Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy a ticket?
All tickets for the Congress, Expo, and social/ancillary events can be purchased from our online ticketing system.
How do I know which ticket to buy?
There are two major ticket designations: one for students and one for members. Students need to be enrolled in an educational institution to take advantage of the Student rate.
Members are individuals who are members of any of the associations or organizations officially participating in the Congress.
All others can purchase the regular tickets.
Participating associations and organizations are: IFLA, IFHP, ico-D, CSLA, AAPQ, OAQ, OUQ, SDGQ, GDC, ADIQ, ACID, ASID, APDIQ, and IDC.
What payment methods are available?
Payments are accepted by credit card.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for other payment options.
What is the return policy?
Tickets are non-refundable.
If you have any questions regarding your ticket or the refund policy, please contact email@example.com
I am buying a ticket for more than one person. What do I need to do?
Once you have purchased tickets for your group, you will be able to assign these tickets to individuals. From your own user profile in our ticketing system, you will be able to assign a ticket to others using their name and email address. The members of your group will receive an email letting them know that a ticket has been assigned to them and they will need to create a profile in our system.
Deadlines and Dates
What are the event dates?
The full event program runs from 16-25 October 2017.
16-20 October 2017
17-20 October 2017 – for professionals
19 October 2017 – for the general public
Summit of International Organizations
*this is an invitation-only event*
23-25 October 2017
When does the Earlybird rate end?
The Earlybird rate ends on 12 May 2017.
Can I buy tickets on site?
Tickets for the Congress and Expo will be available for purchase onsite.
When is the Speaker registration deadline?
Presenters whose proposals have been accepted via the Scientific and Professional Committee review need to register for their Speaker ticket by September 5th 2017.
Visa, Travel and Hotels
Do I need a Visa to come to Canada?
To find out whether you need a visa, please visit the Canada Immigration and Citizenship website.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
How do I get a Visa letter?
If you are applying for a Visa to Canada in order to attend the World Design Summit and need an official invitation for your application package, email us your information at firstname.lastname@example.org
What hotels are near the venue?
We have negotiated exclusive prices for accommodation in hotels near to the event venue, the Palais des Congrès.
For a full listing of these hotels, visit our Accommodation and Travel page.
How do I get to the venue from the airport?
There are a number of options available for transportation from the airport into downtown Montréal, including public transit.
For all the details, visit our Accommodation and Travel page.
Location and Venue
Where is the World Design Summit being held?
The World Design Summit is being held in Montréal, Canada.
Official events are taking place at the Palais des Congrès, the city’s signature convention and exhibition centre, located at:
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
How do I get to the Palais des Congrès?
There are a number of options available for accessing the venue.
The Palais is directly connected to the Place-d’Armes metro station.
For all the details, visit Palais Maps and Directions.
What is there to do in Montréal?
In 2017, the City is celebrating its 375th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Expo ’67. It is also the 150th anniversary of Canada,
making it a special time to visit, with many celebrations planned throughout the year.
Visit our Welcome to Montréal page to explore more.
What languages are spoken in Montréal?
English and French are the official languages of Montréal.
Is the Palais accessible?
The Palais des Congrès’ facilities are accessible to everyone with reduced mobility and have been Total Access-rated by Kéroul, a well-known organization dedicated to promoting tourism and culture for people with restricted physical ability.
Amenities include access ramps, lifts, TDD phone signage, electric washroom doors, and visual and audible emergency warning signals.
All Palais entrances are wheelchair accessible and feature access doors.
For specific accommodations or questions, contact the Palais services at email@example.com
Does the Palais have designated disabled parking spaces?
There are several parking spots in the Viger parking lot that are reserved for individuals with handicap parking permits, which are accessible via Chenneville Street.
Does the Palais offer adapted services?
The Palais is equipped with FM assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired and a TTY service.
For specific accommodations or questions, contact the Palais services directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is organizing the events?
The events are being organized by the World Design Summit Organization, headquartered in Montréal, Quebec.
What support is there for the events?
The World Design Summit is honoured to be supported by the three levels of Canadian government: federal, provincial and municipal.
The World Design Summit Organization is proudly partnered with Tourism Montréal and the Palais des Congrès, as well as industry leaders via our Sponsorship program.
What organizations are participating in the events?
Major international, national and provincial associations, orders and organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture are participating in the World Design Summit.
ico-D – International Council of Design
IFHP – International Federation for Housing and Planning
IFLA – International Federation of Landscape Architects
ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites
LAF – Landscape Architecture Foundation
IDC – Interior Designers of Canada
GDC – Graphic Designer of Canada
ACID – Association of Canadian Industrial Designers
CSLA – Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
OAQ – Ordre des Architects du Québec
OUQ – Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec
SDGQ – Société des Designers graphiques du Québec
ADIQ – Association des Designers industriels du Québec
APDIQ – Association professionnelle des Designers d’intérieur du Québec
APPQ – Association des Paysagistes professionels du Québec
Who is expected to attend?
We are expecting to welcome 50 international organizations, 5000 delegates, 1000 speakers, 30 keynotes and 30 000 Expo visitors from 80 countries.
What is the difference between the Summit and the Congress?
Driven by the vision of how design can transform the future, the Congress and the Summit are different, but thematically related, events.
The multi-disciplinary, multi-modal Congress is open to individuals from all design or design-related disciplines: all together under one roof to share perspectives, foster collaboration and cross-pollinate innovative ideas about how design can transform the future.
The Summit is a historic gathering of 50 international organizations all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges.
International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planing and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI.
The Summit is invite-only, but there are a limited number of VIP Platinum Passes available for purchase, which will give access to this historic event.
Our ambition with the Congress and the Summit Meeting is to break discipline silos by fostering true collaboration, both at the local grassroots and international governance levels.
Call for Proposals
When is the deadline to submit a proposal?
The deadline to submit your proposal is August 6th 2017.
How do I submit a proposal?
Submissions are accepted only via our online submission system.
You will need to create a user profile and then submit your proposal(s).
Once your submission is complete, click “Ready for Review” to send your proposal to the Scientific and Professional Committee for review.
Do I have to be a practicing designer to submit a proposal?
No, the Congress is open to all disciplines, educators, researchers and professionals working with design or design-related processes and design-thinking.
What are the proposal requirements?
The detailed Call for Proposals and submissions requirements can be downloaded from this page.
How many proposals can I submit?
You can submit multiple proposals; however, keep in mind that due to scheduling reasons we may limit the number of presentations that you lead during the Congress.
We are submitting as a group, if our proposal is accepted do we all need to register as Speakers?
Yes, all members of a group submission, if the proposal is accepted, will need to register for the Congress and pay the Speaker registration fee.
Who is reviewing the proposal?
The proposals are being reviewed by the World Design Summit Scientific and Professional Committee, representing the 6 major disciplines involved in the World Design Summit.
Will the accepted proposals be published?
The accepted proposals will be published in the official World Design Summit program.
My proposal has been rejected, can I submit again?
Yes, we encourage you to revise and resubmit your proposal before the August 6th deadline. Before doing so, please review the submission requirements on this page.
I have just been notified that my proposal has been accepted. What do I do now?
Congratulations! We are thrilled that you will take an active role in the Congress and share your cutting-edge design solutions with the world!
The next step is to register yourself (and members of your group, if applicable) as a Speaker and purchase your Congress pass(es). The WDS Team will be in touch with you with further instructions about your presentation schedule and materials.
How much time do I have for my presentation?
Individual presentations are 15 minutes long and scheduled within 1 hour sessions based on theme and topic. If you proposed to lead a session as a group, you will be scheduled for 1 hour.
More details will be communicated to you directly once you have registered.
When and where is the Expo?
The Expo is being held on 17-20 October 2017 at the Palais des Congrès.
Is the Expo open to the general public?
The Expo will be open to the general public, on 19 October 2017.
How many people are expected to come?
The Expo will welcome 30,000 trade and general public visitors.
How does my company become and Exhibitor?
Contact our Account Management team who will be pleased to assist you in determining the best exhibit option to maximize your exposure and business opportunities.
Send your inquiry to email@example.com
What are the criteria for becoming and Exhibitor?
Participation is open to entities that represent, promote or sell a design-related product or service.
All applications will be reviewed for compatibility, quality and appropriateness.