Local Arrangements

Meeting of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG5

June 25 - June 29, 2012

IBM Toronto Lab
8200 Warden Ave, Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Local Host:
Daniel Chen
905-4133056 (work)
647-5191202 (cell)

Meeting Location:
Training center at IBM Toronto Lab. It is located at the ground floor near the main lobby. Daniel will be at the main lobby at 8:30am on June 25, 2012. The security personal can also give you directions.
Coffee, water and cookies will be provided throughout the week.

Meeting Time:
9:00 - 17:00

Social events:
Daily. FIDS after the meeting in the bar of the Hilton.
Tuesday at 1700. Tour of the IBM Toronto Lab., taking about 40 minutes.
Wednesday evening. Meal in a local restaurant.

Hotel Info. (all currency is in Canadian dollars)

1. The Hilton hotel is the closest to the Lab. It is about 5 to 10 minutes of walking distance. It is an All Suite hotel. The IBM corporate rate is $113 + 13%tax  + fees = $131.08. Breakfast is NOT included. There is wired internet service at each suite room that is complimentary. Please use the following personalized group page for booking

2. Howard Johnson Markham. Newly renovated. Room rate $75+tax(13%)= $84.75 and $12 + tax extra if you want the breakfast. They have the complimentary shuttle service to the Lab in the morning from 8:30am to 10am and coming back from 4pm to 6pm. There is also complimentary internet service in the room. It is about 4km to the Lab. Please quote "IBM Canada" when booking.

3. Monte Carlo Inns at Markham. A brand new hotel opened this Fall. It is about 30 minutes of walking distance. $95.90 + 13%tax Breakfast, parking, local phone calls and hi speed internet access is included in the rate.
Information provided by the hotel:
1.        to quote either the group block number or "IBM CANADA" when making the reservation over the phone
2.        We will ask for Credit Card to secure the reservation
3.       They have to make the reservation before cut-off date which is May 23, 2012, rooms that are not picked up after this day will be released back in the inventory.
4.       Check in time is 3:00 pm and Check out time is 11:00 am
5.       We also have 24 hour cancellation policy, so if for some reason the reservation needs to be cancelled, they have to call us 24 hours prior to the arrival date otherwise the credit card will be charge for 1 night as No Show.
6.       Scheduled shuttle service will be provided to and from the hotel. I will give the details closer to the date of the meeting.
7.       They can also book online:
Group Code is 172974 and Pin Code is  8200

Please contact the hotel directly to make the reservation. There are more hotels from 5 to 10 kms away from the Lab. You can check out more details from or send Daniel an email if you need more information or assistance.

Transportation: (from the Toronto Pearson Airport to the city of Markham)

Taxi: about $80CAD to $100CAD (tax included)

GO bus: You can use the GO bus service from the airport to the Richmond Hill Center. You will then need to take York Region Transit route 1 that runs along Highway 7 to get to Hilton or Howard Johnson hotel. You will need transfer at the intersection of Warden/Hwy7 to get to the hotel of Monte Carlo. The GO bus station is located at the ground level of Terminal 1. There is airport shuttle service that can take you from other terminals (2 or 3) to Terminal 1. The GO bus service has fixed schedule. Please check the following link for the schedule of the date of your arrival ( The single-ride fare for the GO bus from the airport to Richmond Hill Center is $5.35CAD. Then the YRT bus is $4.25.

If you need to apply a VISA to enter Canada, please check with the local Canadian consulate and let Daniel know if you need any assistance.

Things you don't want to miss in Toronto:
1. Niagara Falls: about 2 hours driving from IBM Toronto Lab.
2. Toronto CN tower: The tallest free stand building in North America (unofficial) at downtown Toronto.