Vancouver, BC (May 31, 2019) – The Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver are honoured to welcome The Women Deliver 2019 Conference as part of a record year for international conferences held at the Convention Centre. 17 global conferences have chosen Vancouver as their host city in fiscal year 2019/20.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest conference dedicated to gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, will put Vancouver on the world stage as more than 8,000 of the greatest minds, strongest advocates and most progressive leaders from across the globe convene to build a more gender equal society. Taking place June 3 to 6, the conference includes Culture Night on June 5, a free public event on Jack Poole Plaza that will connect Women Deliver delegates to the local community for an evening of entertainment, dialogue and cultural exchange.

“British Columbia welcomes the great minds and progressive thinkers that are promoting global gender equity. Our government shares this priority and continues to advance gender equity in the work we do every day,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “We are pleased to see these 17 international conferences will bring over 26,500 people together to propel their industries forward, and at the same time presents us with a great opportunity to share our province with the world.”

“Women Deliver conferences are where the world gathers to drive progress on gender equality, and we’re excited to gather in Vancouver for the 2019 Conference,” said Hannah August, Director of Communications for Women Deliver. “Canada is one of the countries in the world that steps up for girls and women, and we look forward to celebrating that progress and working for more.”

In addition to Women Deliver, the World Sleep Congress, an international forum and conversation amongst the world’s best sleep professionals and societies, is set to bring in the second largest group at 2,500 estimated attendees.

Representing a diverse range of industries, the 17 international conferences sought a global city and convention facility to impress their delegates. Many of them are international associations and organizations that rotate their meetings to different countries following a competitive selection process. The increase in international guests is anticipated to add an additional $43 million in direct spending to the local economy.

“Meetings and conventions are often major catalysts for growth, change and progress, and Women Deliver exemplifies all this and more,” says Claire Smith, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre. “It is a privilege to welcome Women Deliver, in addition to other international groups this year that our team, working hand in hand with hospitality partners and industry experts, has identified as a great fit for our city and venue.”

“Vancouver is regarded as one of the most sought-after destinations for meetings because we offer visitors a world-class experience,” adds Ty Speer, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver. “With sustainable venues, inspiring surroundings and local leaders in a diverse range of industries, Vancouver provides a captivating backdrop for international groups looking to engage their delegates.”

“We are excited to be able to collaborate with the most powerful allies in the world, to build relationships, and to leverage new connections in pursuit of a brighter future for women globally. Women Deliver is opening the door to the world for Vancouver, and I believe this conference will be something we all look back on as the moment the world got smaller by growing our networks and uniting us,” Genesa Greening, President and CEO, BC Women’s Hospital Foundation. 

The bidding and planning process for international events of this scale are complex, beginning as early as eight years prior and some build in an additional two to three years for prospecting.

The 17 international conferences will complement 45-plus North American conventions that will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this year. In total, the Convention Centre is home to over 500 events a year, which includes conventions, trade and consumer shows, meetings, banquets, community events and special events.

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About Women Deliver
Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Their advocacy drives investment – political and financial – in the lives of girls and women worldwide.
www.womendeliver.org

About the Vancouver Convention Centre
Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence. 
www.vancouverconventioncentre.com

About Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver is the official destination marketing organization for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The not-for-profit, member-based organization represents over 1,000 tourism businesses in Metro Vancouver and beyond. Tourism Vancouver markets Vancouver as a premier leisure, business, meetings and group travel destination in strategic markets around the world. 
www.tourismvancouver.com

BACKGROUNDER

The international conventions taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020):

  1. 2019 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Mission Innovation (MI) Meetings (May)
  2. Canada Gas and LNG Exhibition and Conference 2019 (May 2019)
  3. Symposium of the International Society for Laboratory Hematology (May 2019)
  4. Confidential Corporate Convention (May 2019)
  5. Women Deliver 2019 Conference (June 2019)
  6. 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress (June 2019)
  7. International Council on Combustion Engines (June 2019)
  8. The Global Summit 2019 – the Consumer Goods Forum (June 2019)
  9. World Congress of Biological Psychiatry 2019 (June 2019)
  10. Joint 23rd International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research & 20th World IUSTI Congress (July 2019)
  11. World Sleep Congress (September 2019)
  12. 2019 World Indigenous Business Forum (October 2019)
  13. 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapists (October 2019)
  14. Ecocity World Summit 2019 (October 2019)
  15. Textile Sustainability Conference (October 2019)
  16. IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) 2020 Conference (January 2020)
  17. Asia Pacific Conference on International Education (March 2020)