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