Shaw Centre

55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 9J2

The Shaw Centre is very centrally located in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s Capital. It is within walking distance of over 6,000 downtown Ottawa hotel rooms, numerous attractions and landmarks, and the ByWard Market. A 20-minute shuttle ride from the Ottawa International Airport, the Centre is directly linked to the Westin Ottawa Hotel and the 180-store Rideau Centre shopping complex.

By Air

The modern Ottawa International Airport serves Canada’s Capital with direct daily flights to over 30 North American and international destinations – and is just a 20-minute drive from Shaw Centre.
Approximate Air Travel Times
City of Departure Estimated Travel Time
Toronto –  1 hour
Montreal –  ½ hour
New York –  1 ½ hours
Washington –  1 ½ hours
Chicago –  2 hours
London – 6 hours
Frankfurt  – 7 hours

By Train

Via Rail services Ottawa with daily passenger train service from Montreal and points east and south, and Toronto and points west – and the train station is just 10 minutes from the Shaw Centre.

By Road from Toronto

  • Highway 401 east to Highway 416 north, exit at Highway 417 east, exit at Nicholas Street.
  • Nicholas Street north for 3.5 km/2.2 miles, left onto Daly Avenue.
  • Shaw Centre is located at the corner of Daly and Colonel By Drive.
  • Total Distance: 397 km (248 miles)
  • Total Estimated Time: 4.5 hours

By Road from Montréal

  • Autoroute 40 west to Highway 417 west to Ottawa, exit at Nicholas Street.
  • Follow Nicholas Street north for 3.5 km/2.2 miles, turn left onto Daly Avenue.
  • Shaw Centre is located at the Corner of Daly and Colonel By Drive.
  • Distance: 189 km (118 miles).
  • Total Estimated Time: 2 hours.
​The official language of the Congress will be English. All abstract submissions and presentations should be in English.
​During the entire meeting, attire will be informal.​

​SIOP 2020 participants are requested to consult with the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency for specific details relating visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.

An official personalised letter of invitation will be provided to registered participants as part of the registration procedure. This invitation is prepared solely for the purpose of visa applications and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support or confirmation of inclusion in the Scientific Program.

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Ottawa in October is 6.0°C (42.8°F). The amount of rain in October is high with an average of 84mm (3.3in). You will see the sun sometimes in this month, it has 140 hours of sun.

So what to wear in October? Visitors traveling to Ottawa should plan on bringing a totally waterproof rain jacket since it will be raining some days.

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.

The Congress Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

​All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children*, accompanying spouses and family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas without a badge.
If you need to have children accompany you to sessions, please obtain a visitor badge for them from the registration desk.


  • Access to Conference Events / Children Younger than 18

    All conference technical and networking events require a badge for admission. Registered attendees may bring children with them as long as they have been issued a badge. Registration badges for children under 18 are free and available at the registration desk onsite. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and guardians are asked to help maintain a professional, disturbance-free conference environment. Please also note that some content of scientific presentations and talks might not be appropriate for children.

  • Exhibition Hall Access / Children Younger than 18

    Everyone who attends the exhibition must be registered and have a badge. Badges for children are free and available onsite at the registration desk. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Guardians are asked to help maintain a professional, disturbance-free exhibition environment. Children under 18 are not allowed in the exhibition area during exhibition move-in and move-out. Please also note that some content of scientific posters and exhibition materials might not be appropriate for children.

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