Information for Delegates

Airport transportation

For information about reaching the UBC Point Grey campus from YVR Airport, please visit the UBC Transportation Page. Taxi stands are located on level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area at YVR. 

Please note that ridesharing services such as UBER or Lyft are not available for use in Vancouver. 

Checking into your accommodation

When you arrive on the UBC campus, make your way to Ponderosa Studios at 2075 West Mall. The front desk is located in the Cedar House. Check-in is at 3:00pm and check-out is 11:00am. Should you require it, temporary parking will be available while you check-in (see more information on parking below).


If you have a car during the conference, there are temporary drop-off parking spots at Ponderosa Studios for while you check-in. Overnight parking will be in the West Parkade. Specific information about parking will be provided to you by staff at Ponderosa Studios once you arrive. Parking costs $16/day. If you do not have a car or do not wish to drive during the conference, all transportation between sites at the conference will be provided.

Conference check-in

You can check in for the conference at the Opening Reception, starting at 6:30pm on June 12th at the Cecil Green Parkhouse on the UBC Vancouver campus. If you would like to join a group walking to the reception from the Ponderosa Studios lobby, a group will be leaving at 6:15pm, led by Eerik Ilves. If you are delayed or unable to attend the opening conference, you may check-in for the conference at breakfast/the first session on June 13th at Sage.


UBC and SFU are both connected to the Eduroam network. If your institution is a member of Eduroam, please refer to your institution’s guidelines on how to connect to the network. For attendees from institutions not connected to Eduroam, UBC offers visitor wifi on the “ubcvisitor” network. SFU does not have a visitor network available. 

Dress code

The dress code for all conference activities is business casual. Light walking is involved on all days of the conference.

Vancouver is a rainy city, and weather can change quickly. For more information about the forecast, please visit the Weather Network.

Venue locations

The following is a map of the locations of all GRO Conference events. Transportation will be provided to and from the UBC Point Grey Campus and the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business and Earls Yaletown. 

Transportation to Earls Yaletown

Canada Line

From the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, cross the street and walk north on Granville Street (towards the waterfront). Enter into the Waterfront Station via the access entrance on Granville Street. Take the Canada Line two stops to Yaletown-Roundhouse. Exit Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, and walk northwest up Mainland Street. Earls will be on the corner of Mainland Street and Helmcken Street. One Zone fare on the Canada Line is $2.95, and the trip is about 10 minutes.


If you would prefer to walk, Earls is only a 18-minute walk from Segal Graduate School of Business.

Departure information

Friday is a half-day of the conference, in addition to the optional TRIUMF tour for which some of you have signed up to attend. If you choose, Ponderosa Studios will be able to store your luggage while you attend the last sessions of the conference before you depart. Lunch will not be provided on Friday. 

TRIUMF tour participants

Safety information for those who have signed up to participate in the TRIUMF tour will be sent via email. A bus will pick up tour participants in front of the UBC Bookstore at 1:15pm on Friday, June 14th for the TRIUMF tour from 1:30pm-3:00pm. After the tour, a return bus is available to drop participants off at Ponderosa Studios. 

Things to do

Delegates will have an hour of free time in between Session 4 and the dinner at Ear's Yaletown, which is a good oppertunity to experience some sights in Downtown Vancouver. There will also be additional free time once the conference ends on Friday, June 14th, for deleages who will not immediately be heading to the airport. Below is some options for sights to see during those times. 


  • Stanley Park – This is a magnificent 400 acre green oasis with natural West Coast rainforest perched on the Pacific Ocean with views of the mountains and city.  The park is a short distance from most shops and located in the midst of Vancouver.  Rent bikes or walk the famous sea wall, lunch or picnic or visit the totem poles in the park.  Bike shops have self-guided tour maps for visiting highlights in the park.
  • Aquarium – Do not miss Vancouver’s Aquarium conveniently located in Stanley Park.  An introduction to the world under the sea.
  • Robson Street is the downtown street for shopping with boutiques and brand shops including the iconic Lululemon, based in Vancouver.  For some culture stop at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson to see the exhibits or grab lunch at the street vendors or stylish outdoor café.
  • Pacific Centre mall is a premier mall located in the heart of downtown. With such impressive stores as Holt Renfrew, Apple Store, Disney Store, and Nordstrom, you're sure to find something to buy!
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offer an oasis of tranquility in a bustling city.
  • Fly Over Canada Simulated Flight Ride ($29) is conviently located in Canada Place.  Hop on board to get epic aerial views of Canada’s dramatic landscape without leaving the ground on this simulated flight ride! Start with an entertaining presentation on the history and culture of Canada, then brace yourself for take-off. From your seat under the high-dome screen, you’ll careen through the sky, hurdle over mountains, feel the wind in your face and take in the woody scents of alpine forests. At eight minutes long, this simulated flight is the longest in the world!
  • On Granville Island, browse artist galleries and visit the Public Market to shop for tasty snacks. Discover plenty of activities here for families and children, including the Kids Only Market.  To reach this Island travel by bus or take the Vancouver AquaBus Ferry with eight stops including Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and The Village!
  • Yaletown is Vancouver’s definitive late-night hot spot.  A warehouse district with chic boutiques, restaurants and hotels.
  • Your Vancouver sightseeing experience will have a panoramic view at the Vancouver Lookout! Your adventure starts with a 40-second glass elevator ride, whisking you 170metres (450ft) skyward to our panoramic observation deck. Enjoy views of cosmopolitan Vancouver, historic Gastown and bustling Coal Harbour. Past. Present. Future. A multi-lingual team provide complimentary guided tours with fascinating facts about Vancouver's history, infrastructure, local community, current trends and future expansion. Our iconic Vancouver attraction tops the Harbour Centre complex, a recognizable landmark in the heart of downtown.  This is also the central location of SFU’s Vancouver campus and walkable.

UBC Campus

Beatty Biodiversity Museum

Explore UBC’s spectacular biological collections through exhibits and public programs. More than five hundred exhibits of plants, marine invertebrates, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils showcase the stunning natural history of British Columbia and beyond. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum houses over two million specimens and is also home to the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada.

WHERE: 2212 Main Mall

HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Public tour commences at 3:00pm for 30 minutes each day.

PRICE: GRO Conference Delegates may attend Beaty Biodiversity Museum for FREE by showing their delegate badge!

Museum of Anthropology

MOA is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in its spectacular Great Hall, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our Multiversity Galleries, MOA offers endless opportunities for visitors to discover and learn about their own and other cultures.

WHERE: 6393 NW Marine Drive

HOURS: Open daily, 10:00am-5:00pm. Open until 9:00pm on Thursdays.

PRICE: $18/adult

Pacific Museum of Earth

Explore the Pacific Museum of Earth and discover the wonders of our dynamic Earth. Tour 4.5 billion years through the evolution of Earth, touch a real dinosaur bone, be informed about the hazards of natural disasters, gaze at dazzling mineral and gem displays, and learn about the mineralogical guts of your smartphone.

WHERE: 6339 Stores Road

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm

PRICE: By donation

Nitobe Memorial Garden

A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden. A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time – a day, a week or a lifetime – with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

WHERE: 1895 Lower Mall

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:30pm

PRICE: $7 for the Nitobe Garden only, $15 for the Nitobe Garden and Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden

In addition to unique displays of plants from around the world, UBC Botanical Garden includes the Greenheart TreeWalk eco-adventure, a well-stocked gift shop, and a plant centre full of rare specimens for purchase.

WHERE: 6804 SW Marine Drive

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:30pm

PRICE: $10 for the Botanical Garden only, $15 for the Nitobe Garden and Botanical Garden

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Internationally recognized for its exhibitions, programs, and online projects, the Belkin Art Gallery is one of Canada’s premier showcases for contemporary art. This gallery specializes in Canadian avant-garde art of the 1960s and 1970s. Download the UBC Outdoor Art Tour and discover UBC in a new way. Free admission and tours.

WHERE: 1825 Main Mall

HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm. Closed Mondays.


Lunch options at UBC

Ponderosa Commons Area

These eateries are close to Ponderosa Studios, the accommodation during the conference.

  • Harvest (2074 Lower Mall)
    • Gourmet salads, sandwiches, chicken, fruit and vegetables, snacks, desserts
  • Mercante (6488 University Blvd)
    • Made-to-order traditional Italian pizzas cooked in a hot stone hearth oven, pastas, salads, desserts and specialty coffees
The Nest

6133 University Blvd.

The Nest is home to the Alma Mater Society (the undergraduate students’ union at UBC). There are a number of eateries within this new building, opened in 2015:

  • Blue Chip Café
    • Baked goods, sandwiches, treats, coffee (try the cookies- they’re delicious!)
  • Gallery Patio and Lounge
    • Pacific Northwest-inspired food, fish, salads, rice bowls
  • Grand Noodle Emporium
    • Chinese take-out, pan-Asian options, Thai curry, Pad Thai
  • Honour Roll
    • Maki rolls, nigari, other speciality Japanese food items including bento boxes
  • Ph Tea
    • Bubble tea
  • PI[E]R2 Pizza
    • Pizza featuring local topping, pasta entrees
  • Porch
    • Fresh, delicious comfort vegetarian and vegan food, build-your-own bowls, salads
  • The Delly
    • Sandwiches, curries, pastries
  • The Soup Market
    • Homemade Soups
David Lam Research Centre

2015 Main Mall

  • Triple O’s
    • Burgers, thick cut fries, milkshakes
  • Tim Hortons
    • Coffee, tea, muffins, donuts, sandwiches and soups
    • There is an additional Tim Hortons location on campus at 2424 Main Mall.
  • Bento Sushi
    • Sushi made fresh daily, poke bowls, rice bowls, noodle bowls, salmon and chicken dishes
University Boulevard Area
  • Baodown UBC (6065 University Blvd)
    • Pan Asian, baos, specialty fries, rice bowls
  • Nori Bento & Udon (6055 University Blvd)
    • Udon, a tempura, karaage and korroke bar, sushi, bento boxes
  • Uncle Fatih’s Pizza (6045 University Blvd.)
    • Pizza
  • Jamjar Canteen (6035 University Blvd)
    • Lebanese food, rice and salad bowls, deep fried cauliflower, lamb sausages, chicken shish tawouk
  • Tacomio (6025 University Blvd)
    • Mexican street food, tacos, burritos, salad bowls, nachos with turkey, chicken, pork, beef, or plant based protein options.
  • Koerner’s Pub (6371 Crescent Rd)
    • Close to multiple conference venues and open late. Craft beers and traditional pub food.
Starbucks Locations

There are 5 Starbucks locations on/near campus:

  • Fred Kaiser Lobby (operated by UBC Food Services- cannot redeem Starbucks rewards)
    • 2332 Main Mall
    • Open 7:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday
  • UBC Bookstore (operated by UBC Food Services- cannot redeem Starbucks rewards)
    • 6200 University Blvd.
    • Open 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday, and 9:30am-5:00pm on Saturday
  • UBC Life Building (operated by UBC Food Services- cannot redeem Starbucks rewards)
    • 6138 Student Union Blvd.
    • Open 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday and 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Technical Enterprise Facility
    • 6190 Agronomy Road #3
    • Open 5:30am-9:00pm, Monday-Friday and 7:00am-8:30pm Saturday and Sunday
  • 5763 Dalhousie Road
    • Open 6:00am-10:30pm, Monday-Friday and 7:00am-10:00pm Saturday and Sunday