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77th Design Meeting

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dec 03, 2012 09:00 AM

Dec 05, 2012 04:00 PM

The 77th Modelica Design Meeting will be hosted by Maplesoft, and held at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). If you would like to attend the meeting, please send an email to

Location & Organizer:

Stefan Vorkoetter
Maplesoft (meeting at University of Waterloo)
615 Kumpf Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2V 1K8

Tel: +1-519-747-1278 ext 479
Fax: +1-519-747-5284

Getting to Waterloo

The closest large international airport is Lester B. Pearson International Airport just outside of Toronto (YYZ). There are multiple flights per day to and from just about anywhere in the world. For airport information, please see

To get from Pearson airport to Waterloo, you can either rent a car, or take the Airways Transit shuttle (; about $75 for one ride).

For visitors arriving from Canada or the US, it may be possible to fly into Waterloo Region International Airport with WestJet or Northwest Airlines. For more information, see

Accomodation Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at the St. Jacobs Courtyard Marriott. At the moment, 15 rooms are blocked for the period from December 2nd to 6th, at a rate of $139.00 per night, single occupancy. When making a reservation, use the booking code "Maplesoft". The rooms are blocked only until November 23rd, so it's best to make reservations before then.

St. Jacobs Courtyard Marriott
Toll Free Reservations: +1-800-321-2211 (USA and Canada only)
Worldwide Phone Numbers: Click Here

Getting to the Meeting

The meeting will be held at the University of Waterloo, in the building Engineering 5, in room 6111 on the 6th floor.

Transportation from and to the hotel will be provided. For those staying elsewhere, here's a map of part of the University campus showing the location of the building. Parking permits have been arranged in parking Lot B, located directly in front of E5.


A map of the entire campus can be found here.

Some Things to Do Nearby

For those arriving early or remaining after the meeting, there are a number of attractions that might be of interest.


(This picture is slightly out of date. I'll try to take a new one soon. Directly across the street from the theatre is now the Homewood Suites, and just to the left of Jack's Restaurant is the Holiday Inn Express.)

Nearest to the hotel (right next door) is the St. Jacobs Country Theatre. From June 3rd to June 27th, they will be presenting "Chicago". Details, tickets, etc. can be found at I have not been to this theatre personally, but the director is also the director of many productions I've seen at the Drayton Festival Theatre, all of which have been excellent.

A little further from the hotel is the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, an indoor and outdoor market for food, arts and crafts, leather goods, etc.  It is about 500m from the hotel, and is open on Saturdays and Thursdays from 7:00 until 15:00. Several of us in Maplesoft's R&D department generally go there for lunch on Thursdays, and you're welcome to join us if you're still in town.

Across and about 100m up Benjamin Road from the hotel is the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, which is a collection of "brand-name" stores, supposedly operated directly by the manufacturers, often at reduced prices. I'm not sure I've ever seen such a thing in Europe, so the concept may or may not be familiar to some of you.

Across Weber Street from behind the hotel is an Antique Mall, which is basically a large store divided into many smaller independently operated vendors' sections.

For those wishing to experience a typical North American department store, there's a Walmart just around the corner on Farmer's Market Road. It's a great place to go if you've forgotten your toothbrush, travel adapter, or other items, and they also have a fairly extensive grocery section.

A few km north of the hotel is the village of St. Jacobs, which also has a number of nice shops (clothing, antiques, local arts and crafts, etc.), restaurants, and a permanent model train exhibition. It's a little bit touristy, but not excessively so.

In downtown Waterloo is the Clay and Glass Gallery, which I have not been to, but have heard good things about.

Partial Campus Map
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