As a prime destination for corporate and association meetings, Canada offers amazing value. With the vastness of the country, the wide range of destinations, the cultural aspects of the largest centers and the energy of secondary cities, two official languages, three oceans, and four Great Lakes, any style or size of meeting can be successfully hosted. Canada is sure to inspire, educate and entertain delegates. And with the exchange rate sitting at over 30% on the US dollar, that value can't be beat!
Canada is known for its friendly population, multiculturalism, cosmopolitan and dynamic cities, and exciting and diverse culinary scenes. When it comes to safeguarding your group, Canada is one of the safest countries in the world, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. As well, Canadian cities are centers of excellence and world leaders in research, technology and innovation, giving both corporations and associations strategic reasons to hold their meetings here.
For example, the world looks to Vancouver, among other Canadian cities, for cleantech, Toronto in the life sciences, Montréal for artificial intelligence, Saskatoon for biotech, Halifax for oceanography, Waterloo Region in digital communications and quantum computing, Calgary for oil and gas and clean energy...these are just some of the hubs of excellence that are concentrated in Canada. Aerospace, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, cleantech, ICT, life sciences and natural resources groups can find a compelling destination tied to their subject matter in Canada. Canadian destinations are taking their moment on the world stage thanks to their industry innovations, thought-leaders, and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities.
In addition to their topical connections, Canadian cities are secure, popular locations that will draw attendees from around the globe. With welcoming entry policies, excellent air access to all major locations across the country and geography that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific covering six time zones spanning 4.5 hours from coast to coast, there's a destination in Canada that's perfect for your meeting and convenient for your attendees.
Globally Important Sites
Calgary. One of the world’s leading centers for energy developers, Calgary is also known for agribusiness and advanced communications. A new $500 million expansion will double the size of Calgary's BMO Centre to almost one million square feet, transforming it into Canada's second-largest facility. Banff, only an hour away, is a beautiful, world-renowned destination closely linked to the city, providing an additional delegate draw.
Ottawa. Globally important as the capital of a G7 nation, Ottawa is both friendly and easy to navigate. With easy access from points around the globe, the city brings together leaders in policy, research and planning with top of the line venues and suppliers, with easy access to points around the world. Consider just some of the options for meetings here: the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Arts Centre and Canada's Cold War Museum, not to mention access to thought leaders and innovators in digital tech, wireless networking, life sciences, autonomous vehicles, aerospace and more.
St. John’s. Innovators have led the world in deep-ocean communications and natural resource extraction technologies from St. John's, in Newfoundland, an island province off the coast of Canada. The eastern-most point of North America, St. John's is teeming with one-of-a-kind venues that bring Newfoundland's unique, rich culture to life, including The Rooms (overlooking the city harbor, one of the best vantage ppoints in town), Yellow Belly Brewery (housed in a 19th-century building with a colorful history) or The Rocket Room (above Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food). Looking for a more traditional venue? The St. John's Convention Centre is newly expanded and set in a 500-year-old city.
Québec City. Québec City is the historic heart of French culture in North America. A center for excellence for IT, agriculture and agri-food manufacturing, and life sciences, the cobblestoned streets of Québec City feature outstanding venues including Observatoire de la Capitale, the multi-faceted Morrin Cultural Centre, the Québec Convention Centre, not to mention the most photographed hotel in the world, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. With the appeal of a European city without the long-haul flights or expense of Europe, Québec City offers a perfect blend of old-world charm and new-world, modern meeting facilities.
Industry Leading Locales
Edmonton. In this festival city and capital of Alberta, Edmonton's key industries — agriculture and agrifood processing, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, deep learning, robotics, energy and sustainability, and digital tech — convene with industry and thought-leaders in two of the city's sustainably operated convention centers. Meanwhile, before, after or in-between conference sessions, delegate can explore the Ice District, the country's largest entertainment district, or historic Strathcona and Whyte Avenue, and the city's burgeoning craft brewery scene.
Winnipeg. Meeting planners reap the rewards when they meet in Winnipeg, thanks to the newly expanded convention center (making it the fourth-largest in Canada!) and only-in-Canada offsite meeting venues. Here, organizations in aerospace, agriculture and digital technologies can network with Canadian industry and thought leaders at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, have cocktails with polar bears at Assinboine Park Zoo or take in a group performance of the Royal Winnipeg ballet. Winnipeg's central location gives it an edge when it comes to accessibility.
Fredericton. Known for its leadership in cybersecurity, Fredericton is home to the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick. The small-town sensibility here, combined with urban infrastructure, is a winning combination. Your group will appreciate the mix of activities: historical, cultural, techie and natural.
Halifax. The largest city on Canada’s Atlantic coast, Halifax is a global hub of oceanographic research and higher education. A center of excellence for life sciences, ocean sciences and aerospace defense, Halifax is home to Canada's newest convention center, just 100 steps from the ocean. When groups meet here, they can walk in the footsteps of history at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, or dine in regimental style atop the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 19th-century fort built by the British, overlooking the city and the harbor below.
Centers of Excellence
Victoria. The capital of British Columbia sits offshore on Vancouver Island and is a hub of technology development, marine research and tourism. Called by some “Canada’s Smartest City,” Victoria has the resources to mount a top‐notch meeting. Events at the Royal BC Museum, Craiggdarroch Castle or Butchart Gardens are out of the box and out of this world.
Waterloo. The home of one of the world’s top technology universities, the Waterloo Region benefits from its close proximity to Toronto and six nearby US border crossings. With an international leading institute for quantum physics, Google's largest North American R&D lab, this city is home to 30,000 tech pros. Often called “Silicon Valley North,” the Waterloo Region is a hotbed for innovation and an emerging meeting location attracting conferences in the digital tech sector at venues such as the newly opened Lot 42 global flex campus, heritage mills, urban conference centers and more.
Saskatoon. This prairie city is a leader in agriculture and health sciences and research, situated within the world’s greatest grain‐producing region. Saskatoon is home to the Canadian Light Source, a synchrotron light source, whose researchers collaborate with scientists the world over in projects related to food sustainability, life sciences, crop sciences and more. Further, the Global Institute for Water Security is headquartered here, attracting researchers, scientists and their global conferences.
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