CARS National Railway Day 2020

CARS National Railway Day 2020



National Railway Day 2020 will take place on November 3rd and 4th, 2020 at Hôtel Bonaventure in Montréal, Quebec !


The theme for this year’s conference will be "Bridging the Gap: Non-Stop Innovation".

As an industry that supports the movement of people and material we also want to encourage the movement of ideas and technology. Innovation is an important theme that we believe bridges the various gaps that occur in our industry, such as technology, gender, age, and even cultural. It is a shared desire to create more effective ideas, processes and products to aide in the success of businesses.

Innovation Zone

This year we are providing a platform for member companies to present their innovative products and technologies: The Innovation Zone! On November 3rd from 2pm-5pm all NRD registrants are invited  to the “Zone” to learn all about the exciting technologies our members have to offer. Please note the opening reception will follow at 5:00PM. 

There will be approximately 12 time slots available so due to limited space, exhibitors and sponsors will be given priority to book their time slot for their presentation. Should there be remaining times available then we will extend the invitation to CARS members attending the show. Once presenters are confirmed they must submit a two line overview of the topic of their presentation to Vanessa Murrell at  so the agenda can be updated accordingly.

Draft Agenda

November 3rd
9:00am-4:00pm Exhibitor move-in
2:00pm-3:00pm Innovation Zone
3:00pm-3:20pm Break
3:20pm-5:00pm Innovation Zone
6:00pm-7:30pm Opening Reception 
November 4th
8:00am-10:00am Conference Sessions 
10:00am-10:20am Break 
10:20am - 12:00pm Conference Sessions 
12:00pm-1:00pm  Lunch 
12:00pm-5:00pm Trade Show 
3:00pm-4:00pm Break 
6:30pm-7:15pm Reception 
7:15pm-7:30pm Dinner Seating
7:30pm-9:30pm Gala Dinner
Exhibitor Booth Package Pricing
Exhibitor Booth Package - Member:  $1800
Exhibitor Booth Package - Non-Member: $2700
Exhibitor Booth Packages include:  Two NRD 2020 Registrations, two grey fabric chairs,  8' high background and 3' high side dividers in flame retardant drape, one waste paper basket

Conference and Trade Show Registration Pricing

Early Bird  NRD 2020 Registration -Member: $550
Early Bird NRD 2020 Registration - Non-Member: $750
***(Early Bird Pricing ends on Friday May 1st, 2020)*** 
NRD 2020 Registration - Member: $750
NRD 2020 Registration - Non-Member: $950
NRD 2020 Registration includes full-day access to both the Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday November 4th, 2020. This does not include  Gala Dinner Tickets.

Gala Dinner Ticket Pricing

Gala Dinner Single Ticket: $160
Gala Dinner Table of 10:  $1600
Gala Dinner Tickets and Tables of 10 include a three course meal served with wine, followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner Entertainment on Wednesday November 4th, 2020.

Complimentary Meeting Space

CARS has the Westmount 2 reserved from November 2nd to 4th, 2020. This room can accommodate up to 25 guests in boardroom style.
CARS is offering this meeting space to members complimentary with NRD registration purchase.
To book a time slot in this meeting space, please submit your request with preferred date and time to Vanessa Murrell at (booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis).


CARS has a room block at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal from November 2nd to 4th, 2020.
The CARS room block includes a special group rate and complimentary wifi.
You can make a reservation online  for the CARS room block using the following link:   English:   French:  
You can also make a reservation by phone at 514.878.2332 (toll free at 800.267.2575) using the CARS block code CARSI (CARS "i" )
**The deadline for booking under the CARS room block is Wednesday, October 14th, 2020**
Self-Parking: $24.25 (tx incl.) overnight. Valet Parking: $39.00 (tx incl.) overnight + in and out anytime.
Hotel Address: 900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4, Hotel Bonaventure Montreal 
Members-Only Travel Discount 

CARS  has a WestJet discount for all members flying into and out of Montreal from November 9-23, 2020 for this event.  Please email Vanessa Murrell at to receive the CARS member discount code.


Safety Award: This award recognizes initiatives in people safety, innovation, technological advancements outstanding achievements and any other positive influence a supplier has brought forward to improve the overall safety of the railway industry. 

Nominate your company here

Diversity Award: This award was established to recognize and celebrate businesses who champion diversity in their companies, leaders for developing and cultivating diversity strategies in their organization, in addition to communicating the rationale for these strategies to employees. 

Nominate your company here

Innovation award: This award is for members that developed advance or innovative technologies to meet the needs of the rail industry. This business contributes to making a strong and rapidly growing innovative industry, and is creating a positive impact in rail and community. 

Nominate your company here


VIA Giveaway

Thank you to VIA Rail Canada for sponsoring our VIA Giveaway prize: 

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A VIA Rail Canada ticket voucher valued at $5000 that offers a return trip for 4 passengers in Sleeper Plus Class from Montreal to Halifax !

Register for NRD 2020 for a chance to win!


  View Current Sponsorship Opportunities Here



Exhibitor Booth - Non- Member
8x10 Exhibitor booth - includes 2 NRD 2020 registrations
Early Bird NRD 2020 Registration - Non-member
Early Bird Registration for one person for the Conference and Trade show only, Gala Dinner not included
Gala Dinner
1 seat at the Gala Dinner
Gala Dinner - Table of 10
A limit of 1 table per company and 2 tables per Platinum Sponsors has been set until August 2020. Should there be space remaining after August, CARS will open it up on a first come first serve basis.
Platinum Sponsorship $15,000.00
Gold Sponsorship $10,000.00
Silver Sponsorship $5,000.00
Bronze Sponsorship $3,500.00
Opening Reception Sponsorship $5,000.00
Innovation Zone Sponsorship $5,000.00
Wi-fi Sponsorship $2,000.00
Escalator Sponsorship $3,000.00
Hotel Key Card Sponsorship $3,500.00
Meeting Room Sponsorship $3,000.00
Headshot Photo Booth Sponsorship $2,000.00
Breakfast Sponsorship $8,000.00
Morning Break Sponsorship $5,000.00
Lunch Sponsorship $10,000.00
Afternoon Break Sponsorship $5,000.00
Gala Dinner Sponsorship $1,000.00
Lanyard Sponsorship $4,000.00
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