Location & Accommodation

The Carleton University Campus

Carleton University Campus

Bounded by the Rideau River on one side and the Rideau Canal on the other, the campus of Carleton University is picturesque and congenial. The university is located in the southern part of Ottawa, 15 minutes from downtown and about the same distance from the Ottawa International Airport. Houses of Parliament, national museums, art galleries, and the historic center are all downtown. Open-air farmers’ markets can be found nearby on weekends, and shopping centers are within easy reach by public transit.

Frequent bus and taxi services link the campus to other parts of Ottawa. Canadian summers are pleasantly warm, but jackets may be needed for cool evenings and sweaters for indoor air conditioning.

On-Campus Accommodation

Leeds House Four Participant Suite

The accommodations are in the Leeds Residence and are suitable for professional education. They are comfortable, but not luxurious. Each participant has a private room furnished with a double bed, desk, adequate storage space, and telephone. Four private rooms are arranged in a suite (see diagram above), which also has two bathrooms, some common living space, and a kitchenette (with refrigerator) for preparing light refreshments. In addition, each floor of the residence has lounges furnished with comfortable chairs and a wide-screen television. Regrettably, bringing spouses and/or children to IPDET is discouraged, as there are no suitable facilities on campus for families.

Each participant is issued a guest computer account, which provides access to all public computer laboratories on campus. This includes access to the Internet and many commonly used application packages. There is a high-speed network connection in every residence room. For those bringing a laptop computer, the university’s information technology staff will be available to facilitate the connection.

The university’s facilities include a bank and several automated teller machines, libraries, a convenience store, bookstore, a sports facility, hair salon, several cafeterias, lounges, a medical clinic, and many other services. Support for accommodations will be provided by both Carleton Conference Services and the IPDET Secretariat.


Ottawa is served by Ottawa International Airport, which provides direct service to major Canadian and U.S. destinations and good connections through Toronto and Montreal to anywhere worldwide. Canada’s rail network, VIA Rail, serves Ottawa and is linked to the main transcontinental route across the country. Major bus lines serve the Capital Region. Ottawa also has easy highway access and a good local transit system.


This quiet campus is ideally situated for cycling into the city, running, and other recreational pursuits. Bicycles and helmets are available to rent off-campus. Participants should bring exercise clothing and appropriate footwear, such as athletic shoes. Tuition fees include the use of Carleton’s athletic/sports facilities. IPDET also offers early morning "Stretch and Tone" classes three times a week.

Special Events to Enhance Your Learning

To ensure that your learning experience is diverse, productive, and engaging, participants are invited to participate in a variety of special events and weekend activities. An opening dinner attended by development executives and practitioners in the Ottawa region will signal the start of the core course. Evening lectures and workshops are planned with guest speakers. Weekly receptions for program participants and associated university personnel will be held. A daily IPDET bulletin will announce details about field trips—including a scenic river trip, visits to national museums, and trips to historical points of interest.


IPDET classroom attire is business casual. Participants are encouraged to bring their national dress or other dress clothes for special evening events.