Sunday Night
Monday Night
Tuesday Night

Sunday Night

Heritage visit to the ByWard Market

A short trip over the river takes us to Ottawa's famous ByWard Market. First constructed as a log tavern where workingmen building Bytowne (Ottawa’s original name) quenched their thirsts, the Courtyard Restaurant is the site for Sunday evening’s dinner.  As you munch on gourmet nibbles, storytellers from Ottawa's Haunted Walks will rove around sharing some of the city's more famous ghost stories - some of which are based in and around the Market. As a restaurant, it offers contemporary cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers. As an historic site, it is part of Ottawa’s famed “Haunted Walk” tour. CPRS delegates will be treated to old-fashioned ghost stories featuring the darker history of some of the City’s most famous landmarks. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the woman who is often seen gazing from one of the second floor windows. The story goes that she was trapped in the building during a fire and comes to the window to look for a rescuer.

Following dinner, join colleagues from the CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter, as well as friends from the Society of Quebec Public Relations Professionals (SQPRP), who will host one of their now-famous "PR Mixer" events in the courtyard outside of the restaurant. Live music will set the scene for a relaxing evening of networking and mingling with both delegates and non-delegates from the local community.


Monday Night

Festival night at the Aviation and Space Museum

Ottawa has developed a reputation for its music festivals - not only because of the quality of entertainment, but because we know how to throw a party! On Monday night, we travel to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, where you will be treated to a rocking evening of music and gourmet "street food" in keeping with our Festival theme. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Ottawa's famous Blues Lady, Maria Hawkins. Maria is an inspired blues singer whose energy will have you dancing and singing along. She also is a great PR story in her own right. She recently won the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for her community work, including her music-based Stop the Bullying program, empowering children to deal with this difficult issue in creative and positive ways.


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Sound and staging for Monday night's entertainment, including hosting the PR All-star Jam provided by:




Tuesday Night

CPRS National Awards Gala

The National Awards Gala wraps up the three-day conference with this formal event recognizing the best in Canadian public relations and communication management. These awards are exclusive to CPRS Members and are a source of both individual and group prestige. The Awards Program showcases Canada's best talent and offers a special opportunity to be recognized by one's peers for outstanding work and contribution to the profession and CPRS. Come celebrate the accomplishments of the 2013 Awards of Excellence and CPRS Major Award winners!

Location - Casino Lac-Leamy Theatre

Meet the MC

Don Kelly is an Ottawa-based comedian and writer who has performed stand-up comedy across North America. He's starred in his own national television specials on CBC's Comics! and CTV's Comedy Now as well as many appearances on CBC TV's Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the radio and television show The Debaters.

Don currently hosts the Gemini-nominated television show Fish Out of Water, now in its fourth hit season on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Don is also a practitioner of the dark arts, having worked as Communications Director for the Assembly of First Nations, serving under three National Chiefs.

Don is a proud citizen of the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, a Treaty #3 community in northwestern Ontario.


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President's Shuffle

9:30 p.m. - Salon Exécutif Casino

The CPRS National President invites you to the "President's Shuffle" dance party immediately following the Awards Gala. Bring your iPods to help shuffle music and dance the night away. All delegates are welcome to celebrate the award winners and bring the Conversations 2013 National Conference to a fun and memorable close.

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