Conference in Montréal 19 September 2008
AIMRI Meeting - "Completing Difficult Research Assignments"
The ESOMAR Congress this year will be in Montréal at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from Sunday 21 September to Thursday 25 September. The Palais is 1.3 km from our hotel (see below). The topic for ESOMAR is “Frontiers”.
It was suggested that an AIMRI one day meeting in the previous week would be convenient for many members. at random international reached 82 members by telephone and established that over half were attending ESOMAR and that most of these members would attend an AIMRI meeting if held.
What is the AIMRI meeting about?
We have chosen a subject which is complementary to the ESOMAR theme but not competitive i.e
“Completing difficult research assignments”
Topics to be considered include:
• Contacting hard to reach respondent groups
• Dealing with multiple languages
• Handling cultural diversity in different markets
• Complications from unavoidable mixing of research technologies
• Dealing with rapid turnaround timings
• Facing differential (and often falling) response rates
The booking form is attached.
May 1642. A group of French settlers, founded Montréal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, on a tip of land that is now part of Old Montréal. The site would become a fortified town in the 18th century, under French control up until 1760, and then British. And then…. the bourgeois centre of the city in the early 19th century, as Montréal took the spotlight as the political and commercial hub of Upper and Lower Canada.
The heart of the metropolis was built in the early 20th century, symbolized by the head offices of banks on St. James Street. The historic city centre is still thriving thanks to restoration designed to preserve the city’s heritage.
There will be a gala dinner for members and their guests after the formal sessions on Friday 19 September.
The conference will be in the 4 star Hotel Maritime – this comfortable modern hotel is only 600 metres from the Hotel de la Montagne and the Loews Hotel Vogue which are still on the booking form and where some delegates have already booked bedrooms. The conference room at the Hotel Maritime is the unusual circular Grand Mât with plenty of natural light.
We also have an allocation of bedrooms in the 4 star Hôtel de la Montagne and in the 5 star Loews Hôtel Vogue.
What is included
We are keeping the member fee per delegate to a minimum £175 (€215); this includes registration, attendance at all the sessions, lunch (with wine), tea/coffee breaks and the gala dinner. The delegate fee is payable by all attending the sessions, including those giving short presentations. There will be no charge for accompanying persons but they may not attend the formal sessions: there will however be an extra charge for the gala dinner guests.
For non members there is a slightly higher fee. In the case of new members who attend the meeting and join within 2 months we will waive the joining fee and refund the difference between the member and non-member meeting fees.
The Gala Dinner is included in the full delegate fee. This will cover aperitifs at the restaurant and a gourmet meal with wine. There will be a cost of £60 (€75) per person for guests. A booking form is attached. There are approx. 2.02 Canadian dollars to the £1 and 1.62 to the €1.
Sponsorship & trade stands
We will offer members opportunities to sponsor the conference events. It will be possible also to take trade stands for a modest fee.
How to get there
There are air services to Montréal airport from most parts of the world.
This will be another absorbing event in an unique setting.