Life sciences conferences promise healthy recovery for Québec

Québec is proving an irresistible draw for organisers of life science conferences.

The Québec City Convention Centre has 24 national and international conferences on its books from 2022-2025, related to the life sciences and health technologies, a thriving industry in the city.

Quebec’s life sciences industry employs 56,000 workers in 456 companies and is worth $5.8 billion.

This has prompted a large number of organisations to choose Québec City in which to hold their scientific conventions—and more specifically the Québec City Convention Centre.

“We are very pleased to see the strength of the life sciences sector and its positive impact on hosting conventions and events. The results are encouraging for post-pandemic events and the future. Thanks to the efforts of our sales team and involvement of our convention ambassadors, more events will be added to our calendar. With its high standards in health safety, exceptional customer experience, its strategic location, and so much more, the Québec City Convention Centre is a safe bet for event organizers. This confidence is reflected in our recent results,” said Pierre-Michel Bouchard, President and CEO of the Québec City Convention Centre.

Although the pandemic led to event cancellations at the Québec City Convention Centre in 2020 and 2021, the outlook is far different for the 2022 to 2025 period. There is an abundance of life sciences conferences scheduled. In fact, the Convention Centre’s calendar sums 24 conventions in the life sciences sector alone, including 19 national events and the following 5 international events:

This key industry’s conventions alone represent 40 per cent of all confirmed events.

In addition, their participants represent 30 per cent of the delegates who will come to the Convention Centre during this period and 30 per cent of overnight stays.

The impact of the 24 life sciences conventions confirmed from 2022 to 2025

In addition to the intellectual spin-offs, these scientific conferences have a major impact on the local economy, hotel industry, job creation and maintenance as well as several other sectors of activity.

  • 11,000 expected delegates
  • $21.2 M in estimated economic spin-offs for Québec City
  • 43,000 room nights in Québec City’s hotels
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