With the World 100 Annual Conference in Montréal less than two months away we wanted to make sure that, whether you’ve already booked your place or are just about to do so, you had all the information you needed. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) hopefully containing everything you need to know. If we’ve missed anything or you want to clarify something, please contact sarah.thomas@theknowledgepartnership.com

1. What is the World 100 Annual Conference?

The most significant event in the Network’s calendar, the World 100 Reputation Network Annual Conference offers a key opportunity for members to share reputational achievements.

The conference offers invaluable networking opportunities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. It allows members and non-members to exchange innovative perspectives on reputation, international relations, and global brand building.

2. When and where is the conference being held?

The conference is being hosted by two of Canada’s leading universities both situated in Montréal, Canada; Day One will be hosted at Concordia University, followed by Day Two at McGill University.

The Conference will take place on 13 and 14 October 2022.

3. Who can attend?

The World 100 Annual Conference is normally attended by Vice-Presidents, Directors, and Heads of Communications, Marketing, and International Relations at top universities. The World 100 Annual Conference welcomes both members and non-members, plus attendees from organisations within the higher education industry.

4. How do I register to attend? And how much does it cost?

You can register for the conference either via our website or via our dedicated event microsite.

Tickets for the conference are £900. The ticket price does not include the cost of travel and accommodation.

Members of the World 100 Reputation Network get one free ticket to the conference. Additional places for member institutions are discounted at £750.  Again, the ticket does not include the cost of travel and accommodation.

World 100 Conference: Click here to book

5. What format do the sessions take?

The conference will be a mix of plenaries, panel discussions, workshop sessions, and explore sessions.

Plenaries and panel sessions will be hosted by our keynote speakers.

The workshops will be interactive in their nature and based on topics often discussed by our members. They provide opportunities for delegates to share experiences and develop innovative solutions.

The explore sessions will allow delegates to delve deeper into particular aspects of reputation management at our host universities with visits to different facilities.

6. Who is speaking and where can I see an agenda?

The conference will feature some of the most prominent voices in higher education, including speakers from higher education organisations, leading universities, and The World 100. Our keynote speakers for 2022 include The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Mark Scott; Inside Higher Ed’s Editor, Scott Jaschik, Times Higher Education’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Phil Baty, and their Chief Data Officer, Duncan Ross.

The full agenda will be available soon, with highlights available on The World 100 site. Once the agenda is finalised, we will make it available via the Bizzabo microsite so that it can be accessed digitally during the conference.

7. What are the conference running times?

The full agenda should be ready to share with delegates soon (W/C 15 August).
In the meantime here are the start and end times for both days.

Thursday 13 October: 
0815 registration, end at 1630 then dinner in the evening

Friday 14 October: 
0900 start and end at 1630 with drinks

8. Are there any limits to how many sessions I can attend?

You may attend as many sessions as you wish. However, the workshop sessions will run simultaneously and therefore you will need to pick which session you wish to attend.  Due to capacity restrictions and covid regulations, we will need you to register your session choice.

World 100 Conference: confirmed speakers

9. I am unable to travel to Canada, can I participate online?

Unfortunately, this event is in-person only, and we will not be providing any hybrid options. We will, however, try to share updates and photos on our social media channels as well as producing an overview piece after the conference. Members of the network will have access to presentations.

10. What measures will be in place to protect against COVID-19?

The World 100 acknowledges the ongoing COVID-19 crisis around the world and accepts its obligation to comply with any official guidance from UK Government. The World 100 agrees to communicate without delay any issues it may have in delivering the conference as it has been marketed.

Delegates acknowledge that COVID-19 may require The World 100 to take one or more of the following measures for the safety of the venue staff and the safety of delegates attending the event:

  • impose maximum delegate numbers at the event;
  • limit food or drink availability;
  • impose specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment such as the wearing of masks;

Please be considerate of your peers and give people extra space.

In line with government advice, we are encouraging delegates to self-test before attending an event to ensure they do not have COVID-19. If positive, please stay away from the event to protect your colleagues and our staff.

We will not be asking for a ‘vaccine passport’ when attending an event, however, we do encourage clients to get both doses (and a booster if eligible) of the coronavirus vaccine.

If you are displaying any covid symptoms, please do not attend our event.

11. What does my ticket include?

Conference tickets include full access to all conference sessions on 13 & 14 October, all meals during conference hours, the conference dinner on 13 October, conference materials, and access to copies of digital presentations for internal use.

12. Does the World 100 organise accommodation for delegates

Whilst we do not cover the costs of accommodation for delegates, we do select a recommended hotel for people to stay at, negotiating a special rate for people wishing to stay there.

The recommended hotel for the 2022 conference is Le St Martin Montreal – a boutique hotel conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from both McGill and Concordia.

Please book by 12 September to secure the rate we have negotiated.

13. I can no longer attend the conference – can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, due to our need to pre-book/pre-order certain aspects of the conference in advance, we cannot issue any refunds for the event. We can, however, transfer your booking to a colleague should they be able to attend in your place.

14. How can I engage with the event when I’m there?

You can post photos and updates from the conference on social media (Twitter & Linkedin) using the conference hashtag #W100Conference.  We will be monitoring the hashtag during the event and may use a few select posts in a follow-up content on theworld100.com

15. Do I need to fill out any paperwork to Travel? (ETA Form)

Yes. Delegates will need to fill out two forms before they travel. These are:

  • ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

People travelling to Canada might be required to have an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). There is more information on the website including an explanation of what it is and how to apply.

Please visit the Government of Canada’s official website to apply for an eTA to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport. It only costs $7 CAD.

  • ArriveCAN

All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN unless you’re exempt from this requirement due to an accessibility need.

You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.