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Welcome to PDI Ottawa-Gatineau Campus
Located at the foothills of the scenic Gatineau Federal Park
Our campus is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Ottawa
and about an hour direct flight from LaGuardia Airport, New York.

At our state-of-the-art facility, we take care of the details so that you can focus on learning. We want you to escape the noise and distractions, have a pleasant experience and a stress-free event.

Nestled in a 100,000-square-feet wooded property, our 24-hour high-security protected building was originally created to research advanced radar systems for NORAD. Today, it features specially-designed conference rooms, each with a capacity of 25 participants facing the speaker and seated comfortably with round tables. Parking is free.

We are located within a 15-minute drive of Canadian cultural treasures including the National Gallery of Canada, the Civilization Museum, the National Arts Centre and the Cathedral. Depending upon the season, you can combine serious business with healthy recreational activities such as golfing, hiking, canoeing, swimming or skiing (both alpine and cross country) in the eco-friendly Gatineau Federal Park, within 5-minute drive of our campus.

Our Conference Center in Summer Our main-campus building

Participants relaxing during a Pause Participants relaxing during a pause

Please Take Exit 8 here From Ottawa stay on Highway 5 North. Drive 8 km and take Exit 8.

teamwork Originally designed to showcase management road maps (Harvard University Global System), these special display boards facilitate teamwork, innovation and the brainstorming of complex issues.

Our Conference Center in February Our main-campus in February

Main-Campus Address
70 Technology Boulevard
Gatineau, QC J8Z 3H8 Canada
Toll free: 1-800-HARVARD
International: +1 (819)772-7777
Local call in Ottawa, ON, Canada

From downtown Ottawa (15-minute drive, 10 km)
Go North on King Edward Avenue following the directions to Hull (Gatineau). Continue on MacDonald-Cartier Bridge for 1.4 km onto Highway 5 North. Go 7km to Technopark, Exit 8. Stay on the exit road going 0.5 km past the Stop sign straight on to Technology Blvd. #70.

The blue building on your right, with PDI-Harvard sign (just after the wooden area) is ours.

Please note that the speed limits on Highway 5 are strictly enforced by the provincial police, particularly where 70 km/h is indicated both ways.

From downtown Ottawa by bus (40 minutes)
Take Bus 33 from Rideau Center to Cité des jeunes, Hull. Stop at the corner of Technology Boulevard and Hautes-Plaines Boulevard.

From Ottawa Airport (25-minute drive, 25 km)
Take Airport Parkway North (becomes Bronson Avenue) for 12.5 km. Turn right on Laurier going 2.2 km East. Turn left on King Edward Avenue Go 1.3 km north following the directions to Hull (Gatineau). Continue on MacDonald-Cartier Bridge for 1.4 km onto Highway 5 North. Go 7 km to Technopark, Exit 8. Stay on the exit road going 0.5 km past the Stop sign to Technology Boulevard #70. The building on your right, with PDI-Harvard sign (after the wooden area) is ours.

From Montreal (2-hour drive)
Take Highway 417 West into Ottawa. Exit 118 Mann Ave. Turn left at the first light on Robinson Ave. Continue straight for 0.1 km. Robinson becomes King Edward Ave. North after the traffic light. Then, follow above directions from downtown Ottawa).

From Toronto (one-hour flight or a 5-hour drive)
Take Highway 417 East into Ottawa. Exit 118 Nicholas St. Turn left at Lees Ave over the bridge to Robinson Ave. which becomes King Edward Ave. North. Then, follow above directions (from downtown Ottawa).

Overnight accommodation
Several hotels are located within 10 to 20-minute drive including Hilton, Ramada Inn, Westin, Lord Elgin Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Marriott, Sheraton, Delta, Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Best Western, Cartier Place Suite Hotel and Minto Place Suite Hotel.

Click here for detailed information about hotels.

How to Get to Our Conference Center Parliament Hill Parliament Hill, Ottawa

FIFA-U20 World Cup in Frank-Clair Stadium, Ottawa FIFA-U20 World Cup in Frank-Clair Stadium, Ottawa

20070822-20 - Lynn Card Picture: 2007 Canoe-Kayak National Championship 2007 Canoe-Kayak National Championship, Mooney's Bay, Ottawa

Rideau Canal, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site*

Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival*
The Green-Door_Restaurant: Truly a gem and a city landmark Green-Door Restaurant, 198 Main
Canada's Finest Organic Cuisine

Inhouse Seminars
Bank-Street_Bridge_Rideau_Canal Historic Bank-Street Bridge
over Rideau Canal

Mooney's Bay Beach on a Hot Summer Day
Mooney's Bay Beach*

  • Canada: Clients with a minimum of 12 participants can get the most of their training budget by sponsoring a private session. This option provides a greater opportunity for synergistic discussions focusing completely on the participants' goals and requirements.

    The above Ottawa-Gatineau campus is also available to organizations interested in retaining PDI for private seminars. It includes the main conference room, a separate dining room, two small syndicate rooms for teamwork, a third syndicate room with a bay window can be also used as an interpretation or videoconferencing booth. A high-speed broadband Internet connection is available throughout the building. Used as a backup conference room, the dining room has the same equipment as the main room. Each room has two large sliding blackboards, flip charts, a TV/VCR, an audio and DVD player, a projection screen and an overhead projector. A ceiling-mounted digital projector for PPT presentations is available in each room. The walls of each conference room hold several special 2.5x1.25-meter (8x4 feet) display boards to enable the participants to do teamwork. The boards were designed for the large Harvard® road maps and laminated case-study templates.

    Facility Rental: Click here for private seminars and executive retreats. The campus is also available for labor negotiation, mediation interventions, brainstorming sessions (R&D, competitive strategy) and for high-security policy and board meetings.

  • USA: The Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA (highly recommended)

* Courtesy of Ottawa Tourism.
Bank-Rideau Canal_&_Biker Rideau Canal - Downtown View

Cruising the Canal at Bank Cruising the Canal at Bank

Byward Market Buzzing Days and Nights. For Shopping, Dining and the Night-Life Scene Byward Market: Buzzing Days and Nights*

Canada's National Arts Centre
National Arts Centre*

Toll-free: USA & Canada: 1-800-HARVARD (1-800-427-8273). +1-819-772-7777
Monday through Thursday: 9 AM to 4:00 PM, EDT. Voicemail: 24 hours 7 days
European Distribution Centre for Harvard Planners: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, Paris,75001
Contact : Sylvie Goffinet  +33 1 53 45 84 40. Métro Concorde.