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Symposium 2018

Location, Accommodations & Travel Partners

#OPPI18 Host - Laurentian University

#OPPI18 will be hosted by Laurentian University in the City of Greater Sudbury. To learn more about our host city, the City of Greater Sudbury, and Laurentian University, along with information on accommodations and how to get to the City of Greater Sudbury, please see our information below:

Sudbury is located in the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, surrounded by the beauty of boreal forests and the majestic expanse of more than 330 freshwater lakes within its regional boundaries.

Photo Credit: John Narvali

Sudbury boasts 1,300 kms of groomed multi-use trails, 2,415 acres of conversation area, all putting on a glorious color show for you this Fall. You will definitely find nature here.
Photo Credit: John Narvali

You will also find a culturally vibrant city that is a hub for northern Ontario's entire population on many fronts: education, healthcare, governmental services, recreation and tourism, shopping, and so much more. The Sudbury community is proud of its mining roots and of its stature as the world's second largest nickel producer. They are equally proud of our environmental remediation success story, recognized worldwide, and which you can witness for yourself during your upcoming conference.
Photo Credit: John Narvali

Laurentian University, located on the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research in order to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Together with its federated partners, Laurentian University prepares leaders who bring innovative and intelligent solutions to local and global issues.

Laurentian University is also home to 9,600 postsecondary students pursuing their passion through postsecondary studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also the alma matter for more than 60,000 alumni. 

Parking Map
Map of parking at Laurentian

The campus is located on 765 acres of land, minutes away from the downtown core, yet a resort onto itself. It is bordered by five freshwater lakes, a golf course, and the Lake Laurentian Conservation area.
If you are the outdoors' type, don't miss the trails and plan to make it out onto the lake. The University offer rentals of every kind, from bikes, to canoes, to paddle boards...and they have their very own private beach. Typically, the weather and water will be warm enough for a swim until after the Thanksgiving Weekend, so pack a swimsuit.
If you get the opportunity, don't miss a visit to the rooftop of the Parker Building, the highest observation point in Sudbury, for a magnificent 360 degree of view of mother nature's best work.

A short drive downtown and you can discover an additional gem of ours, the McEwen School of Architecture (MSoA). The MSoA is founded upon pride of place. This philosophy embraces the resiliency of northern people and the unique beauty of the northern Ontario landscape.
The MSoA is an unfolding experiment in emerging pedagogies and diverse cultures. Our unique program highlights design and culture for northern climates, regionally and internationally, with an emphasis in developing expertise in wood, design-build studios using traditional and emerging fabrication methods, community-led design, and an extensive co-op program in both industry and professional contexts.
The French, English, Métis, and First Nations faculty and student body participate in design studios in both French and English, as well as opportunities to work alongside Indigenous Elders-in-residence. Their innovative award-winning four-building complex is both intentionally didactic and environmentally sustainable, acting as our first and most accessible teaching tool.
The MSoA is led by its current Director, Dr. David Fortin. A member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Dr. Fortin is the first Indigenous director of a Canadian architecture school.
Interesting facts about Laurentian University:
  • The Vale Living with Lakes Centre, adjacent to the front entrance to campus, has received LEED Platinum Certification in 2014. The centre's infrastructure was built on environmentally sound principles which maximize energy savings while respecting our environment, including a rainwater filtration parking zone and a green roof designed for blueberry crops.
  • Laurentian University's R.D. Parker Building provides the highest vantage point in Sudbury from its 12th floor rooftop. The building originally housed the University's library - which was moved in 1989 to its current location adjacent to the classroom building.
  • The Alphonse-Raymond building was constructed to house l'École de l'éducation and provide an enriched environment for future francophone teachers. It has also recently benefited from a transformation through the campus modernization project.
  • Opened in 2005, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is northern Ontario's primary source of qualified physicians for our northern communities.
  • The School of Education building was built on sustainable design technology which makes it environmentally friendly. It uses a geothermal heating/cooling system and has glazed windows which allow it to use 40% less energy. The building houses a circular smudging room where many Indigenous celebrations and teachings are held.
To learn more about Laurentian University, please visit

Host Hotel - Hampton Inn Sudbury  

Hampton Inn
2280 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 0B4

We have a block of rooms booked at the Hampton Inn, but there is a variety of local hotels.  Click here to reserve your room today.  (Note: we will be publishing information on alternate hotels once the Hampton sells out)

Alternate Hotel - Comfort Inn Sudbury

Comfort Inn
2171 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 5V3
We have a block of rooms booked at the Comfort Inn, but there is a variety of local hotels. Click here to reserve your room today.

Alternate Hotel - Travelway Inn Sudbury

Comfort Inn
1200 Paris Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 5V4
We have a block of rooms booked at the Travelway Inn, but there is a variety of local hotels. Call 1-800-461-4883 to reserve your room today.


The Sudbury Airport is located 35-45 minutes away from the host hotel, it is best to order a taxi in advance to avoid wait times. Please contact the companies below to reserve a ride:

Nite Lite Limousine Service

Sudbury Cab.


Click here to add your information, if you interested in carpooling.


Air Canada is offering a discount on non-Tango fares October 4-19.  To book, visit Air Canada and enter the promotion code ZX7H4WC1. Even if you are flying Tango,  enter the code as it counts towards usage history for future OPPI event discounts!


Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the OPPI Sympsium. The discounted fares are available for booking from October 8 to October 15, 2018 and available for travel:

Location:                                                               Dates of Travel:
From: Anywhere in Canada or US To: Sudbury From: 08/10/2018 To: 12/10/2018
From: Sudbury To: Anywhere in Canada or US From: 11/10/2018 To: 15/10/2018
Please book online here or through your travel agent using promo code “OPPI18”.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

The promo code is intended for use by symposium attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.


WestJet is offering 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus Base Fares for travel into and out of Sudbury or Toronto to and from anywhere WestJet flies in North America.  

Travel from Oct 4th-19th
Discount Code: 8E8U3Q5


Is offering a 10% discount off the best available fare (except Escape Class and Prestige Class). 

*Please be advised that Via Rail only goes to the Subury Junction.

*Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the "Discount Type" drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the "Discount code" field. 

ValidOctober 05 to October 14, 2018

Territory: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Sudbury Junction, ON and return.
Restrictions: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover os allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only. 

Discount10% off the best available fare (except Escape Class and Prestige Class). "Subject to conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."

Exception: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class or Prestige Class.

Identification: Participants must reference the event's VIA convention discount code: 13611


You may want to extend your trip and make a vacation of it!
Visit Sudbury Tourism for ideas of what to see and do.