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April 15 2013

Future Convening Leaders Host Cities



Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org 

CHICAGO, Illinois, April 15, 2013 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today that the cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Austin, Texas have been selected to host the 2016 and 2017 Convening Leaders annual meetings, respectively.

Convening Leaders is PCMA’s January flagship event, featuring education designed for the meeting industry’s leading meeting professionals. By annually raising their own bar, through innovation and risk taking, PCMA has grown the meeting from approximately 2900 attendees in 2006 to more than 3700 in 2011-2013, a 27% increase. Each January, participants look to Convening Leaders to fuel their own meeting innovation for the year ahead.

The January 10-13, 2016 meeting will be held at the LEED Platinum certified Vancouver Convention Centre, located on the waterfront at Canada Place in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The centre is home to largest non-industrial green roof in North America and the Olympic Legacy Display with a full set of Olympic and Paralympic medals and torches from the 2010 Games.

The January 8-11, 2017 meeting will be held at the LEED Gold certified Austin Convention Center, located in downtown Austin and steps away from the renowned entertainment district – made famous by the annual SXSW event. The center is a gigabit rated building and continues to lead the industry with high tech capabilities and services.

“Convening Leaders is the premier meeting industry event,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA. “Our participants and partners attend this event to not only learn and network, but also to experience locations for their future meetings. We are excited about Convening Leaders going to Vancouver and Austin for the first time as each city has its own unique attributes and vibe and will be of extreme interest to PCMA’s diverse audiences.”



About Professional Convention Management Association 

PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.