Canada

Calgary wins bid to host 2023 World Petroleum Congress

The World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings and Conventions Calgary (MCC) have announced that Calgary will be the host city for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023. Calgary was selected as the host city for 2023 by members of the World Petroleum Council (WPC). The vote came after months of lobbying member countries: Calgary was competing against Baku, Azerbaijan; Astana, Kazakhstan; D...

ThinkOttawa aims to bring more conferences to Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital. They aim to do this by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academi...

Ottawa Tourism success breeds repeat European buyer event at Gleneagles

Ottawa Tourism has confirmed it will run another European buyer event at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019 following the success of its 2018 event which delivered CAD$2.2m (US$1.64m) in economic impact to Ottawa and resulted in two association bids being confirmed. The agency reports a further four events are actively considering Canada’s capital for their next editions. The 2019 event will take plac...

‘All-in Edmonton’: Global Centre for Excellence in AI and Machine Learning

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores Edmonton’s artificial intelligence and machine learning industry and it’s rising position as a globally recognised hub.   As one of the youngest and fastest growing major cities in Canada, Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, is home to makers and risk takers who are ready to bring their ideas to life. Our...

Calgary lighting a big conference flame in the fall

The Alberta city is busy highlighting a big natural resource for drawing in major events Calgary’s natural resources (energy) vertical is a big pull for event organisers, including for The Society of Petroleum Engineers which is hosting its Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Calgary 30 September – 2 October, 2019. It will be the first time the SPE has hosted the ATCE in Canada and org...

ThinkOttawa launches to champion event bids in the Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academic, government, and no...

Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates 10th anniversary

Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) is marking the 10th anniversary since it opened the doors to its West building; 5,561 events later, the facility has become an icon for the city. The addition of the West building tripled the facility’s capacity, with the Convention Centre welcoming over nine million guests from around the world and generating over CAD$2.4bn (US$1.8bn) in direct spending for Briti...

Living the life (science) in Ottawa

By Lesley Mackay, Vice-President Meetings and Major Events, Ottawa Tourism.   Twenty-five major conferences devoted to life sciences will be held in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, between 2019 and 2022.  Their delegates will feel right at home and in good company: Ottawa has emerged as a true leader in life sciences, with close to 4,000 people employed and 140 companies active in the sector – plus...

Exploring the bed tax issue in Ottawa

Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice-President for Meetings and Major Events, follows up on CMW’s recent bed taxes cover story.   Your recent bed taxes article raises some interesting questions about an income stream that many people and organisations find troubling. However, a close look at the numbers show that there is a compelling argument for such a tax. In fact, here in Ottawa, where we...

Québec City to host Woodrise 2019 congress

The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, has announced that the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings (Woodrise 2019) will be held in Québec City 30 September – 4 October. Woodrise 2019 organisers expect to attract over 1,000 international attendees, including wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to share t...

Canada’s Meetings Mean Business franchise steps on stage in Panama

The Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) is the first organisation to execute the new Meetings Mean Business (MMB) licensing agreement and has rebranded as MMB Canada. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition is a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative and platform for industry professionals to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. The licensing agreeme...

Canadian cybersecurity collaboration leading to ICT conferencing

Siemens Canada and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) have been collaborating hard in New Brunswick on cybersecurity and privacy technologies, areas that could be springs of knowledge worth tapping into for meeting planners. Cybersecurity innovation relies on strategic industry partners working together to vigilantly protect critical infrastructures and defend the ever-changing cyberse...