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Important Announcement

Major Change in Academy Schedule – Action Required!

We were recently informed that room renovations at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City are behind schedule with the loss of 200 rooms from their inventory.  The new program involves splitting the meeting between two hotel properties because the Frontenac will not be available for our group until Thursday, June 13. Though there have been some major changes made to our schedule, we will still be able to hold our Academy annual meeting and offer an enhanced program as well. Read the full announcement


June 12-14, 2019 · Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, CA

Parlez-vous Francais?

Academy Chairman David Hardt invites you to visit the French city of Quebec for the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Electrical Contracting.  This meeting will be in Quebec City at the historic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac from June 12-14. This marks the third time that the Academy has met “north of the border”. We’ve met in Western Canada (Banff and Whistler); this time we’re moving East to the Province of Quebec - and its capital, Quebec City which overlooks the St Lawrence River.

This section of the Academy website will help you with three things you need to do to be included:

  1. Register for the meeting before May 6 (when the price increases)
  2. Select some optional activities (tours and golf)
  3. Reserve your hotel room before May 18 (but don’t wait too long!)

Register Now

Rates and cancellation information can be found below, under additional information.

Meet our Speakers

General Meeting Speaker: Michael Beschloss 

BeschlossPresidential History

Friday, June 14 at 9:30 am

If anyone knows the American President, it is Michael Beschloss. The widely praised author of nine books, he has been called “the national’s leading Presidential historian” by Newsweek. Beschloss will use history to help us understand our own time and find perspective and nuance in current events.

Learn more

Evening Events and Networking


Opening Reception/Dinner:

lemanoirWednesday, June 12 · Joie de Vivre

We are excited to welcome you to Quebec with a Joie de Vivre (joy of living!) themed Welcome Reception at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu! You will be surrounded by a variety of foods and festive atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to meet street performers throughout the evening such as magicians, jugglers, mimes and more. With magic and music prepare to embark on a journey of wonder and amazement ~ and socialize with your friends.

Sugar Shack on Thursday Evening


Join us Thursday evening at L’erabliere Lac Beauport for an authentic Canadian feast served family style.

Nestled in an enchanting setting, this Sugar Shack is a family business contributing to the maple industry for more than 60 years, while perpetuating the tradition of excellent food, service and music, in addition to charming surroundings. This is your chance to discover the Quebec tradition as its best with the rustic décor and atmosphere as folk musicians set the mood. CAUTION: folk music is extremely contagious, and you may even find yourself attempting to folk dance.

After dinner, you will be invited outside to enjoy taffy on snow and learn more about the maple process.  A fun night awaits you! 

Closing Dinner and Entertainment on Friday Evening


Join us for the closing formal reception and dinner in the spectacular Frontenac ballroom. Besides a spectacular dinner you can see a unique performance by the Painchaud Family! Typical traditional evenings in Quebec used to be about families gathering in their large logwood houses for evenings of pure enjoyment. Uncles took out their fiddles, sisters danced away to the music, brothers played the spoon and an uplifting atmosphere reigned over the home until late into the night. Things have changed but, fortunately, the amazing Painchaud Family offers us the opportunity to relive what it was like.

For a preview of the Painchaud Family creativeness and talents, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ajjWdetEG4

Optional Activities:

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Afternoon Tours Offered on Friday:

Flavor Trail of the Island of Orleans (Île d’Orléans)

Available Friday at 11:30AM
Cost is $105 and includes transportation, guide, restaurant lunch and two tour tastings!

Cruise on the St. Lawrence River

Available Friday – 12:15 Departure with Lunch at the Restaurant Prior to Boarding

Cost is $110 and includes guide, restaurant lunch, funicular tickets and cruise!

Monastery Tour

Offered Friday at 11:45am

Max 40 people per day. Cost is $136 and includes guide, lunch and organ concert!

Art & Little Treasures Tour

Offered Friday Only – Noon Start time with Lunch at the Restaurant before the Tour

Limited to 20 people. Cost is $81 and includes guide, restaurant lunch, funicular tickets and gallery admissions!

Post Meeting Tour

The Academy’s Chateau Frontenac Post-Meeting Tour

June 15-23, 2019


You're invited to extend your visit in June to explore Canada’s Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. June is a perfect time of year to experience this magnificent, relatively remote area of North America! 

Click on the download below for a complete itinerary and cost for the trip. And Geoff Robertson will be happy to answer your questions.

Download the Post-Academy Meeting Tour Guide

Getting There

quebec city

Welcome to Quebec City

With a historic city centre, tons of cultural events and nature at its doorstep, Québec City is the perfect destination for anyone who loves culture, history, food, and the great outdoors. 

Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Québec is the only walled city north of Mexico. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it’s a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture.

Dufferin Terrace and its fairytale castle are two attractions that never cease to amaze visitors and locals alike, offering spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and its constantly shifting icescapes.

Getting to Quebec:

Getting to Quebec (PDF)   Local Area Transportation

The closest major airport to Quebec City is Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). The International Terminal there has undergone significant improvements and immigration is relatively easy to navigate. Of course, you’ll need your passport! The Frontenac only 8 miles from the airport. 

We do NOT recommend a rental car because the Frontenac is in the middle of a walled city with limited parking ~ and everything is walkable. We are providing transportation to most of the place you will want to go. 

There are NOT a lot of flights from the US to Quebec ~ so you’ll probably fly somewhere first (like Montreal or Toronto). According to the airport’s website, the airlines listed below fly to YQB; listed by originations of non-stop flights (with the number of daily arriving flights): 

Direct Flights to Quebec City 

Air Canada 

  • Montreal (11 flights) 
  • Toronto (5 flights) 


  • Philadelphia


  • Toronto

United Airlines 

  • Chicago (ORD) 
  • Newark


  • Toronto

About the Hotel:

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada

Ideally located inside the walls of Old Quebec, the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has undergone a multimillion dollar renaissance project that will reposition it as one of the world’s leading hotels. The restoration blends the charm of the hotel’s enchanting past with modern innovations, creating an allure that is fresh & seductive, balanced with the hotel’s rich history & dynamic future. 


  • The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is Canada’s most beloved hotel.
  • You will feel an elegant touch of historic Europe in any of the beautifully furnished luxury accommodations, which include 611 guest rooms and suites.
  • It is only 8 miles from the Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Located in the heart of Quebec City, which is a very walkable city with a wall around it, so you can’t get lost (because you can always see the hotel!)
  • Restaurants offering exceptional views of the St Lawrence River
  • This is one of the properties built by the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway ~ like Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, etc.
  • Think of this as your true-life castle!

The Frontenac is offering Academy Fellows a choice of the following rooms & rates (single or double):

  • Mix of Deluxe $295 Canadian $ = $221 U$
  • City View $305 C$ = $229 U$
  • Fairmont Gold $345 C$ = $259 U$
  • Signature $365 C$ = $274 U$

Note: The U$ rates shown above are converted at .75 (the actual conversion rate on January 11).

You can learn more about the room size, bed configuration and view for these rooms here »

Room taxes are as follows: 3% City Accommodation Tax; 5% Federal Good & Service Tax (GST)and 9.975% Provincial Sales Tax (PST). Thus, the total tax on rooms is 17.975%; thus the $221 U$ rate becomes $261 U$ inclusive.


  • You can make your hotel reservation by phone or online:
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your room. You don’t want to be left out!
  • May 18 is the cut-off date for hotel reservations (after which rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed)
  • Check in time is 4:00 pm; check out time is noon
  • Note Cancellation Policy: Rooms may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival. Cancellations after that will be subject to a charge of one-night.
  • Standard internet is complimentary

Learn more about the hotel    Book my stay

NOTE: Please feel free to explore the above hotel website, but do NOT to make your hotel reservations here. Fellows need to use the passkey.com link above to book your stay within the Academy room block. 

Additional Information & Policies

2019 Registration Fee Breakdown:

  • Early Registration Fee (through May 6) = $600 per person

  • Registration Fee (after May 6) = $650 per person

  • Cancellation Fee (after May 24) = $100 per person

The Registration Fee includes the cost of food & beverage for the following Academy events:
  • Opening Reception on Wednesday evening
  • Sugar Shack outing on Thursday evening
  • Reception and Formal dinner on Friday evening
  • Breakfast on Thursday morning (Fellows & guests)
  • Coffee, etc. on two mornings

Important Dates:

  • Register for the meeting before May 6 (when the price increases)

  • Select some optional activities (tours and golf)

  • Reserve your hotel room before May 18 (but don’t wait too long!)


If you have any issues with the online registration process, please don’t hesitate to call Diane Jacobson at 301-215-4555. She can help you over the phone. Of course, she will need to use your credit card to complete your registration.

Otherwise, please contact Academy Secretary Mike Thompson (301-806-1109) with questions or comments.