Toronto Talks Animals

July 16, 2019

Toronto Talks Animals

From today til July 19, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is hosting the leading international convention for companion animal veterinarians, the 44th World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress (WSAVA),

The WSAVA World Congress is bringing together 2,100 veterinarians from 82 countries for a scientific program of the highest standard that will leave a legacy beyond the convention. Delegates will host a clinic for homeless and vulnerably-housed pet owners at the Yonge Street Mission and participate in a run to raise funds to support the fight against rabies in Africa. Following the convention, a two-day workshop will take place with leading expert veterinarians Dr. Sheilah Robertson and Dr. Melinda Merck in collaboration with the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association and the Toronto Humane Society.

The bid to host WSAVA was won back in 2015 by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in partnership with the MTCC, Tourism Toronto and the Leaders Circle, a noteworthy association of Canadian professionals who are experts in their respective fields.

July 4, 2019

Brisbane to Host Paediatric Hearing and Speech Symposium

A US-headquartered paediatric health symposium has chosen Brisbane as its first-ever Asia Pacific host city, with 500 global experts to meet in March 2021. The successful bid for the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium was led by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in partnership with Hear and Say, a local non-for-profit providing early intervention services for children with hearing loss.

“This conference will significantly boost Hear and Say’s profile, enhancing our reputation as specialists on an international scale, and showcasing our Brisbane HQ as a centre of excellence for paediatric hearing healthcare, research and training,” said Hear and Say’s Clinical Director, Emma Rushbrooke. “We are doing some great research here in Australia and now we are being recognised internationally for our excellent level of service for children with hearing loss.”

July 1, 2019

Petroleum to be Discussed in Calgary

The 24th World Petroleum Congress will be hosted in Calgary in 2023, bringing  an estimated $65 million CAD in economic injection to the city. Over 80 countries will be represented at the “Olympics of oil and gas”, with an estimated 5,000 delegates, including c-suite executives, global media and ministers of energy. Meanwhile, hosting the Congress will boost Canada’s international presence in the global oil and gas industry and showcase the economic benefits of investment opportunities in Canada.

“Calgary’s bid was strong and demonstrated significant municipal and industry support, while showcasing the benefits of hosting in a city that’s bursting with energetic community spirit and a welcoming western hospitality,” says Denis Painchaud, Chairman of the World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC). The City of Calgary and the Calgary Hotel Association were major financial partners with MCC in support of this bid.

The World Petroleum Congress will be hosted by both the BMO Centre and Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (pictured), and will utilize an estimated 25 hotels.

June 28, 2019

Canada Provides Content for Conferences

Content really matters when selecting a host destination for a conference and organisers are looking to host their events in respected knowledge hubs. Canadian destinations offer intellectual capital across a number of sectors and collaboration between industry, educational institutions and government. Business Events Canada facilitates introductions to local researchers and industry leaders, helping organisers capitalise on Canada’s intellectual offer. Another way for attendees to expand their professional network is to work with the host destination’s local ambassadors group, often associated with the city’s convention centre.

Read more on how Canada leverages its knowledge hubs to attract international conferences here.


June 25, 2019

What Is IMEX America 2019 All About

IMEX America will be held on September 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas and will bring together around 3,500 suppliers and 4,000 qualified buyers.

IMEX America kicks off with Smart Monday powered by Meeting Professionals with international inspirational artist and TED Talk speaker, Phil Hansen. He will launch Smart Monday with his keynote titled “Embrace The Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities”. It will outline how limitations – for meeting planners, that can be reduced budget, limited resources, rushed timelines, etc. – can be an impetus for creativity and imagination, which ties to this year’s Talking Point.

Also taking place on Smart Monday is the Association Leadership Forum – learning and networking exclusively for association professionals. The free program, created by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, enables participants to learn from engaging thought leaders, through strategic conversations and collaborative peer learning. Jessica Pettitt will lead a discussion on “Inclusion: beyond the law for meeting professionals,” to learn how to keep attendees feeling safe and welcomes, whereas Lynn Wellish will discuss how to put lead generation in your comfort zone by offering tips and tricks to overcome sales call reluctance.


June 13, 2019

Guadalajara Bids for Dermatology Congress

Mexican associations in the field of dermatology are bidding to host the 25th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in 2023. The voting will take place during the General Assembly of the ILDS on June 12 as part of the 24th World Congress of Dermatology in Milan, Italy. The congress is the most important event of the international dermatology community and each edition gathers more than 10,000 specialists from all over the world.

The Mexican Bid Committee has chosen the city of Guadalajara for its ease of direct flights from major cities around the world, its state-of-the-art venue Expo Guadalajara and the city’s spectacular scenery as a colonial city.

The Bid Committee is representative of a national community of more than 2,000 dermatologists. Doctor Jorge Ocampo Candiani, former member of the ILDS Board and Past-President of the Ibero Latin American College of Dermatology (CILAD), is leading the project and ready to become the next host for the WCD 2023. The bid is fully endorsed by the Mexican Tourism Board, the Government of the State of Jalisco, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Guadalaja, Expo Guadalajara and Bco Congresos.

June 5, 2019

The Palais des congrès de Montréal Partners Up with Quebec Universities

The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently put together a Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of experts from establishments that include ten Québec universities. The Committee’s purpose will be to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the Palais and the sustainability research being conducted in higher learning establishments, and identify research partnership opportunities between the Palais and sustainability organizations.

“With this new blue ribbon committee, the Palais is asserting its role as a knowledge hub by rallying the expertise of sustainability specialists. We are pleased to be collaborating with the universities on innovative projects that will position Québec and the Palais as sustainability leaders,” said Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Photo : Palais des Congrès de Montréal

May 31, 2019

New Expanded Focus for Washington DC

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, launched three new industry sector white papers as part of its asset-based sales positioning during IMEX Frankfurt. The three white paper topics – sustainability, transportation and government advocacy– outline the reasons that meetings within each sector will succeed in DC. The papers are part of DDC’s “Connected Capital” sales positioning to pitch industry-specific meetings and expand the bureau’s current focus on technology, biotech/pharma, medical and education.

“As we continue to focus on selling DC differently, the white papers serve as an important resource for meeting planners to understand how their meeting can succeed in DC, with assets unlike any other destination,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, DDC. “Experiences, influencers and industry assets within each sector continue to bring in notable groups for future years, such as the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology’s 31st Annual Conference in August of 2020.”

While at IMEX Frankfurt, DDC also hosted an International Business Events Council (IBEC) breakfast, sharing the latest city developments and previewing the “Connected Campus” initiative, which showed planners how to use the spaces near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to create a diversified meeting layout.

April 26, 2019

Sustainability With Deep Roots in Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal announced it is joining the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In doing so, it plans to change the course of events by implementing tangible actions aimed at reducing its environmental footprint and that of its users, in order to better its impact on society and the community. 

In addition to its daily efforts aimed at reducing its environmental footprint to a minimum, the Palais today becomes one of the first convention centres in the Americas to announce its building will be carbon neutral. It will achieve this by offsetting the GHG emissions stemming from the building’s energy expenditures by contributing to the forest management and tree planting efforts on four hectares of the Université Laval Montmorency Forest, the largest teaching and research forest in the world.

The Palais is also announcing a brand new partnership with the Coop FA aimed at supporting the Bourse du carbone Scol’ERE, a program designed to educate Montréal elementary school children about the realities of climate change, and also encourage them to adopt best sustainability practices. Through this program it will contribute to the evolution of social norms and the education of future generations, by making available 30 workshops a year for 125 students and their families.

Furthermore, it will give organisers the option of offsetting the GHG emissions resulting from their travel and planning activities via one of three ways, that is buying carbon credits, offsetting through an investment in Gold Standard certified projects, and offsetting through tree planting in Québec. It has also set up a new Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of scientists and academics which will facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the Palais and the sustainability research being conducted in higher leaning establishments. Finally, the Palais is also getting involved in research, teaming up with Québec universities, including Université Laval, to support the development of information on forest management best practices promoting carbon capture via forest carbon sinks.


Photo : Palais des Congrès de Montréal

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.