Opening Ceremonies & President’s Welcome Reception
Wednesday, June 3
Ballroom 3, Ballroom Level, Halifax Convention 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!
Tareq Hadhad: COA Presidential Guest Speaker at 2020 Opening Ceremonies
The COA is honored to welcome Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate in Nova Scotia and this year’s Presidential Guest Speaker at COA Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 3rd. An event not to be missed!
President’s Welcome Reception
Exhibit Hall, Ballroom 2/3, Ballroom Level, Halifax Convention Centre
The President’s Reception will take place immediately following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 3. Dr. Mark Glazebrook, 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 4
The Saraguay House, 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 Gala: Lobster Bash (and we’re celebrating Doug Thomson’s retirement!)
Pier 21, Cunard Centre
(ticketed event) open to all
Friday, June 5
Time: 18:00 reception, 20:00 dinner
Shuttles: Shuttle service from the Convention Centre will be provided. Exact details to follow.
Adult Ticket Price: $140
Child Ticket Price (ages 12 and under; includes a children’s meal): $50
Celebrate the COA’s 75th anniversary! Start the evening off with a cocktail in hand while you’re treated to a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Take a short stroll along the boardwalk to the Cunard Centre where Highland dancers will greet you to kick off the party.
Traditional bagpipers will accompany your lobster dinner service, with live entertainment from Big Fish band to follow. Join us for a true Nova Scotia celebration and bring your dancing shoes!
Tonight is extra special as we celebrate former CEO, Doug Thomson’s well-earned retirement.
Included with your ticket: Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, lobster dinner (or alternative selected below), a full night of entertainment including live music.
NOTE: Tickets are limited. Purchase yours when you register on-line for the meeting!
Guest and Family Tours
Book your tours on line when you register!
Thursday, June 4, Peggy’s Cove Tour
Time: 9:00-13:00 (pick up at the Convention Centre at 9:00)
Price: $55 per person
Dress: Casual, Walking shoes and bring a sweater in case of cool weather.
PEGGY’S COVE, NS – Known as the idyllic fishing village, Peggy’s Cove is one of most popular stops in Atlantic Canada. Set on rocky shores, the lighthouse and village at Peggy’s Cove are a photographer’s paradise on the Nova Scotia coast, 43 kms southwest of Halifax. Despite its popularity this tiny fishing village has been able keep the same relaxed atmosphere that has made it famous. Peggy’s Cove is truly one of Canada’s gems.
Friday, June 5, Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Time: 10:15-11:15 (check-in time 9:45; 5050 Salter Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Price: $45 per person
We encourage all passengers to be sun-safe: apply sun protection, bring along a light layer (jacket, sweater), and a hat before traveling on the Harbour Hopper Tour, especially on days when our Harbour Hopper tops are retracted.
Ribbit Ribbit! All aboard Atlantic Canada’s most popular tour – a fun, fast-paced adventure that introduces you to the best of Halifax by land and sea! Sitting 10 feet high, you’ll have an exclusive view of our historic, vibrant city’s famous sights, such as the Halifax Public Gardens, Citadel Hill National Historic Site, St. Paul’s Church and bustling Spring Garden Road. The real adventure begins when you make your big SPLASH into the Halifax harbour! Your driver is now your Captain, and it’s time to explore. Prepare your camera for unique photos of Georges Island, Cable Wharf, the waterfront boardwalk, and the Historic Properties.
This fully narrated amphibious tour shares stories of the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s connection to the Titanic tragedy, and the rich history of the Canadian Naval dockyards.