New! Updated program available, see CURAC 2013 Program section below.
New! The CURAC local organizing committee will provide free transportation between the Quality Hotel Harbourview and Memorial's campus for events held on campus.
New! Location of on-campus accommodations kiosk available in downloadable map. See Accommodations section below.
New! Information on transportation from airport to Quality Hotel Harbourview and Memorial's campus available in "Accommodations" section below.
New! Registration June 12th to be held in the foyer of the R. Gushue Hall of Memorial's campus. Registration June 13th to be held in the lobby of the Science Building, outside S-2109. Click here for a campus map. See program for more details.
New! Guest wireless internet access will be provided while on campus. Further information at registration. Please see program below for registration time and location.
The 2013 CURAC/ARUCC Conference and AGM is being hosted by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Pensioners Association (MUNPA)
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
CURAC 2013 Program - Updated
Please click CURAC 2013 Program to view the most recent version of the conference program.
Please register for CURAC 2013 by clicking Online registration form. Our 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.
Un formulaire d'inscription en français est disponible ici. Veuillez télécharger ce formulaire, fournir les informations nécessaires, et l'envoyer avec votre chèque à:
C/O MUN Pensioners Association
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-st_johns-canada-CN246.
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!
Being an island, there are only two ways to get to Newfoundland - by sea or by air.
A number of airlines serve this destination: Air Canada (www.aircanada.com), WestJet (www.westjet.com), Continental Airlines(www.continental.com), Porter Airlines (www.flyporter.com) and Provincial Airlines (www.provincialairlines.com) currently offer scheduled passenger service year-round. Three charter airlines, Air Transat (www.airtransat.com), Sky Service (www.skyserviceairlines.com) and SunWing (www.sunwing.ca) 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!
Marine Atlantic (www.marine-atlantic.ca) 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 $22.50 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.
We greatly appreciate the support provided by our sponsors:
Economical Select Insurance
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)
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Computing and Communications
Marketing and Communications
Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support
Housing, Food and Conference Services
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association
Memorial University of Newfoundland Pensioners Association
City of St. John's
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: