ICPA 20th AGM and Conference

ICPA’s annual conference is one of the largest events in the prisons and correctional field. With over 150 speakers, we provide a rich and diverse programme which covers a wide variety of topics addressing challenges and highlighting best practices. In 2018 ICPA will be back home, in Canada, to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, and to deliver an exclusive an unforgettable event with the support of our hosts - the Correctional Service of Canada!

Join us and more than 500 of your colleagues from across the globe for a sharing and learning experience! Hear about best practices, innovations, new approaches and the latest technologies.Take home new perspectives, ideas and a wealth of global insights and practical applications. Our attendees comprise Heads of Service, CEOs, senior management, correctional practitioners, industry leaders and many experts from the corrections community. If you are a professional working in prisons and corrections or related industries and organisations, then the ICPA conference is for you!


The theme this year of our 20th Annual Conference is 'Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward'. For this event we anticipate a conference programme that will challenge partaker’s thinking about the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies and practices in their own jurisdictions and globally. A conference agenda that will excite and invigorate participants from all corners of the world with presentations which will address:

  • Policies, programs and practices - which will be emphasizing going forward to make imprisonment and community supervision both more humane and effective;
  • Research to Practice - lessons learned in implementing evidence-informed practice and examples of successful, integrated and sustainable strategies;
  • Community Engagement - examples of doing it well;
  • Staff Commitment - how can we sustain it;
  • Technology - how can we use it to humanize our correctional efforts;
  • Resource Challenges - how we can manage them;
  • Emerging Challenges - how we can meet them


With such a wide variety of presentations on offer the ICPA’s annual conference attracts participants from a variety of sectors including Government representatives, Public Sector Heads of Service, Ministry of Justice policy-makers, Senior Practitioners and Heads of Department, including psychologists,sociologists, healthcare professionals, researchers, security and operations experts, to name a few. Private Sector representatives attend on behalf of major service providers, technology and security industries, database and software engineering, etc. and includes CEOs, CIOs, industry entrepreneurs and experts from their respective fields. Academics from criminology and research departments attend and present their work during our annual conference. Further to this many key personnel from NGOs, Non-Profit Associations, Third Sector/Charitable Organisations participate in this major event.Is this conference for you? If you work in the corrections field and have a passion for advancing the work that you do then the answer is yes!


To register for the conference, click on the 'New Registration' button located on the top right and complete the registration form.  Registering is quick and easy - pay online securely by credit card or print your invoice for payment by cheque, bank or wire transfer.  Please note that we do not accept AMEX.


To celebrate ICPA's 20th anniversary, we are offering a special rate of US$650 per participant for governmental agencies/associations that are registering a group of 20 or more!*

For more information and to apply, please email contacticpa@icpa.ca

*N.B. The group must all be from the same governmental agency or association


Special room rate is no longer available at the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain

Rooms may still available at our conference venue, the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain but please note that the special room rate no longer applies. To make your reservation at the regular room rates, please CLICK HERE

An alternative hotel has been arranged. Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal is a short 3 minute walk from the conference venue and can be accessed via the Metro tunnel located in the Lobby (level GH) of the conference venue.

To get the daily rates and to make your reservation at Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, please CLICK HERE

ICPA is not responsible for your accommodation arrangements. Please ensure that you direct any booking queries to the hotel. 


Details concerning the programme sessions, keynote speakers and workshops will be published in the coming months. A summary of the conference agenda is as follows: 

20-21 October - Event Check-In 
21 October - Pre-Conference Graduate Student Research Symposium and Welcome Reception 
22 October - Sessions and Host Welcome Reception
23 October - Sessions, Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Annual General Meeting 
24 October - Sessions and ICPA Correctional Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner 
25 October - Sessions and Closing Remarks 
26 October - Facility Tours