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2023 Summer Council Meeting

Register here.

Please note the following Summer Council Meeting schedule as you make your travel arrangements.

Council Meeting Schedule

All times listed are in Eastern Time.

Friday, July 14, 2023
8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Section Council Meeting

12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Section Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.
Dinner at Graziella, 116 McGill St., Old Montreal

Saturday, July 15, 2023
9:30 a.m.
Walking tour through Old Montreal.

Registration Fee

To register for the Summer Council, go here.  The registration fee is $200 per person for all Council member participants. This fee includes all of Friday’s meals including that evening’s dinner. If you are bringing a guest(s), there will be an option to buy guest dinner tickets ($125) when you register. 

Summer Council Meeting RSVP

To assist planning, please complete the online RSVP form. On this online form you can indicate how many in your party will attend the various food functions. On this form, you should also please indicate if you will seek reimbursement of allowable travel expenses. Please complete this form by Monday, June 19, 2023.


Hotel Reservations

There is no room block for this Council Meeting. There are many hotels near the meeting site, two of which offer a Blakes discount. You may get a discount by mentioning “Blakes” when making your room reservation (by phone call). Some hotels in the area are sold out on Saturday night, so please make your reservations early.

Fairmont – The Queen Elizabeth (3-minute walk to Blakes)
+1 514 861 3511
Toll Free room reservations only + 1 866 540 4483

Doubletree by Hilton (11-minute walk to Blakes)
+1 514-285-1450

Other hotels in the area include Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel (3-minute walk), Hotel Bonaventure Montreal (7-minute walk), and Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlains (8- minute walk).

Entering Canada

All Americans must carry a passport when entering Canada. Other international travelers should visit

ABA Negotiated Airfare Discounts

With ABA Egencia*, you can automatically obtain ABA negotiated airfare discounts for travel to the ABA Meetings. ABA Egencia enables you to purchase the best airfare at the time of booking, by providing you with the ability to search for and compare fares from virtually every airline serving the destination. Reservations with ABA Egencia can be made online or offline. For offline reservations, call (877) 833-6285. ABA Egencia is available online via ABA Travel Services*. ABA airfare discounts on some carriers may also be obtained by purchasing your tickets under the ABA Discount Codes directly from the airline or through your travel agent.

*A Travel Profile is required when booking airline reservations with ABA Egencia Visit for more information.


Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is the closest major airport, 12 miles northwest of the meeting. Taxis, ride shares, and the 747 bus which takes from the airport to downtown Montreal are available. For full details about transportation options, please visit

Council Travel Reimbursements

Reimbursement is available for attendance at the 2023 Summer Council Meeting. Please indicate on your RSVP response if you plan on claiming reimbursement per the Section's reimbursement policy. No travel reimbursement is available to committee chairs.

Council Members:

  • For government, academic, non-governmental organizations, or retired Council members, reimbursement is limited to lodging for up to two nights for room rates of $400 CAN before tax/fees plus up to $500 USD towards airfare.
  • Private practitioners may claim up to $500 USD worth of lodging and airfare expenses. 

A reimbursement form will be sent in a future email. You will need to please use this form to claim your expenses and submit the completed form with receipts for payment no later than two weeks after the council meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the logistics of the Summer Council Meeting, please contact Dana Jonusaitis at [email protected].

Council Meeting Report Deadlines

  •  Service Group Officers and Council Liaisons should set their own report deadlines to those committees that they oversee. 
  • Friday, June 23, 2023 – Substantive Committee final progress reports due. 
  • Friday, June 30, 2023 – All Reports, as described above, are due to be sent to Dana

If you have any questions regarding the logistics of the Summer Council Meeting, please contact Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602 or [email protected].