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April 17, 2019

The Top 10 Reasons to Meeting in Vancouver Convention Centre

Source: PCMA Convene

From airy, waterfront spaces to forward-thinking sustainability initiatives, the Vancouver Convention Centre cultivates brilliance and creativity.

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April 08, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre racks up 5,561 events

Source: AMI Magazine

Over nine million guests worldwide have visited the Vancouver Convention Centre in its ten year history, generating more than $2.4 billion in direct spend for British Columbia.

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April 04, 2019

10 awesome things you should know about the Vancouver Convention Centre

On April 3, 2019, the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building marked its tenth anniversary of opening its doors to millions of people from around the world. Launched in 2009 – in time for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics – to serve the city’s growing popularity for tourism and conferences, the facility has swiftly become a Vancouver icon.

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April 03, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates 10 years

Vancouver is internationally known as one of the most sought-after event destinations – something that is in no small way due to the opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary today (April 3).

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April 02, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre's West Building celebrates 10th anniversary

Over the 10-year span it has been welcoming event attendees and visitors from all around the world, the beautiful West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre has become one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.

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April 02, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre expansion racks up $2.4 billion in impact versus $883 million start

The Vancouver Convention Centre’s expansion, which opened in 2009 as an $883-million, budget busting gamble on the meetings and conferences business, more than holds its own a decade on, its operators contend.

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April 02, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre West celebrates first decade

Source: CBC News

The Vancouver Convention Centre West building is celebrating a decade of hosting everything and everyone — from then U.S. President Barack Obama to the artisans and chefs of the annual Circle Craft Fair. Opened on April 3, 2009, the west building tripled the capacity of the original Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place.

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March 05, 2019

Obama says U.S.-Canada tensions 'insignificant' in global politics

At the largest event in Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) history, Obama calmly made a case for western unity at a time when current U.S. policies have heightened global geo-political tensions.

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March 05, 2019

Barack Obama's address to adoring Vancouver crowd full of hope and worry

The former president alternated between dire warnings and assuring the crowd that things would work out. "Don't fuss too much about what you hear on the news," said former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, at the end of his hour-long address in Vancouver. "We're good." 

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March 05, 2019

Obama delivers message of hope to Vancouver Board of Trade

Former U.S. president Barack Obama spent much of a speaking engagement Tuesday in Vancouver dwelling on climate change and inequality, but left his audience with a message of hope.

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March 05, 2019

Former US President Barack Obama brings integrity and reason to Vancouver

Moderated by Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the third Canadian stop of the “A Conversation with President Barack Obama” tour delivered musings on his eight years in office, Canada’s relationship with the US, his wife and daughters and what he sees as the biggest issues facing the current administration — and future generations.

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March 04, 2019

22 awesome cosplay shots from this weekend's Fan Expo Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Over the past weekend, thousands of pop culture fans flooded the Vancouver Convention Centre for Fan Expo Vancouver 2019. The three-day event saw Jedi, superheroes, super villains, and everything in between. Here are some of the best costumes and cosplayers from the event.

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February 13, 2019

Vancouver Goes Green in 2019

Here’s a peek at how Vancouver Convention Centre is getting its green on followed by our take on green-inspired city attractions for meeting participants to enjoy during their free time.

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February 01, 2019

Women of Influence: The Challenges, Goals and Predictions of Six Industry Leaders

Source: MeetingsNet

The meetings and events business has long been dominated by women, but across 2018 and 2019 it may have set a new standard: Women were elected to the top spots at six major industry organizations. And while these leaders knew the scope of the roles they were stepping into, they will be the first to tell you that their posts have come with a variety of unexpected challenges.

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February 01, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre 1st in North America to Join Les Clefs d'Or

One of Canada’s top convention destinations adds another accolade to its growing roster of achievements. The Vancouver Convention Centre is the first convention centre in North America to be granted exclusive Corporate Affiliate membership to the most prestigious international organization of concierges in the world.

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January 30, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre granted prestigious Les Clefs d’Or membership

The Vancouver Convention Centre has become the first convention centre in North America to be granted Corporate Affiliate membership to Les Clefs d’Or Canada.

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January 30, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre granted membership into most prestigious international organization of concierges in the world

Source: My VanCity

The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to be the first convention centre in North America to be granted exclusive Corporate Affiliate membership to the most prestigious international organization of concierges in the world.

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January 20, 2019

LOT185 Cafe + Wine Bar: Re-imagining Conference Centre Cuisine

LOT185, Vancouver Convention Centre’s new cafe and wine bar, opened last year in the prime corner of the building facing out onto the Jack Poole Plaza, and aims to redefine our conference food standards.

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December 11, 2018

Ring in 2019 at Vancouver's only indoor New Year's Eve party with fireworks

Give 2018 a proper wind down, and start 2019 with a bang! There will not be anything understated about the Concord Countdown Central indoor partyheld inside the beautiful West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.

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December 10, 2018

This FREE Vancouver New Year’s Eve celebration features dazzling fireworks

It’s one of the biggest celebrations in the city, with over 100,000 people expected to attend Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver this year. As the fourth annual instalment of the massive celebration, the organizers have arranged a number of things to see and do.

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December 05, 2018

Convention Centre Hoops it Up

Source: Venues Now

Instead of choosing a conventional arena such as Rogers Arena or the Langley Events Centre as the site for its Vancouver-area basketball event, organizer BD Global picked the Vancouver Convention Centre to host the inaugural TCL Vancouver Showcase, played Nov. 18-24.

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December 01, 2018

Casual Chic: LOT185 Café + Wine Bar

Across from the Olympic Cauldron, inside the Vancouver Convention Centre’s west building, LOT185 is a West Coast riff on a modern Euro-cafe.

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November 29, 2018

Delivering Leadership

Thousands of women will arrive in Vancouver this June in a concentrated effort to help dismantle "the barriers" facing girls and women in every country on the planet.

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November 23, 2018

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver fireworks returns for countdown to 2019

One of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Canada, the fireworks spectacle on the Coal Harbour waterfront in downtown Vancouver on this auspicious night sees an attendance of over 100,000 people.

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November 22, 2018

Vancouver Showcase: Elite women's coaches dish on adversity, youth, Twitter and hoop glory

The inaugural TCL Vancouver Showcase is dishing up unusual opportunities. The eight-team women’s basketball portion of the event tips off Thursday at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as headliners.

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November 19, 2018

NCAA basketball lights up Vancouver Convention Centre

A unique sporting event got underway in the Vancouver Convention Centre yesterday as four NCAA teams played in front of a sold-out crowd on a temporary court in the innaugural Vancouver Showcase basketball tournament.

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November 17, 2018

Basketball tournament bring economic boom

A college basketball tournament is expected to generate millions in economic spin-off for Vancouver.

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November 16, 2018

NCAA basketball at Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend

Source: Global BC

The Inaugural Vancouver Showcase begins Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It’s a unique event in a very unique location.

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November 16, 2018

There's a new basketball stadium inside the Vancouver Convention Centre

Nearly three years after the event was first announced, the Vancouver Showcase features top calibre American college basketball in a unique setting. Instead of choosing a conventional basketball arena like Rogers Arena, UBC, or the Langley Events Centre, organizers instead opted for the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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November 10, 2018

Vancouver Showcase hoops organizers hyped about tourney entries, venue

Source: The Province

Howard Kelsey’s search for the perfect fit for a venue to host his prospective basketball tournament was a tale in itself, the hardwood version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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November 08, 2018

Vancouver Showcase brings big-time basketball to iconic waterfront location

He may not know it, but North Vancouver basketball star Robert Sacre should be awarded an assist for his role in bringing a unique and exciting NCAA tournament to the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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October 24, 2018

Lawn and order: Who mows the grass at Vancouver Convention Centre?

It only happens once a year. The annual mowing of the Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof started this week.

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October 10, 2018

Vancouver Christmas Market returns with extended hours, love-lock installation, and even more festive treats

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for its ninth year at Jack Poole Plaza from November 21 to December 24—this time around with extended hours, a love lock installation, and a slew of festive treats and events in tow.

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October 05, 2018

All the new Vancouver restaurants you need to try right now

If you’re bummed about the end of summer, we recommend checking out these new and noteworthy Vancouver restaurants as we guarantee their top-notch eats will make you feel much better. While there are a ton of new eateries open and opening soon, here’s a short list of some of our must-tries. Here are all the new Vancouver restaurants you need to try right now.

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October 02, 2018

For Vancouver, A New Vintage: Convention center hopes to lure visitors, residents with new cafe and wine bar

Source: VenuesNow

European flair has come to Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre, in the form of Lot185 Café + Wine Bar. The new venue overlooks the waterfront Jack Poole Plaza and is open to the public.

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October 01, 2018

Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry 2018

In an industry dominated by women, many not only excel at their jobs, but shape the future of meetings and events. M&C's fourth annual list of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry applauds outstanding professionals who've demonstrated extraordinary talent, leadership, creativity and advocacy in our field.

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October 01, 2018

LOT185 Cafe + Wine Bar: New Coffee and Wine Bar in Vancouver Convention Centre

A local-focused coffee and wine bar opened in September in the Vancouver Convention Centre. Overlooking Jack Poole Plaza, the new space offers a casual dining experience for both locals and visitors. LOT185 is spread out over two levels, accommodating 80 people. The modern space was inspired by the laidback atmosphere of European cafes, tapas and wine bars -- while the menu is focused on local ingredients. A full coffee bar features ethically sourced beans from North Vancouver coffee roasters Moja Coffee.

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September 30, 2018

LOT185 Café + Wine Bar: 5 Reasons to Go

Source: Hiredbelly

LOT185 is a new spot downtown with plenty of promise. If you look back a while, there wasn’t a whole lot happening around what’s now Jack Poole Plaza. Then along came Cactus Club, followed by Tap & Barrel. And now, perhaps not surprisingly,Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre has thrown its hat into the ring.

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September 27, 2018

LOT185 Café and Wine Bar brings pastries and tapas to the Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) is usually associated with global forums, lifestyle events, or graduation parties, but now it can also be known as a place to grab a bite or glass of wine.

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September 27, 2018

The Top 500 People in Events

Source: BizBash

Meet the Top 500 people in the meeting and event industry in North America. Actually, it’s likely you’ve met many of them already, or know them by reputation. They lead the largest trade and consumer shows. They orchestrate massive brand campaigns that touch consumers globally. They plan the Super Bowl. They also educate practitioners and cultivate the next generation of superstars through industry association groups. They give those of us not at their events FOMO. And some of them truly change the world.

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September 26, 2018

Sneak peek of Vancouver's new glam cafe and wine bar 

LOT185 Café + Wine Bar, Vancouver’s newest coffee shop and wine bar, is finally opening this week, and here’s your first look at the new glam spot. Located at #78–1055 Canada Place in the new Convention Centre, LOT185 will serve as a coffee spot by day and a wine bar by night.

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September 24, 2018

Get FREE coffee and treats at this new Vancouver cafe this week

Lot 185, Vancouver’s newest coffee shop and wine bar in Canada Place, has FINALLY announced its opening date. The new spot is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar by night and is located at #78–1055 Canada Place.

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August 16, 2018

Connecting Generations at SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver

The global conference’s 2018 theme is “Generations”, a concept that supports the industry’s constant boundary-pushing, generation over generation. While various conference highlights support this idea, there are also more specific, individualized cases of next-gen storytelling at SIGGRAPH. 

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August 16, 2018

SIGGRAPH 2018 Celebrates Generations in Vancouver

SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has concluded in Vancouver, BC, with over 16,500 attendees from around the world.

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August 15, 2018

Combining Innovation & Cooperation For Meeting Success

Each year, the ASNR Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium brings together nearly 2,500 physicians and experts who are advancing the field of neuroradiology. It was only fitting that this year’s conference was held in Vancouver, where attendees were in proximity to one of the most influential life sciences communities in the world.

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August 15, 2018

Vancouver, You Sustained Me

Source: PCMA Convene

At a Green Meetings fam trip sponsored by Tourism Vancouver, sustainability came in all shapes, from e-bikes to green roofs to sablefish.

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August 13, 2018

3 Questions to Claire Smith of Vancouver Convention Centre

On the occasion of the Sustainable Brands conference which took place in Vancouver last June, Boardroom sat with Claire Smith, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing at Vancouver Convention Centre. Chair of PCMA, Claire shared a lot of interesting insights on the way she has been working with associations.

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August 13, 2018

SIGGRAPH 2018 worth over C$37m to Vancouver

Vancouver is to welcome back thousands of computer graphics and digital effects specialists for SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference expected to deliver C$37.1m in direct spending to the local economy. The event will be the largest convention held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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August 13, 2018

Vancouver's SIGGRAPH 2018 blends science, technology, art and entertainment

Source: BC Business

The influential conference, hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. At the Vancouver Convention Centre until August 16, the five-day event covers innovations in everything from computer graphics and virtual reality to video games and digital art. The theme of SIGGRAPH 2018 is Generations—celebrating past, present and future.

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July 17, 2018

Vancouver set to rack up record number of conventions in 2018

Vancouver’s reputation for being a beautiful city with mild summers, nearby nature and a culture of sustainability has helped the city attract a record 33 citywide conventions and events in 2018.

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July 10, 2018

Vancouver: A Sustainable Pioneer

Throughout its young history, Vancouver has made the news as an environmental activist. Nowadays, Vancouver constantly ranks one of the most sustainable cities in the world, thanks to a series of initiatives in all green areas – whether environmental, social or ethical.

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May 16, 2018

10 Incredible 'Green' Buildings around the World

Steel and glass were, at one point, shiny, new toys (pun intended) in the world of architecture. But as the Earth's population grows and our cities get denser, more designers are choosing to incorporate plants and sustainable elements. Here is a look at 10 of the world's coolest city spaces, designed with greenery in mind. 

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April 05, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre Receives Industry Community Service Award

The Vancouver Convention Center has been awarded the Canadian Association for Exposition Management’s (CAEM) 2018 Give Back Award, which recognizes a member organization that has made corporate social responsibility and giving back to its community an integral part of doing business. 

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April 02, 2018

Vancouver’s TED Conference looks to the future with amazement

For Chris Anderson, curator of the high-profile TED Conference, the future is an amazing thing to imagine. Some of that amazement is good, but not all of it.

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March 29, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre honoured with industry community service award

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the recipient of the Canadian Association for Exposition Management’s (CAEM) 2018 Give Back Award, which recognises a member organisation that has contributed to the enhancement of their community within the past year.

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March 28, 2018

Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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March 28, 2018

CAEM Honours Vancouver Convention Centre for Giving Back to Community

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Association for Exposition Management’s (CAEM) Give Back Award.

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March 07, 2018

Women Innovators Featured at #BCTech Summit

Source: BC Business

Western Canada’s largest technology conference, the #BCTECH Summit, is set to welcome some of the industry’s greatest local and global thought leaders and power players from May 14-16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 

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February 15, 2018

The challenges faced by event food and beverage teams

From addressing food allergies to dealing with shrinking budgets and tighter-than-ever timelines, venue food and beverage teams face a host of challenges with every event they help organize.

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January 23, 2018

New conventional thinking: meet in Vancouver, leave a legacy

When 1,300 Trend Micro employees descended on Vancouver for the company’s annual sales kick-off earlier this month, they did all the usual things convention-goers do.

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January 21, 2018

Convention Centre preps for busiest year ever

Source: News 1130

There is some optimism about what this year could look like for Vancouver’s bottom line as it’s expected to be a record one for conventions.

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January 18, 2018

Vancouver Gears Up for its Busiest Convention Year Ever

Vancouver will host 33 citywide conventions and events in 2018, an increase from 28 in 2017 and, more importantly, the highest number the city has ever hosted in a single year.

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January 16, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre VP of Sales and Marketing Takes on Role of 2018 PCMA Board Chair

Vancouver’s business events and hospitality community congratulates Claire Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing,Vancouver Convention Centre on her appointment as the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Board Chair this year, effective today.

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January 11, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre VP Takes on Role of 2018 PCMA Board Chair

Claire Smith, vice-president of sales and marketing for the Vancouver Convention Centre, started her term as chairperson of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Board of Directors on January 10, the final day of the association’s  2018 Convening Leader conference.

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January 11, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre’s Claire Smith Helms PCMA Board of Directors — the first supplier, the first Canadian and the first non-US-based chair to do so

anada’s business events and hospitality communities congratulate Claire Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre on her appointment as the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Board Chair this year, effective January, 2018.

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January 11, 2018

Vancouver CC VP appointed new PCMA Board chair

Vancouver’s business events and hospitality community has welcomed the appointment of local eventprof Claire Smith (pictured), vice-president of sales and marketing at the Vancouver Convention Centre, on her appointment as the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Board chair.

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January 09, 2018

2018 will be the 'busiest year ever' for convention visits to Vancouver

Thousands of birders from around the world will be flocking to Vancouver this August. They won’t be alone. At various times throughout the year, insect aficionados, innovators in brand strategies and sustainable business entrepreneurs will also be gathering here to share their passion and knowledge with each other.

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January 03, 2018

Vancouver Named Top Meeting Spot in North America by Data House STR

Source: Exhibit City

According to research compiled by data house STR, Vancouver is currently North America’s highest-rated destination for a business meeting.

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December 19, 2017

Spectacular green roof tops Vancouver’s double LEED Platinum convention center

Source: Inhabitat

Vancouver’s stunning convention center doesn’t shy away from breaking records—not only is the building home to Canada’s largest green roof, but it also recently became the world’s first double LEED Platinum-certified convention center.

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December 18, 2017

Meetings Industry Report Ranks Vancouver Top Destination in North America

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Vancouver is North America’s highest-rated destination for a business meeting, according to STR’s DestinationMAP (Meeting Assessment Program), a comprehensive study of meeting professionals and the meetings market in North America.

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December 01, 2017

Open House at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Source: PCMA Convene

Trumpeting dollar amounts with loads of commas and zeros can help lawmakers understand what a convention center represents to its community, but those figures might not mean so much to average citizens. Instead of asking them to add up numbers, it might be more meaningful to invite them to be a part of the event experience.

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November 08, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre goes Double Platinum

The Vancouver Convention Centre has set a new bar in the event sustainability realm. Last month, the already greener-than-green convention center’s West building was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification (version 4).

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November 06, 2017

Vancouver boasts world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre

Last month, the Canada Green Building Council commended the Vancouver Convention Centre for demonstrating sustainability excellence—it earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Existing Building Platinum certification.

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November 01, 2017

Trend Report 2018

Industry insiders share their thoughts on what will be making the scene at events in the new year. Hint: it's all about engagement, customization and being real!

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October 31, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre certified ‘double platinum'

LMN Architects said Vancouver Convention Centre West is the first convention center to become “double LEED platinum” certified — for new construction earlier, and now for operations and maintenance.

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October 18, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre goes Double Platinum

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has earned a LEED v4 Existing Building Platinum, making it the first double LEED convention centre in the world.

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October 17, 2017

Vancouver's most interesting jobs: What it's like to be a rooftop grass cutter for the Vancouver Convention Centre

When it comes to his team’s annual care task on the living roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre, Mike Rist considers the job an “honour.”

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October 17, 2017

Crop the top: Vancouver Convention Centre set for its annual mowing

The Vancouver Convention Centre is facing its annual must-do: it’s getting mowed.

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October 12, 2017

Vancouver Continues to Push Boundaries in Sustainability with World's First Double LEED Platinum Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to announce that its iconic West building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification (version 4) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the Canada Green Building Council.

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October 12, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre: The world’s first double LEED Platinum convention centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to announce that its iconic West building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification (version 4) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the Canada Green Building Council.

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October 12, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre Achieves World-Leading Sustainability Rating

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum convention centre.

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October 12, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre is the First Double LEED Platinum Convention Centre in the World

Vancouver does it again. North America’s top destination for meetings and conventions has another feather in its cap: the Vancouver Convention Centre’s iconic West building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification (version 4) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the Canada Green Building Council.

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October 11, 2017

DESTINATION: VANCOUVER

Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city, delivers on expectations.

Vancouver boasts a convention center with amazing views, access to industry leaders, and a wide selection of venues and hotels.

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October 11, 2017

Le Vancouver Convention Centre devient le premier palais des congrès au monde à obtenir une double certification LEED® Platine et constitue le premier projet de bâtiment existant v4 certifié Platine au Canada

Le mercredi 11 octobre 2017Le Conseil du bâtiment durable du Canada (CBDCa) félicite le Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC)

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October 11, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre becomes first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) says the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has demonstrated sustainability excellence by earning LEED v4 Existing Building Platinum, becoming the first double LEED Platinum convention centre in the world, and the first v4 Platinum Existing Building project to certify in Canada.

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October 11, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre is world's first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre and first v4 Platinum existing building project in Canada

October 11, 2017The Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) commends the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) for demon

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October 10, 2017

Vancouver Convention Center West Wing exhibition hall to become the world's first double platinum certification conference center

Vancouver Convention Center (Vancouver Convention Center) on Tuesday by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) issued the fourth edition of the energy and environmental design leading platinum certificate (LEED Platinum certification).

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October 10, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre is officially the world's greenest convention centre

It has been nearly nine years since the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre opened its doors, and it is still making waves for its high standard of green building design.

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October 10, 2017

Vancouver convention center achieve rare LEED feat

The expansion wing of the facility has received a LEED platinum certification for existing buildings’ operation and maintenance. It adds to its 2010 new construction platinum certification, which is the highest level of the LEED green building rating system

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August 21, 2017

International headache conference in Vancouver next month

The Congress is titled “New Horizons in Headache” and will be the 18th Congress held by the International Headache Society.

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August 01, 2017

On-site apiaries add buzz to convention centres in Nashville and Vancouver

The Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., and the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. - both Centerplate venues - are doing their parts to keep the bee populations buzzing in their cities.

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August 01, 2017

Vancouver Makes Giving Back a Part of the Meeting Experience

Source: PCMA Convene

Here's how the city engages attendees and the public in socially responsible activities.

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August 01, 2017

10 Top Conference Destinations: Vancouver's Green Ambitions

Set against a backdrop of rippling waters and dramatic mountains, the Vancouver Convention Centre is one of the world’s most exciting business hubs

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July 01, 2017

Go West

The size, shine and prestige of Vancouver’s big meetings jewels bear testimony to the city’s status as a quality of life global leader.

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June 01, 2017

TED Eats / Out & About

Source: Ignite

"Customization" has become an event buzzword, but it really came to life at the TED Conference, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) in April.

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May 16, 2017

Rooftop honeybees create business buzz

How two convention centers served by Centerplate make their rooftop apiaries a showcase for sustainability and a source of hyper-local honey for sweet menu items.

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April 26, 2017

Healthy meetings in Vancouver

When choosing a venue for your next meeting, have you considered a ‘healthy’ one?

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April 25, 2017

TED talkers take over Vancouver Convention Centre with ideas for our "shared future"

TED Talks senior fellow Manu Prakash’s specialty in solving the world’s problems is devising simple, inexpensive tools to bring science to places that lack infrastructure. And he brought his latest discoveries to Vancouver for the fellows sessions that start the annual TED Talks. Prakash’s first idea was the Foldscope, a $1.50 microscope made of cardboard and plastic lenses that is being used to do field tests for cervical cancer in Argentina, among other things.

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April 25, 2017

Wayne Moriarty: Green pastures of convention centre roof leave me dreaming

Source: The Province

I have two columns left in me. Today, I will solve a mystery. Friday, I will tell a story. Until about eight years ago, the historic Marine Building on the corner of Burrard and Hastings streets, with its Art Deco nuts and bolts, was my favourite bit of architecture in this town. I greatly delight in the gothic beauty of Vancouver City Hall, too. But for the past number of years, my new favourite building has been the west wing of the Vancouver Convention Centre — notable for many reasons, none more so than the pasture on its roof.

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April 23, 2017

How not to give a TED Talk: Advice from the head of TED

Source: CBC News

Here's a little secret about TED Talks that you wouldn't know from the carefully-selected glossy online videos that have racked up 6.1 billion views online. In person, it does not always go well.

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April 22, 2017

Experience the TED2017 conference in movie theaters, with other curious minds

Source: TED Blog

You probably watch TED Talks on an assortment of small screens. But next week, you’re invited to experience them on the big screen.
As the TED2017 conference takes place in Vancouver, Canada, special sessions will be broadcast live in movie theaters across the United States and world.

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March 31, 2017

Canucks support Autism Awareness Day, April 2

Source: NHL.com

Did you know that 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism? April is as Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is recognized worldwide as Autism Awareness Day. In celebration of the month, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) will be hosting the 6th Annual CAN Family Festival on Sunday, April 9th at Jack Poole Plaza (Vancouver Convention Centre).

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March 28, 2017

Heiltsuk First Nation village among oldest in North America: Archeologists

The excavation on Triquet Island has already produced extremely rare artifacts, including a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires, said Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria. Gauvreau will present her findings at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archeology on Thursday in Vancouver. The five-day conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre will be attended by 3,000 archeologists from around the world.

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March 28, 2017

Photos: Classic cars on display at Vancouver Auto Show

Feast your eyes at the array of rare classics, luxury cars and new models on display at the Vancouver Auto Show, held at Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver March 28, 2017.

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March 27, 2017

List of TED 2017 speakers includes tennis legend Serena Williams, tech giant Elon Musk

This year’s conference, entitled TED 2017: The Future You, will take place April 24-28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre . The sold-out conference, which charges $8,500 for admission, promises to “explore the most pressing questions of our time and to imagine what our shared future might look like.”

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March 22, 2017

Latest grocery trend blends the global with local

Source: CBC News

Locally grown and produced food with an international twist is on one of the biggest food trends this year, according to a group of independent grocers. Hundreds of grocers and exhibitors gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre this week to share new trends and new products at Western Canada's largest grocery show.

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March 14, 2017

Coding wiz, 13, trying to personally assist 100,000 people

Source: CBC News

Tanmay Bakshi, 13, speaks quickly and passionately. The ambitious teen gestures with both arms, and litters his sentences with the type of positive language that you'd expect from a professional speaker. On Wednesday morning, Bakshi will deliver a keynote address to about 1,500 people — mostly youth — at the B.C. Tech Summit in Vancouver. Organizers expect hundreds more to watch the speech on the online livestream.

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January 09, 2017

2017 Trend Report: Food & Beverage

Chef Blair Rasmussen, executive chef at the Vancouver Convention Centre, shares his thoughts on the food trends he sees gaining ground in 2017.

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January 09, 2017

Healthy Meetings: The New Green

Over the past year, associations have become increasingly aware of the negative health impact of events and meetings.

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January 03, 2017

Outlook 2017: All eyes on convention centre for NCAA event

When it comes to the city’s 2017 sports tourism outlook, all eyes will be on the Vancouver Convention Centre during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s when the venue will host an exhibition tournament of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball.

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November 22, 2016

Meeting Places Feature WOW Factor

Seasoned conference-goers know that meetings and tradeshows are more than just the content; they are about networking opportunities. And, when it comes to technology, networking of the digital sort is key to making sure events run smoothly and live up to participants' expectations.

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September 19, 2016

A First-Ever Honor For A North American Convention Centre

Source: PCMA.org

When attendees and exhibitors arrive at the Vancouver Convention Centre, they can look forward to learning and networking while managing one essential item: their well-being. In May, the World Obesity Federation accredited the Vancouver Convention Centre with the Healthy Venue accreditation.

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August 30, 2016

How To Give Your Attendees Enhanced Meeting Space Options

Source: PCMA.org

Conference attendees and their most productive learning environments are more diverse
than ever. See how one leading convention centre is using innovative design strategies to
inspire more meaningful meeting experiences.

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July 21, 2016

Waste not want not: Building a better food chain

Source: BC Business

Feeding the multitudes, with minimal waste: Blair Rasmussen balances quality and efficiency at one of B.C.’s biggest and busiest kitchens.

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May 30, 2016

Profile, Craig Lehto, General manager, Vancouver Convention Centre

It’s tough to ask Craig Lehto, general manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre, for a favourite Olympic moment. Having worked multiple Winter Olympic Games including 1988 in Calgary, 2002 in Salt Lake City, 2006 in Torino, 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi, he’s been front and centre for countless historic moments.

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May 19, 2016

Vancouver gets top marks for hosting international meetings

Vancouver has been named in two industry rankings as one of the top North American destinations for international meetings.

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May 17, 2016

PCMA in Vancouver

Canada’s convention capital hosted the Convening Leaders annual conference early this year, an event resulting in a $6.2m direct spend for the local economy.

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May 17, 2016

Berlin Rises to Top in ICCA Rankings

Leading the way in North America is Vancouver, Canada, which stands at No. 29 for top association meeting cities. The top five North American cities also include Montreal, Washington, D.C., Toronto and New York City.

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March 07, 2016

The Future Of Convention Food: How Your Menus Might Change By 2030

Source: PCMA.org

Some participants register for conferences to learn. Some will travel thousands of miles for on-site networking and job prospecting. Some may simply be searching for an opportunity to recharge their spirits. There are many different motivators for attending a conference, but there’s one common trait among every member of an audience: they’re hungry.

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February 15, 2016

HQ Report: Vancouver, only a lateral move away

On the occasion of the 2016 edition of PCMA Convening Leaders held in Canada, I discovered Vancouver, which is quite European with its high standard of living if you ask me. But another European PCMA attendee found the city typically American with its streets and building set in squares, so who to believe?

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February 08, 2016

Convention of convention planners could be windfall for Vancouver tourism

Vancouver’s growing tourism sector is expected to get a lasting boost from a convention of convention planners.

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February 01, 2016

What's Awe Got to Do With It?

Source: PCMA Convene

Great! Attendees have described your event as “awesome”! While that word is surely overused and its meaning watered down, recent studies indicate that giving attendees truly awe-inspiring experiences benefits them in numerous ways — and may, in fact, be the most valuable byproduct of face-to-face events.

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January 27, 2016

PCMA: Vancouver Reveals Juxtaposition of Beauty and Brains

PCMA selected Vancouver as only the second city outside of the U.S. to host its flagship event, Convening Leaders, earlier this year.

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January 11, 2016

Convention inception: Vancouver hosts a convention for people who host conventions

Source: The Province

The people who plan conventions, the people who go to them and the cities that host them are at the Vancouver Convention Centre for four days for Convening Leaders, the annual meeting of Professional Convention Management Association.

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January 10, 2016

The Convention Centre Experiment That Planners, Attendees And Sponsors Will Love

Source: PCMA.org

The area used to be a standard pre-function space, occasionally hosting coffee breaks during conventions, but otherwise, it was a relatively unused section of the centre. Now, it’s a hub of next-generation convention center design.

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November 02, 2015

Why Giving Up Control Will Create A Better Convention Experience

Source: PCMA.org

Shuffling attendees from room to room doesn’t always maximize the real potential of bringing hundreds or thousands of attendees together.

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October 15, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre Launches Fresh New Website

It's a fresh way of looking at things. The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to launch a refreshed website that offers innovative new tools and features for planners, exhibitors and attendees.

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September 24, 2015

Convening Leaders conference to bring £3m to Vancouver

Source: meetpie.com

More than 4,000 meeting planners and suppliers are expected to attend the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) education conference, Convening Leaders, in Vancouver.

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September 01, 2015

How Vancouver buildings could conserve water

If buildings in downtown Vancouver had their own water reclamation systems for treating toilet wastewater and building cooling water, they could reduce their water demand by 95% and help keep contaminated water from going back into the environment.

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August 26, 2015

The Brainy Case for Green Roofs

New research shows that exposure to nature for periods as short as 40 seconds increases concentration and performance.

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August 25, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre, a best in show

Congrats to The Vancouver Convention Centre. It received a Best in Show award for food and beverage in Convene, a convention management association publication.

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August 21, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre named “Best in Show” for food and beverage by leading industry association

The culinary offerings at the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre continue to receive industry acclaim.

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August 13, 2015

Vancouver Meetings Industry celebrates success of its “Be A Host program”

Source: FTN News

Meetings from all over the world convene in Vancouver attracting thousands of delegates who spend money at the city's world-ranked hotels, diverse restaurants, shopping venues and attractions. Last year, Vancouver's meetings and conventions industry generated over $302 million in economic impact for the city.

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July 27, 2015

Living Roof: A Look at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Unique Topper

The Vancouver Convention Centre boasts one of the greenest roofs in the world.

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July 16, 2015

Vancouver a growing hotspot for international health conferences

Source: Global News

Even when a major medical conference is about to kick off in Vancouver, there are people bidding for a new one.

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June 16, 2015

Vancouver welcomes first major health conference of 2015

AMERICAS – Hard work by conference ambassadors and big investment in the Vancouver Convention Centre has resulted in the city recording its biggest year for international medical conferences.

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June 11, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre welcomes first major health conference of 2015

Source: Metro News

The first of four massive health conferences has descended on the city this week, with 10,300 delegates in town for the World Congress of Dermatology, one of the largest medical conferences to ever take place in the city.

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May 23, 2015

Fox Sports transforms Vancouver Convention Centre into FIFA broadcast studio

Source: CBC News

The Vancouver Convention Centre grounds are undergoing a massive makeover as Fox Sports prepares to broadcast the FIFA Women's World Cup from there starting June 1.

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April 06, 2015

3 Ways Furniture Can Facilitate Better Networking At Your Meeting

Source: PCMA.org

Most meetings have structured networking receptions and cocktail hours, but many of the best connections are made in the unstructured periods of time.

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April 04, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre generates $1bn in five years

AMERICAS – Canada’s Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has been marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of its expanded West building facility with an infographic showing the centre generating over CAN$1bn in direct spending for the province over the period.

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April 01, 2015

Huge Crowds Turn Out For All New Vancouver International Auto Show

The most important event for the auto industry in British Columbia and best-attended consumer show in Western Canada released the 2015 attendance numbers of 98,694 for the six-day event.

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March 19, 2015

TED conference makes plans for the long run in Vancouver

The flagship TED conference will be staying in Vancouver for at least a few more years. TED curator Chris Anderson says the organization’s main annual conference, which wraps up Friday, will return to the city next year and beyond.

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March 16, 2015

Infographic: Just how big is TED?

The intangible benefits of TED, and Vancouver's biggest ever conference

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March 13, 2015

Engage, fascinate: TED talks return to Vancouver Convention Centre

VANCOUVER -- A scientist looking in the cosmos for a twin of Earth, a disabled activist who teaches people to ‘see with their ears’ as well as a child jazz prodigy are among more than 70 innovators and experts from around the world are taking part in TED 2015 which starts Monday and continues daily to Friday at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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March 03, 2015

Vancouver confirmed as TED Conference host through 2016

The high-profile TED Conference will return to Vancouver in 2016. Applications are now being accepted for next year’s event. (Yes, attendees must apply to attend the conference.)

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March 02, 2015

Canada: Vancouver Begins Banner International Convention Year

2015 will be one of Vancouver’s strongest years for international conventions, according to the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver.

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January 23, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre Appoints New Director Of Events

The Vancouver Convention Centre has appointed Adam Radziminski as its new director of events.

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December 08, 2014

Canadian Convention Centres Lead Green Scene

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) in British Columbia, the world's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified convention facility, has received the APEX and ASTM international sustainability standard certifications.

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December 08, 2014

How To Take Your Meeting To Canada For The First Time

Source: PCMA.org

Many of the recent conversations in the meetings industry have focused on one key topic: the need to reach more international attendees.

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December 01, 2014

5 Key Trends That Will Impact Convention Centers In 2015

Source: PCMA.org

No matter where you turn in the meetings industry, you’ll find one common characteristic: change.

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October 17, 2014

Vancouver Convention Centre awarded two international sustainability standards

AMERICAS – The Vancouver Convention Centre has obtained level one certification in two internationally sustainability standards.

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October 15, 2014

The Vancouver Convention Centre's Six-Acre Living Roof Gets Its Annual Haircut

The Vancouver Convention Centre’s six-acre living roof gets a haircut once a year in the fall.

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July 14, 2014

The Meetings Industry Has Rock Solid Stars

Source: PCMA.org

This industry has some of the most talented and most dedicated volunteers you’ll find any professional setting. At PCMA, we wanted to highlight some of our Board of Directors who are accomplishing much more than what’s listed in their job descriptions.

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June 04, 2014

Defying Convention: 7 Ways Convention Centers Are Changing to Stay Relevant

It used to be simple. You attended a show at a convention center, and there was the exhibit floor, perhaps a stage for speakers, and maybe a dedicated area for seminars. And that was it.

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April 04, 2014

Vancouver Convention Centre generates $1bn in five years

AMERICAS – Canada’s Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has been marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of its expanded West building facility with an infographic showing the centre generating over CAN$1bn in direct spending for the province over the period.

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April 04, 2014

TED Constructs Theater Within Ballroom

Source: Venues Today

The annual TED Conference moved to its new home at Vancouver (B.C.) Convention Centre, March 17-21, but the work to build a custom, reusable theater inside a ballroom began long before the opening date.

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