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Saturday June 17

March for More Midwives

Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
The Saturday pre-Congress event, to announce that the midwives of the world have arrived in a city for their triennial congress, has become hugely popular. From the Road to Durban, to Prague’s Voices of Midwives and now, Toronto’s March for More Midwives, this increasingly popular curtain-raiser will allow thousands of midwives to walk together in solidarity, united in the message that the world needs more midwives….and needs them now.

Sunday June 18

Multifaith Celebration of Midwifery

John Bassett Theatre, MTCC
Described by some midwives as an opportunity for rededication to midwifery, and by others simply as an event that provides a massive feel-good factor. Whatever the reason for attending the multi faith celebration you can be certain of leaving the theatre with a ‘spring in your step’ following an uplifting 60 minutes of music and short faith contributions.

Seats are available on a first come basis. This theatre can seat 1,300 delegates so the event is sure to be full.

Opening Ceremony
Plenary Hall F&G, MTCC
It’s known as the ‘midwifery Olympics’ as over 110 country flags of member organizations are paraded. With many midwives in colorful national costume or wearing country emblems, this colourful extravaganza is full of fun, laughter and joy. An opportunity to experience top class cultural contributions in the form of dance, music and song as well as the Canadian midwives choir. A short address from the ICM President, ICM Awards and other presentations provides a perfect programme for the official opening of ICM 2017 Toronto.

A Souvenir Programme is available and supported by Johnson and Johnson.

Welcome Reception

Exhibition Hall D&E, MTCC
A first opportunity for delegates to meet with sponsors and exhibitors to hear about the products and services on offer over the next four days. Many of the sponsors are providing added value through side sessions, panels, and workshops. The opening of the Exhibition is followed by a welcome reception with drinks and canapes: this is often the time to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Tuesday June 20

Gala Night

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto
18:30 – 23:30
A social event planned by the CAM host organizing committee. The three-course meal is followed by live entertainment and a DJ. Months of planning by host midwives have placed delegates at the centre of every aspect of the Gala evening to ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience for guests. There may be a small number of tickets available at the Congress and enquiries should be made at registration.

How to get to the Gala Venue:
The Gala Dinner is taking place at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, the host hotel for ICM 2017.

The address is:
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
1 Harbour Square,
ON M5J 1A6

From the Congress center – The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Congress Centre or alternatively you can take a taxi.

From Downtown Toronto – The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Union Station. Alternatively you can take a taxi or take the 510 street car South to Queens Quay Ferry Docks and Terminal. From there the hotel is a one-minute walk.

Thursday June 22

Doors Open [map]

Downtown Toronto

Attend “Doors Open”, a free, informal tour-at-your-own-pace event of the midwifery practices in downtown Toronto for all ICM attendees.

No sign-up required. Simply drop-in access to participating practices for informal guided tours, displays, and/or activities.

Download this map that shows participating practices, contact information, and directions from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Questions? Please ask at the CAM booth and/or the Professional Tours information desk at ICM. Or contact Trisha Lynch, Events and Program Coordinator at the Association of Ontario Midwives at or 416.425.9974 x 2255

* programme and events subject to change.