Historic meeting of statisticians heads to Ottawa

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An historic meeting of statisticians will convene in Canada next year.

More than 2,000 delegates are expected to visit Ottawa for the 64th ISI World Statistics Congress, 16-20 July 2023. The biennial conference is the world's leading event on statistics and data science and was first held in 1887 by the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

The four-day event will take place at the Shaw Centre.

The international community of statistics and statisticians has led the way, supporting governments, healthcare systems, and business leaders in the decision making to navigate one of the most turbulent times of modern history. In 2023, in Ottawa, the community will meet again in person to celebrate the work of the last years and learn, network, and collaborate for the future.

The Ottawa bid was won in 2020 with support from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Statistics Canada based in Ottawa.  Throughout the bid process Ottawa sought a number of ways to add significant partnership value to the client association and delegates, including support with their opening reception, digital signage at key transport hubs such as the airport and complimentary Light Rail Transit passes for all delegates.

The ISI is based in The Hague. In a message to members president Stephen Penneck said: “ After our successful Virtual Congress in 2021, we look forward to meeting friends and colleagues from around the world in-person. We will have a rich scientific programme that includes invited sessions, contributed sessions, short courses, tutorials, and time to meet friends and colleagues. You don’t have to be a statistician to benefit from the WSC – anyone who uses or has an interest in statistics or data science will find the sessions of value.”

The event is another demonstration of the close working partnership that Ottawa Tourism has developed with The Hague Convention Bureau over recent years.

The postponed ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 in The Hague will now take place in 2025 and the two destinations have worked closely to promote each other’s events, support each other’s bids and drive delegate numbers to support the International Statistical Institute (ISI) 

Ottawa Tourism’s VP, Meetings and Major Events, Lesley Mackay said: “Not only does this event represent a great piece of business for the city, it also truly demonstrates once again the power of working in partnership with clients and other organisations throughout the industry. As a team we sought as many different creative ways as possible to support the local bid team and help them bring the event to Ottawa – working with The Hague to support their need to move dates due to COVID was a pleasure and shows what we can all do when we work together.”

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