Canada

Montréal: An innovative leader in the pharmaceutical sector

Guy-Joffroy Lord, Director of Business Sales at Tourisme Montréal, explores the role of the pharmaceutical sector in Montréal’s dynamic life sciences and health technology (LSHT) ecosystem.   The life sciences and health technology (LSHT) sector is thriving in the Greater Montréal area, with 56,000 industry jobs in over 600 organiaations and 10,000 students graduating yearly from health-relat...

Vancouver Convention Centre granted prestigious Les Clefs d’Or membership

The Vancouver Convention Centre has become the first convention centre in North America to be granted Corporate Affiliate membership to Les Clefs d’Or Canada. Les Clefs is an elite group of hotel concierges dedicated to the achievement of exceptional service and represents over 4,000 top concierges in over 45 countries, including 150 Canadian members. “Congratulations to the Vancouver Convention C...

RIU Hotels and Resorts to invest $100m in Toronto

RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced the construction of a US$100m hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line, in Toronto. The Spanish company’s investment will establish the first RIU hotel in Canada. Pictured above is the Riu Palace Macao in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. The project is near to completion of its design phase, with the hotel set to open in 2021 in Toronto’s financial district. A mock-up of i...

New President & CEO appointed at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

  The Board of Directors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC) has announced the appointment of General Manager Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of President & CEO. The move is part of succession planning as incumbent Barry Smith steps down on 1 February, 2019. Hassenstein joined as GM a year ago, and has more than 23 years of experience in general management, trade/...

Québec City to host international conference on insects to feed the world

Québec City and Université Laval will host a major international conference in 2020 on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The 3rd International Insects to Feed the World Conference (IFW), will come to the Québec City Convention Centre 3-6 June and is expected to bring together 500 experts from around the world to discuss the status of research and the potential of insect protein fo...

A new paradigm in Calgary

Paul Colston meets Clark Grue, president and CEO of Calgary Telus Convention Centre, a key figure offering direction at Alberta’s Conference Crossroads   Clark Grue is the man in charge of the the first purpose-built convention centre in Canada, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC).  No time for resting on laurels, however, and Grue is the first to acknowledge the age of the facility and the...

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...

Vancouver ranked among North America’s top meetings destinations

Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations, according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. The biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organisers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning cit...

Meet Ottawa: engineered for conferences

Lesley Mackay, Director of Meetings and Events at Ottawa Tourism, explains why engineers feel right at home when they meet in Canada’s capital city   If Canada were a city, Ottawa would be it. As the country’s capital, Ottawa is a city that tells the stories of Canada like no other. It’s the place where Canadians gather to celebrate their shared heritage. And it’s a region of natural beauty, ...

Business Events Canada @ Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration

Business Events Canada (BEC) hosted a drinks and networking event this past Thursday, 20 September, at the newly opened Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration bar in Charing Cross, London. The event was part of BEC’s annual Canada Week programme, which also stopped off in Dusseldorf two days earlier on the 18 September. They were joined by a number of their Canadian partners, each promoting its incentiv...

SIGGRAPH 2018 worth over C$37m to Vancouver

Vancouver is to welcome back thousands of computer graphics and digital effects specialists for SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference expected to deliver C$37.1m in direct spending to the local economy. The event will be the largest convention held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interact...

Quebec City Convention Centre to welcome 8,000 guests this summer

The Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada is expected to host 8,000 delegates to the city during a busy summer period for conventions. There are nine national and international conferences scheduled throughout July and August, which are expected to bring in CAD$12m (US$9.13m) to the city’s economy. Upcoming events include: the 2018 Canadian Number Theory Association Conference, the International...

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