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Travel Abroad, Part 2: Getting Ready for Canada

Contributed by Andy Lenkaitis, PE

MontrealSkylineTraveling to Canada has always been a pleasurable experience for me. I frequent our manufacturing plant in Drummondville, Quebec and have spent time in Montreal and Quebec City. My wife and I spent several days in Quebec City last year and really enjoyed the old town feel as well as the local sights and culture; we are looking forward to a great experience in Montreal.

The 2014 ASABE Annual International Meeting is back in Canada for the first time since 2004 (Ottawa-my first meeting). Montreal is a beautiful, diverse, European influenced, island city on the St. Lawrence River. There are a few must try’s while in Montreal, such as Poutine; a delicious mixture of cheese curds, gravy and fries as well as many maple syrup inspired treats and dishes. Enough about the location, first you have to get there and get around. A few tips are outlined below:

  • Money: definitely convert money, who doesn’t like using Looneys and Toonies? I usually convert money at an ATM and get a better rate that at the airport.
  • Credit Cards: I use my credit card frequently while in Canada, my card does not have any foreign transaction fees
  • Cell phone: check with your provider, many will allow you to add a global plan for one month while traveling
  • Language: there is a lot of English spoken in Montreal, although a little French won’t hurt

With any technical meeting, the major benefits to attendance are often not on the program; have a conversation, meet some people in your interest area and head to a local watering hole to discuss and enjoy the city. As you’re looking to register for the meeting don’t forget about the many great technical sessions, tours and social events. The Young Professional Community (YPC) works to put together a program geared for early career development and creating networking opportunities for our under 35 membership, but any attendee is welcome to any YPC event. All the YPC events are listed on the ASBAE website.

While I welcome everyone to attend the annual meeting, I understand certain items may prevent your attendance. As always, the YPC Committee is looking for Members-At-Large to help with activities and programs. If you’re interested in YPC involvement or have any questions about YPC, please contact me.

Read Part I of this article, and other blog.ypc installments.

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