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2022: A LOOK BACK AT AN INCREDIBLE COMEBACK YEAR

January 4th, 2023 / Venue

The past 12 months have been a period of rapid recovery for the Vancouver Convention Centre and the entire meetings and events industry in BC From hosting the largest mass immunization clinic in the province to world-renowned conferences, meetings and banquets, here are our biggest highlights of 2022. 

5. BC’S LARGEST IMMUNIZATION CLINIC

In January, we assisted in reopening the province’s largest mass immunization clinic. The vast amount of space in our East building along with the expertise of our people allowed our partners at Vancouver Coastal Health to deliver more than 5,000 immunizations per day.

Combined with the doses administered in 2021 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, we enabled the delivery of 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – helping British Columbians get back to work safely. The clinic closed in February.

4. CONFERENCE COMEBACKS

Major national and international conferences and conventions, including the prestigious TED conference, SIGGRAPH, AME Roundup, the GLOBE Forum and more, kept our buildings bustling with activity.

We welcomed more than 50,000 delegates and visitors with open doors to find inspiration, think of new and innovative problem-solving skills, and introduce them to the latest industry trends. No matter the uniqueness of each event, a common trait was encouraging collaboration with their peers.

We look forward to hosting new and returning conferences and conventions in 2023.

3. SETTING THE STAGE FOR SPORTS

For the first time ever, an all-glass squash court was set up on Jack Poole Plaza for the Canadian Squash Championships in June. Taking advantage of the warm weather and open space allowed fans to watch the games against the backdrop of BC’s mountains.

The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks also used Jack Poole Plaza for a special viewing party as the last stop on their 12 North Tour, engaging with Canadian fans the entire weekend and celebrating their love of the game.

Additionally, hundreds of the world’s best fencers competed in the West Exhibition Hall for the Vancouver Fencing World Cup in December.

We had a hand in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and we’re thrilled to be a venue of choice for another multi-sport winter event, the Invictus Games 2025. We’re looking forward to welcoming than 500 competitors from 20 nations as they compete in adaptive sports.

2.  THE CONSUMER SHOWS MUST GO ON

Our buildings were buzzing with excitement for warehouse sales. From Aritzia and OVO, to Estee Lauder and Herschel, shoppers went on a spree to find amazing deals.

Vancouver’s cosplay community came together and celebrated all things pop culture for Fan Expo and Anime Revolution 2022. The Vancouver Fall Home Show, the Baby Show, and the Vancouver Health Show were held simultaneously in both East and West buildings – packing in a busy October weekend.

Planted Expo united thousands of plant enthusiasts, while BC wineries treated aspiring connoisseurs to tastings at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. The Interior Design Show presented the latest fashionable products and services to influence those with an eye for design.

Nearing the end of 2022, visitors could shop and experience the holiday spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market and Circle Craft – connecting consumers with local vendors, artists, and retailers while celebrating the holidays.

1. COMMUNITY (RE)CONNECTIONS

More than 125,000 people gathered for Canada Together on July 1 - Vancouver’s largest long-weekend celebration in two years. While enjoying the block party, visitors were welcomed to explore most of the main floor of the West building, and were mostly drawn to the main ballroom, where they adored a spectacular view of the mountains and musical performances by Indigenous artists DJ Staniml, Eagle Song Dancers and Coastal Wolf Pack.

In addition to physically opening our doors to the community, we continued collaborating with various community groups. We facilitated donations of construction materials from clients to Habitat for Humanity. The new Asbestos Memorial along our seawall was formally dedicated, taking its place as the latest addition to the art project around the Vancouver Convention Centre. We also hosted hundreds of groups for our school and industry tours.

Our dedicated staff, all of whom play an essential role in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s daily operations, are the heroes of our turnaround year. Their support is why we can look back on 2022 with pride, and eagerly look forward to 2023.

We saw so many faces attend hundreds of events this year, and look forward to welcoming back many more in the new year.

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