in the country, and Canada’s youngest,
brightest workforce, with 60 percent of Calgarians holding post-secondary degrees.
“With a wealth of intellectual capital in
the energy, technology, financial, trans-
portation, real estate, film/creative and
manufacturing industries, Calgary is where
collaboration, innovation and meaningful
relationships begin,” said Dave Sclanders,
executive director of Meetings + Conven-
tions Calgary. “More than a place to meet,
Calgary is where we connect visitors with
our city’s greatest resource—Calgarians.”
The bureau leverages that resource via
its Champions program, which invites local
leaders to partner with Meetings + Conven-
tions Calgary to attract and create meetings
for their organization.
Major venues include downtown’s
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the
BMO Centre, Calgary’s largest meetings
facility. Covering more than six football
fields, the venue, located at the famed
Calgary Stampede complex, hosts major
events like the Global Petroleum Show.
Heritage Park venues include the ener-gy-themed Gasoline Alley Museum, with
reception space for 1,000 in the Grand Hall
amid vintage automotive memorabilia.
The Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence,
created in 2015 to promote the “Canada
Beef” brand worldwide, offers rental spaces that include a test kitchen, boardroom
and 25-seat Demonstration Theatre.
Opened last summer, Studio Bell is
the new $168 million, 160,000-square-
foot home of the National Music Centre.
Featuring a 2,000-plus piece collection on
five exhibition floors, including The Rolling
Stones’ iconic 1970s mobile recording studio, the venue can host up to 1,500.
October 2016 saw the debut of the 318-
room Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal
Hotel in Y YC Calgary International Airport’s
new International Terminal. This month
sees the anticipated opening of the 142-
room Element Calgary Airport.
In Edmonton, “
sustainable visitation” is a leading strategic initiative.
“We work closely
with our stakeholders,
major venues and
business divisions of
the Edmonton Eco-
Corporation to see
where we might work
together to bring meetings
and conventions to Edmon-
ton,” said Maggie Davison, vice
president of Edmonton Tourism. “All
of our work, from our international trade
teams to consumer marketing, is in pursuit
of an accelerated inflow of new business,
investment, visitors and residents.”
Last fall saw the debut of the 18,641-seat
Rogers Place arena. Home of the Edmon-
ton Oilers, the multiuse venue is the only
LEED Silver-certified NHL arena in Canada
and centerpiece of the new 25-acre Ice
District. The project has reportedly helped
to catalyze some $5 billion in downtown
Key group venues include the multifunc-tional Northlands complex; Shaw Conference Centre; 522,000-square-foot EXPO
Centre; and Fort Edmonton Park, set on
158 wooded acres.
Boasting 14 main industry sectors, including aerospace and heavy vehicle manufacturing, Manitoba’s diverse economy is
centered in the Winnipeg capital region.
“Winnipeg is a happening city, with
infrastructure investments that include the
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg and new
and newly renovated hotels,” said Chantal
Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice president of
Tourism Winnipeg. “Across the city, world-
class attractions, new retail investments,
and an exploding culinary scene all have
Winnipeg gaining momentum and set us
apart as a premier meeting and convention
Unveiled last year, the $180 million-plus
expansion and upgrade of the RBC Con-
vention Centre Winnipeg boosted total
rentable space to 260,000 square feet.
Built to LEED Silver standards, highlights
include the new 24,000-square-foot main
floor ballroom, and an increase to 131,000
square feet of contiguous space for the
third-floor exhibition hall.
Connected to the venue and to the mul-
tipurpose MTS Centre arena by
skywalk, Delta Winnipeg, in
Winnipeg’s Sports, Hospi-
tality and Entertainment
District (SHED), offers
393 renovated guest
rooms and 19,000-
plus square feet of
The Canadian Mu-
seum for Human Rights
hosts receptions for 700,
while Fort Gibraltar, show-
casing Winnipeg’s fur-trading
past, hosts functions for 200.
Complementing a meetings set that
includes government, agriculture, telecommunications, financial services, data
management and oil and gas production in
the provincial capital of Regina, the larger
city of Saskatoon further extends Saskatchewan’s sector diversity.
“Hosting conferences that align with our
existing sectors of strength are the tip of
the trade and investment spear,” said Todd
Brandt, president and CEO of Tourism Sas-
katoon. “Accordingly, our efforts as a DMO
are focused specifically on Saskatoon’s
areas of international competitiveness,
including science and research, medical,
clean energy, mining, infrastructure, food
security, agriculture and biotechnology.”
Specializing in conferences for up to
1,500 and tradeshows of up to 120 booths,
TCU Place offers 104,000-plus square feet
of space. Five minutes from downtown Sas-
katoon, recently upgraded Prairieland Park
offers 240,000 square feet of space.
Groups can tour Canadian Light Source
at the University of Saskatchewan in Sas-
katoon, the national center for synchrotron
(brilliant light for studying the microstruc-
ture and chemical properties of materials)
research, one of the largest science projects
in Canadian history.
Slated to open this year, the Remai Modern Gallery will be Canada’s largest modern
art gallery and offer meeting space.
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