The ALA Annual Conference provides the perfect opportunity to network with other lighting professionals, learn best practices, keep up with new technology and new regulations. Packed with informational seminars, interactive panels, networking and socializing, this event brings the residential lighting industry together for a three day working retreat. Specialized topics cover the concerns of manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, designers and associates alike.
                     
The conference will begin with an orientation at 5:45pm on Sunday, September 10. It will conclude the night of Tuesday, September 12. 
 
 

 
Hotel     
The Hyatt Regency is located in the vibrant downtown area. ALA members can enjoy the special group rate of $209CN (convert to US dollars) per night for the first 1,260 nights booked. After those rooms are sold, the rate will increase to $229CN. (convert to US dollars) Hotel reservations may be made directly with the hotel, or by calling 888-591-1234.
 
Guests
Guest registrations include access to all conference events except the break-out educational seminars and panels. The guest registration is intended for a travel companion who is not in the lighting business, and does not include these specialized lighting sessions. Guests do have access to all keynotes and all meals. (Optionally, you may purchase an a-la-carte ticket to any single event. For instance, many spouses or guests will get individual tickets for the opening night reception and the closing night dinner. The rest of the time, guests are free to explore Vancouver on their own. These individual tickets will be posted in the coming months.)
 
Golf Tournament
September 10, 10:30am - This year’s tournament is at the Furry Creek Golf Club. Shotgun start is at 10:30. Busses will leave the hotel at 8:15am and 8:30am. As always, we will by playing a four-person scramble format, and there will be drink tickets, a boxed lunch and prizes. Rental clubs can be reserved through the course by calling 888-922-9462 or 604-896-2224. Cost for clubs is $52CN (limited availability), plus tax.
 
Bike Ride through Stanley Park
September 10, 1:30pm - Enjoy a scenic bike tour along the flat seawall of the bay and into a few hills of Stanley Park. There will be one guide for every twelve participants so groups can be formed by ability. Make sure to bring your camera! The ride will be held even if it is raining, so pack a windbreaker. All participants must wear a bike helmet (provided) and sign a waiver. This tour is limited to 48 people, so register early.
     
Passports
Non-Canadian citizens (including minors) will need a passport to travel to Vancouver, Canada. If you need a new or renewed passport, apply for it now. US Passport Office
 
Airport
Fly in to Vancouver International (YVR). Most attendees arrive on Sunday, September 10, in time for the evening reception. If you are golfing in the ALA pre-conference tournament, you will want to arrive on Saturday, September 9. The tournament begins on Sunday, September 10 at 10:30am. The closing dinner will end late on Tuesday, September 12, so most members choose to fly home on Wednesday, September 13.
 
Airport Transfers
YVR is 20-30 minutes from the hotel. Taxis and executive cars are available. Uber does not operate in Vancouver. Rental cars are not needed in the city but are a good option if you plan to go into the nearby mountains.

Alamo         BY #529118               800-354-2322
Avis            AWD #B608500          800-331-1212
Budget        BCD #Z663400           800-527-0700
Hertz          CPD #089817             800-654-2200 (US)         800-263-0600 (Canada)
National       Disc. #5021601          800-CAR-RENT
 
 
Free Evening
Enjoy a free evening Monday night, September 11. Explore the sights and restaurants of multi-cultural Vancouver. 
 
Attire
This is a no-tie conference. Social events are chic urban casual and daytime meetings and seminars are business casual.
 
Refunds and Changes
There is a $100 fee for any cancellation through Tuesday, June 27. After June 27, registrations are non-refundable. You can always transfer the registration to another attendee without penalty. Send refund requests to eware@americanlightingassoc.com.
 
Mobile App
Search "ALA Conference" in the Google Play or Apple app store, and download the app before you arrive. There will be lots of tips and discussions to help you make the most of your time at the conference.
 
Still Have Questions? Contact Elizabeth Ware at 800-605-4448 x221, or send her an e-mail at eware@americanlightingassoc.com.