CARS National Railway Day 2021

CARS National Railway Day 2021

NRD 2021

National Railway Day 2021 will take place on November 2nd and 3rd, 2021 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 culture.
It is a shared desire to create more effective ideas, processes and products to aid in the success of businesses.

Innovation Zone

This year we are providing a platform for member companies to present their innovative products/services/technologies: The Innovation Zone!
On November 2nd from 2 pm-5 pm 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 5:00 PM. 

There will be approximately 12-time slots available so due to limited space, exhibitors and sponsors will be given priority to book their time slots 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 Hayley Heaslip at Hayley  so the agenda can be updated accordingly.

Draft Agenda

9:00 AM-4:00 PM: Exhibitor move-in
2:00 PM-3:00 PM: Innovation Zone
3:00 PM-3:20 PM: Break
3:20 PM-5:00 PM: Innovation Zone
6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Opening Reception 
8:00 AM-10:00 AM: Conference Sessions 
10:00 AM-10:20 AM:  Break 
10:20 AM - 12:00 PM: Conference Sessions 
12:00 PM-1:00 PM:  Lunch 
12:00PM-5:00PM: Trade Show 
3:00 PM-4:00 PM: Break 
6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Reception 
7:15 PM-7:30 PM: Dinner Seating
7:30 PM-9:30 PM: 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


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 Hayley Heaslip at (booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis).


CARS has a room block at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal from November 1st to 4th, 2020.
The CARS room block includes a special group rate and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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, 2021**
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 

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 that 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 on rail and community. 

Nominate your company here