Quebec City Convention Centre Puts Sustainability First

April 17, 2019

Quebec City Convention Centre Puts Sustainability First

The Québec City Convention Centre is a leader in sustainable development, having managed to minimize its environmental footprint, implement responsible food services and operations, foster local development, promote local culture and products, and give back to the community. “We have a history of being proactive when it comes to sustainable development,” said president and CEO Pierre-Michel Bouchard. “Our vision of a greener future has really led us to pave the way and take novel approaches. This has kept the Québec City Convention Centre at the forefront. It’s more than being good to the environment—it’s about being a good corporate citizen.”

The Convention Centre’s staff apply high standards in environmental management and maintain a recycling rate of at least 80% for residual and compostable materials. Highlights of the Québec City Convention Centre’s sustainable approach include a first in implementing an eco-responsibility program for event organisers, eco-friendly food services, filtered water fountains, compostable disposable containers, cutlery, and dishes, surplus food donation and support for neighborhood and community-building initiatives among others.

April 15, 2019

Ottawa Launches New Ambassador Program

Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre and Invest Ottawa are collaborating to launch a program to bring more conferences and conventions to Canada’s capital city through the creation of local ambassadors. In addition to attracting potential ambassadors, the ThinkOttawa program also offers a number of solutions and support services to help win and deliver events across the city.

The program appeals to potential ambassadors by asking if they are trailblazers in their industry and wish to be the sort of leader that leaves a legacy. In particular, to increase engagement, ThinkOttawa highlights four key benefits to becoming an ambassador: raise the profile of an ambassador’s work, leave a legacy in the ambassador’s industry and the city as a whole, expand networks, develop relationships and build research partnerships and be recognised for their efforts in championing an event at annual awards.

The program also demonstrates how much support Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre and Invest Ottawa can offer ambassadors throughout the organising process with bid development, venue and accommodation, government, community and partnership support, marketing and promotional materials and financial support.

“Ambassador programmes are not unusual in the world of association conferences and congresses but we wanted to go the extra mile and create a truly bespoke offering for those individuals wanting to get involved,” comments Ottawa Tourism’s Vice President, Meetings and Major Events, Lesley Mackay. “Specifically, we are looking to help those individuals become leaders, share knowledge, connect, introduce ThinkOttawa and identify opportunities for the city. As Canada’s capital we are home to national and international association representatives all looking to host events in creative and inspiring spaces. We want to show them why Ottawa is the perfect destination and how easy it is to hold events here.”






April 8, 2019

Innovation Opens the Doors of New Destinations in Canada

While Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver have long been some of Canada’s top destinations for international business events, cities across Canada are attracting global conferences, thanks in large part to the academics and industry innovators across a variety of sectors.

With 10 post-secondary partners, New Brunswick, in Canada’s Maritimes, is growing its education system to meet the demands of cybersecurity, one of the fastest-growing segments in the Information and Communications Technology sectors, and Fredericton is ground zero. The city features Canada’s first advanced cybersecurity training program, the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity. Businesses will look to this inventive city to host conferences such as the Cybersmart Summit, which welcomes security experts from around the world to explore the issues facing online businesses and governments.

Ottawa has particularly shined in the automotive industry, making national headlines in 2017 when the first trial run of a driverless vehicle on a public street in Canada was held here. BlackBerry Limited will develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles. BlackBerry QNX will also develop and use concept cars as labs for technology and software development further establishing Ottawa as Canada’s AV capital, and the host location for events such as CAVCanada, Ottawa’s Autonomous Vehicle Summit where delegates learn about Canada’s expertise in AV technology.

Winnipeg is a centre of excellence for Advanced Manufacturing, thanks to the cutting-edge R&D on additive manufacturing and industry 4.0 technologies being done at the University of Manitoba, Price Research Centre North, Red River College and Canada’s National Research Centre. Host city of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporter’s conference, Winnipeg is also home to world-class venues such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Assiniboine Park Zoo with its Journey to Churchill Exhibit, and a soon-to-be-completed downtown revitalization project, True North Square.


Photo : Fredericton, New Brunswick

March 27, 2019

Invest in Bogotá Becomes a Case Study for Sustainability

A recent analysis by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlighted Bogotá and its foreign investment promotion agency as a case study in the development of projects backed with foreign capital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The case study focused on the remodeling of the old El Campín Covered Coliseum, now known as the Movistar Arena. UNCTAD highlighted the fact that the remodeling project, executed through a Public-Private Partnership, is expected to create over 400 skilled jobs.

“The arena has special access and services for people with disabilities, such as dedicated entrances, ramps, and lifts for wheelchairs.” The remodeling resulted in four five-on-five soccer fields, a jogging track, a skateboarding park, and a cycling path, as well as a children’s playground and an area for art exhibitions. According to the document, “the new arena, which has 4.5G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network technology, is the most modern concert and event venue in Latin America.”

The UNCTAD document also drew attention to the fact that Invest in Bogota, the capital’s investment promotion agency, coordinated the institutional and commercial agendas of the public and private entities involved in creative industries, entertainment, and infrastructure, which facilitated the partnerships necessary to develop the project.

March 23, 2019

Quebec’s ‘Wooden’ Solution to Sustainability

The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, announced that the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings will be held in Québec City in the fall of 2019. From September 30 to October 4, Woodrise 2019 will bring together wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to share their knowledge and strengths in order to position wood as a leading construction material for tomorrow’s sustainable cities.

The event is expected to attract over 1,000 international attendees, including some 20 delegations, who will gather to hear keynote speakers and experts in the field discuss topics such as seismic risk prevention and fire safety in wood buildings, the impact of wood on quality of life and comfort, and emerging markets. The theme for Woodrise 2019 is “Building our cities for future generations” and has been jointly organized by FPInnovations (Canada) and Institut technologique FCBA (France).

March 4, 2019

Bogota is Active within the UN Sustainability Goals

The Greater Bogota Convention Bureau represented Bogota at the United Nations, in their New York City Headquarters, in the panel “SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) and the cities”. On February 22, during one of the largest annual meetings of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) called “2019 Global Engagement Summit”, a representative of the city of Bogota presented the social initiative Synergies for Change within the panel “The SDGs and The Cities”. The initiative was launched last year and its currently working with six Colombian social businesses. Furthermore, with this synergy the Bureau its contributing to seven Sustainable Development Goals.

The event brought together more than 1,000 university students and US community leaders whose purpose is to deepen the mission and work of the United Nations. In the same way, it unites these American change-makers with world leaders, to empower them with the purpose of improving their work within the communities of the whole country. Some of the topics included in the agenda are related to the Sustainable Development Goals such as Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Responsibility, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Shared Actions for Human Rights, Cities and SDGs, and Reaching Zero Hunger.

January 14, 2019

Innovate Canada Boosts Life Sciences Sector

Business Events Canada is launching the second event in their Innovate Canada series, leveraging the country’s intellectual capital and industry strengths in the Life Sciences (medtech and pharma) sector to promote meeting, investing or doing trade with Canada. The exclusive four-day event invites global C-suite executives to explore the work taking place across Canada’s life sciences, pharmaceutical and medtech industries. Innovate Canada will be hosted in Toronto, one of Canada’s leading hubs of innovation for life sciences from May 21 – 24, 2019.
In partnership with Tourism Toronto, and eight Canadian centres that lead in life sciences, the event is timed to coincide with the inaugural Collision Conference, North America’s largest tech event. In addition to a curated VIP experience during Collision’s HealthConf track, guests of Innovate Canada will learn about leading life sciences centres across Canada during B2B exchanges with destinations and industry experts, and take part in behind-the-scenes tours of Toronto’s living labs and the companies revolutionizing Canada’s life sciences ecosystem.

January 3, 2019

Manitoba Flies High

Ranking third globally for civil aircraft production, Canada is a global leader in civil aviation and defence systems, while Manitoba has the third largest Aerospace cluster in Canada with more than 50 Aerospace firms either headquartered or have major centres of operation. A major investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba’s Aerospace industry.

The investment includes Composites Innovation Centre establishing a collaborative space to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced Aerospace composite products and processes. Magellan Aerospace Limited will introduce enhanced Aerospace design, production, and technologies. West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD) is set to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines. Finally, Composites Innovation Centre will receive a fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba Aerospace sector.

“Our Government’s investment in the Canadian Aerospace industry builds on our ambitious plan to turn Canada’s economic strengths into global successes,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.  “These projects support a key economic cluster in Manitoba and across Western Canada that will continue to create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow.”

December 12, 2018

A Buzz Over Quebec to Feed the World

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

Professor Grant Vandenberg and Marie-Hélène Deschamps, who heads up the Entotechnology Program in the Animal Science Department at Université Laval’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, were able to secure the conference for the city.

Grant Vandenberg, member of the Québec City Ambassadors Club says: “Québec City has also become an important player regarding agricultural food system innovations, via its academic and public research institutes, as well as a vibrant private agri-food sector. Over the past number of years, we have seen the emergence of enthusiastic insect-based research programs and private ventures, buoyed by visionary environmental guidelines related to sustainable development that have helped to fuel growing interest in these opportunities.”



October 16, 2018

Toronto’s Tech Sector Adds Another Win Under its Belt

Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020. The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Toronto is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region, so it comes as no surprise that the city won this significant bid. This will be the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States.