What you need to know about Congress coming to Brock

As Brock gets set to host more than 8,500 guests for Congress 2014 from May 23 to 30, on-campus services and facilities will be significantly impacted by the gathering.

The event, which is the largest academic gathering of its kind in Canada, will impact everything from parking and food services, to facilities and spaces, and more.

The University will be open, but things will be running a little bit differently.

Facilities Management

The main on-campus disruption leading up to and during Congress will be the physical transformation of campus. Please be patient as classrooms and other spaces are commandeered and rearranged to accommodate incoming guests.


Another key area that will be impacted is on-campus parking and traffic. Starting Friday May 23, the University is expecting increased vehicular traffic on campus during peak morning hours from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

To save time, Brock employees, volunteers and any charter buses with non-Congress visitors are asked to please enter campus through the Glenridge Ave. traffic circle entrance (opposite the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre) during peak traffic times.

Please leave yourself plenty of extra time for travelling on and off campus during peak times in the morning and afternoon during Congress.

Food/Dining Services

Be sure to also leave yourself extra time when accessing on-campus food services during Congress. Please be mindful of peak food-related times – morning and afternoon breaks, lunch time – and consider changing up your routine for the week to beat the rush.


To get involved at Congress, contact Curtis Gadula at cgadula@brocku.ca

Free community programming at Congress

During Congress, there will also be many opportunities to experience some thought-provoking and entertaining events and presentations.

Brock’s “Congress Plus” program includes 30 events (theatre, art, concerts, lectures) that are free and open to the public.

And The Big Thinking lecture series, featuring eight notable scholars, such as David Plotz, Catherine Dauvergne and Lawrence Hill, is free and open to everyone. Seating for these events is first-come first-served.

For more info about Congress at Brock: www.congress2014.ca

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