Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) Facility and John A. Galt (26m) Telescope

November 27 - 29, 2019: DRAO, Kaleden BC


The third annual NTCO AGM will be held at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, just outside Penticton BC.

Registration is open until September 30th at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/NTCO-AGM-2019

More information about accomodations, submitting posters and talks, and scheduled activities can be found in the menus below.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Days Inn Penticton at a rate of $85/night plus tax.  To book these rooms, call the Front Desk Reservations (open 24 hours) at 250-493-6616 – menu option 1, and ask to book a room in the NRC November Group.  Have your address and credit card info handy.  The deadline to reserve rooms in this block is September 30th.

All rooms have 2 queen beds and include a fridge and Keurig coffee maker. Also included is Wi-Fi, parking, and a continental breakfast each morning.  Hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool and hot-tub, outdoor pool and lovely private grassed/landscaped courtyard, and a modest fitness room.

Bus transportation to and from DRAO will be provided daily from the Days Inn. 

Students: If you would like us to book you a room at the Days Inn, please indicate that when registering.  If you would prefer to book your own accommodations, you can do so and include them on your travel claim later.


All NTCO graduate students must present a poster about the work they did on their NTCO internship (or, if they haven't yet done their internship, on an older project).

NTCO undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to present a poster.

Other attendees are invited to present a poster - please indicate if you are interested in doing so on the registration form.

Posters can be up to 42" wide by 72" long.  Tape or pins will be provided on site for hanging posters, but no printing facilities are available; please print your posters before arriving.

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the AGM.  A dedicated poster session with refreshments will happen on the afternoon of November 28th; poster presenters should be prepared to discuss their poster with attendees during this time.



All attendees are invited to present a 15-20 minute talk during the AGM.  If you are interested in doing so, please indicate this on the registration form.

Professional Skills Development Workshop

Wednesday, November 27th will be a Professional Skills Development Workshop, offered at DRAO.  More information about the topic and activities for the day will be posted here when available.

Attendance is mandatory for all NTCO graduate students.  Other attendees are welcome to join as well. If you wish to do so, please check off that you will be attending on the 27th on the registration form.


More details about the schedule will be added as they become available.

Wednesday, Nov 27

10:00 - 4:30 

Thursday, Nov 28

9:00 - 9:45
Session 1: NTCO Overview & Welcoming Remarks

9:45 - 10:00
Coffee Break

10:00 - 12:00
Session 2:  Canadian Instruments

12:00 - 1:00
Catered Lunch

1:00 - 3:15
Session 3:  New Technologies

3:15 - 4:30
Session 4: Student Poster Session
Refreshments provided

6:30 - 9:00
Sponsored dinner at restaurant in Penticton (TBD)

Friday, Nov 29

9:00 - 10:00
Lab tours for students
Session 5 (closed): NTCO Business Meeting

10:00 - 10:20
Coffee Break

10:20 - 12:20
Session 6:  Data Analysis & Machine Learning

12:20 - 1:20
Catered Lunch

1:20 - ??
Walking tour of CHIME, followed by refreshments and networking