Meetings on campus: the event spaces of Montréal’s universities

published on May 30, 2023
Trends and Technology

Montréal’s academic scene has an international rep we’re extremely proud of. And no wonder: we were named Best Student City again this year! Montréal leads the way as a major research hub in the fields of neuroscienceoncologycardiology and Artificial Intelligence, all linked to highly-respected study programs. But these sacred places of learning aren’t just for students: Montréal’s four major universities also offer unforgettable event spaces for meetings and conferences that guarantee an A+ experience for your attendees.


Ranked within the world’s top universities, McGill University has a bucolic city centre setting that blends examples of old-world architecture across multiple buildings that reach up to Mount Royal — a comparison to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts is apt. But among the classrooms and lecture halls within await a multitude of rooms perfect for meetings and events, with catering and alcohol permits available. Looking for something ornate? The Thomson House offers old-school class and enviable views. Hosting something huge? The Molson Stadium seats over 25,000 for sporting or cultural events. And what could be more inspiring than the sense of stepping back in time while also surrounded by the world leaders of tomorrow?


With over 200 venues over two campuses — one of which makes up a vibrant part of Montréal’s downtown core — ranging from classrooms to amphitheatres, Concordia University has got you covered for any size event. And they truly understand the ins and outs of modern business, as the school is home to the internationally renowned John Molson School of Business. Modern locations like the EV Building (a LEED-certified building by the Canada Green Building Council) or the Oscar Peterson Hall (with Japanese-inspired acoustics for 570 attendees to swoon for) offer great conference spots right in the heart of the action.

Université de Montréal

Université de Montréal’s hillside campus overlooks the city — it’s a truly great spot to inspire successful meetings. Spaces like the bright and airy Agora Morris-et-Rosalind-Goodman, the Ernest Cormier-designed Hall d’honneur in the Pavillon Roger-Gaudry (check those marble columns and high ceilings) or the Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences, which is kitted out with cutting-edge technology, are perfect for events catering for small groups up to 500 attendees. Hosting an event here also offers your attendees an inside look at a Montréal architectural icon.


The Université du Québec à Montréal is noted for its innovations in the creative arts and research in social issues, with a downtown campus bordering the city’s exciting Village and just a quick 10-minute walk into Old Montréal. The university’s theatres and cinemas are available for events requiring top-line projection, including the vast Centre Pierre-Péladeau, while other spaces such as the Centre of Design are undeniably exciting just to be in. A nice bonus is the plethora of expertly laid out outdoor spaces that offer an invigorating urban backdrop for socializing, networking or team building.


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