Lecture Delivery

The 2022-2023 Fall and Spring lectures will be offered in person at the Royal Botanical Gardens based on current Provincial Health Guidelines. The lectures will be recorded and available to subscribers for viewing at your convenience following the lectures through password protected access sent by email.

  • Registration capacity for in person lectures is 350.
  • Registration capacity for recorded lectures is 500.

The Winter Series is planned for online delivery using Zoom.

  • Registration capacity for online lectures is 500.

2022-2023 Pricing:

  • Fall/Spring 6 Lecture Series: $65 per registration (one device only)
  • Winter 5 Lecture Series: $50 per registration (one device only)

Notification:  As always, everyone who subscribes to our email list here or who has previously attended any of our in-person or online lectures will be notified about upcoming webinar presentations.

Registration: Read more about the registration and payment procedures. You will be paying by credit card using the STRIPE payment system.

General Questions

Who is our audience?

Although our lecture series program is geared to age 50 and over, all adults who enjoy learning and intellectual stimulation are welcome, regardless of age and where they live.

How do I get on the email list to find out about future lectures?

If you are new to HTAL Sign-up to register and stay informed.

As a subscriber, you will be notified of upcoming lectures.

Do you share your email lists with others?

No, for your privacy and protection, we will never share your emails or contact information.

For more information see our Privacy Policy.

If I attended a previous series, will I be guaranteed a ticket for another series?

No.  Registration is first come, first served and each series has a separate registration process.  We will notify all subscribers and past patrons on our email list of the date and time of registration opening to make the process easy and fair

When do lectures take place?

Fall and Spring in-person lectures take place on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Winter Zoom lectures take place at 10 a.m. Recorded lectures are available after the live lectures and access is available for 2 weeks through a password protected link.

Registration and Seating at the Venue

What time should I arrive for the lectures?

We suggest you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each lecture to give you time to check in with the Registration team. Registration check-in opens at 9:15 a.m.

How does the admission and seating process work?

You will need to check in with the Registration team outside the auditorium when you arrive for each lecture to confirm your subscription. The lists the team uses include the name of the person who completed the registration. If you attend in someone else’s place you will need to provide the name of the subscriber.

Seating is on a “first come, first served” basis, i.e., no reserved seating except for a few chairs in the front row for the guest lecturer and HTAL host.

Location and Parking

Where will the lectures take place? What do I need to know about the venue?

In-person lectures take place in the Auditorium of the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre, located at 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4 Get directions here.

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible through the rear entrance to the building. Luncheon is available in the Gardens Café.  Reservations are recommended.  A Gardens Gift Shop is located on the main floor.

What about parking?

Parking is free for people attending HTAL lectures.  There are parking lots both beside the RBG Centre and across the road on the north side of Plains Road.  A number of Handicapped spaces are available close to the rear entrance to the RBG Centre/Auditorium.

Parking lot access is available from Plains Road and Spring Gardens Road.

Registration and Management

When does registration open?

Registration typically opens during the summer for the Fall series, toward the end of the year for the Winter events, and early in the New Year for the Spring series.  If you have subscribed to our email list or previously attended a series, you will be notified well in advance of the exact date and time that registration opens.

How do I register for the next series of lectures?

Everyone on our email lists will be notified of the upcoming lecture series and the date and time registration will open.  When this is announced on the HTAL website, go to the Registration page on the menu bar at the top.  Subscriptions are sold only online.


  • You will not be able to register if capacity has been reached and noted as “registration closed” or if registration is not yet open for the next lecture series.
  • The series are fully subscribed quickly so watch closely for an email with the date and time of registration opening.
  • Capacity: In-person lectures have a capacity of 350 seats. Webinars have a capacity of 500.

How much will the lectures cost?

As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to making the cost very affordable while managing our expenses.

2022 -2023
Fall and Spring 6 Lecture series are $65.00 per subscriber.
Winter 5 Lecture Series: $50.00 per subscriber.
All series include the 5 or 6 lectures, Q&A and access to a recorded session after the lecture.

Lectures are offered typically as a series. Space permitting, walk-in registrations may be available for $15.00 each, cash payment.

How can I pay for my subscription?

Subscriptions can be purchased online only. We accept major credit cards (Visa or Mastercard). In order to provide an online payment system that provides the technical, fraud protection and banking infrastructure required to operate safe, secure payments, we use the services of Stripe to facilitate payment by credit card.

How will I know if my registration and my payment transaction have been completed?

Following registration, you will receive two (2) emails, one confirming your registration and one directly from Stripe with your receipt of payment.  If you don’t receive them, be sure to check your spam or junk mail.

When will I receive my ticket?

Beginning in the Fall series 2022, tickets will not be issued for the lectures. Subscription lists will be set up at the entrance to the auditorium for the Registration team to check you in. You do NOT need to bring your purchase confirmation.  We will have lists of all people who purchased subscriptions.

Note:  If someone registered on your behalf, the subscription will be issued under the name of the person who completed the registration.

For Webinar based events you will receive your Webinar link the Friday before the lecture/event. This will be followed by a reminder on the Tuesday before the lecture/event.

Can someone else use my subscription if I can’t attend?

Yes.  If you are not able to attend an in person lecture, the person attending in your place will need to inform the Registration team of your name and contact information.

What is your refund policy?

There will be no refunds made for subscriptions after the closing date posted on the website. A subscription may be offered by the registrant to another person in which case the alternate will be required to indicate the subscriber’s contact information. No refunds will be given for cancelled or substitute lectures. Charitable receipts cannot be issued as HTAL is not a federally registered charitable organization.

Do you sell seats at the door if there is space available?

We may be able to accommodate a few people for in-person lectures at $15 each (cash payment only). Seating capacity is 350.

Community / Patron Input

How do you determine the topics for lectures?

From the beginning, the theme of our Spring and Fall lecture series has been “Understanding the 21st Century”, enabling investigation and insight into a broad range of topics for our target audience of people aged 50+.  Generally, we offer a balanced program covering such areas as Science and Innovation, Medicine and Health, Politics and International Affairs, Arts and Culture, Economics and the Environment.  Our Program Committee conducts surveys with our subscribers on topics of interest and other features of our program to help determine the offerings for the next year or two.

How can I recommend a great speaker?

We are always looking for great speakers!  If you know one, please feel free to complete the form on our Contact Us page and select Recommend a Speaker and complete the brief form.

How can I enquire about volunteering with HTAL?

We welcome enquiries about volunteering with HTAL. We are a “working Board”, setting policy and direction and carrying out the various tasks involved.  If you are interested, and have skills/experience in any aspect of our work, such as speaker identification, online technology or finance, please complete the form on our Contact Us page and provide us with your name, address, telephone and skills/interests. We will review your information and follow up as appropriate, considering the needs of the organization at that time.