The Charles Lynch Press Conference Room is named after former Press Gallery member Charles Lynch. Mr. Lynch was born in 1919 and died in 1994. In 1976, he served as president of the Press Gallery. In 1994, in honour of his contribution to Canadian journalism, Mr. Lynch's Press Gallery peers named this room after him.

The Charles Lynch room offers the following:

  • teleconferencing equipment
  • projector and screen
  • television monitors to view DVDs
  • easels
  • technical support
  • audio and videotaping of your event (upon request)
  • green room for privacy prior to the start of event

Please note:

  • this room is not equipped for simultaneous interpretation
  • a moderator is not supplied and is not permitted
  • there is no charge to use this facility.

Rules for the Charles Lynch Room:

No materials can be placed on the front stage, e.g. posters, maps. They must be set-up on easels and placed on the floor next to the stage.

Only seven people, including the main speakers, are allowed on stage in the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room.

All seating in the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room is reserved for journalists and others who are accredited by the Press Gallery. Officials, staff or interest groups connected with the news conference are asked to stand near the back of the room

The person responsible for organizing the news conference must pick up access passes from the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery office at 203-150 Wellington St. and distribute them at their discretion. A Press Gallery staff member will collect the passes at the entrance of the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room.

Hosts are reminded that opening statements should total 5 minutes and that press conferences should last no longer than 30 minutes.

Through an arrangement with the Parliamentary Television Network, all news conferences held in the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room are broadcast live on Channel 43 or 107 of the PTN system. Staff not permitted in the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room during the news conference can watch on a monitor on the first floor of the National Press Building.