McMaster University Retirees Association


12th Annual CURAC / ARUCC Conference & AGM

May 28 – 30, 2014 at Hamilton ON

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        News:    Online registration is closed.

You may register on site at McMaster at 8:30 am on Thursday (May 29th) or Friday (May 30th).

If you plan to come to the conference, but are not pre-registered, please  contact us at:

The 2014 Conference and Annual General Meeting is being hosted by the McMaster University Retirees Association (MURA) and the Retirees Association of Mohawk College (RAMC). 


The welcoming reception on Wednesday evening, May 28th and the conference sessions on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 will be held at McMaster University. The banquet on the evening of May 29 will take place at Mohawk College.

The Conference Program

Conference Theme: “Innovation: The Future of Aging”   

There will be a range of interesting talks on this theme, including presentations by eminent Hamilton academics on innovations related to hearing aids, older drivers, and community engagement. There will also be sessions on keeping up with new developments in computing, population aging and its economic costs, and university & college support for professional activities of retirees.

Sandra Pyke, CURAC’s President, will present interim results from a canvas of member associations.

Delegates from several associations have volunteered to participate in the popular Sharing Best Practices sessions, but there is room for more. If your association would like to make a brief presentation on the association’s successes and challenges, please contact Mary Johnston at

The conference program is here in English and the preliminary conference is here in French

To see the summaries of  the presentations in English press  here

Accommodation and Reservations

Accommodation has been arranged at the Staybridge Suites Hotel in downtown Hamilton and at one of the McMaster University residences, Les Prince Hall.

To book a room at the Staybridge Suites (, call the hotel directly at 905-527-1001 and speak to the front desk agents or call the toll free number at 1-800-238-8000. We have reserved rooms for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (May 27-31) at $129/night. This rate applies to bookings made before May 12; after that reservations will be subject to availability and at the next available rate.

The name of the block of rooms is ‘2014 College and University Retiree Associations of Canada’; you should mention that name when booking.

Les Prince Hall on the McMaster campus offers single and double occupancy rooms (single beds) with en suite washrooms and access to a common room with fridge and microwave. Single occupancy: $65.54 per person, per night.   Double occupancy: $49.72 per person, per night.  Rates include 13% HST. Book your on-campus accommodation in your Conference Registration.


Conference Registration

Registration via credit card is available at this link.  
Alternately, a registration form for those who wish to pay by cheque is available for download here

A French-language registration form is available for download here.

Registration Fees are as follows.  Fees include HST.
Full Conference Registration (includes reception, all conference sessions, lunch & refreshment     breaks, banquet, transportation between Staybridge Suites and McMaster for conference sessions, transportation to and from Mohawk College for banquet)

-- Early Bird $150.00 (prior to April 15)
-- Regular $160.00

Full Conference Registration without Banquet  $100.00 (includes Thursday and Friday conference sessions, lunches & refreshment breaks, plus Wednesday evening reception)
Single Day Registration $50.00 (includes conference sessions, lunch & refreshment breaks)
Extra Banquet Ticket $60.00


Transportation, Directions and Parking

Complimentary Parking will be provided on the McMaster campus if required.  Please indicate your need in your Conference Registration.

Getting Here   (Hamilton Region Map)
Hamilton is located at the west end of Lake Ontario, about a one hour drive from Toronto.

The John C Munro Hamilton Airport is serviced by Westjet Airlines from some Canadian cities. Check the flight schedule and connecting flights at the Westjet website or call 1 877 952 4696.  From other Canada locations, flights are available to Toronto International Airport. Check the Westjet or Air Canada sites.

Surface travel
From Toronto there are many modes of transportation that can be utilized to get to Hamilton.

Airport Shuttle - Airways Transit Service Limited

From Toronto Pearson International Airport or John C Munro Hamilton International Airport, Hamilton is most easily reached using Airways Transit. Airways Transit is offering The College and University Retiree Associations of Canada’s delegates a conference rate of $48.67 (plus HST) per person, one way, for door-to-door shared ride transportation to/from Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Service to/from the Hamilton Airport is also available at a rate of $42.48 (plus hst) per person, one way for one or two passengers.

To make a reservation, please call 1.905.689.4460 or book online, quoting code CURAC2014 (no spaces).  Reservations must be made by May 25th to qualify for the discounted fare.

Go Transit offers
- Express bus service between Union Station in Toronto and Hamilton every half hour (with more frequent service at some times of the day)

- Train service from Toronto to downtown Hamilton at rush hour in the evening and from Hamilton to Toronto at rush hour in the morning
- Train service to Aldershot every half hour with bus links to McMaster and downtown Hamilton

Via train service is available to Aldershot (a short drive to Hamilton) from Niagara Falls, Oakville, London, Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa (via Toronto) and Montreal (via Toronto).

From Downtown Toronto: follow the Gardiner Expressway to the Queen Elizabeth Way. At Burlington, merge onto the 403 Westbound. Exit at the Main St. W. Exit.
From North Toronto and Toronto Airport: follow the 407 Toll Route. At Burlington, merge onto the 403 Westbound. Exit at the Main St. W. Exit. Alternately, follow the Hwy 401 to the Hwy 403 in Mississauga. Stay on the 403 until you reach the Queen Elizabeth Way. At Burlington, merge onto the 403 Westbound. Exit at the Main St. W. Exit.
From Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph
 follow the 401 east to Morriston. Follow the ramp to the Hwy 6. Follow Hwy 6 to Hwy 403. Exit at the Main St. W exit.
From Brantford, London, Windsor and points west
 follow the 401 east to Woodstock. Follow the ramp to the 403 East to Brantford and Hamilton and exit at Aberdeen Avenue. Turn left on Longwood Rd. then left on to Main St. West.
From Grimsby, St. Catherines and the Niagara Peninsula
: follow the Queen Elizabeth Way to Hwy 403 Westbound. Exit at the Main St. W. Exit.
        Follow Main St. West to the McMaster campus.    See a McMaster map here.

Conference Transportation

Transportation will be provided between Staybridge Suites and McMaster University for the conference sessions, and to and from Mohawk College for the conference banquet.


Information for visitors to Hamilton 

Here are some ways to enjoy some of the many Hamilton area attractions:



Sponsor support will be posted here as confirmed.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors:

Gold Level:

- Economical Select
- McMaster University
- Mohawk College
- Wilfrid Laurier University

Silver Level:
- AON Hewitt

- Chartwell (Deerview Crossing)
- Franklin Templeton Investments Corporation
- GE ASSET Management

- Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

- McMaster University Retirees Association (MURA)

Bronze Level:

- First Ontario Credit Union 

- Mercer (Canada) Ltd.  
- Retirees Association of Mohawk College (RAMC)

- University of Guelph
- University of Guelph Retirees Association

In Kind Contributions:

Airways Transit Service Limited
McMaster University Parking Services
Mohawk College Parking Services

Contact Us

For further information, please contact or call the MURA office at 905-525-9140, extension 23171.   Please leave a message.   Mary Johnston or Helen Barton, Co-Chairs of the Local Organizing Committee, will return your call.

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