Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5, Canada

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Thank you for registering for the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology.  We look forward to welcoming you to Montréal and to providing dynamic educational programming and engaging networking opportunities.  To help you prepare, we’ve compiled the notes below: 


The official language of the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology is English.  While the Congress is not providing translation services, please contact us for referrals or for assistance in setting your own translation arrangements.


Plan to arrive in Montréal in time for the Opening Plenary Session featuring Martin Seligman and Sonja Lyubomirsky.  This first session begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 13th.  If you’ve registered for a pre-Congress session, those begin starting at 9:00 AM on Thursday.  The final session of the Congress Program ends at 1:30 PM on Sunday, July 16th.  Visit our online program for a complete schedule of all programming.

Congress Meals

Full Congress registration includes the following meals and snacks.  Breakfast and dinners each day are NOT included in the registration fee and are the responsibility of individual attendees.

Thursday, July 13th Opening Dessert Reception
Friday, July 14th PM Snack during Poster Session
Boxed Lunch
Saturday, July 15th Boxed Lunch
PM Snack during Poster Session
Congress Closing Reception

Please note any special needs or allergies on your registration form so we can make appropriate arrangements.


Please consider volunteering at the Fifth World Congress! Your collaborative volunteer efforts enrich programming for your colleagues and foster a memorable experience for all attendees.  By volunteering your time and talent, you will be assisting in making the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology the most fulfilling gathering of its kind. To volunteer, please check the “I want to volunteer” box on the registration form, then check the boxes for the days you want to volunteer.  Volunteers will receive additional information and updates via email beginning in mid-April.


The International Positive Psychology Association is excited to take the World Congress outside of the United States for the first time, and our choice of Montréal brings us to a vibrant, modern, multicultural city with a rich and storied past.  Celebrating its 375th anniversary, Montréal has blossomed into one of the world’s most modern and dynamic metropolises, filled with both centuries of history and the newest trends. During the Fifth World Congress you’ll be able to experience the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and the explosive L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, a fireworks competition that lights up the Montréal night skies all summer long.  Plan to spend some extra time exploring the cuisine, culture and entertainment.

Visit our travel and housing page for more information on transportation to/from the airport and discounted hotel rates.

Travelling Internationally?

Find out what you need to visit Canada as a tourist or business person and what documents you need to carry with you to transit through Canada.  Visit the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship website.

Review the Congress’s official recognition letter form Canada Border Services.  Please feel free to download a copy for presentation with your passport.


Attire for the conference is business casual.  Montréal weather can vary so pack appropriately. In a program like this, with a big space and lots of people, the temperature is never right for everyone.  We will do our best to make it the most comfortable for the most people, but please dress in layers.


All students registered at the student rate are required to provide proof of student status PRIOR to the Fifth World Congress. Verification of student status should be sent via email to  Documents accepted include unofficial transcripts and student photo IDs with the current school year dates.


All attendees should stop at the registration desk to pick up their badge, bag and conference program.  The registration desk is located on level 2 in Viger Hall.  The registration desk will be open during the following days/times:

Wednesday July 12th 4-7pm
Thursday July 13th 8am-6:30pm
Friday July 14th 7am-5:30pm
Saturday July 15th 7am-5:30pm
Sunday July 16th 7am-12:30pm


Networking and Social Opportunities

The Exhibit Hall will be open each day between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  The Thursday dessert reception, lunch, including the Special Interest Group lunch on Friday, and both poster sessions will be held in the Exhibit Hall.  Be sure to stop by the exhibitor booths to thank these organizations for supporting our Congress and to learn more about research, programs, services and resources for the positive psychology community.  These are excellent opportunities to network with colleagues and to see the newest products and services showcased in the exhibit hall.

Be sure not to miss the World Congress Closing Reception Saturday night featuring Cirque Éloize.  Guest Registrations are available and include admission to the Thursday night desert reception and the Closing Party.  You can purchase a guest registration when you complete your own registration. If you’ve already registered and would like to add a guest registration, please visit the registration site and choose “Guest Reception Registration.”

Internet Access

Level 1 of the Palais des Congrès is a free Wi-Fi zone.  Please note that it is meant for browsing and checking email only. Speed and connectivity varies based on the number of users and bandwidth available. Internet access is not available on the upper floors of the Palais, including the meeting rooms and exhibit hall.  Presenters should not plan to utilize wifi for presentations.  Internet access is included at no additional charge if staying at one of the three official World Congress hotels.