October 28-30, 2024

TickNet Canada 2024 Scientific Symposium

Welcome to the TickNet Canada Scientific Symposium 2024

TickNet Canada is an interdisciplinary national research network of scientists, policymakers, health care providers and citizens established to produce scientific and living evidence to guide policies and programs to mitigate the emerging threat of tick-borne disease driven by climate change, affecting the health of all Canadians.

Our second scientific symposium will be held October 29-30, 2024 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. There will be a meet and greet social the evening of Oct 28, 2024. The event will bring together scientists, healthcare professionals, research staff, students, trainees and patient, family and community partners from all over North America to address current issues surrounding tick-borne diseases.

Requests for a certificate of attendance at the TickNet Canada Scientific Symposium 2024 for documentation of event hours for credits can be sent to clydrn@gmail.com. Certificate of attendance letters will be issued following the event.

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Meet Our Speakers

  • Dr. Jean Tsao

    Dr. Jean Tsao

    Michigan State University


  • Dr. Linden Hu

    Dr. Linden Hu

    Tufts University School of Medicine


Symposium Details


Registration and Social: Monday, October 28, 2024 (4-7 pm)

Scientific Symposium (Day 1): Tuesday, October 29, 2024 (8 am- 6 pm)

Scientific Symposium (Day 2): Wednesday, October 30, 2024 (8 am- 5 pm)

Vancouver Island Conference Centre
101 Gordon St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8

Symposium Details


The Courtyard Marriott across the street from the conference centre has rooms blocked off for the conference and a special group rate has been offered. You can book your stay and find out more details by following this LINK.

*NOTE: the group rate is only available until Sunday October 13, 2024 and must be booked through the link above.


Getting to Nanaimo

There are several ways to make your way to Nanaimo.


Both Westjet and Air Canada offer flights to Nanaimo airport. From Nanaimo airport to the downtown you can take a 20 min taxi ride (~$60), book a ride with the Nanaimo Airporter, or take transit (see the schedule HERE. NOTE: With transit there are limited times and no Sunday service)

Float plane:

From YVR take the free shuttle to the south terminal float planes. Fly from the Richmond South Terminal to downtown Nanaimo via Harbour air. From Harbour air you are a 5 min walk to the conference centre. Sea Air also offers flights from the Richmond South Terminal to Nanaimo. When you arrive at the Nanaimo Sea Air terminal take a 10 min taxi ride (~$20) to the conference centre or ride the city bus from the BC ferry terminal to downtown (#20 or #25) and ask to be let off close to the conference centre.


BC ferries (no foot passenger reservation needed) offers two routes to Nanaimo.

1. Vancouver Airport to Horseshoe Bay, North Vancouver to Departure Bay, Nanaimo.

From Vancouver airport (YVR) take the Sky train Canada line (to waterfront) and get off at Vancouver City Centre station, exit the station to street level then cross West Georgia street and catch the 257 Express Bus to Horseshoe Bay (Bus stop in front of Hudson's Bay store) to the end of the line which is the Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal in North Vancouver. Take the ferry bound for Departure Bay Nanaimo. In Nanaimo take a 10 min taxi ride (~$20) to the conference centre or ride the city bus to downtown (#20 or #25) and ask to be let off close to the conference centre.

2. Tsawwassen (Sa-wa-sen) to Duke Point.

From Vancouver airport (YVR) you can take public transport, taxi etc. to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Upon arrival in Nanaimo take a taxi (~$60) or book a trip with the Nanaimo Airporter.

Hullo foot passenger ferry

From Vancouver airport (YVR) take the Canada line to waterfront station. From there take a 15-20 min walk to the Hullo ferry terminal. Upon arrival to Nanaimo take a taxi to the conference centre, ride the #25 bus to downtown (ask to get off by the conference centre) or walk (Approx 20-25 min)

Getting to Nanaimo

Car rentals

Budget Car and Truck rentals are extending their Provincial Government rates to attendees of the conference. Any attendees who are wanting to rent a vehicle can either email vipreservations@bcudget.com or call the reservations 250-753-7368 and ask for Alex or Leela and mention you are booking for "TickNet Canada Scientific Symposium".

Car rentals


Vancouver Island Conference Centre

101, Gordon Street Nanaimo, BC Canada, V9R 5J8

Registration period

May 1, 2024 - 12:00 AM until October 28, 2024 - 11:59 PM

Submission period

May 1, 2024 - 12:00 AM until July 31, 2024 - 11:59 PM

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact clydrn@gmail.com .

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