General Information

  • Venue Location

    Palais des congrès de Montréal
    159 Saint-Antoine St. West
    Montréal, Québec
    H2Z 1H2

    Phone: 514-871-8122
    Fax: 514-871-9389
    Onsite phone number: 514 991 3851

  • Information / Congress Secretariat

    ICR2019 Secretariat
    c/o IS Event Solutions
    633 Notre-Dame
    St-Lambert, Qc, Canada J4P 2K8
    Tel.: +1 450-550-3488 x114
    Fax: +1-514-227-5083

  • Emergency / First Aid

    For any emergency or first aid services inside the convention centre, please contact the convention centre staff or conference staff.

  • Presentation Guidelines

    All presentation guidelines can be viewed here:

  • Certificate of Attendance

    A personalized Certificate of Attendance will be sent to all participants by email after the Meeting.

  • Coat and Luggage Check

    The coat check is located in Hall Viger and will be open for luggage check on August 29 and 30 only during congress hours.

  • Dress Code

    Business casual at Conference.
    Semi-formal at Gala Dinner.

  • Evaluation Form

    The evaluation form will be available online as of August 29 and will be sent to you by email. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

  • Exhibit Hours

    The Exhibit Hall is located in 517cd.

    Sunday, August 25 18:30-20:00
    Monday, August 26 09:00-15:30
    Tuesday, August 27 10:00-15:40
    Wednesday, August 28 10:00-15:40
    Thursday, August 29 10:00-15:40

  • Language

    The official language of the 25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration is English.

  • Liability

    The International Institute of Refrigeration and the 25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration, its Organizing Committees and Professional Congress Organizer shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered participants of the 25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration.

  • Lost and Found

    Any lost and found items will be held at the registration desk for the duration of the event. For any unclaimed items after the meeting, please contact IS Event Solutions.

  • Non-Smoking Environment

    The Palais des congrès is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is forbidden in all areas. Smoking is not allowed in any public buildings including restaurants and terraces. Smoking is allowed 9 meters (30 feet) from the building doors.

  • Accesss to the Venue & Parking

    Please find all details about gettign to the Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès) here:

  • Public Transportation

    Public transport, called stm in Montreal, is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and in just 10 minutes you’re at a museum, restaurant or in Old Montréal. Affordable and reliable, the metro can be accessed via the city’s Underground Pedestrian Network: two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. Weekly passes are available. Métro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour. If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost you a flat rate of $40 – not including tip. Some taxis will also transport bicycles. Renting a BiXi bike is another great and inexpensive alternative.

    Visit the stm website for all details:

  • Registration

    The registration desk will be in operation during these hours:

    Sunday, August 25 15:00-20:00
    Monday, August 26 08:00-18:00
    Tuesday, August 27 07:00-17:30
    Wednesday, August 28 07:00-17:00
    Thursday, August 29 07:00-17:00
    Friday, August 30 07:00-12:30

    Entrance to the convention centre, scientific sessions and the exhibit hall will be limited to badge holders only. For security purposes, delegates, accompanying guests and exhibitors must wear their name badges to all social functions.

  • Sales Taxes

    Goods and services
    A federal Goods and Services Tax (GST or TPS) of 5% is charged on most goods and services in Canada. A Québec provincial tax (TVQ) of 9.975% is added to all goods and services purchased in the province of Québec.

    There is a tax on the cost of each accommodation unit rented in an establishment located in the Montréal tourism region. The amount of the tax is 3.5% per night if visitors pay for the accommodation themselves.

  • Shopping

    Opening times & co.
    Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Bars and restaurants serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Some restaurants have a BYOW policy, which allows you to bring wine and beer of your choice. You can purchase alcohol at convenience stores (dépanneurs) and grocery stores between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., but for hard liquor and a greater selection of wine and beer, stop by one of the many Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) outlets. The legal drinking age in Québec is 18 years old.

    Where to shop
    The downtown core runs along Ste. Catherine with the best shopping between Guy and boulevard Robert-Bourrassa. There are lots of clothing shops for all tastes and budgets. The key department stores are Ogilvy (upscale) and Simon’s. Indigo bookstore along Ste. Catherine, Paragraphe on McGill College and the McGill University bookstore (on McTavish) are all great for extended browsing. Sherbrooke Street between University and Bishop also has upscale shopping in particular the Holt Renfrew Department store. Laurier Avenue (between the Plateau and Mile End) on either side of Park Avenue is also a nice place to shop and drop into a café. For wine and spirits connoisseurs the SAQ signature store in the Complex Les Ailes shopping complex on Ste. Catherine near boulevard Robert-Bourrassa is your best bet. There is also a great SAQ store on corner of Saint-Jacques and Bleury with local products such as Ice Cider and local wines. For great bargains on brand names for clothing and women’s handbags, shop at Winners downtown. They sell brand clothing at great discounts!

  • Social Events

    Welcome Reception
    Sunday, August 25, evening, 18:30 -20:00
    Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 517cd

    Opening Ceremony
    Monday, August 26, morning, 9:00 – 9:30
    Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 517a

    Student Networking Event
    Wednesday, August 28, 17:00 – 19:30
    Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 517b

    Gala Dinner & IIR Award Ceremony
    Thursday, August 29, 18:30 – 22:30
    Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 710

    Closing Ceremony
    Friday, August 30, 12:00-12:30
    Friday, August 30, 12:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 518ab

  • Montreal

    The Meeting website features information on the city and Must Sees:

  • Tipping

    Service is not included in restaurants and it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total. (A quick way to calculate the appropriate tip amount is to add the two taxes that appear at the bottom of your bill. It adds up to roughly 15%). If you are with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill. Just ask when you are not sure if the tip is included. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least C$1 per suitcase or per service rendered. Coffee and food counters often have a tip cup next to the cash register; spare change is always appreciated.

  • To the Airport

    For more information about the Montréal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, we invite you to visit the website at

  • Wi-Fi

    Wireless Internet is available and can be accessed anywhere in the convention centre.

    Username: ICR2019
    Password: BECOOL2019

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