Canada beyond nature

Business Events Canada, a division of national marketing agency Destination Canada, realises that events can create a lasting legacy and can be the catalyst in introducing Canada’s export business interests to key influencers, business stakeholders, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

Focusing on seven priority sectors where the country holds a competitive advantage: Aerospace, Agriculture and Food Manufacturing, Clean Technology, Infrastructure & Engineering, ICT, Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Business Events Canada has aligned these priorities with the areas in which Canada is recognised as a centre of excellence.

Industry leadership

Our intellectual capital and collaboration between industry, universities and government positions Canada as a global leader in research and innovation.   

Canada has a vibrant Life Sciences industry, which is composed of companies developing and manufacturing innovative medicines, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Canada generates over 4% of global knowledge despite accounting for less than 1% of the global population and the country boasts a community of 30,000 researchers, 17 medical schools and over 100 teaching hospitals.

Canada’s ICT sector is home to some of the country’s brightest minds and most innovative enterprises. The industry benefits from government initiatives, including Going Global Innovation and the International Science & Technology Partnerships Programme. There are lower costs and better R&D tax incentive packages than the US (by approximately 20%).

There are 37,400 companies in the Canadian ICT sector, which produces a GDP of CAN$71.3bn – 4.4% of total national GDP.

Next year also sees a new annual Business Events Canada signature event, Innovate Canada, which will be built around different key industries. It aligns next year with the C2 Conference in Montreal.

What’s new in Vancouver?

CMW starts its whistle stop tour of selected canadian MICE cities in the West, in the seaport of VANcouver, BC

Vancouver regularly ranks high in terms of quality of life, most recently ranked third best city to live in, behind Zurich and Sydney in a July 2017 Ipsos poll and fifth in the world by Mercer in March 2017.

Vancouver also won Best Airport in North America – at the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recently introduced new international flight routes: direct service to Delhi, Brisbane, Dublin, Nagoya, San Jose and San Diego via Air Canada. There are also direct services to Rome, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Orlando, Zhengzhou and Melbourne.

There is also increased capacity for already popular direct flights to London Heathrow, Auckland, Mexico City, Chicago and Dallas.

Vancouver is home to the annual TED conference, and some of the world’s brightest minds returned in April 2017 for the 33rd annual event. 

The TED Conference had relocated from California to British Columbia in 2014 and TED curator, Chris Anderson, has described host city Vancouver as “cosmopolitan, energetic, innovative, yet with unrivalled natural beauty”.

Previous TED speakers in Vancouver have included Bill Gates, Sting, Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Larry Page (CEO of Google), Martha Stewart and Elon Musk.

The 34th annual TED Conference returns in April 2018 with the theme ‘The Age of Amazement’.

Parq Vancouver

The new venue kid on the block is Parq Vancouver, an ‘urban resort’ with two hotels under one roof. It opened on 29 September. The complex consists of the JW Marriott hotel (Western Canada’s first); The Douglas (an Autograph Collection boutique hotel); eight restaurants and lounges; a 2,787sqm rooftop park; gaming space; and 5,760sqm of meeting and event space (including the largest hotel ballroom in Vancouver).

The complex includes 466 rooms and 51 suites (329 rooms at the JW Marriott and 188 rooms at The Douglas).

Parq Vancouver is built to LEED Gold-certified standards.

2019 ECOCITY World Summit

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit in Vancouver. The Summit series is held every two years since 1990 and will bring over 1,000 delegates from 30 countries to the VCC in October 2019 for discussion and debate based on the theme, ‘Socially Just and Sustainable Cities’.

Sporting events

The World Seven Series Tournament will return to Vancouver in 2018 in March, with BC Place Stadium the venue. While Vancouver and Victoria will co-host the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2019.

Be a host

Be a Host is an ambassador alliance of local industry leaders dedicated to advancing knowledge and innovation. The programme supports these professionals as they bid on and host their association conferences. Launched in 1996, Be a Host has seen over 1,000 locals bring their meetings to the city.

Key venues

The Vancouver Convention Centre is centrally situated along the waterfront and is the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre. The facility’s West Building has a living roof and seawater heating and cooling system. Together, the West and East buildings feature 43,339sqm of function space.

BC Place’s retractable roof is the largest of its kind in the world and the venue is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer team, the BC Lions CFL football team, and countless concerts and meetings throughout the year. The stadium seats 54,500 and features more 50 private hospitality suites.

Vancouver Aquarium has the capacity to accommodate up to 2,400 people.


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