Friendship Force World Conference 2015

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

1133 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3


The conference venue/hotel is located 30 minutes (15 km) from Vancouver International Airport (YVR). 

BY TRAIN: Translink, the transportation system of Greater Vancouver has Canada Line, a skytrain which connects the airport terminal directly to downtown Vancouver. Trains run every 10 minute from the airport station. The closest station/stop near to the conference hotel is Waterfront Station. Board the train as you exit the airport. At Waterfront station, exit to Cordova Street, then walk west (to right) 2 short blocks to Thurlow Street; then left (south) one block to Hastings Street. The hotel is just steps to your right. Approximate trip time: 25 minutes. Tickets costs are currently $9.00 into the city. 

For a map, click here.

BY TAXI: Taxi stands are right outside the terminal. One-way fare to downtown will cost around $40 (CAD)


All fees quoted are in Canadian Dollars. 

The conference fee is $380 (CAD)

Conference Fee Includes: Opening and closing ceremonies with speakers and entertainment, Friday evening welcome reception with entertainment, Saturday lunch, Sunday Gala Dinner, and all conference activities including workshops, plenary sessions and breaks.

Additional Options including a Harbour Dinner Cruise, Day Tours, Pre& Post Conference Tours, and Homestays are available for an additional cost. 

See "FEES" tab above for more information.

"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling."

 – The New York Times

For general information about Vancouver please visit:

Tourism Vancouver

Hello BC


When ready, click the "New Registration" button on the right hand side of your screen. You will be able to register yourself as well as any additional members of your family and/or guests attending with you.


We invite you to extend your time either in Canada or in the USA by participating in an optional pre or post conference homestay. The dates, host fees and the length of stay vary from one host club to another. Click HERE for a map of their locations and information to help you make a selection. (Once on the map, click on a pin on the map for a detailed description of the location, distance from conference venue, transportation instructions, as well as attractions and things to do in the area)

Hosting is offered by Friendship Force clubs of Metro Vancouver, Victoria & Vancouver Island, Edmonton and Area, Hay River, Medicine Hat, Penticton-Okanagan and Lethbridge in Canada, and Whidbey Island, Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho, Lower Columbia, Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley and Columbia Cascade in the USA. If you select a club in the USA, please note that you need a valid passport and will be subject to immigration border control.

Please contact the Conference Homestay Manager, Mary Mwambay, at if you have specific questions or require information about the homestay. Mary will email you the details of your homestay assignment within 30 days of registration. 

See "PRE & POST CONFERENCE OPTIONS" tab above for more information.

Contact Information
General Inquiries
Conference Director, Pallie Savoie
Homestay Manager, Mary Mwamby
(Pre & Post Conf)
UniGlobe Travel
Canada: +1-604-688-5835
Toll-Free: +1-800-463-2757
Hotel Inquiries
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront
(See Accommodations Link for details)
Canada: +1-604-689-9211
Mary Mwambay 
*Before contacting Mary, please check with the Canadian embassy or consulate in your country (a) to determine if you will need a visa to enter the country and (b) to establish what is needed.

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Hello Friendship Force World Conference Attendees! 

We are excited to host the 38th Annual Friendship Force International World Conference in beautiful and scenic Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! 

Our dedicated host committee, the Friendship Force Club of Metro Vancouver, is working hard to finalize all the exciting and fun details for this year's gathering. 

In our world, we are constantly talking about connecting our past to our future, and to a new world of people we want to share our message of global friendship with. Our theme this year is "Building Bridges," it seems only fitting that we will gather in a city known for its bridges that connect people and cultures! 

Designed to strengthen and enrich our organization, our program of plenaries and workshops will help us to grow our future goals, and we'll have a little fun with unique cultural experiences this Western Canadian province has to offer.  

Vancouver is known for being home to many cultures, hundreds of dialects and of course is one of the few cities in which you can ski, golf, and sail - all in the same day! 

Striving to be `authentically Vancouver,' we hope to give our ambassador attendees a flavour of this distinctive mosaic of life and friendship. With its world-renowned food, art, music and natural beauty on every vista, we couldn't have picked a more special location for our annual gathering.

See you in Vancouver! 

With Friendship, 

Joy Dibenedetto, President & CEO

Friendship Force International


For a taste of what's in store for you in Vancouver, have a look at last's years Auckland Conference Program or visit our Flickr site to view photos.