Equal Opportunities Committee

Memorandum - UTE Regional EO Conference - Montréal

July 17, 2015

TO: Executive Council
       Alt. Regional Vice-Presidents
       Local Presidents (Atlantic, Montréal, Québec and National Capital Regions)

RE:  UTE Regional Equal Opportunities Conference

The Conference for the Atlantic, Montréal, Québec and National Capital Regions will be held in Montréal, Québec.             

DATES:       October 15-18, 2015

TIMES:        Thursday – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Registration

Thursday – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hospitality reception

(To respect the diversity of the participants attending the Conference, no alcoholic beverages will be served in the hospitality suite Thursday, October 15, 2015 and Friday, October 16, 2015. Alcoholic beverages will however be served Saturday, October 17, 2015.)

Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference

LOCATION:       (Note that this is a non-smoking hotel)
                          Montréal Marriott Château Champlain Hotel
                           1 Place du Canada
                           Montreal QC  H3B 4C9

Toll-free:  (+01) 800 200 5909

Website: http://www.montrealchateauchamplain.com/

REGISTRATION:    Online only via the following link:


The deadline for registration is 23:59 EDT, September 4, 2015.

All registrations received after 23:59 EDT, September 4, 2015 will be denied.   

If you wish to submit your registration via printed form or other form due to a disability(ies), please contact Ms. Sylvie Bastien via (+01) 613 235 6704 or basties@ute-sei.org, Erik P. Gagné via (+01) 613 235 6704 or gagnee@ute-sei.org                                    

THEME:     “Awakening Our Activism”

The Conference objectives are:

  •         Inspire participants to evaluate their activism; and
  •         Encourage participants to become more active; and
  •         Provide participants with the tools required to empower action.

The agenda is attached to this memorandum.

These objectives will be achieved through plenary sessions and a workshop. This will be an opportunity for you to network with other equity group members and others.


  •  The UTE will fund two (2) members per Local.

  •  Funding will consist of:

    • Per Diem:  four (4) days (cheque sent to the participants); and

    • Hotel:  three (3) nights (paid directly by the UTE); and

    • Travel:  advance sent directly to the Local (2x Air Canada Flex airfare); and

    • Family care allowance, if required; and

    • Loss of salary.

Note: Participants are reminded that we have guaranteed a specific number of hotel rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  In return for    this guarantee, the hotel has agreed to waive the cost of meeting rooms.  As result, participants are expected to attend all sessions of the Conference and not cancel the hotel room or alter the arrangements.  In the event of an emergency that could affect the hotel room or arrangements, please contact your RVP. Also and if a participant does not attend all sessions of the Conference, she / he will waive her / his per diem for each day she / he is not attending a session.


The conference is intended for UTE equity group members who have limited or no knowledge / experience of employment equity. However, we strongly encourage Locals to send observers who demonstrate an interest in employment equity.

There is no limit as to the number of participants that can attend the Conference.          

For all queries / concerns related to the Conference, contact Erik P. Gagné via (+01) 613 235 6704 or gagnee@ute-sei.org or the undersigned via (+01) 403 805 6855.

In Solidarity,

Bob Carpenter
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Committee

c.c.       EO Committee