The New Convention Centre in Halifax

April 19, 2018

The New Convention Centre in Halifax

 The new Halifax Convention Centre, part of the innovative Nova Centre, opened its doors in December 2017. Some 800,000 guests are expected to visit the new facility, which boasts the title of the largest green building in the region. The structure has incorporated the latest technology and the highest environmental standards as a LEED Gold certified facility.

More than 11,000 sqm of flexible event space are available to associations for their conferences, including a ballroom and an atrium arrival area. The new centre goes further by organising a ‘pop-up’ program in the centre’s public spaces to showcase authentically local products and experiences to conference attendees.

Ninety events are already booked for the facility’s first year of operations, including 44 national and international conventions, for instance  the 2018 International Conference on Residency Education and the International Conference on Power Control and Optimasation.

April 17, 2018

BestCities Places People in the Centre of Things

The Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau will be hosting the BestCities 2018 Global Forum from December 9-12, which is expected to be all about the Power of People. In fact, in recognition of the Global Meetings Industry Day, the BestCities Global Alliance has announced a new communications strategy that will celebrate the unique role people play in making significant changes and progressions in the meetings and events industry.

Bogotá, together the 11 other BestCities destinations, will digitally promote this year’s ‘People’ theme for the Global Forum, making this the first time the alliance has communicated the theme from their annual event out to a wider audience via a targeted strategy that will see all cities share a cohesive message. Phase one of the campaign, which will run from 12 April until 14 May, will see all 12 of the BestCities partner cities share impactful images that illustrate what the Power of People means to them. Phase two will be announced shortly.

 

April 12, 2018

Quebec’s Busy Agenda for 2018

Hosting some 13 international and American conventions in subjects ranging from geography to geology, to robotics, and more, 2018 seems like a busy successful year for Quebec City. Its team of volunteer ambassadors who promote the city as a smart choice for conferences and conventions, have played an important role in securing many of these high-profile events.

The 20th International Sedimentological Congress (ISC 2018) at the Québec City Convention Centre, with more than 800 earth science specialists from around the world, the 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference gathering 2000 geographers, the annual FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Training Conference and Exhibition and the  International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE) are the main events planned for this year.

You can read all about these conferences and more about Quebec City here.

March 15, 2018

A Gold Mine for Canada’s PDAC Convention

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention held this week at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A record number of 25,606 delegates gathered in Toronto for four days of presentations, exhibitions, and short courses, showing that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.

More specifically, investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials and students from over 125 countries attended the sold out events as well as a gala awards ceremony and a closing night celebration at The Fairmont Royal York.

PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world—the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.

 

March 5, 2018

Washington, DC Offers an Ecosystem to International Associations

Washington, DC offers a value-added approach for meetings and conventions, especially for organisations within the technology, biotech/pharmaceutical, education and medical spaces.

International association planners looking for an ecosystem that can help support and enhance meetings find that Washington, DC delivers. By gaining unrivaled access to venture capitalists, government leaders, tech startups and cybersecurity experts, you can experience the DC difference.

The intellectual capital boasts 21 higher education institutions throughout the region and claims the most cybersecurity jobs—more than 27,000—in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, DC is the most educated city, making it a destination with a qualified workforce and a hot spot for innovation. These factors and more establish DC as a knowledge hub with access to robust assets unlike any other city.

International association business is one of the largest growing market segments for the city and Washington, DC continues to develop initiatives and invest in new development opportunities to ensure that it is one of the leading U.S. destinations for the international association market.

In 2018, Washington, DC will see new direct nonstop air service into Dulles International Airport from key international markets, including Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and London Stansted on Primera Air. In addition to its strong industries, $11.5 billion in development underway means 15 new hotels with over 3,400 rooms in the pipeline and special events venues continue to come online.

“We welcome more international association business and hope the new flights and hotel inventory help make it easy to choose Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “Business travelers can access lawmakers relevant to their cause, meet in incredible venues and enjoy the city’s captivating free museums and Michelin-starred restaurant scene.”

Meeting planners find DC’s safety and attractiveness appealing, as well as ease of access and value. The nation’s capital has built a path towards greener living by creating an environment where every government building is now powered by renewable energy, making DC the first LEED Platinum city in the world by U.S. Green Building Council in August. The city continues to add properties that are LEED certified such as the new POD DC hotel in Chinatown. With the opportunity to access Fortune 500 tech companies and as the top city for women in tech (CBRE Tech Talent Scorecard, 2017), selecting DC for your next meeting will benefit attendee, exhibitor and sponsor bases alike.

This article is powered by Destination DC. To learn more about meetings and conventions in Washington, DC or submit an RFP, visit washington.org/meetings.  

 

 

January 24, 2018

Quebec City’s Growing Life Sciences Sector

 

Quebec City has been investing in innovation when it comes to life sciences, with key scientists, research centres and businesses bringing expertise and development potential to the city. As a result, more and more Canadian, American, and international organizations in this field choose to organise their events the Québec City Convention Centre.

Recently, four major conferences were confirmed for the city of Quebec taking place in the next three years. Between October 3 to 5, 2019 the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia will be the first of the four, will allow scholars to share clinically relevant, cutting-edge developments in dementia research. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention will take place from June 18 to 21, 2020 followed by the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting on October 14 to 17 the same year. Finally, between October 6 to 9, 2021 the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is set to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals.

January 9, 2018

PCMA’s Convening Leaders Kick-Off

PCMA Convening Leaders 2018, currently taking place in Nashville, kicked off yesterday with a thump. The 4500 attendees, including Boardroom’s chief editor Remi Deve, are offered learning opportunities, thought-provoking sessions and networking events throughout the 3-day conference.

Under the theme ‘Amplifying Engagement’, the conference will provide knowledge on how  business-event organizers must amplify their attendees’ engagement at every turn, according to PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexto, who continues: “Our 2018 Convening Leaders participants will learn how to electrify their experiences, elevate their conference’s brand, and truly engage with their audience.”

Must-see and -do events include the Future of Face2Face, an immersive experience that allows participants to discover the next trends in the industry through conversations with experts and learning activities. PCMA’s open spaces provide live interaction and active breakout sessions for the attendees whereas Braindates allows them to participate in one-on-one or small-group knowledge transfers. Last but not least, a number of social engagements are organised throughout the city which are worth a visit.

 

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 11, 2017

Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits. GAHP member-cities are home to 9.6 percent of association headquarters and regional offices, according to the 2017 report of the Union of International Associations (UIA) shared by GAHP International Advisor Herve Bosquet.

The UIA also found that association offices were growing at three times the rate of the global average in GAHP member-cities, which include Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and Washington, DC.  In the past year, 35 associations have opened offices in GAHP cities, representing 30 percent of all new headquarters and regional offices. During that same period, a total of 119 offices opened up worldwide.

Much GAHP member-cities’ association growth is due to their commitment to building knowledge economies, cultivating local innovation and driving regional economic activity. Representatives from each of the cities also emphasize their unique sectors from life sciences to technology and the potential of the association market to grow within each.

 

November 12, 2017

Washington, DC:
Meetings With a Difference

Association planners looking for added value and a city that naturally enhances their program find that Washington, DC delivers. Innovative and vibrant, the U.S. capital offers not only state-of-the-art infrastructure, should it host your next event, it’s also a knowledge hub for key sectors that gives unmatched access to federal government and policy leaders.

According to Smith Travel Research’s 2017 DestinationMAP, Washington, DC is among the top three North American meeting destinations. Planners found DC’s safety and attractiveness appealing, as well as value and ease of access via three local airports. DC was also named the first LEED Platinum City in the world by the U.S. Green Building Council. Attendees will find environmentally-friendly practices throughout the city, starting with energy-reducing and recycling programs at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Washington, DC delivers beyond traditional destination advantages. It is a top city for social entrepreneurs, the most educated city in the U.S. and serves as headquarters for renowned organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. These factors and many more have established the nation’s capital as a leader in industries including tech, biotech/pharma, education and medical.

“The District continues to be the epicenter for inclusive innovation and technology in the country,” said Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “From opportunities that foster women entrepreneurs to the creation of innovation labs and incentives for tech company headquarters, DC is at the forefront of the tech movement and inclusive innovation growth.”

Easy to get to, easy to navigate by foot or bike, the nation’s capital offers unique cultural diversity, pairing international influence with a distinct local identity: it boasts exceptional venues and a dining scene packed with culinary talent, not to mention the country’s finest monuments and memorials and captivating museums that you can experience for free. And thanks to $11.8 billion in development underway, there will always be something new for you to discover!

This content is powered by Destination DC. Connect with them and read more about meetings and conventions in Washington, DC at  washington.org/meetings.