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How One Conference Left a Lasting Legacy in Halifax

In the early 2000s, Halifax, Nova Scotia embarked on an ambitious quest to grow its life sciences ecosystem across a span of sub-sectors — including neuroscience. Nestled along the east coast of Canada, the harbour city had all the ingredients for a thriving sector… From Destination Canada…

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INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL: Vancouver Leads New Frontier

Kassandra Linklater, chief operating officer at The Frontier Collective, has been at the epicentre of Vancouver’s emergence as an intellectual capital in ‘Frontier’ technologies. Speaking at the BestCities Global Forum, Linklater explains how industry has been actively encouraged by government to assume license to lead in promoting the city as a hub for start-ups, scale-ups…

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25 June 2023

PCMA | EduCon 2023, Montreal, Canada

EduCon’s energetic, immersive and provocative program attracts thought leaders, event marketers, experience designers and business events strategists from around the world. EduCon is known industrywide for its innovative approach to education — and the small-group learning that builds lasting relationships.

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Harnessing Canadian Cleantech Power for Greener Conferences

Canada provides a unique opportunity for business events in the cleantech space. Known as a welcoming, safe and easily accessible destination – with world-class conference infrastructure – Canadian cities like Vancouver, Montréal and Halifax are home to a wealth of sector expertise which visiting associations can leverage to enhance their event. From Boardroom Global…

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Creating Regenerative Event Ecosystems

The BestCities Global Forum delegates in Vancouver were exposed to the social procurement and environmental activities developed within and by the city of Vancouver which can be applied to association meetings. The example of Ocean Wise, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower communities and individuals to take action to protect and restore our…

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BestCities Global Forum 2022 Delivers Vancouver Experience

The 12 BestCities Global Alliance partnership convened in Vancouver in December to once again drive legacy and sustainability standards for association meetings. In a sequel to the Capilano Impact Study Report, the attending associations react to the Vancouver experience. The next edition, in January 2024 will be in the medical city of Melbourne.  The…

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12 July 2023

EsportsTravel Summit, Toronto, Canada

The EsportsTravel Summit is the world’s largest gathering of esports tournament and video-game event organizers and the only event focused on the travel side of the esports industry. Launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in 2017, the EsportsTravel Summit was an immediate success because it helped fill an information vacuum that exists…

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20 June 2023

Under One Roof, Québec, Canada

The first – and only – meetings industry event exclusively designed for planners who are sourcing meetings at venues that can support all of their needs – all in one place, under one roof. Planners and the stakeholders they support are increasingly looking for three things when they are sourcing their meetings, events and incentive…

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Twelve International Conferences Confirmed for Québec City

At the beginning of 2023, through the many events, meetings and trade shows scheduled on the Québec City Convention Centre calendar, twelve international conferences have already been confirmed at the Québec City Convention Centre. These twelve major conferences alone represent more than $17.9 million in economic spin-offs for the region. From Meetings International…

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CAPILANO IMPACT STUDY: It Starts with the Legacy Conversation

In December, the BestCities Global Alliance convened once more for its annual Forum, this time in Vancouver. The event always breaks new ground, particularly regards the evolution of impacts and legacies sought by professional associations and societies, and the host, to advance social and economic transformation. This was no exception. After the development of the…

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Canada’s Crowded Banff Confronts Its Overtourism Problem

Every year, the town of Banff in western Canada receives more than four million visitors. In July alone, Banff National Park saw a total of 694,127 visitors, the most it had seen for the month since 2013. The parking lot remained full for nearly 24 hours a day at the peak of summer. From Skift…

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3 April 2023

Destinations International | CEO Summit, Greater Victoria, BC, Canada

The CEO Summit allows attendees to continue their transformational journey as they join forces with thought leaders and innovative thinkers who believe in collaborative inspiration and growth. Each segment of the CEO Summit is dedicated to a hot topic in today’s destination organization. In 2022, attendees experienced cutting-edge content including time to network and discuss…

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