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The 2013 CURAC/ARUCC Conference and AGM is over, thank you for your participation!

Session Presentations 

Session presenters have kindly agreed to allow us to mount their presentations on the conference web site.  Please click the name of the presentation that you wish to view.  Other presentations will be added when available.

Session 3:

Dr. Roger Butler   - Elder Abuse and the Nursing Home: A Critical Interface

Session 4:   The Past, Present and Future of CURAC/ARUCC

John Meyer                  - Destiny of CURAC?

Session 5:    How to Organize a Successful Regional Conference

Randy Barkhouse     - Atlantic Regional CURAC Conferences

Doug Creelman         - CURAC/ARUCC Ontario Regional Conference

Joan Cunnington       - The Future of CURAC Regional Conferences

Session 6:    CURAC/ARUCC Sharing Best Practices

Barb Cox                        - MUNPA Best Practices

OCRA                              - Two Ontario College Retiree Associations

John Meyer                     - Best Practices or What we Do

Session 7:

Doug Creelman            - Retiree Benefits in Canada: A National Survey

Paul Huber                   - Incomes of Seniors and Their Pensions:

                                      Where are We Now and Where are We Likely                  



Hello and welcome to the CURAC 2013 web site!   Be sure to check the site regularly as we will continue to provide more information and update information as it becomes available.  Please contact us by email at if you have any questions.

CURAC 2013 Program

Please click CURAC 2013 Program to view the conference program.


Please register for CURAC 2013 by clicking Online registration formOur online registration system is equipped to handle payment by credit card and by cheque.  Please select payment by cheque in the payment part of the process and follow instructions.  Registrations should be received by May 31, 2013.

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CURAC 2013

C/O MUN Pensioners Association

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Elizabeth Avenue

St. John's, NL A1C 5S7

Guest wireless internet access

Free internet access will be provided while on campus. Further information at registration. 

Campus map

A campus map is available here.


We have arranged a block of rooms at the Quality Hotel Harbourview located at 2 Hill O'Chips St. John's, NL A1C 6B1.  Individuals making reservations should contact the Front Desk by calling (709)-754-7788 or email and ask to reserve under the "CURAC 2013 block".  The rate is $149 per night and is valid up to April 19, 2013.  The rate increases to $179 per night after that date. The hotel has agreed to allow attendees to avail of the reduced rate from June 9 to June 17.  The hotel's web site is  The CURAC local organizing committee will provide free transportation between the Quality Hotel Harbourview and Memorial's campus for events held on campus.  Details on pickup locations will be distributed in an email to registrants.

We encourage attendees to complete their hotel reservations as soon as possible as the reduced rate is valid only up to 60 days before the conference begins.

City Wide Taxi is the exclusive provider of ground transportation services for the public at St. John's International Airport. Taxi cabs queue outside the Arrivals Area. A taxi dispatcher is available to assist you. The cost to the Quality Hotel Harbourview is $25 plus $3 for each additional passenger. The cost to Memorial's Campus is based on the meter.

We have also arranged rooms in Memorial's Paton College student residences.  The rooms have been recently refurbished and are centrally located on the campus with access to our underground tunnel system.  Rates are $30 single and $50 double.  Interested parties must contact Memorial's Housing, Food and Conference Services office directly to arrange accomodations.  Please click Residence Accommodation for further information.  The check-in kiosk is located in Rothermere House (use entrance off road called "Livyer's Loop" and enter doorway marked 1) which is part of the Paton College residence complex located on Memorial's main campus.  The kiosk is open 21 hours per day from 7:00 am to 4:00 am.  Please click here to obtain a map of Memorial's campus.  Rotheremere House is clearly marked.

Caution concerning car rentals!

Please be advised that we often experience a shortage of rental cars in Newfoundland in the summer season and that rental agencies are often reluctant to provide unlimited mileage contracts.   Attendees planning to rent a car to tour the province before or after the conference should clearly understand the terms and conditions of their rental agreement!

Getting Here

Being an island, there are only two ways to get to Newfoundland - by sea or by air.

By Air:

A number of airlines serve this destination: Air Canada (, WestJet (, Continental Airlines(, Porter Airlines ( and Provincial Airlines ( currently offer scheduled passenger service year-round. Three charter airlines, Air Transat (, Sky Service ( and SunWing ( offer seasonal services.

Note: It is very important to quote the St. John's airport destination code when making your reservations: YYT. It has been known for visitors to end up in Saint John, New Brunswick - not a happy mistake!

By Sea:

Marine Atlantic ( operates ferries between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. There are two ports of entry in Newfoundland:

1. year round to Port aux Basque on the southwest part of the island, a four to six hour ferry trip and an 11 hour drive across the island to St. John's.


2. a summer service to Argentia, an 18 hour boat ride but only a 90 minute drive to St. John's. It would be wise to book a cabin for the overnight crossing. The ferries are quite new and are very comfortable.

A taxi from the airport to The Quality Hotel Harbourview will cost $25 for the first passenger plus $3.00 for each additional passenger. Taxis can be found just outside the arrivals area at the airport. 

A taxi from The Quality Hotel Harbourview to the conference site at Memorial University will cost approximately $15.00 with no charge for extra passengers.

Peter Russell Tour

Peter Russell, CURAC's founding president, and a former Chair of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy will be leading a tour to Ship Harbour where Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt developed the Atlantic Accord during World War II.  Further information about the tour and logistics please click Ship Harbour Tour.

Our Sponsors

We greatly appreciate the support provided by our sponsors:


Economical Select Insurance

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Marine Institute

Memorial University of Newfoundland     

Memorial University

The following university units contributed through hosting events, donation of services, waiving of charges or general assistance.

Office of the President

Vice President (Administration and Finance)

Computing and Communications

Marketing and Communications


Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support

Housing, Food and Conference Services

Facilities Management


Canadian Union of Public Employees

Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association

Memorial University of Newfoundland Pensioners Association


Mercer logo



City of St. John's

City of St. John's


Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre

Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre

Newfoundland Power

Newfoundland Power


Tourist Information

Here are some links that can provide useful information on where to stay, trip planning, weather and climate, geography, people and culture, etc.

You can also find links to a wide range of things to do and places to visit including whale watching excursions, iceberg viewing, golf, historical sites, natural attractions etc. by clicking here.

Here are some of the sights you will see when visiting St. John's:


Panoramic St. John's