76th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Special Events

76th SAWE International Conference
on Mass Properties Engineering

May 20-25, 2017
Montreal, Canada 



Sunday May 21

Monday May 22

Tuesday May 23

Wednesday May 24

Thursday May 25


Eastern Townships Wine Tour


Aviation Museum and Ste-Anne- de-Bellevue

Guided Motorcoach City Tour

Bombardier CSeries Tour


Lachine Rapids Boating

Travel Home


Welcome Reception

Dinner and Live Jazz in Old Montreal at Bistro Le Modavie


Awards Banquet

Hospitality Suite






Wine Tour and Lunch in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

Sunday May 21, 2017, Wine Tour and Lunch in the Eastern Townships of Québec

We have organized a private tour of one of the most beautiful areas of “La Belle Province,” the Eastern Townships. This area is rich in old Québécois tradition in every small village and town, nestled in a picturesque landscape. From maple syrup and cheese, to wines and cider, it is truly a memorable gastronomic experience. We will have our guide take us for a beautiful three course meal featuring Québécois delicacies at the well known restaurant “Le Tire-Bouchon,” and sample two of the amazing wineries from this region of Québec.

Departure and Arrival Times:  10:00 am to 4:30 pm (Times are TBD)
Participant Cost:  $130.00 USD (lunch, taxes, and tips included)

Boating in Montreal's Lachine Rapids

Monday May 22, 2017, Boating in Montreal’s Lachine Rapids

One of the best ways of seeing the city of Montreal is from the water, on the great Saint Lawrence River. And with some nice weather, why not take in the beautiful city more refreshed with some speed and splashes? Flowing between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, the Saint Lawrence rolls and tumbles right through the heart of Montreal’s city centre. As you oat along, take in breathtaking cityscapes framed by the distant peaks of the Laurentian Mountains. Do not forget your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and a change of clothes! Shoes or sandals are also mandatory, so remember a change of footwear!

Departure and Arrival Times: Monday afternoon (Times are TBD)
Participant Cost: $60.00 USD (transportation, taxes and tips included)

Bistro Le Modavie
Bistro Le Modavie

Monday May 22, 2017 (Revised), Dinner and Live Jazz in Old Montreal at Bistro Le Modavie

We invite you to join us in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal for our evening soirée, a combination of French cuisine and live jazz at Modavie.

A fixture in the Montreal Jazz scene, Modavie’s encourages local talent, inviting an eclectic group of Montreal-based artists who cover everything from jazz to R&B and Blues.

Like the lively music accompanying it, Modavie’s food strikes all the right chords. Inspired French bistro dishes with always-fresh produce (be sure to try the lamb)!

Departure and Arrival Times:  6:00 pm to close (Times are TBD)
Participant Cost:  $65.00 USD (taxes and tips included)
* alcoholic beverages not included

Montreal Aviation Museum

Tuesday May 23, 2017, Montreal Aviation Museum and Lunch in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

The Montreal Aviation Museum is the only one of its kind in Quebec combining civil and military aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia, and has the full support of many established cultural and educational organizations, including the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and McGill University. The MAM has been restoring several historically signi cant aircraft for Canada and particularly for the province of Quebec. We will then go a short distance away to enjoy lunch outside at a peaceful waterfront restaurant, along the aptly named inlet “Quai Sera” in nearby Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Beyond its historical and touristic charms, this small town is a thriving centre in western Montreal, allowing locals and patrons to enjoy nature, local culture, and joie de vivre without the noise from the “big city” atmosphere.

Departure and Arrival Times:  9:00 am to 2:00 pm (Times are TBD)
Participant Cost:  $75.00 USD (transportation, taxes, tips and lunch included)

Tuesday May 23, 2017, Non-SAWE Evening Recommendation: Cirque du Soleil under the Big Top

We are happy to announce that Quebec’s own Cirque du Soleil has a brand new show under the big top at Montreal’s Old Port, in celebration of the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal. We are not of cially organizing this as a group event, but this is a “can’t miss” recommendation for the free evening on Tuesday night, especially if you have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before. Buy your tickets, and either grab a taxi or take a nice walk to the Big Top in the old port of Montreal, which is not too far from the hotel. And make sure to get your tickets early – not only can we guarantee an amazing spectacle, but it will also sell out very quickly!!! VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Website:  https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
Departure and Arrival Times:  TBD
Participant Cost:  Varied based on seat selection

Wednesday May 24, 2017, Motorcoach Tour of Montreal

This 3.5 hour guided tour picks us up right at the Omni Hotel (and drops us off there as well), and includes stops at the city`s most captivating attractions where you can have time to take memorable pictures.

OLD MONTRÉAL — Enjoy a journey through time as you visit Old Montréal, nestled between the St. Lawrence Seaway and the downtown skyscrapers. It is in this part of the city where you will nd the Notre-Dame-Basilica. Built in 1824, this church is amidst the most impressive landmarks in the world.

OLYMPIC STADIUM — Created for the Summer Olympic Games in 1976, it is truly an architectural masterpiece. Its tower, integrated into the base, is the tallest inclined in the world, at 165m (539ft).

MOUNT ROYAL PARK LOOKOUT — This enchanting park offers an impressive view of the city below. It has provided many outdoor activities for over 100 years.

SAINT JOSEPH’S ORATORY — An Italian Renaissance style basilica, which is the largest in Canada and is dedicated to the country’s patron saint. Its founder, Brother André, had performed many miracles here in the early 1900’s and, still today, millions of visitors come to visit. Brother André was canonized in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. 

Departure and Arrival Times:  9:00 am to 1:00pm (Times are TBD) 
Participant Cost:  $55.00 USD (taxes and tips included) 

Bombardier's Miracle Facility

Thursday May 25, 2017, Tour of Bombardier’s Mirabel Facility

To finish yet another successful international conference by the SAWE, Bombardier is offering a tour of their Mirabel plant to our members and guests. The brand new CSeries and CRJ passenger jets are assembled and delivered at this plant! The details of this tour are still being finalized, but we will certainly inform all those registered once we have the details. ;

Departure and Arrival Times:  8:00 am to 12:00 noon (Times are TBD)
Participant Cost:  $40.00 USD (taxes and tips included)


Reservations for special events should be made at time of conference registration. Space is limited and is subject to availability. Payment must be received upon request of event registration and registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. All event registration information will be retained by the Special Events Chair and may be verified at time of conference check-in if desired.

Transportation is included for all events, except for Monday evening for Le Balcon Cabaret, which is within walking distance from the hotel.


Conference Registered Events

In addition to our technical schedule on Monday and Wednesday, Standards and Practices (S&P) schedule on Tuesday, and training classes scheduled Saturday through Wednesday, we will offer you opportunities to interact socially meeting new friends and old. The three organized events for this are the Sunday Welcome Reception, Tuesday’s Standards and Practices Luncheon, and, of course, Wednesday’s closing Awards Banquet, where the history and heritage of the SAWE will be on display. All members, attendees, and guests are invited to join us. Separate registration and payment is required for each, including for exhibitors.

  • Welcome Reception – Start the conference week off right with a drink and light hors d’oeuvres with your fellow SAWE members. Meet in the Pierre de Coubertin of the hotel and meet new people or rekindle old friendships.
  • Standards and Practices Luncheon – Enjoy a plated luncheon with our luncheon speaker. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated (just let us know on your conference registration).
  • Awards Banquet – The Awards Banquet closes our conference and allows us to honor all those who have had a part in running our Society for the past year or more. We induct our new international officers for 2017-2018, introduce the latest Fellows and Honorary Fellows, confer the Best Paper Award and Student Scholarship, and present all the other accomplishments of note. A cash bar will be available during our Silent Auction before the banquet and a limited time at the beginning of the banquet. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated (just let us know on your conference registration).




20 May 2017


BoD Luncheon

21 May 2017


Welcome Reception

23 May 2017


SPC Luncheon

24 May 2017


Awards Banquet