Onsite Services

Find information about how to navigate the onsite conference experience in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Onsite services information

This is where attendees can find details about registration, speaker check-in, poster presentations, and other helpful information needed to navigate onsite in Québec.

Attendees at SPIE Photonics for Quantum

Badge pick up and registration hours

Palais des congrèss de Montréal, Level 5, Lobby

Saturday  16 July 16:00 – 19:30
Sunday  17 July 07:00 – 17:00
Monday  18 July 07:30 – 17:00
Tuesday  19 July 07:30 – 17:00
Wednesday 20 July 07:30 – 17:00
Thursday  21 July 07:30 – 17:00
Friday  22 July 07:45 – 17:00

Helpful information while at the event

SPIE Cashier

Palais des congrèss de Montréal, Level 5, Lobby
Located in the registration area: Open during registration hours.

Registration payments online only

If you have already registered and wish to add a course, workshop or special event, you may do this online by signing into your SPIE account.

Receipt and Certificate of Attendance

Preregistered attendees who need an SPIE-stamped receipt or attendees who need a Certificate of Attendance may obtain those at Cashier.

Badge Corrections

Badge corrections can be made at the Badge Corrections station. Please have your badge removed from the badge holder and marked with your changes before approaching the counter.

Speaker Check-in and Preview Station

Palais des congrèss de Montréal, Level 5, Room 521

Sunday  17 July 07:30 – 17:00
Monday  18 July 07:30 – 17:00
Tuesday  19 July 07:30 – 17:00
Wednesday 20 July 07:30 – 17:00
Thursday  21 July 07:30 – 17:00
Friday  22 July 07:45 – 17:00

All speakers must stop at Speaker Check-in to upload and preview their slide presentation files at least two hours before their scheduled session or the day before if you present in the first session. Speakers are not able to present using their own devices. All conference rooms have a laptop, projector, screen, lapel microphone, and laser pointer.

Internet access

Palais des congrèss de Montréal, Level 5
Lobbies, Exhibition Hall, and Registration area 
Complimentary wireless internet access provided in lobbies on the conference room level and in the exhibition hall. Instructions will be posted onsite.

SPIE Conference and Exhibition App

This useful tool allows you to search and browse the program, special events, participants, exhibitors, courses, and more. It is free and available for iPhone and Android phones. Build your personalized schedule and sync with the online MySchedule tool. Download the app

SPIE Bookstore

Palais des congrèss de Montréal, Level 5 - Exhibition floor

Tuesday  19 July 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 20 July 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday  21 July 10:00 – 14:00
Stop by the SPIE Bookstore to browse the latest SPIE Press Books, proceedings, and educational materials. While there, get a t-shirt or educational toy to bring home to the family. Credit and debit cards only will be accepted; no cash.

SPIE Course Materials

Open during registration hours. 
Browse course offerings or learn more about SPIE courses available in portable formats such as online and customized, in-company courses.

SPIE Press Room

Open during registration hours, Room 522c
For registered press only. The Press Room provides meeting space, refreshments, access to exhibitor press releases, and Internet connections. Press are urged to register before the meeting by emailing name, contact information, and name of publication to media@spie.org. Preregistration closes approximately 10 days before the start of the event.

Luggage Check

Level 2 - Viger Hall

Only Thursday and Friday

Palais des congrès de Montréal will provide a luggage, package,

and coat storage.

Please note hours; no late pickup available.

Business Centre and Information Desk

Level 2 - Viger Hall

Open during registration hours

The business centre mainly offers fax and photocopy services to convention delegates. If  requested, the information agents will also be pleased to inform visitors about tourist attractions in the city. Maps and brochures are also available.

Childcare services

Note: SPIE does not imply an endorsement or recommendation of these services. They are provided on an "information only" basis for your further analysis and decision. Other services may be available.
Did you know SPIE offers Family Care Grants to SPIE members? Learn more about deadlines and how to apply.

Gender inclusive restroom

  • All Gender bathrooms available on the East side of room 517 (shared with other events)
  • All Gender bathrooms available besides room 522 (SPIE event exclusivity)

Mothers’ Lounge

Location: Convention Center, Level 5, Room 513b
Open during registration hours.
The Mothers' Lounge is a lockable room intended for nursing mothers. There is no storage, running water, or refrigeration available in this space.

Quiet Room

Location: Convention Center, Level 5, Room 513c
Open during registration hours.
The Quiet Room is intended for silent meditation, reflection, or prayer. No mobile device or computer use, and no food or beverages allowed.

Urgent message line

An urgent message line is available during registration hours: +1-360-927-6411

Lost and Found

Location: SPIE Cashier
Open during registration hours.

Found items will be kept at SPIE Cashier in the Registration area during the meeting and available only during registration hours. At the end of the meeting, all found items will be turned over to the Palais des congrès de Montréal Facility Security, phone at 514-871-3141 or email.

Food and beverage services

Complimentary coffee breaks

Sunday–Monday Level 5, Lobby 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday AM Level 5, Lobby 07:30 - 9:30
Tuesday Exhibition Hall – Room 517 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday AM Level 5, Lobby 07:30 - 9:30
Wednesday Exhibition Hall – Room 517 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday AM Level 5, Lobby 07:30 - 9:30
Thursday Exhibition Hall – Room 517 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday PM Level 5, Lobby 14:00 - 17:00
Friday PM Level 5, Lobby 7:30 - 17:00

Food & Refreshments for Purchase

Level 1 – Les Galeries du Palais

Hours vary by location. Restaurants include:

Tim Horton’s, Sushi Shop, Terra Verde, Subway, Presse Café, Noobox, La Popessa, Café Bistro Van Houtte, and Basha Resto-Grill Hot and cold snacks, hot entrees, deli sandwiches, salads, and pastries are available for purchase. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Testing for return travel plans, offsite options

View a list of COVID-19 testing locations in Montréal to help you make your return travel plans easier. 

Walk-in Covid-19 tests - 12 locations available

Private Covid-19 tests