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2014 AERGC Annual Meeting

July 21-25, 2014    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Host:  Brian Spencer, President of Applied Bionomics, Ltd
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2014 Annual Meeting
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Registration Information

Early Member registration fee:  $250.00 (through June 30, 2014)

Late Member registration fee:  $275.00 (after June 30, 2014)


Early Non-member registration fee:  $275.00 (through June 30, 2014)

Late Non-member registration fee:  $300.00 (after June 30, 2014)


*Early Spouse/partner rate:  $125.00 (through June 30, 2014)

*Late Spouse/partner rate:  $150.00 (after June 30, 2014)

* The spouse registration does not include meeting sessions or extra day events. It does include the following: Welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches, group dinner and the tours.


Note:  This registration fee does not include the "Extra Day Events" on Friday, July 25, 2014.  "Extra Day Events" will be an additional $50 per person to the registration costs listed above.  At the time of registration, you will be given the option to add the additional day.
Here are some details about what you can expect during the "Extra Day Events":

Friday July 25, 2014 schedule
6:00 - Load bus at hotel in Victoria
7:00 - Leave Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
8:45 - Load bus at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
9:30 - Arrive at Argus Controls, White Rock
             - Lunch provided by Argus Controls

12:00 – Transfer to Langley, Kwantlen College Campus
14:00 – Transfer to SFU, Burnaby
16:00 – Depart Burnaby to Tsaswwassen by 16:45-17:00
17:30 – Drop in White Rock, 18:00 at latest.

Registration Cancellation Notice:
Registration cancellations will be honored until June 30, 2014.
After June 30, 2014, registration cancellations will be refunded at the 50% level.

Hotel accommodations and travel plans are to be made separate from the above registration.
Details and suggestions are provided below.

Hotel Accommodations

Inn at Laurel Point

680 Montreal Street Victoria, BC, Canada, V8V 1Z8

Reserve by Email:

Reserve Online:

Reserve by phone: (800) 663 – 7667



Two different rates are available:

Laurel Wing Guestrooms are priced at: $169.00

Erickson Wing Studio Suites are priced at: $219.00



Please book by Friday, June 6, 2014. After this date, reservations will be taken based upon room availability. 

Book early rather than late. It is peak tourist season!


Transportation Information


 Victoria BC is the Provincial Capital. It is located on the bottom end of Vancouver Island. Geographically, it is equidistant to Vancouver and Seattle, and, in both cases, it is separated by significant water.

The best (easiest and possibly cheapest) way to get to the Laurel Point Inn, in Victoria’s harbour is to fly directly to YYJ, Victoria International Airport. US airline companies that service YYJ are Alaska and United. Canadian airline companies that service YYJ are Air Canada, WestJet and Pacific Coastal. The airport is a 30 minute drive to the Inner Harbour of Victoria. There are taxis, transit buses, and rental cars at the airport.

If you are visiting the Northwest in general, you may wish to go to Victoria from either Vancouver or Seattle. From Seattle, there are 3 possible car ferry routes, which are;

  1. BC Ferries going from Tsawwassen (south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria) with hourly sailings until 9 PM. Reservations accepted.
  2. Blackball Ferry, M.V. Coho, sailing from Port Angeles WA, on the Olympic Peninsula to Victoria Inner Harbour (500 feet from Hotel) with 4 sailings daily. Reservations accepted. //
  3. Washington State Ferries going from Anacortes WA (north quite a bit from Seattle) going to Sidney, BC (north of Victoria). They are currently posting only one sailing a day, departing Anacortes at 8:30 AM. In summer, they usually have two sailings, but, I don’t think they have committed yet.

In addition, for foot passengers only, from Seattle, there is the Victoria Clipper, a high speed passenger catamaran which does 3 departures daily from Seattle’s harbour front, and docking in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, about 300 feet from the hotel.

There is also a harbour to harbour float plane service. Kenmore Air flies from Seattle’s Lake Union Terminal to Victoria’s Inner Harbour Terminal.

From Vancouver, there are also a few options, for car ferries;

  1. BC Ferries going from Tsawwassen (south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (north of Victoria) with hourly sailings until 9 PM. Reservations accepted.
  2. BC Ferries going from Horseshoe Bay (north of Vancouver) to Nanaimo (north of Victoria) almost hourly sailing until 9:30 PM. Reservations accepted.

In addition, for foot passengers only, there are float planes from YVR (Vancouver) to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and from Coal Harbour, in downtown Vancouver to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Flights are every 30 minutes. . There is also a Helijet service from Vancouver waterfront to Victoria outer harbour.

I highly recommend travelling directly to Victoria unless you are planning an excursion in the wonderful Pacific Northwest. Please remember that our conference is at peak tourist time, so restaurants, hotels, and ferries will be full most of the time. If you are planning to take the ferries I would strongly recommend making reservations as the MV Coho at that time of year can be fully booked, and 3 sailing waits are not uncommon on the BC Ferry system at that time of year.