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As a leader in your field, hosting a conference in Ottawa will not only raise the profile of your own work, but that of your entire industry.


Become a ThinkOttawa ambassador and benefit from the program’s support services for conferences and events. The meeting professionals and destination experts at ThinkOttawa will assist you in the bid and planning process working together to ensure your bid stands out from the crowd. ThinkOttawa will guide you every step of the way.

As a local, this is a powerful opportunity to showcase the pride you have for your city on an international stage.

  • Raised Profile – As an expert, hosting an international conference in Ottawa will heighten the visibility of your work and that of your industry’s – while potentially aiding in the generation of additional research funding.
  • Impact an Industry – Many international events only ever visit a city once, so winning the bid for a worldwide conference will forever leave a legacy in your industry.
  • Networking – Leading an international bid will provide opportunities to expand your network, develop relationships, and build research partnerships not just locally, but worldwide.
  • Recognition – Be recognized for your efforts in championing an event at an annual awards gala attended by your peers, government leaders, and other industry experts.
  • Build Connections – Partner with three of Ottawa’s leading organizations working to attract conferences and events to Canada’s Capital.
    • Ottawa Tourism provides destination development and marketing, strategic direction, and leadership in cooperation with its members and partners, welcoming leisure travellers, business travellers, group tours, and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region.
    • Shaw Centre is an architectural icon and modern, spacious, centrally located event facility. It features state-of-the-art meeting spaces, leading-edge technological infrastructure, and environmentally sustainable features and practices lauded industry-wide.
    • Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industry in the Capital. Invest Ottawa aims to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative, and future-ready city.

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