The 2018
Annual Meetings

Registration is Now Open!
Take advantage of the pre-registration benefit
and register before May 4!


Social Events

Opening Ceremonies & President’s Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 20

Opening Ceremonies

The Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Victoria Conference Centre
The Opening Ceremonies is open to all registered attendees and kicks off the Annual Meeting with the Presidential Guest Speaker, the presentation of the COA’s Awards of Distinction, a state of the union address by the President and much more!

President’s Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall, Carson Hall, Level 2, Victoria Conference Centre
The President’s Reception will take place immediately following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 20th 2018. Dr. Kevin Orrell, the COA President, invites all COA, CORS, CORA meeting delegates to catch up with friends and colleagues in the exhibit hall for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

COA Past Presidents’ Dinner

Thursday, June 21

The Crystal Ballroom and Palm Court, Empress Hotel, Main Lobby Level, invitation only

The COA’s Past Presidents’ Dinner celebrates all of the past presidents of the Orthopaedic Association. This event is by invitation only and tickets are not available for purchase.
Dress: Black Tie

COA Crystal Garden Gala

COA Crystal Garden Gala (ticketed event) open to all

Friday June 22, 18:00-22:00 

Crystal Garden, Victoria Conference Centre


ADULT ticket: $125 (ages 13 and over)

CHILD ticket: $50 (ages 12 and under, includes a children’s meal)

Join your colleagues and friends for an evening of dinner, dancing, and networking in the beautiful and historical Crystal Garden!

Included with your Ticket: Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, and a live band.

Getting There: The Crystal Garden is situated across the street from the Victoria Conference Centre. No shuttles will be provided.

The Evening: Cocktails start at 6:00pm; dinner will be served at approximately 7:15pm. A cash bar will be available during and after dinner.

Squidjigger Back by Popular Demand: After blowing us away with their unique style of musical entertainment at last year’s Space and Aviation Gala, Squidjigger will once again rock the night away in Victoria! The Squids blend a wide array of musical styles, from East-coast Celtic to Classic Rock to Contemporary Pop, tailored to each audience. Even Local Arrangements Chair Dr. J Pollock was spotted in a rare moment on the dance floor. You do not want to miss this party!

Historical Venue*: The Crystal Garden, one of the most beautiful venues in Western Canada, was designed by Francis Rattenbury. Its structure was inspired by the famous Crystal Palace built for London’s 1851 Great Exposition and the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Opened in June 1925 as the largest salt water swimming pool in the Empire, this conservatory building also housed leafy tea gardens and two dance floors.

It was a most popular social centre for the city for decades and a haunt for many celebrities in its heyday including Johnny Weissmuller of Tarzan fame who set a 100 yard freestyle world indoor record in the pool in 1925.

In later years the building was home to exotic animals and tropical gardens before re-opening in its present form as part of the Victoria Conference Centre. *Source

NOTE: Tickets are limited. Purchase yours when you register on-line for the meeting!