The CanQueue conference started from a workshop organized by Dr. A.S. Alfa at the University of Manitoba in 1999. The name "CanQueue" was suggested and used at the meeting in London, Ontario, in 2000. The conference is one of the major queueing conferences in North America.

The goal of the conference is to promote research and applications of queueing theory. The annual conference provides a forum where scientists, researchers, engineers, executives, and students in the field meet to encourage on-going research and to discuss work-in-progress.

Conference Chair: Doug Down:

Please feel free to contact the conference chair if you have any questions.

Keynote Speaker

We are happy to have Mor Harchol-Balter of Carnegie Mellon as our keynote speaker.

Mor Harchol-Balter is a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her doctorate at U.C. Berkeley in 1996, completed a postdoc at MIT, and joined CMU in 1999. From 2008-2011, she served as the Associate Department Head for Computer Science.

Mor is a recipient of the McCandless Chair, the NSF CAREER award, multiple best paper awards, and several teaching awards, including the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence. Mor is heavily involved in the ACM SIGMETRICS Measurement and Modeling research community, where she served as Technical Program Chair (2007), as General Chair (2013), and where she will be the Keynote Speaker (2016). Mor's work focuses on designing new resource allocation policies, including load balancing policies, power management policies, and scheduling policies, for distributed systems. She is known for both her work in queueing-theoretic analysis and Markov chains, as well as her work in computer systems implementation. Her textbook, "Performance Analysis and Design of Computer Systems," published by Cambridge University Press, 2013, has been adopted by universities world-wide. She is best known for her enthusiastic talks and her many PhD students, most of whom are professors in top academic institutions.


Regular - $160
Student (with conference dinner) - $70
Student (without conference dinner) - $0

Registration is now open

 Getting To McMaster

  1. For directions to McMaster campus, see:
    You should choose directions to Central Campus (Sterling Street entrance).
  2. A campus map is available at:
    The conference will be in Building 46 (DeGroote School of Business). For parking, the best choices are Lots B, C, D or E (the rates are $20 per day).


When booking your hotel, ask for the McMaster rate.

  1. Visitors Inn (About a 30 minute walk to McMaster)
  2. Staybridge Suites
  3. Admiral Inn
  4. Sheraton