament Hill

Few Canadian symbols are as well known as the Parliament Buildings. Flanked by the East and West blocks, the Centre Block of Parliament — with its distinctive Peace Tower and Library — is familiar to Canadians and people around the world.

Parliament Hill is home to Canada's federal government, where representatives from across Canada gather to make laws that affect the lives of all Canadians.

The picturesque grounds of Parliament Hill have many commemorative monuments to discover, and a number of guided tours and activities are offered both indoors and around the grounds. Learn more about the buildings and grounds on the Parliament Hill website.

Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

Rideau Hall was home to Lord Stanley of Preston between 1888 and 1893, during which he saw his first hockey game on February 4, 1889. He and his family discovered a passion for the sport that helped launch it into the spotlight as Canada's favourite sport. At a banquet in 1892, Lord Stanley promised to donate a trophy to hockey that would be used for the amateur championship of Canada. That trophy, originally named the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, better known as the Stanley Cup, has served as the focal point for professional hockey for over 113 years.

Whether you have only a few hours to take in the sights at Rideau Hall or you're planning to spend the entire day, whether you're bringing your family or visiting on your own, there are a variety of free activities that are sure to make your visit memorable.

Did you know?

A monument celebrating the gift of the Cup by Lord Stanley is being constructed in Ottawa, which will be unveiled in December of 2017. Learn more

Lord Stanley
Special Events
Inspiration Village

This an ephemeral hub for special exhibits and performances to highlight the regions of Canada, will be located in Ottawa's historic ByWard Market, a short distance from the official hotel and meeting venue.

In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village will be built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation — a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible building material that is gaining interest around the world.

A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming from May 20 to September 4, 2017, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada's provinces and territories. Learn More

Underground Multi-Media Experience

Take part in an ultimate underground experience with a futuristic and immersive multimedia production created by none other than Moment Factory and projected in one of Ottawa's future Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations.

Ottawa Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival commemorates the gift of Tulips from the Netherlands to the people of Canada. It is regarded as the largest event of its kind in the world. From tulips to topiaries, the celebration includes garden sculptures, concerts, buskers, cultural performances, and gastronomic delights.

Hockey in Canada — More Than Just a Game

For millions of Canadians, winter means hockey and hockey means everything. Share our magnificent obsession with our national sport in this special exibit at the Canadian Museum of History. One-of-a-kind artifacts, video clips of historic highlights, and personal memorabilia combine into an exciting, interactive experience. Game on!

Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Champions

While the regular season will have completed for each of the area's two major junior hockey teams — the Gatineau Olympiques and the Ottawa 67's, there could still be NHL hockey on Victoria Day weekend. Go Sens!


Come out and cheer for the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League during the Victoria Day weekend home opener. More info


The spring season of the Ottawa Fury of the USL starts in late April, and the team usually has a home game during Victoria Day weekend. Check the team website for the 2017 schedule this winter.

Airport Information


Ottawa International Airport is located 15km/9.3 miles south of the Canadian Museum of History and official hotel.

Directions to the official hotel.

By Taxi or Car

Taxis to downtown Ottawa cost approximately CAN $35. UBER is permitted to pick-up at the airport. Details

By Bus

Bus route 97 to downtown Ottawa costs CAN $3.65.

Train Station Information


The Ottawa train station is located 6.5km/4 miles south-east of the Canadian Museum of History and official hotel.

Directions to the official hotel

By Taxi or Car

Taxis to downtown Ottawa cost approximately CAN $20. UBER is also an option.

By Bus

Bus route 96 to downtown Ottawa costs CAN $3.65.


OC Transpo (Ottawa)

STO (Gatineau)

Tourism Offices

Ottawa 2017 - Discover the many events taking place in Ottawa and Gatineau in 2017
Gatineau 2017
Ottawa Tourism
Gatineau (Outaouais) Tourism


Four Points by Sheraton - Gatineau (Official hotel of meeting)
Best Western Plus Gatineau
Crowne Plaza Gatineau

Museums and Attractions

Gatineau Sports Museum (French only site)
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian War Museum

Sports Teams

Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Ottawa Champions Baseball Club (Canam)
Ottawa Fury FC Soccer (USL)

Canadian Museum of History


Members Meeting - Saturday, May 20