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11-15 June 2018

Ottawa, Canada


1 Meeting Location The meeting will be held at the

Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata

101 Kanata Avenue

Kanata, Ontario, K2T 1E6


Please register for the meeting by 11 May 2018 and indicate which days you will be present. Ciena and FiberHome are co-hosting this meeting.

1.2 Facilities

The meeting will be held in the Algonquin Salon A&B room. This can be divided if needed. Internet access is provided.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available for breaks. A light breakfast and a lunch buffet will be provided daily . Please advise Stephen Shew of any dietary restrictions.

2. Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been arranged at the Holiday Inn & Suites at two rates:

Queen Suites at CAN$160/night ($185.60 with tax) and

Double Queens at CAN$146/night ($169.36 with tax).

Please make reservations individually using this link:


These rooms are being held until 12 May 2018 , after which reservations or the rate, cannot be guaranteed.  It is in the west part of Ottawa known as Kanata (formerly a city but now part of Ottawa) in an area known as Centrum.  There are plenty of restaurants for evening dining within walking distance of this hotel.  Parking is free as is high speed internet access.



Holiday Inn & Suites

101 Kanata Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario, K2T 1E6

Hotel Reservations: +1-613-271-3057 (quote group code “I3E” and the Ciena room block)

Central Reservations: 1-800-465-4329




2.2 Restaurants

Adjacent to the Holiday Inn is a shopping area called Kanata Centrum.  It is at 300 Earl Grey Drive and there are a number of stores and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. A list of stores and restaurants can be found here:

3. Airport Information

Ottawa has an International airport - YOW ( ) with direct flights to Europe, USA and many cities in Canada.

Some international airlines offer connection to Ottawa by bus if you land in Montreal (YUL).

The Ottawa airport is about 45 minutes from the hotel by car.

To get from the Airport to the hotel the following options are available:

  • Taxi
    • Estimated fare Airport – Holiday Inn: CDN$65
  • Bus -
    • One-way fare CDN$3.50 (exact change), journey lasts about 80 minutes, buses run every 20 minutes on Sunday.
    • Airport (stop 3039) – Kanata Centrum (Terry Fox stop 0432)
      • Bus 97 to Heron 2A (stop 3035 on the transit way – about 11 minutes) and change to bus 88 at Heron 3A on Data Centre Road (stop 3035 – about 12 minutes between arrival and departure).
    • Using the bus stop number, you can text to receive a real-time update on when the next buses are coming.  See
  • Car Rental

4. Visa Information for Canada – NEW eTA!

Visa requirements vary on a country-per-country basis.  If you are not sure if you require a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada, please check here: . Note: Most visitors that do not require a visa will require an eTA.


If you need an invitation letter for a visa application, please contact Stephen Shew at with the following information:

1. First Name as on the Passport

2. Last name as on the Passport

3. Gender (Male/Female)

4. Company name

5. Date and Place of Birth

6. Passport Number

7. Date and place of issue

8: Date of expiry

9. Email address

10. Arrival and departure days in Canada

11. Place of visa issue

12. Nationality

An invitation letter in PDF will be sent to you. Please indicate if a hard copy is needed.

5. Ottawa Tourist Information

Ottawa is the Capital of Canada.   Information about the city can be found at

6. Weather

The average temperature in Ottawa in June is 24ºC in the daytime and 13ºC overnight.  Weather information can be found at:

7. Other Information

7.1  Currency & Exchange

Currency is the Canadian dollar. There are currency exchange counters at the Airport.

7.2 Automated Teller Machines (ATM) for Foreign Travellers

Travellers who carry internationally recognized ATM/Credit cards can get a cash advance in Canadian dollars at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed at airports, major hotels, department stores, banks and tourist attractions.

7.3  Emergency Number

In case of emergency please dial 911.

7.4  Business Hours

Shopping hours vary per shopping centre and location. Most centres are open from 9 AM to 9 PM M-F. Saturday shopping hours are usually 9 AM to 5 PM. Sunday shopping hours are usually 11 AM to 5 PM. Banking Hours depends on the bank and are generally 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. Some banks do open on Saturday. Government hours are M-F from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 


7.5  Electricity

Canada uses the same electric outlets like the U.S, basically 120 V, 60   Hz. See picture below for outlet types.


7.6. Tipping

Tipping is expected at restaurants typically at 15-20% of the amount of the bill.

7.7 Tax

Tax is added on good and services including food. The “harmonized sales tax” (HST) rate (including Federal and Provincial) is 13% in Ontario.

7.8 Medical Emergencies

In case of a Medical Emergency your best bet is to go the Nearest Hospital to the Emergency room. The closest hospital to the hotel is the Queensway Carleton Hospital (about 10km by car).

7.7 Mobile coverage

Mobile phones or tablets that can roam on the North American bands in either GSM/HSPA (800/1900MHz), CDMA (800/1900MHz) or LTE (1700/2600MHz) will be able to roam in Ottawa.  

8. Contacts

The contacts for this meeting are

Stephen Shew

Office: +1 613-670-3211

Mobile: +1 613-791-3726