CARS National Railway Day 2021

CARS National Railway Day 2021

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National Railway Day 2021 will take place on November 2nd and 3rd, 2021 
at Hôtel Bonaventure in Montréal, Quebec!

Tickets on sale now!

Sponsorship is NOW available for purchase. 

All attendees, exhibitors, and speakers must be vaccinated to enter the conference area.
To gain entry to locations that require a vaccine passport, people who do not reside in Quebec and who travel to Quebec must show
photo ID with an address outside Quebec and proof issued by their country or Canadian province that they have had a COVID-19 vaccine.
**Any additional updates will be shared as CARS receives information regarding  Proof of Vaccination Requirements.**
Visit Québec Government Website for more information: 

Conference Theme

The theme for this year’s conference will be "Advancing in Today's World."  Innovation has always been important in our industry, and during one of the largest economic crises in history, being prepared to pivot, adapt, and embrace change is crucial. This year we explore the impact of new health and safety protocols, the shift from in-person to a digital world and its effects on forging new relationships, the role of cybersecurity on the rail industry, and adapting to the new normal as things reopen.  

CARS is excited to announce that we will have an Innovation Zone once again! The Innovation Zone will occur from 2 pm-5 pm on November 2nd (at the Hotel Bonaventure). Our members will have an opportunity to give a short presentation (10-15 min) on their innovative products and technologies to all NRD registrants. There will be approximately 12-time slots available (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, 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 to update the agenda accordingly.

To be added to the list for the Innovation Zone please email Hayley Heaslip at 


(See below for 2021 Ticket Prices)

November 2nd, 2021

9:00am-4:00pm Exhibitor move-in (Montreal Room)

2:00pm-3:00pm Innovation Zone (Montreal Room & Streamed Live)

3:00pm-3:20pm Break

3:20pm-5:00pm Innovation Zone (Montreal Room & Streamed Live)

November 3rd, 2021

8:00am-10:30am Key Note Speaker Sessions (Montreal Room & Streamed Live)

10:20am-10:30am Break 

10:30am - 11:30pm Cybersecurity and Rail Pannel (Montreal Room & Streamed Live)

11:30am-12:20pm Closing Key Note Speaker Session (Montreal Room & Streamed Live)

12:20pm-1:00pm  Lunch (Montreal Room)

12:20pm-5:00pm Trade Show (Montreal Room & Virtual)

3:00pm-4:00pm Break 

7:15pm-7:30pm Dinner Seating (Montreal Room)

7:30pm-9:30pm Gala Dinner ( Montreal Room & Presentations will be Streamed Live)


2021 Ticket Prices 
Early Bird Dates: June 24th to July 16th, 2021

    Early Bird Price Regular Price
In-Person Tickets Member $550.00 $750.00
  Non-Member $750.00 $950.00


Exhibitor Booth Pricing
In-Person Exhibitor Booth Packages include: Two NRD 2021 Registrations, two grey fabric chairs, 8' high background and 3' high side dividers in flame retardant drape, one waste paper basket

In-Person Booth Member $1,800.00
  Non-Member $2,700.00

Gala Dinner tickets

$160/ Seat
$1,600/Table of 10



CARS has a room block at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal from November 1st to 4th, 2021.

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:   

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 


CARS Annual Awards 

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


Have questions?

Connect with Membership & Events Coordinator Hayley Heaslip at 
or call our office at 613.237.3888 and leave a voicemail with your name, number, email, and mention NRD; then Hayley will call or email you back asap.

Speakers / Panelists

Member Price


Exhibitor Booth - Member
8x10 Exhibitor booth - Includes 2 NRD 2021 registrations
$1,800.00 + tax Sign In
NRD 2021 Registration - Member
Registration for one person for the Conference and Trade show only, Gala Dinner not included
Early-bird rate is no longer available
$750.00 + tax Sign In
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Non-Member Price


NRD 2021 - Walk the Tradeshow
Registration for one person for the Trade show only, Gala Dinner and Speaker Presentations not included.
$150.00 + tax
Gala Dinner
1 seat at the Gala Dinner
$160.00 + tax
Gala Dinner - Table of 10
A limit of 1 table per company and 2 tables per Platinum Sponsors has been set until August 2021. Should there be space remaining after August, CARS will open it up on a first come first serve basis.
$1,600.00 + tax
Exhibitor Booth - Non- Member
8x10 Exhibitor booth - includes 2 NRD 2021 registrations
$2,700.00 + tax
NRD 2021 Registration - Non-member
Registration for one person for the Conference and Trade show only, Gala Dinner not included
$950.00 + tax
Platinum Sponsorship $15,000.00 + tax
Gold Sponsorship $10,000.00 + tax
Silver Sponsorship $5,000.00 + tax
Bronze Sponsorship $3,500.00 + tax
Innovation Zone Sponsorship $5,000.00 + tax
Wi-fi Sponsorship $2,000.00 + tax
Escalator Sponsorship $3,000.00 + tax
Hotel Key Card Sponsorship $3,500.00 + tax
Meeting Room Sponsorship $3,000.00 + tax
Headshot Photo Booth Sponsorship $2,000.00 + tax
Breakfast Sponsorship $8,000.00 + tax
Morning Break Sponsorship $5,000.00 + tax
Lunch Sponsorship $10,000.00 + tax
Afternoon Break Sponsorship $5,000.00 + tax
Gala Dinner Sponsorship $1,000.00 + tax
Lanyard Sponsorship $4,000.00 + tax
Charging Station Sponsorship $1,500.00 + tax
Proceed to Checkout