CURAC Conference May 22-24, 2019

The University of Guelph Retirees Association is proud to host the 2019 conference and AGM of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada/Associations de retraités des universités et collèges du Canada (CURAC/ARUCC) May 22 to 24 on the Guelph campus.

If you haven’t booked your travel to attend the CURAC conference yet, you might consider an extended stay to take advantage of events and attractions in the Guelph region.

Conference Program

Come join us in the Royal City as retiree association members from across the country gather to share ideas and information and also to participate in a series of educational sessions geared to retirement life. This year’s sessions focus on health, a major area of research strength at the University of Guelph. Check out the program and speakers.

If you haven’t booked your travel to attend the CURAC conference yet, you might consider an extended stay to take advantage of events and attractions in the Guelph region.

Conference Registration

Register by April 15, 2019 to take advantage of the early-bird rate.


Full Conference: all program sessions, opening reception, banquet, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks

Early bird rate until April 15: $180 + 13% HST

Regular rate April 15 - May 1: $200 + 13% HST


Single day Thursday or Friday: all program sessions, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks 

Early bird rate until April 15: $120 + 13% HST

Regular rate after April 15 - May 1: $140 + 13% HST


Conference Venues

The University of Guelph aims to become a smoke-free campus starting in spring 2019 with the exact date still to be determined.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from our venues.

Rozanski Hall, named in honour of Mordechai Rozanski, the University’s longest serving president is our primary conference venue. The building, incorporating materials salvaged from a beef barn that stood on the site, has well-equipped classrooms for our program sessions and an atrium where meals and coffee breaks will be available.

McLaughlin Library is located at the heart of the campus and will host our Friday afternoon program in the Robert Whitelaw Room on its second floor. Accompanying spouses are welcome to conduct personal research in Archival and Special Collections and may want to ask about specific collections before visiting.  

The Art Gallery of Guelph on Gordon Street is the location for our opening reception. The Gallery, formerly the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, was established in 1978 and today is home to over 9000 Canadian and international works. It also boasts an outdoor collection of contemporary pieces in its sculpture park, one of the largest in Canada. One of those sculptures is a 71/2-foot-tall begging bear that stands in front of the Gallery and is regularly decorated or dressed to mark special events.

The University of Guelph Arboretum is located adjacent to the main campus.  With its 400 acres of plants, gardens and walking trails it provides hours of enjoyment for members of the campus and wider community alike. Your accompanying spouse might enjoy a leisurely walk or a self-guided tour of the Arboretum using this printable map of the arboretum.




The Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre (601 Scottsdale Dr, Guelph, ON, N1G 3E7) is located 1.6 kilometers west of the University of Guelph (5 minute drive) and across the street from Guelph's Stone Road Mall.  It is conveniently located within walking distance to many restaurants. Guests receive complimentary parking and breakfast buffet along with access to the Elements on Stone Restaurant and Lounge, an indoor pool, sauna and fitness center. 

Conference Rate: $139 + HST until April 29.

Book directly with front desk staff at the Holiday Inn Guelph by calling 1-519-836-0231 and provide the code UGR.

NOTE: We're aware that some people have been unable to make a reservation at the conference rate when they have been redirected to a central Holiday Inn reservation call centre. When you call the number above, you should insist on making your room reservation directly with the Guelph Holiday Inn front desk. We are working with our local Holiday Inn to resolve this problem and to make online reservations available. If you experience a problem booking a room at the conference rate please send an email to:

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from the Holiday Inn and the University.


Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre  (50 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1G 0A9) is located at the corner of Stone Road & Gordon Street and is located adjacent to the University. Guelph’s only 4 star hotel features 148 contemporary guest rooms & suites with on-site fitness. Guests also enjoy complimentary access to Movati Athletic.

Rates from $152 based on availability at the time of booking. Please note there is an additional parking fee of $15/day.

Book online to take advantage of Delta’s special rate for CURAC conference attendees. Valid ID as a University of Guelph event attendee at check-in is all that is required.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from the Delta and the University.


On Campus Residences

For all residences, beds are made with linen and light blanket (one pillow & case); one shower towel and a bar of soap provided for each guest.  There is no daily servicing or linen change – guests may exchange their towels or sheets at the check-in desk at no extra charge.  Washrooms are serviced once a week.

Traditional residence rooms are equipped with a single bed, desk and closet; and there are shared kitchenettes and washrooms.

Traditional room is $44/person per night + HST

Townhouses are three stories with two single bedrooms and a shared washroom on each of the second and third floors. The first floor has a living room and kitchen including a fridge and stove (dishes, cutlery, etc. are not included). Guests may book an entire townhouse for themselves or share it with up to three other guests, each in a single bedroom.

Townhouse rooms for 1-2 people are $96/person per night + HST; 3-4 people are $82/person per night + HST

A $6 service fee will be added to the final total of all residence accounts.

Register for on campus accommodation.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from the reception and banquet venues only, for anyone staying in residence. It is no more than a ten-minute walk from all residences to the main conference venue, Rozanski Hall.




If you’re travelling by air, you’re most likely arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, but you may find that you can fly to Hamilton International or the Region of Waterloo International airports.


Red Car Service specializes in airport shuttles and serves all three airports. Red Car is offering CURAC delegates flying to and from Toronto a $10 round trip discount for its Shared Ride Shuttle Service. Book online and use the booking code curac. 

Train & Bus

Via Rail, Go Transit, and Greyhound Canada service the City of Guelph. All three make use of Guelph Central Station in downtown Guelph, along with the local Guelph transit bus system. Some Go Transit and Greyhound buses drop-off and pick up passengers at the University Centre bus loop, a four-minute walk from our conference venue, Rozanski Hall.

Detailed instructions for taking a bus from the Toronto Pearson Airport to Guelph and for getting to your accomodations from downtown Guelph by city bus.

Conference Sponsors

Full list of Conference Sponsors.