Congratulations to Lizzy Low on her promotion to Manager, Business Events. Lizzy will be focused on assisting clients for Small Meeting from all markets. We wish Jennifer Diggens all the best on her relocation to Calgary.
With airlines continuing to open routes, and destinations further opening for meeting and conventions, Ottawa is excited and ready to be your destination of choice. We have tools, like the delegate journey roadmap, at the ready to assist in providing information on how Ottawa hosts meetings now, and a dedicated sales team at the ready to answer any additional questions. Let us share with you our incentive offers and news as we are about to head into Q4 of 2021.
In this issue:
Meet the team
Shaw Centre named world’s best convention centre
We are so thrilled to share that Ottawa’s Shaw Centre has joined a prestigious list of convention centres from around the world who have won the International Association of Conference Centres (AIPC) APEX award for “World’s Best Convention Centre”. This award is in recognition of the highest rating on client surveys received by a convention centre. Consider Shaw Centre for your next event! Press Release.
Together Again reignited
Ottawa Tourism and participating partners are reigniting our Together Again program, a generous package of discounts and incentives for future meetings of 10 or more people with a minimum of 20 guestrooms. These savings apply to qualifying meetings booked before the end of 2021 and actualized before the end of Q1 2022. We are ready to welcome you and your delegates back, safely. Learn more.
New! Ottawa Tourism brand
You may have noticed our new logo, the radiant “O”! Discover how Ottawa Tourism celebrates its vibrant, welcoming, and diverse identity as a destination through its brand story as this update involves way more than just a logo. We are excited by how our refreshed brand represents Ottawa’s identity as a confident, playful, welcoming, and easygoing. View the evolution.
New! Business and Sports Events Ottawa LinkedIn page
Our new Business and Sports Events Ottawa LinkedIn page will keep you updated on news, events, offers and information about the meetings and events and sport events industries in Ottawa. Be sure to give us a follow.
PCMA Visionary Award finalist
We'd like to recognize Andrew Horsfield for being a 2021 finalist for the PCMA Visionary Awards for Outstanding Service to a Chapter. Congratulations! We appreciate your significant contributions to our industry.
Big conference wins
Ottawa is delegated to share that we will welcome ICSE, the International Conference on Software Engineering®, in April 2025. Working in conjunction with a professor at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa won this bid competing against all major cities in North America. This conference will bring 1,500 delegates from all over the world. It is one of the premiere and largest annual software engineering conferences, providing a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the field of software engineering.
Canada’s capital will also host the ADSA, the American Dairy Science Association®, Annual Meeting in June 2023. This conference will bring together 2,000 delegates to Ottawa attracting both domestic and international animal industry professionals representing university, extension, governmental agencies, and agriculture corporations.
Canadian Meetings + Events Expo (CMEE)
Ottawa Tourism’s business events team, together with our Ottawa industry partners, are looking forward to seeing you in Toronto, October 19-20, 2021, for CMEE. During both show day, stop by our booth for an opportunity to meet Leanne Calderwood, meeting professional and popular industry influencer, and get advice on how to up your LinkedIn game. All you have to do to find us is look up for our new radiant O!
Alongside 60 Canadian partners, Ottawa Tourism will be represented by Business Events Canada at IMEX America, the heartbeat of the global business events community in Las Vegas, November 9-11, 2021.
In the press
Ottawa: A new hub for global innovation to open in Kanata North
Business Events Canada introduces the launch of a new state-of-the-art technology centre: Hun350 at Canada’s largest technology park, Kanata North, in Ottawa, Ontario. Officially opening in October 2021, Hub 350 will help facilitate partnerships to funding resources, research and cutting-edge projects. Full article.
Ottawa Tourism, Kanata Hub350 partner to elevate local tech community
From the Ottawa Business Journal, Ottawa Tourism is proud to partner with Kanata Hub350, a centre for tech industry, academic, finance and community partners to co-exist and collaborate. Our presence will be a resource for local leaders interested in being an ambassador for the city and sharing sector innovation resulting in education, resources and interest in Ottawa as a destination to host meetings and conferences. Full article.
Ottawa: Creating a better world with artificial intelligence
This article from Business Events Canada focuses on MindBridge Ai and how it is transforming how accounting and financial professionals analyze data was also named to the World Economic Forum’s list of 100 Technology Pioneers and included in Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most promising AI companies. Business Events Canada also mentions that Ottawa has Canada’s most educated workforce, with more PhDs per capita than any other city. Full article.
Life Sciences – When an intellectual asset equals economic growth
In this Boardroom article, Ottawa’s Stem Cell Network is mentioned for the $45 million investment over the next 3 years in training next generation in stem cell and regenerative medicine research. Full article.
Canada’s advanced manufacturers lead by example
From Business Events Canada, this article includes a mention of Ottawa as a hub for aerospace, defense and engineering with 300 powerhouse companies in this sector. Ottawa is a leader in advanced manufacturing with the highest concentration of engineers and scientists in Canada — 74,500. Full article.
Travel information and tools
Entering Canada by land and air during COVID-19
From the Government of Canada, a one-page infographic on entering Canada which outlines requirements pre/during and post entry in a clear and easy to understand way. The infographic and link to download is on the right side of website.
Covid-19 travel toolkit
A quick-guide toolkit from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help you understand the latest changes to travel rules, and to you quickly find online resources with more in-depth details.
Movement of goods and people in and out of Canada
Tools and information from Business Events Canada to aid you and your clients in planning and hosting business events in Canada.
We’d like to share with you, two businesses showcased from the Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training, who have brought wonderful new businesses to Ottawa’s tourism landscape.
Marc Forgette is a proud Anishinaabe Algonquin member of the Wahgoshig (Little Fox) band in Northern Ontario. His business, Makatew Workshops, stems from his journey to self-discovery and brings Indigenous teachings to those with a thirst for First Nations culture. Watch Marc’s journey.
Ondarez Clothing and Goods
Paula Naponse is an Indigenous entrepreneur with strong ties to the land and the community of Atikameksheng. Her business, Ondarez Clothing and Goods, is a symbol of that bond and the result of a deep passion to create something from start to finish. Watch Paula’s journey.