Social Events

The C2022 Co-Chairs, organizers, and volunteers are all happy to present the following information regarding the planned social events for the conference. These events are intended to provide conference participants information about the City of Winnipeg/Province of Manitoba as well as time to network and connect with one another! We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available.

Opening Reception – June 12, 2022

Opening Reception and Silent Auction
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kick off the conference in a relaxed atmosphere as you participate in a silent auction and mingle with fellow delegates.
Proceeds benefit the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund (CESEF). For more information about CESEF or make a cash donation, please visit

Evening Social – June 13, 2022

(Free, sign up here)

“Meet me at the Forks” is a phrase that locals use to refer to a place that has been in use for over 6,000 years. Initially it was a place where trade took place by Indigenous peoples, the Europeans and Scottish settlers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Transformation of this historic area from abandoned railyard into The Forks as we know it today was purposely developed into a special and distinct all-season gathering place.

On the way to The Forks….

Join local hosts on an informative walk from The Fairmont Hotel Winnipeg to The Forks National Historic Site, highlighting historical, cultural and architectural significance of the area adjacent to the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

At the Forks…

Embark on a private shopping experience for all CES attendees at The Forks Trading Company from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where you can buy a little piece of Winnipeg and sample food and other products by local Winnipeg Makers.

(Optional, cost $)

Enjoy a three-course meal and the company of your CES colleagues at Winnipeg’s Old Spaghetti Factory in the historic Johnston Terminal building at The Forks. Space is limited, book your ticket soon!

Following dinner explore the Forks Market Building, Commons and Plaza. Take a stroll to the historic railway bridge to the “Eatern Island” of The Forks, home to many significant Indigenous sites, and new works if public art by Indigenous artists. 

Dine Around and Hospitality Suite – June 14, 2022

Join a star-studded host of evaluators for dinner at a variety of exciting Winnipeg restaurants! To keep this event accessible to most, the organizers deliberately made reservations at Google rated $$ restaurants. Please see below for details on hosts and restaurants. You can sign up by clicking this link and in person at the C2022 registration desk. Host language(s) are noted (EN and FR):

Restaurant Suggestions



Cibo Waterfront Café 

(8 mins walk from hotel)


Cibo is located within a repurposed industrial building on the bank of the Historic Red River. High ceilings, massive windows, industrial masonry, and urban riverfront views all create the setting for a special dining experience. 

Cuisine: Italian & Mediterranean


Peasant Cookery 

(7 mins walk from hotel) 


Upscale comfort food in the heart of the Exchange District. Peasant Cookery maintains a house-made philosophy, curing meats and pickling vegetables in-house. The focus of each dish is an honest expression of fresh and local ingredients.

Cuisine: French, International, Tapas



(2.3 km from hotel, uber or taxi recommended)

Feast is an upmarket venue furnishing traditional local dishes with a twist, plus breakfast & veggie options.

Cuisine: Indigenous


James Avenue Pumphouse 

(8 mins walk from hotel)


Dine in the historic James Avenue Pumping Station which was built in 1906 and drew water from the Red River for distribution to the area’s fire hydrants. Complementing the historical setting is a menu that draws both on Manitoba culinary traditions and globally inspired comfort food. 

Cuisine: Global, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Sensitive


Merchant Kitchen

(9 mins walk from hotel)


The Merchant Kitchen is passionate about sharing internationally inspired dishes – bringing globally influenced plates and cocktails to the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

Cuisine: Elevated Street Food


Corrientes Argentine Pizza 

(4 mins walk from hotel)

Waterfront Drive


Located in the heart of the historic Exchange District, this Argentinean pizzeria pays homage to its namesake avenue in Buenos Aires with everything from art to wine and books

Cuisine: Argentinian, Local and Organic

End your evening at the hospitality suite! Join colleagues for refreshments and socializing at the evening hospitality suite starting at 9:00 p.m.