Meetings General Information


The Shock Conference
The conference will take place at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada, from June 6 – 9, 2020. The hotel is a short cab ride from the Toronton Pearson International Airport. This beautiful Toronto hotel offers easy access to a variety of popular attractions and activities, including Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Islands and Centreville, Historic District, art galleries and upscale shops and restaurants. Click here for more information about Toronto.

Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms has been secured at the Westin Harbour Castle for SHOCK attendees at the discounted rate of CAD $249 per night for a single occupany room and CAD $269 per night for a double occupany room, plus 13% HST and 4% Municipal Accommodation Tax (currently). The hotel reservation site will be available in November.

Visitor's Information
For visitor’s information, please visit the official travel site of Toronto, Tourism Toronto. Click here to view the Toronto Visitor Guide.

ADA Compliance
The Westin Harbour Castle is barrier-free in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  While FASEB/Shock will make every effort to meet the needs of the physically challenged, accommodations cannot be guaranteed without prior notification.

Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in Canada is Canadian Dollars (CAD). One Canadian Dollar ($) is equivalent to $0.75 USD approximately. Banking hours in Canada are generally Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. For attendees from the US you may use your US debit card to withdraw cash from most Canadian ATMs. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

City Map
See the Toronto City and Area Map.
In Toronto, the month of June has an average temperature of 76°F (24°C ) with a typical low of 59°F (15°C).
CME Credits
Shock does not offer CME credits.  You can pick up a certificate of attendance from the onsite registration desk to keep track of your credits.  
Conference Attire
The dress code for the Conference is business casual (slacks, casual dress).  Meeting room temperatures will vary, so wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort.  We also recommend attendees wear comfortable shoes.
Dialing Codes
The Canadian country code is +1, while Toronto landlines start with a 416 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.  The International access code for Canada is 1. While in Canada, you can call the directory information service number 211 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in Canada. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Eating Out
Multicultural Toronto is home to a culinary wonderland of many cuisines. For dining information, please click here.
Voltage in the Canada is 120 voltage (60 HZ). Outlet sockets use either a Type A plug which is a class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs, or a Type B plug which is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.

Emergency Services
In case of an emergency, police, ambulance and fire brigade can be contacted by dialing 911.
The official language of the Conference is English. Translation service will not be provided.
Name Badge
The Shock Society Conference badge must be worn at all times for admission to all sessions and events.  It is recommended that you remove your badge when leaving the hotel.   
Public Transportation
There are many transportation options in Toronto including the subway, bus, and streetcar. For more public transportation information about passes, fares, and schedules, please click here.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.
The combined sales tax rate for Toronto, Canada is 13%.
Time Zone
Toronto’s time zone is Eastern Stand Time (EST-07:00).

Restaurant prices do not generally include a service charge, unless dining with a large group. It is customary to leave a tip of 15-20%.

Transportation - Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
The Toronto Pearson International Airport is about 17 miles (44 minutes) from the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel. There are many ways of transportation from the airport including car rentals (Level 1 of terminal 1 and 3 parking parages), public transportation, UP Express, as of course taxis (terminal 1 and 3) and ride sharing such as Uber and Lyft.  Please click here for general information about the airport.
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