The 2018
Annual Meetings

Registration is Open!
Pre-register before June 15


Social Events

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.

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 (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!

Book your tours on line when you register!

Thursday, June 21

Whale Watching (private chartered boat for COA guests only!)

Price per person: $90 plus GST

Time: 9:00-12:00 (check-in by 8:30)

Check in/ Boarding: Guests are asked to check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure time at the Prince of Whales office located below the Visitors Information Centre at 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3. Passenger boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure.

Exclusive to COA registrants and guests, join us for a private whale watching tour courtesy of Prince of Whales Tours.

The Ocean Magic II is a custom designed marine marvel combining the practicality of a semi-covered vessel with the speed and maneuverability of a Zodiac. With three naturalists on board and two different viewing elevations, this is the only purpose-built whale watching vessel of its size in the industry.

Sip your coffee, feel the wind in your hair or keep cozy in the heated cabin while we explore the Pacific Northwest!

What to bring:

  • We recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants and closed-toed shoes be worn by all passengers for their comfort.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, and a sense of adventure!

Saturday, June 23

Winery Tour: Tastings and Lunch**

Price per person: $42* plus GST

Time: 10:30-14:30, Coach bus departs from the Empress Hotel, with return service.

*Ticket includes bus rental and tastings at both wineries.

**Not included with ticket: Lunch at Church and State Winery is à la carte, paid directly to the winery on site.

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse:

The first stop includes a tasting and visit to this family-owned, community-minded orchard and ciderhouse. Organic cider apples are grown on this small farm to produce their award-winning cider. “We think cider is for celebrating and cider is worth celebrating, so raise a glass of Sea Cider, and let our ciders tease your senses!”

Church  and State Wines:

The second stop on the tour is at Vancouver Island’s largest and most prolific winery, Church & State Wines Brentwood – a must-see for every visitor to the Victoria region. Pouring award-winning wines daily from both their Vancouver Island Estate and Okanagan Estate vineyards, Church & State is a unique experience.

Lunch in the Church and State bistro, featuring a fresh menu made from the finest local ingredients, is available for additional purchase. Executive Chef Desiree Perrin creates unique dishes with the best of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands, each perfectly paired with Church & State’s award winning wines. **Lunch fees are paid directly to the winery on site. 

Additional Sightseeing Tour at Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens*

You could also enjoy your own Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens experience! Book your tour directly in the Fairmont Empress Hotel at the CVS kiosk, or online here: Buses depart each day from the Empress every hour-on-the-hour from 9:00 until 17:00, and at 19:00. Return buses leave Butchart Gardens every hour-on-the-hour from 11:00 to 18:00, as well as at 20:00 and 22:00.

This tour provides transportation and entrance to both the Butterfly Gardens and the Butchart Gardens.

*This tour is not available for reservation through the COA registration system.