2018 Conference information

2018 Summer Mini Conference - St. Catharines, Ontario

July 26 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Registration is now closed for our 2018 Mini Conference in St. Catharines.  If you would like to be added to a wait list please email virginia@calm.ca

This is a one-day conference, open to all labour activists. The mini conference will feature eight workshops from which delegates will be able to choose four, and networking opportunities.  Lunch and coffee breaks are included!

Please click here to see the workshops and presenter bios.

Conference details are being updated regularly.  

If you're planning to attend, don't forget to bring some local swag to share with other delegates: magazines, lanyards, stickers -- anything that will show off your union's work.



Take advantage of visiting the historic and scenic Niagara Region

The Niagara Region welcomes more 14 million tourist every year for good reason: the region is rich with history, wineries, concerts, golf courses and, of course, Niagara Falls. There are water parks, zip lining and skydiving simulators. 

Visitors in the area can enjoy a scenic drive from St. Catharines, stopping to see the ships pass through the historic Welland canal, before hitting lakeshore road to Niagara on the Lake. The trip is even more beautiful when experienced on bike! For lunch, stop at either the Angel Inn or at the Niagara on The Lake (NOTL) Golf Club which is oldest golf Course in Canada. The golf club has a great patio that features a view of old St George which is located across the mouth of the Niagara River. 

For the adventurous, you can also take a round-trip jet boat tour from NOTL up the Niagara River. Moving along this route there are countless wineries that offer tours, samples and entertainment and lots of good photo opportunities. 

Leaving NOTL take a drive along the Niagara parkway, past Old Fort Niagara, the floral clock, and the butterfly gardens.  Hikers enjoy several trails that go down the gorge to the Niagara River.

At St David’s, stop below the Brock monument for a great view of the Niagara River before continuing on along the Niagara gorge, past the hydro generating station to Niagara Falls the falls are a must see for first time visitors. The Hornblower tour which sails right up to the bottom of Niagara Falls is highly recommended.

From Niagara Falls it’s a quick drive back to St Catharines, about 15 to 20 minutes by car.

However, if you have time, continuing along the Niagara parkway which is a lovely drive along the bank of the Upper Niagara River which separates Canada and the US, the fast moving river feeds Niagara Falls from Lake Erie.  The quickest way back to town is a 35 minute drive on the QEW from Fort Erie to St Catharines, which incidentally passes two outlet malls where you can find all the major retail outlets and a few deals.

This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the region. For more information, please be in touch. Our hosts at Unifor Local 199 have offered to give advice to delegates, or you can check out Niagara Tourism: https://www.visitniagaracanada.com/



To learn more about the 2016 annual conference, click here


Past Mini Conferences

2017 Vancouver Mini Conference