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What's New, What's Next - Vancouver


A modern city on the edge of a spectacular natural playground, Vancouver has built a reputation among delegates and planners worldwide as a premier destination for meetings and conventions – but the city is also a top draw for meeting and event professionals. Easy access, first-class hotels, exceptional cuisine, a wide range of supplier and venue options, and outstanding facilities such as our award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre are just a few of many attributes that will make the Vancouver experience unforgettable for you as well.

Discover more about Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre by taking a tour with the slideshow below (click on the images for more detail).

Vancouver Convention Centre's West Building

Vancouver Convention Centre's West Building

In 2016, the Vancouver hospitality community will welcome PCMA Convening Leaders 2016 – and we could not be more excited. See what we have in store for 2016 by attending our brunch on the last morning of PCMA Convening Leaders 2015 in Chicago. The January 10 to 13, 2016 meeting will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre – the world’s first LEED® Platinum-certified facility located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Vancouver and home to the largest non-industrial living roof in North America, as well as Canada’s largest waterfront ballroom (53,000 ft2 with five-story ceilings). Learn more.
Ty Speer, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver

Ty Speer, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver

After an extensive global search, Tourism Vancouver has appointed Ty Speer as incoming president and CEO. Earlier this summer, the Atlanta native took over the reins from Rick Antonson, who helmed the 111-year-old organization for two decades and departed in mid-June to pursue a full-time writing career. Before moving to Vancouver, Speer was deputy CEO of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Prior to that, he worked with the London 2012 Olympic organizing committee managing client partnerships and various commercial relationships. Learn more.
Aerial shot of downtown Vancouver

Aerial shot of downtown Vancouver

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our most recent awards do it for us:
  • “North America's Most Liveable City”, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Green Meeting Council’s (GMIC) ASTM/APEX “Environmentally Sustainable Event Standard for Meeting Venue and Food and Beverage” (Vancouver Convention Centre)
  • “World's Healthiest Places to Live”, TIME
  • “Top Travel Destination in Canada”, Travel + Leisure
  • “YVR: Best Airport in North America”, Skytrax World Airport Awards
  • “Stanley Park: Top Park in the World”, TripAdvisor

For a full list of awards and accolades, click here.
#SeaWheezeFam at the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon

#SeaWheezeFam at the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon

Vancouver is known for its outdoorsy-meets-innovation lifestyle, and this summer the city once again reinforced that reputation. In August, seven Chicago-based meeting planners travelled to Vancouver for an action-packed FAM trip that culminated in running the third annual lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon. In the months leading up to the race, planners joined forces in Chicago to train as a team, swap workout tips and keep each other inspired. Congratulations to everyone involved! Check out their unconventional weekend by looking up the hashtag #SeaWheezeFam.
BC Place Stadium

BC Place Stadium

Vancouver is set to host nine matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada tournament – including the gold medal game – joining Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in staging the largest women's sporting event in the world. Vancouver games will take place at BC Place Stadium (home of the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps and CFL BC Lions), which features a retractable roof (the largest of its kind in the world), and the second-largest video-board in North America. Twenty-four national teams will vie for the World Cup trophy, including London Olympic bronze medalists Team Canada. This is a place with a history of excellence in sport hosting, from regional junior tournaments to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Learn more.
Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium

Talk about a whale of an expansion. In mid-June, the Vancouver Aquarium unveiled the first phase of a massive redesign slated to take place over the next several years – and the crème de la crème is a sustainably designed, state-of-the-art addition that nearly doubles the existing gallery space and can accommodate up to 2,400 people for meetings, events and special occasions. New meetings-friendly areas include the Teck Connections Gallery, which features 360-degree programmable digital screens among other business-focused amenities; a 140-seat amphitheatre in the Teck Engagement Gallery (lower level) ideal for presentations, lectures, large conferences and public programs; and an outdoor courtyard and café perfectly suited to cocktail receptions. Learn more.
Aerial view of Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre

Aerial view of Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver is distinguished by a dynamic, highly diversified urban economy with growing knowledge-based sectors and strong global linkages. The city’s unsurpassed universities, numerous centres of excellence, leading research facilities and teaching hospitals make for an ideal destination in which your delegates can collaborate within their field of expertise. Key industry sectors include life sciences, digital media, information and communications technology, forestry, fishing and mining. Vancouver consistently ranks at the top of The Economist’s annual Business Trip Index, so it is no surprise the city is home to international corporations from Hootsuite, lululemon, Goldcorp, Lionsgate Entertainment, EA Sports, Stemcell Technologies, Jim Pattison and Teekay Shipping.
Canada's Largest Waterfront Ballroom

Canada's Largest Waterfront Ballroom

Breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas, soaring ceilings, and dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The Vancouver Convention Centre is designed to inspire. At the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre, meetings will not only take place in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, but the facility itself has been designed from top to bottom to open minds and feed imaginations. Just imagine your informal meeting, registration or networking reception in an open space with windows and views that are second to none. With 466,500 ft² of function space, including 150,000 ft² of pre-function space, the possibilities are endless for extraordinary events of all shapes and sizes at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Learn more about the Vancouver Convention Centre here.
TED's 30th anniversary conference in Vancouver (2014)

TED's 30th anniversary conference in Vancouver (2014)

There’s just something about Vancouver that continues to draw global events to the city. TED Curator Chris Anderson calls that something “Vancouver’s factor X.” TED selected Vancouver for its 30th anniversary conference after surveying a number of possible cities. In March 2014, Vancouver welcomed 1,800 of the world’s most influential people in technology, entertainment and design for TED2014 – the first time this massive meeting of global minds took place outside the US. The LEED® Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to be the home base again for TED in 2015. With its unconventional design, flexible function space, and waterfront setting, coupled with the proximity of world-class hotels, the Centre offers an intimate and inspirational setting for the world’s thought leaders.