Canada

Tap into local intellectual capital and see attendance soar

In-person business events are starting to ramp up, but many delegates have become increasingly selective about which ones they choose to attend. More than ever, they want events to add immense value and deliver a high return on investment. Fortunately, there is a powerful way that organisers can make their event stand out from the pack: by leveraging a destination’s local knowledge capital. As Vir...

Calgary – A Billion Reasons

There are a billion reasons to hold your event in Calgary.

Calgary’s bright future – a billion reasons why

With an investment of more than CAD$1bn into events and hospitality over the next few years, Calgary is emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic with eyes set firmly on the future. Sharing that there are “a billion reasons to hold your event in Calgary”, the Western Canadian hub city is ready to welcome the world safely and in style. Here’s a roundup of some of the “billion reasons” and how they are co...

F&I incentive groups make memories with Canada’s best-in-class incentive travel

Rarely does a destination find the balance between practical meeting locations and standout experiences, but Canada walks the line. In fact, the dynamic and diverse country stands atop of the pile regarding both its Finance and Insurance (F&I) sectors and best-in-class incentive travel. Most travellers could tell a story of the Canada’s icy slopes, stunning wildlife, rich culture and bustling ...

Montréal Leads ‘Gold Rush’ in machine learning

There are a few facts about Montréal that surprise people. John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the city during a 1969 week-long stay in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel; during Prohibition, Americans would hop over the border to enjoy a drink or two; and the UNESCO named Montréal a ‘city of design,’ part of its ‘Creative Cities’ network. However, that creativity is now taking off in a...

Calgary – from Cowboy Capital to Headquarters Heaven

Sitting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and once known only as the cowboy capital of Canada, Calgary today buzzes with renewed energy, sparked by the ongoing tech revolution.  Sure, it’s a great place to live; the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Calgary the most liveable city in North America in 2018 and 2019. However, Calgary’s energy, agriculture and banking strong suits have spa...

Outside of the room: Thinking creatively about outdoor spaces for events

Location: Fox Harb’r Resort, Nova Scotia. Credit ©: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Dean Casavechia There’s no question that outdoor events have become more popular than ever. But what is it that makes one go beyond the ordinary and transform into something remarkable? Creativity is key. An imaginative approach coupled with a safe place to gather can elevate your even...

Three trends reimagining the future of incentive travel

How Canada delivers exceptional experiences for today’s travellers For all the changes we’ve seen over the past year and a half, one thing has remained constant: the strong demand for incentive travel programmes to reward top performers with unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, several microtrends have emerged that are reshaping incentive travel programme design and destination se...

Quebec: Master of the digital creative arts

Québec City excels in digital arts, animation, special effects, multimedia and video games. It also has expertise in software, web development and big data , and has grown to become one of North America’s most effervescent hubs for interactive entertainment, producing both original IPs and creative content for many top brands. Québec City’s digital arts and entertainment industry generates over $1...

A driving force for innovation

Paul Colston looks at how Canada’s surging innovative technology sectors are also driving business events and providing deep value in knowledge exchange. Canada’s commitment to technological advancements is driving growth across the sector, the country and the globe through business events. “Canada’s technology sector is booming,” Virginie De Visscher, senior director of business development at De...

Canada’s Calgary Stampede breaks ground on $500m venue expansion

The Calgary Stampede in Canada has broken ground on the $500m expansion of its BMO Convention Centre. The new expansion’s design was revealed in June 2020, and will add 560,000sqft of space to the venue. It is designed by Stantec/Populous/S2 Architecture. Crews have worked to prepare the site with extensive utilities upgrades and demolition work over the past year, readying the convention centre f...

Quebec City Convention Centre adds hybrid event studio

The Quebec City Convention Centre has installed a new broadcast room, for virtual and hybrid events. The studio is located in one of the four sections of the Convention Centre’s 25,000 square feet Multipurpose Hall 2000. It was designed in partnership with AV company Encore. The broadcasting space can be transformed to accommodate up to 250 participants while respecting the two-meter physical dist...