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Montréal Universities for Conferences and Events

Montréal’s Acclaimed Universities Offer Unique Locations for Conferences and Events

Montréal has long been a centre of excellence for higher education. With no less than four post-secondary institutions having ranked the city as one of the best in the world for students, Montréal’s reputation as a leading research hub for Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences is directly linked to the city’s highly-respected research institutes. But, did you know, these acclaimed places of higher learning aren’t just for students? Montréal’s  universities also offer unforgettable event spaces for meetings and conferences.


McGill University

McGill University

Ranked within the world’s top universities, McGill’s urban location blends old world architecture across multiple buildings all the way up to Mount Royal. But amongst the classrooms and lecture halls within are a multitude of rooms including the ornate Thomson House offering old school class and enviable views. Hosting something huge? The Molson Stadium seats 25,012 sporting or cultural events. And what could be more inspiring than the sense of stepping back in time while also surrounded by the world leaders of tomorrow?


Concordia University


With over 200 venues over two campuses – one of which makes up a vibrant part of Montréal’s downtown core – ranging from classrooms to amphitheatres, Concordia University has got you covered for any size event. And they truly understand the ins and outs of modern business, as the school is home to the internationally renowned John Molson School of Business. Modern locations like the Molson Building (a LEED-certified building by the Canada Green Building Council) or the Oscar Peterson Hall (complete with Japanese-inspired acoustics and seating for up to 570) offer great conference spots right in the heart of the action.


Universite de Montreal

Université de Montréal

Home to the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms helmed by acclaimed pioneer of artificial intelligence, Yoshua Bengio, the Université de Montréal’s hillside campus overlooks the city and includes the bright and airy Agora Morris-et-Rosalind-Goodman, the Ernest Cormier-designed Hall d’honneur in the Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, and the Carrefour des Arts and Sciences. All are perfect for events catering for small groups up to 500 attendees. Hosting an event here also offers your attendees an inside look at a Montréal architectural icon.


Universite du Quebec a Montreal


The Université du Québec à Montréal is noted for its innovations in the creative arts and research in social issues, with a downtown campus bordering the city’s exciting Village and just a quick 10-minute walk into Old Montréal. The university’s cinemas are available for events requiring top-line projection, while other spaces such as the Centre of Design are undeniably exciting just to be in. A bonus: expertly-laid out outdoor spaces that offer an invigorating urban backdrop for socializing, networking or team building.

[Editor’s note: a longer version of this article first appeared here.]