CanWeld Conference

Held in the same venue as the exhibition (Place Bonaventure- Montréal, QC), the annual CanWeld Conference brings together people from an extensive range of industry contributors such as educators, decision makers, influencers, suppliers and consultants. We will aim to provide environments for discussions around current trends and advances, welding and joining, health and safety, business prospects, condition monitoring and so much more.

Delegates attending the conference will be drawn from a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, pipelines, power generation, petrochemical, fabrication and construction, manufacturing, steel and shipbuilding, pulp and paper and others.

Join us for this exciting event!

CanWeld17 Overview

PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS (Tuesday, Sept 12th) Hôtel Bonaventure
• CWA National Advisory Council meeting of chapter chairs (Invite Only)
• Speakers and Conference attendees reception | 5:00 – 6:30 pm, room B (Included with registration)

CANWELD DAY ONE (Wednesday, Sept 13th)

• Breakfast (Hôtel Bonaventure room B, 7:30 – 8:30 am)
• Daily kick-off (Hôtel Bonaventure room B, 8:30 – 8:40 am)
• Keynote Speaker: Marc Miller- Investing in Canada (Hôtel Bonaventure room B, 8:40 – 9:10 am)
• Session 1 rooms 5&6 and Session 2 rooms 8&9 (Place Bonaventure 10:00 am – 4:45 pm)
• Networking Lunch (Place Bonaventure, room 7, 11:55 am – 12:45 pm)
• Networking Break (Place Bonaventure, 2:40 pm – 2:50 pm)
• Connect Zone: Show/Conference Mixer (Place Bonaventure, room 7)
• Industry Awards Night Dinner and Entertainment (Hôtel Bonaventure rooms A & B, 6:30 – 9:30 pm)

CANWELD DAY TWO (Thursday, Sept 14th)

• CWA Foundation Breakfast (Hôtel Bonaventure room B, 7:30 – 8:30 am)
• Daily kick-off (Hôtel Bonaventure room B, 8:30 – 8:40 am)
• Session 1 rooms 5&6 and Session 2 rooms 8&9 (Place Bonaventure 9:00 am – 3:45 pm)
• Networking Lunch (Place Bonaventure, room 7, 12:15 am – 1:00 pm)
• Connect Zone (Place Bonaventure, room 7)


• Pointe-à-Callière Museum Breakfast & Tour (Full information regarding this event is available below under, Highlighted Events)

Conference Sessions

The CanWeld Conference is comprised of a number of events and activities that tie together the Conference and Expo components. The Conference component will be separated into three main sections: The Sessions, The Solutions Lab and The Connect Zone. Here is a quick overview of what you can look forward to!

DAILY KICK-OFF (Hôtel Bonaventure)
Do you want to organize your day? Attend our daily kick-off session to get acquainted with a quick 15-minute preview of that day’s speakers and activities.

THE SESSIONS (Wed Sept 13th – Thurs Sept 14th, Place Bonaventure) This year’s Conference will have four tracks with over 40 speakers from across the industry. Sessions are geared towards the application of technology, equipment and knowledge to provide solutions to real world problems.

  • Welding Technology: innovation and research in welding processes, alloys, technologies, and related processes (e.g. additive manufacturing, automation, and artificial intelligence)
  • Welding Fabrication: application of welding to the creation of things such as bridges, buildings, cars, and pipelines.
  • Business of Welding: knowledge of current opportunities, challenges, and important facts of the market related to welding technologies and welding fabrication.
  • Welding Inspection: practical applications, research, innovation, etc.

THE SOLUTIONS LOUNGE Conference attendees have exclusive access to the CanWeld Solutions Lounge, a place to connect and converse with industry professionals on topics that interest you.

CONNECT ZONE (Place Bonaventure, room 7) Looking to connect with a speaker or Conference attendee? Use our Connect Zone to make the connections and introductions for you.

SOLUTIONS LAB The Solutions Lab staff will help you navigate the Conference and Show floor and point you in the right direction. If you know what you want, use the Solutions Lab to get the most our of the event.

Highlighted Events

Make the most out of your time at CanWeld. These events are a great way to network and mingle with other industry experts.

The Annual Industry Night Dinner (Wednesday, Sept 13th)
A CanWeld tradition that brings together our industry for an evening of great food and awards. A formal sit-down dinner, this event celebrates the successes of Canada’s welding and fabricating industry. (This is included with your registration)

The Foundation Breakfast (Thursday, Sept 14th)
This breakfast event celebrates students, educators and supporters within Canada’s welding and fabricating industry. Want to know who the future leaders in the field will be – attend and discover. (This is included with your registration).

Post-Conference Event

Pointe-à-Callière Museum Breakfast & Tour (Friday, Sept 15th)
Pointe-à-Callière presents centuries of history from the settlements of our Indigenous People to the present day. Located on a spot occupied by humans for more than a thousand years and on the very site where Montréal was founded, the Museum is home to some remarkable architectural ruins that are showcased on site.

The breakfast will be served from 9:00-10:00 AM. The tour is from 10:00-11:00 AM.

The tour will be conducted in English at: 350 Place Royale, Old Montréal (Québec), H2Y 3Y5. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

  • Cab ride is about a 10 minute drive from Hôtel Bonaventure.
  • Walking will take about 20 minutes from Hôtel Bonaventure.

Please Note: This is not included with your registration. If you wish to attend it costs an additional $30.50. You can add it to your Conference Pass when you register. 

CLICK HERE for our registration website.

Want to find out more about Pointe-à-Callière? CLICK HERE