114th OGC

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2-6 March 2020
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About the Event

Come and join us for the 114th OGC Technical Committee meeting. Hosted by Natural Resources Canada. This will be an amazing week with a broad range of meetings and topics being discussed. You don't have to be an OGC member to attend an OGC meeting. Whilst some meetings will be member only, many are open to anyone to attend and new voices are always welcome.

Meeting Location:

55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J2

Local Information and Travel:

Food and Drink

Downtown Ottawa contains a wide variety of restaurants. Popular streets close to the downtown core for restaurants include Bank Street and Elgin Street. The Byward Market also contains many options.

The Rideau Centre, attached to the Shaw Centre, contains a large food court and multiple other restaurants.

Getting to Ottawa and Around the City

Electronic Travel Authorization

Some travelers to Canada require an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country. The process to obtain an eTA is described here. Most applications are approved within minutes.

Look at this site to determine if you require an eTA.

NOTE U.S. citizens are EXEMPT from the eTA requirement.


The Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) serves Ottawa.

Ride sharing, taxi, and car rental services are available at the airport for transportation to downtown. Taxis do not need to be called as there is a stand.

Public transportation is also available (OC Transpo bus connecting to Line 1 rail).


Via Rail provides service between Ottawa and major airport hubs in Montreal and Toronto.

Ottawa's Line 1 LRT connects the Via Rail station with the downtown core (westbound trains towards Tunney's Pasture).

Ride sharing and taxi service is also available from the Via station.

NOTE that recent protests have affected Via service between Toronto and Ottawa. These may or may not continue into March.

Public Transportation

LRT trains are available to travel from western and eastern portions of Ottawa to the Shaw Centre. The closest station to the Shaw Centre is Rideau.

It is also possible to take buses to the Shaw Centre. As various options are available, consult OC Transpo's Travel Planner.

Additional information regarding public transportation in Ottawa is available from OC Transpo.

Ride Sharing and Taxi

Uber and Lyft offer service within Ottawa.

Multiple traditional taxi companies are also available (e.g. Blue Line, Capital, City Cab). Taxi stands are located throughout downtown, including close to many hotels.

Driving & Parking

Parking is available at the Shaw Centre. Daily rates (12 hours) are around $20 CAD.


Downtown Ottawa is quite walkable with most attractions and restaurants within a short distance of many hotels.

The Shaw Centre is within easy walking distance of most hotels in the downtown.

Things to Do
  • The Rideau Centre is a major shopping mall in downtown Ottawa. It is attached to the Shaw Centre.
  • Parliament Hill houses the legislative buildings for Canada's federal government. It is within walking distance of all downtown hotels. There is no cost to walk around the site. Guided tours are available.
  • The Rideau Canal Skateway is the largest skating rink in the world. It is free to use. Skate rentals are available. The skateway may or may not be open depending on weather.
  • The City of Ottawa's Rink of Dreams is an outdoor skating rink located in front of City Hall. It contains arena-style ice and will be open regardless of weather. Skate rentals are available.
  • Additional events and activities in Ottawa can be found here.
Other Notes

Prepare for Winter! March is generally cool in Ottawa with average high/low temperatures of 2/-7 degrees Celsius. Early March will likely be on the cooler side and it will probably snow. Bring warm boots and clothing to avoid getting cold!


This is the Tentative agenda and it will be updated.

Registration Required - Invitation to Non-Members
  Link to OGC Event or Agenda Page
Registration Required - Open to all
Open to Members and Invited Guests
SWG or IE Members-only (Observer Agreement Required)
Joint Session with SDO or other Group
Invitation Only

Special Events

Check back for updates

  • Monday 2 March

    OGC Meet up

    Time: 6:30 PM - Midnight

    Heart & Crown ByWard
    67 Clarence St

    Band starts at 10PM - Brown Paper Bag

  • Wednesday 4 March

    Dinner Reception

    Time: 6:30-10:00 PM
    Lowertown Brewery
    Registration Required



Novotel Ottawa City Centre
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M7, Canada
0.2 miles to Shaw Centre

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G1, Canada
0.3 miles to Shaw Centre

Lord Elgin Hotel
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5K8, Canada
0.2 miles to Shaw Centre

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON, K1R 0C7, Canada
0.8 miles to Shaw Centre

The Carleton Suite Hotel
161 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON, K1P5J2, Canada
0.3 miles to Shaw Centre

Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa
319 Rideau St, King Edward and Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N5Y4, Canada
0.5 miles to Shaw Centre

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites
25 Cartier St, Ottawa, ON, K2P1J2, Canada
0.4 miles to Shaw Centre

Byward Blue Inn
157 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P7, Canada
0.4 miles to Shaw Centre

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9, Canada
0.2 miles to Shaw Centre

The Metcalfe Hotel
123 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5L9, Canada
0.3 miles to Shaw Centre

The Business Inn
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3, Canada
0.5 miles to Shaw Centre

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7, Canada
0.1 miles to Shaw Centre

Alt Hotel Ottawa
185 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 0C8, Canada
0.5 miles to Shaw Centre

Albert At Bay Suite Hotel
435 Albert St, Ottawa, ON, K1R7X4, Canada
0.9 miles to Shaw Centre


Register for the Ottawa TC

All OGC member organisations have at least 1 complimentary registration and some have more depending on what level of membership they have. OGC Members need to register using their portal account email.

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Any questions regarding this process please contact Greg Buehler - registration@ogc.org