In Ottawa, the life sciences sector regularly collaborates with Tourism Ottawa and other industry stakeholders to ensure the local expertise found here is leveraged to help augment agendas and drive delegate engagement. This became evident when the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) was planning its 2018 conference, as the the city prioritized iMig’s goal of ensuring meeting content aligned to the available resources. iMig Conference Manager Sukwhan Chung said: “Ottawa did a really good job starting the bid, connecting with officials who spread the word to their own networks. We saw a huge number of abstracts this year, which translates into delegates for us.”
Canada’s capital is a hub of life sciences expertise, leading the nation with its efforts in e-health, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Conference attendees have a wide array of resources to aid their research and professional development, from the Canada Science and Technology Museum to the National Research Council. There are also two life science-oriented Networks of Centres of Excellence in Ottawa, the Stem Cell Network and Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment.
One of attendees’ favorite resources is the University of Ottawa’s LIFE Research Institute as well as the the university-affiliated Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Cross-sector collaboration is one of Ottawa’s strengths, bringing experts of all backgrounds together in one compact but mighty community.