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‘It’s a Game Changer’: Calgary’s Expanded BMO Centre Opens

From Global News: In design stages for a decade before another four years of construction, the much-anticipated grand opening of Calgary’s latest showpiece has finally arrived with the unveiling of the newly expanded BMO Centre. There’s one emotion in particular that comes to mind for Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land…

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1 December 2024

Destinations International 2024 Canada CDME Courses, Vancouver

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. An approved CDME Application is required prior to registering for courses. Please…

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Destination Canada to Unveil Case Study #1 at IMEX

The largest ever Legacy & Impact Study of Business Events, announced by Destination Canada last year, is set to unveil its first video-rich edition to the Press at IMEX in Frankfurt. The 3-Year, 16-event study of events held in Canada between 2018-2024 will deliver insights and data which ultimately may provide a framework for extended…

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Canada Launches Fund to Boost International Business Events

From Boardroom: Destination Canada announced the International Convention Attraction Fund (ICAF), a new initiative aimed at enhancing Canada’s role as a leading destination for international conventions and business events. Supported by a $50 million investment from the 2023 Federal Budget, this program aligns with the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy’s objective to advance Canada’s tourism industry.

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11 April 2024

GMID: Tackling Events in a Hybrid World, Toronto, Canada

Celebrate #GMID2024 in style as PCMA Canada East partners with MPI Toronto Chapter for an inclusive cross-industry event that will get you face-to-face with industry peers for food, networking, learning and a day to remember. The theme is “Tackling the Industry in a Hybrid World”, where you will learn how to strengthen your effectiveness professionally…

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20 October 2024

AIPC Canadian Academy, Toronto

Attracting, retaining, and growing talent is a global challenge for our industry, not only in Canada but worldwide. One way of addressing this challenge is providing the upcoming leaders of convention centres with unique professional education, focusing on their specific needs. That is why Convention Centres of Canada and AIPC decided to co-create a Canadian…

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Meet the Visionary Canadians Attracting International Events

From Boardroom: When people think of Canada, they may picture pristine mountainous landscapes, the most famously friendly people in the world or perhaps a bottle of maple syrup. And while Canada is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty and an incredibly welcoming population – some of whom enjoy a drizzle of syrup here and there…

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Tourism Outlook: Unlocking Opportunities for the Sector

From Destination Canada: Canada’s tourism sector has made significant strides since our previous outlook in Fall 2022 and we are now moving past recovery to a much welcome rebound, with tourism spend set to return to pre-COVID levels in 2023, earlier than previously forecasted. As we move from surviving to thriving, the Canadian tourism sector,…

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Meet the Visionary Canadians Attracting International Events

From Conference & Meetings World: One of Canada’s greatest offerings remains undiscovered by many. When people think of Canada, their minds may conjure images of pristine mountainous landscapes, some most famously friendly people in the world or perhaps simply a bottle of maple syrup. And while, yes, Canada is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty and…

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Destination Canada Initiative Spotlights Intellectual Capital

From PCMA: It’s no secret that Canada attracts flocks of business events with its robust connectivity, top-of-the-line venues, and natural beauty. These days, the destination is promoting — and making readily available — an equally valuable asset: the country’s intellectual capital. Launched in April 2023, the Canadian Visionaries Network (CVN) is a one-stop shop for…

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How Innovate Canada 2023 Achieved Carbon Neutrality in Waterloo Region

From Explore Waterloo: Innovate Canada, one of Destination Canada’s signature business events, reached a major milestone this past spring becoming the organization’s first carbon neutral event. Achieved in collaboration with the Explore Waterloo Region, this cemented Destination Canada’s business event sustainability commitments and dedication to taking a regenerative approach to tourism more broadly.

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Accelerating Innovation in Canada’s Ocean Sector

From Boardroom, by Remi Deve: Canada, through its business events branch Destination Canada, has consistently led the way in innovative strategic approaches to attract association conferences. The event ‘Innovate Canada’ exemplifies the organization’s commitment to fostering economic growth by attracting relevant international business events. Remarkably, this year’s second edition – held in Victoria, British Columbia,…

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Choosing Sustainability: 5 Criteria for Selecting Responsible Venues

From Boardroom: 2023 has seen record-breaking temperatures and the alarming increase of extreme weather events across our planet. Sustainability can no longer simply be considered as a nice-to-have option, but as an essential core value that should help drive the ethos of any sector of activity, including the business events industry. Furthermore, sustainability should be…

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Destinations International Issues Latest Tourism Lexicon

Destinations International has released its annual Tourism Lexicon, advising organisations how they can shift their narrative to best align with global policy makers. Available in five versions – USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and Canada (French) – each edition of the Tourism Lexicon has been developed based on analysis of local political and media databases.

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AIDS 2022 Conference Creates ‘Immeasurable Value’

In 2022, Montréal Convention Centre hosted the 24th International AIDS Conference, organised by the International AIDS society, bringing together approximately 8,000 people, including scientists, clinicians, people living with HIV, community leaders and decision-makers, and other stakeholders from around the world. A further 1,000 attendees joined the event virtually. The main aims of the conference were…

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Vancouver’s Hotel Shortage Could Hurt Local Economy

For at least 15 years, Vancouver city councils of various political persuasions have talked about a shortage of hotel rooms hurting the local economy. Despite successive councils adopting policies to fix the situation, Vancouver’s hotel inventory has instead shrunk significantly, even as the city and its tourism industry have grown. From Vancouver Sun…

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Western Canada’s MICE Destinations Are Pillars of Success

By Jeff Heilman, from Meetings Today: Destination Canada’s Business Events team has a remarkable record of creating innovative initiatives, backed by in-depth market research and analysis, to promote, amplify and advance the Canadian meetings industry. This evolving program is geared principally to Canada’s priority economic sectors. These comprise life sciences, agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, finance and…

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Generative AI Takes Centre Stage at Fastest Growing Tech Event

Collision wrapped up its three-day conference in grand style. With 36,000+ attendees from over 118 countries descending in Toronto for this massive event, Hessie Jones sat down with Paddy Cosgrave, the visionary behind this globally acclaimed Collision conference, to delve into the roots, the impact and future for this dynamic gathering… From Forbes…

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Key Trends Shaping the Business Events Industry

By Pamela Wilton, Destination Canada: In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, staying ahead of the curve and identifying the key trends that can significantly impact business events is crucial. A Meeting Professionals International article recently popped up in my feed, sharing Michel Wohlmuth’s perspective on the emerging trends shaping the business events industry…

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