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Only in Canada

Canada offers an unbeatable combination of unique natural wonders, world-leading knowledge and exciting innovation

MADE FOR MEETINGS

Canada’s knowledge capital and expertise in important economic sectors means event planners have access to thought leaders, academia, research and development (R&D) and top global organisations.

The beautiful Inner Harbour of Victoria (Photo credit: jakobradlgruber)

The beautiful Inner Harbour of Victoria (Photo credit: jakobradlgruber)

Canada is leading the way in key economic sectors including technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, natural resources, agribusiness and finance and insurance. The Canadian can-do attitude and collaborative approach to business ensures that meeting organisers and delegates connect with the best in their fields, sharing the most innovative developments, creating future partnerships, research and development collaborations and fuelling trade and investment growth.

One of the most inclusive and welcoming countries in the world, Canada’s diversity is recognised in its cities, culture and spirit. And visiting is easy for event planners: Canada is the only country to offer an International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP) to help navigate border requirements and procedures for the movement of goods and people for international meetings.

Canada’s breadth of beautiful landscapes and vibrant urban centres make it easy to provide delegates with unique experiences. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities include: polar bear watching, iceberg spotting, wilderness safaris, Rocky Mountain retreats and cosmopolitan luxury getaways. A meeting in Canada is an unbeatable draw for delegates and is guaranteed to increase attendance numbers.

For examples of extraordinary experiences off the beaten track in Canada’s great outdoors, click here and here

A beautiful clear summer night in Vancouver, BC features a pink glowing Science World  with reflections on the water at dusk

Science World in Vancouver glows pink at dusk (Photo credit: vanvesta)

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto (Photo credit: canadapanda)

A beautiful clear summer night in Vancouver, BC features a pink glowing Science World  with reflections on the water at dusk

Science World in Vancouver glows pink at dusk (Photo credit: vanvesta)

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto (Photo credit: canadapanda)

GLOBAL REACH

The expansion and relocation of global companies to Canada is being driven by the fantastic infrastructure, leading innovation hubs and industry superclusters. These attractions are enhanced by a highly skilled workforce and the country’s natural beauty and vibrant cities.

Companies at the forefront of innovation, such as Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook, plus the world’s ten largest biopharmaceutical companies, are in Canada, increasing the knowledge capital and opportunities for knowledge exchange and industry partnerships.

CANADA IS NUMBER ONE

The Lonely Planet, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure all rate Canada as an exceptional place to visit thanks to its unrivalled natural assets, friendly and welcoming people, and world-leading industry and innovation. And this year Canada was ranked the number one country in the world, according to the U.S. News Best Countries Report 2021.  

CANADA IS PERFECT FOR CONVENTIONS

Exhibition Place, Toronto (Photo credit: Destination Toronto)

Exhibition Place, Toronto (Photo credit: Destination Toronto)

St. John’s Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination St.John’s)

St. John’s Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination St.John’s)

Québec City Convention Centre (Photo credit: Kesnel-Charles Pelletier)

Québec City Convention Centre (Photo credit: Kesnel-Charles Pelletier)

Ottawa Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Canada)

Ottawa Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Canada)

Vancouver Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Vancouver/Tanya Goehring)

Vancouver Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Vancouver/Tanya Goehring)

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Exhibition Place, Toronto (Photo credit: Destination Toronto)

Exhibition Place, Toronto (Photo credit: Destination Toronto)

St. John’s Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination St.John’s)

St. John’s Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination St.John’s)

Québec City Convention Centre (Photo credit: Kesnel-Charles Pelletier)

Québec City Convention Centre (Photo credit: Kesnel-Charles Pelletier)

Ottawa Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Canada)

Ottawa Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Canada)

Vancouver Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Vancouver/Tanya Goehring)

Vancouver Convention Centre (Photo credit: Destination Vancouver/Tanya Goehring)

Canada’s convention centres offer state-of-the-art facilities with a distinctly Canadian sense of place in style, architecture and attitude.

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, and from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, Canada’s bustling cities are home to LEEDs (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rated and certified sustainable facilities, which pair with award-winning building design, event production, catering and destination management companies to deliver event excellence.

Calgary cityscape in Alberta Canada

Downtown Calgary skyline at dusk (Photo credit: aevanstock)

Toronto, Exterior view of the Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport (Photo credit: kitleong)

Calgary cityscape in Alberta Canada

Downtown Calgary skyline at dusk (Photo credit: aevanstock)

Toronto, Exterior view of the Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport (Photo credit: kitleong)

WHY CANADA?

  • Everyone is welcome: Canada is an inclusive, safe, culturally diverse and genuinely welcoming host destination.
  • Location: unbeatable natural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities.
  • State-of-the-art convention centres offer sustainably-designed, flexible space and serve local, award-winning cuisine.
  • Leading economic sectors include technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, natural resources, agribusiness and finance and insurance.
  • Canada’s knowledge capital and expertise offer access to thought leaders, academia, research and development (R&D) and top global organisations.
  • Group experiences like nowhere else: luxury resorts in unspoilt landscapes, Rocky Mountain skiing, extraordinary wildlife, wilderness safaris and cosmopolitan cities for deeply immersive, only-in-Canada adventures ideal for social programmes, extended stays and incentives.
  • Dynamic destinations for groups of all sizes: from an exclusive VIP retreat to a citywide takeover of thousands of delegates.
  • Great value: Canada stretches your budget further with seasonal savings, tax rebates and financial incentives.
  • Expert guidance: Canada is the only country to offer an International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP) to help event planners navigate border requirements and procedures.

ACCESS

Canada is closer than you think with international airports serving all its major cities and regions.

(Photo credit: Destination Canada)

(Photo credit: Destination Canada)

ADDED VALUE AS STANDARD

  • Exceptional site visits that incorporate a destination’s knowledge capital.
  • Enhanced sponsorship opportunities.
  • Opportunities for B2B exchanges, collaboration and knowledge transfers.
  • Increased delegate attendance.
  • Conference-friendly visa requirements.
  • Access to local experts to enhance speaker’s programmes.

EXPLORE CANADA'S ECONOMIC HUBS

A view of Kelowna British Columbia skyline and Okanagan Lake from Knox Mountain after sunset

Kelowna skyline and Okanagan Lake from Knox Mountain after sunset, BC (Photo credit: smjoness)

A view of Kelowna British Columbia skyline and Okanagan Lake from Knox Mountain after sunset

Kelowna skyline and Okanagan Lake from Knox Mountain after sunset, BC (Photo credit: smjoness)

“The beauty of Canada is that we are not only home to visionary leaders across a spectrum of economic sectors who are pushing the limits of what’s possible. There is an abundance of extraordinary venues to safely host events in, thanks to the country’s wide-open spaces and vibrant urban centres — not to mention legendary experiences that you won't find anywhere else. The possibilities are endless when you choose to meet in Canada.”

Virginie De Visscher
Senior Director of Business Development, Economic Sectors, Destination Canada Business Events

To find out more about Canada’s thriving sectors, contact the Destination Canada Business Events team.

Destination Canada Business Events


Destination Canada Business Events offers in-depth knowledge of all Canadian destinations and conference facilities. For solutions and support on the fundamentals of meeting in Canada, including introductions to its extensive cross-country network of meeting and event partners, contact: businessevents@destinationcanada.com

Meet the Destination Canada Business Events team: www.businesseventscanada.ca/team

Virginie De Visscher
Senior Director, Business Development
DeVisscher.Virginie@destinationcanada.com

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