Special Events

Saturday, May 21

  • Early Arrivers Reception
    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Enjoy light snacks, refreshments, and networking with your AIR colleagues.

Sunday, May 22

  • Newcomers & Mentor/Mentee Gathering
    3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Network with IR experts and newcomers during this informal meet and greet. Mentors introduce mentees to the Association and the field of IR. Complete the Mentor/Mentee Sign-Up Form to indicate your interest in participating. Newcomers are encouraged to attend.
  • Opening Reception
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Network with colleagues in the Exhibit Hall immediately after the Opening Plenary Session. Exhibitors will be on hand to share information on the latest products and services that can improve the effectiveness of your office and the performance of your institution. Refreshments and heavy hors d'œuvres will be served (cash bar available).

Monday, May 23

  • Graduate Student Gathering
    4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Meet with AIR Board Members and experienced IR professionals to learn more about how AIR can help you develop the skills needed to succeed in the field. The availability of funding to support graduate student participation in professional development and doctoral research will also be discussed.
  • Monday Evening Receptions
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Attend one or more of the hosted receptions to meet new colleagues, learn more about the latest products and services available from our exhibitors, and get involved in a Special Interest Group (SIG) or an AIR Affiliated Group.

Tuesday, May 24

  • Julia M. Duckwall Scholarship Dinner (separate registration required)
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Great Cooks on Eight
    401 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON


    Join Jim Trainer (President), Rob Toutkoushian (Immediate Past President), and Jennifer Brown (Vice President) for the Duckwall Scholarship Dinner and Celebration. Proceeds from this event benefit the Julia M. Duckwall Scholarship Fund which facilitates the professional growth and development of individuals who work in institutional research and related fields.

    Named in honor of the late Julia Duckwall, prominent member and board member, the scholarship is awarded in the spirit of her tireless passion for advancing the field of institutional research. Tickets are available through the online Forum registration system or by calling (850) 385-4155. If you are unable to attend the dinner you may make a donation to the Julia M. Duckwall Scholarship Fund here.

Networking Dinner Group

  • Saturday, May 21
    6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22
    8:00 p.m.

  • Network with colleagues while sampling some of the best cuisine Toronto has to offer. Members of the 2011 Local Arrangements Committee will host small dinner groups at a variety of restaurants near the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Reserve your spot today by e-mailing the group contact.
    Saturday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.   Sunday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.
    Jack Astor's Bar and Grill
    (Casual Cuisine/Sports Bar)
    Entrées: $15-$20
    Contact: Jan O'Brien
        Milestones
    (Casual Cuisine/Sports Bar)
    Entrées: $20-$30
    Contact: Trevor Rogers
    The Queen and Beaver Public House
    (British Pub Fare)
    Entrées: $15-$23
    Contact: Debbie Dailey
        Springrolls
    (Pan-Asian)
    Entrées: $10-$15
    Contact: Mia Quint-Rapoport
    Café California in The Gay Village
    (Mediterranean Cuisine)
    Entrées: $18-$28
    Contact: Trevor Rogers