Media Releases

30
Nov

SHAW CENTRE HONOURED TO RECEIVE OBAA SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Ottawa, Ontario November 30, 2016 – The Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) is the most recognized industry gala in the province with a single focus on celebrating business success and last night, Ottawa’s Shaw Centre was among those honoured. Organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the OBAAs have been a tradition for over 30…

Ottawa, Ontario November 30, 2016 – The Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) is the most recognized industry gala in the province with a single focus on celebrating business success and last night, Ottawa’s Shaw Centre was among those honoured. Organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the OBAAs have been a tradition for over 30 years, honouring achievements in key areas including sustainability, innovation, market expansion and exporting.

Shaw Centre was proud to be nominated for the Service Excellence Award which recognizes a company whose dedication to customer service has led to business success. “To achieve this honour in our fifth year of operation makes the award even more meaningful, and I know that our success stems directly from the hard work of every Shaw Centre colleague”, explains Shaw Centre’s President and CEO, Nina Kressler. “They truly are the heart and soul of our business. They are the ones who make exceptional customer experiences happen every day.”

Kressler’s praise for colleagues is echoed by General Manager Loretta Briard. “Every member of our team hits the floor every morning ready to cater to guests’ every need, whether serving them directly out on the floor, working behind the scenes, keeping our facility spotless, or handling deliveries at our loading dock,” says Briard. “In a business as large and complex as ours, it’s a carefully-orchestrated dance where everyone plays a starring role to give our clients the best show possible.”
Kressler adds that Shaw Centre has recently implemented a number of customer service enhancement programs which add to the Centre’s ability to support guests and make a positive impact in the community. “I believe key contributors to us receiving this award include such amenities as our new complimentary cell charging stations, pashminas for cold guests, flat shoes for those with tired feet, complimentary reading glasses and our well-received survival kits which are given to meeting planners upon arrival,” she says.

In addition to exceptional customer service, Shaw Centre’s emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility resonates deeply with clients. Participating as a founding member of Mealshare Ottawa allows clients to feed delegates and help put an end to youth hunger at the same time. The innovative ‘Leave a Legacy’ program makes it easy for guests to pay it forward with what they are leaving behind; the Shaw Centre team will organize to have anything left over from an event delivered to a local charity. The new Tablée des Chefs program offers clients the option to have surplus food from their event donated it to people in need. As well, an in-kind sponsorship program for charities holding their events at Shaw Centre reduces operational costs through complementary menu upgrades, discounts on space rental and more.

The OBAA Service Excellence Award comes on the heels of other accolades for Shaw Centre, which was recently awarded a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence, celebrating hospitality businesses continually deliver a top quality customer experience. Shaw Centre was also honoured at the 2014 international AIPC APEX Awards where it tied for second place for the title of best Convention Centre in the world, based on client ratings.

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For additional information or photos please contact:

Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications, Centre Shaw Centre
613.668.8220 scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

 

ABOUT SHAW CENTRE

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening its doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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12
Jul

SHAW CENTRE PARTNERS WITH MEALSHARE OTTAWA TO TACKLE YOUTH HUNGER

Ottawa, ON July 12, 2016 – The Shaw Centre is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a founding supporter of Mealshare Ottawa, the local chapter of a national charity working to end youth hunger. Shaw Centre has committed $5000 towards Mealshare’s startup costs until the Ottawa unit reaches self-sufficiency in late 2017….

Ottawa, ON July 12, 2016 – The Shaw Centre is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a founding supporter of Mealshare Ottawa, the local chapter of a national charity working to end youth hunger. Shaw Centre has committed $5000 towards Mealshare’s startup costs until the Ottawa unit reaches self-sufficiency in late 2017.

 

The Centre has also opted to extend its involvement as it prepares to launch its exciting new menu by giving meeting organizers the opportunity, when planning their event, to not only select meals for their delegates but also provide meals to youth in need through Mealshare. This support will in turn contribute to growing the program to provide even more meals to disadvantaged youth in the future.

 

“When Mealshare invited us to help with their Ottawa launch, we didn’t hesitate to say yes,” says Nina Kressler, President of the Shaw Centre. “Theirs is an exceptional model for a charity and they have a proven track record of success, having made tremendous strides towards eradicating youth hunger. We are optimistic that with the support of many of our generous clients who will appreciate the option to assist Mealshare Ottawa, we will collaboratively be able to deliver great dividends to this innovative program. We are so pleased to be able to help this charity in a meaningful way.”

 

“Having the support of a large organization like the Shaw Centre is incredibly important for Mealshare as we establish ourselves in Ottawa,” explains Mealshare co-founder Jeremy Bryant. “The Centre’s generous financial support will enable us to start distributing meals to youth in need more quickly. In addition, having the Shaw Centre facilitate donations from its clients means so many more people will become aware of the important charitable work we are doing. We are so grateful that the Centre recognizes the effectiveness and potential of Mealshare in Ottawa.”

 

The funds collected locally by Mealshare through the generosity of sponsors and participating restaurants are being allocated to Operation Come Home.  Across Canada, Mealshare works with organizations that help kids experience transformative change and break the cycle of poverty. Locally, Mealshare hopes to have more than two dozen participating restaurants in Ottawa by Labour Day.

“Everyone at the Shaw Centre is impressed by how Mealshare is creating a movement by making giving as easy as possible and we are excited to help them continue their good work,” adds Nina.

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For additional information or photos please contact:

Sylvie Carbonneau

Director of Marketing and Communications, Centre Shaw Centre

613.668.8220

scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

 

About Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening its doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

About Mealshare

Mealshare is a non-profit organization which was launched in July 2013 in Calgary, and then quickly expanded across Canada. Its mission is to end youth hunger. Currently, Mealshare is partnered with over 250+ food service organizations in 30 communities. To date, Mealshare has provided over 765,000 meals to those in need. To learn more, please visit www.mealshare.ca.

11
Jul

SHAW CENTRE WELCOMES PUBLIC TO VISIT TRAVELLING TECHOLOGY DISPLAY

Ottawa, Ontario July 11, 2016 – As befits its stature as one of Ottawa’s most iconic buildings, the Shaw Centre plays host to a wide range of local, national and international events every year. Now in its fifth year of operations, in 2016 the Centre will be home to a fascinating exhibit mounted by the…

Ottawa, Ontario July 11, 2016 – As befits its stature as one of Ottawa’s most iconic buildings, the Shaw Centre plays host to a wide range of local, national and international events every year. Now in its fifth year of operations, in 2016 the Centre will be home to a fascinating exhibit mounted by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and members of the public are encouraged to drop by for a visit.
The travelling exhibit was created with the support of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP); it highlights a sampling of the wide range and exceptional quality of Canadian inventiveness and industry. Through a series of informative panels, visitors will learn about two unique Canadian technologies that have advanced from prototype to market through assistance from BCIP. They are underwater laser scanners from 2G Robotics out of Waterloo, ON and a sunlight distribution system for buildings from SunCentral Systems Inc. in Richmond, BC.
The underwater laser scanners are now used globally in diverse applications, from oceanic pipeline maintenance to ice sheet research. Parks Canada used a 2G Robotics unit to scan the recently-discovered wreck of the HMS Erebus as part of Mission Erebus and Terror 2015 in Victoria Strait, Nunavut. ‘Harvesting Sunlight’ showcases the innovative sunlight distribution system in use to beautifully illuminate Timber Hall at the Canadian embassy in Berlin, Germany.
The Shaw Centre invites the public to visit this informative exhibit, for which there is no charge, from July 4th to September 23rd in its Colonel By Foyer North (just left of the Centre’s main entrance off Colonel By Drive).
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About Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening its doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of the three museums comprising the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which is responsible for preserving Canada’s scientific and technological heritage and promoting and sharing knowledge about it. The three Museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the transformation of Canada. For more information please visit cstmuseum.techno-science.ca.
About Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)
The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps Canadian companies move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the lab to the marketplace. Through this program, the Government of Canada buys pre-commercial innovative goods and services for testing in real-world settings by government departments. Innovations are evaluated and become pre-qualified for potential contracts through a competitive Call for Proposals process. www.buyandsell.gc.ca/innovation
For additional information or photos please contact:
Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications, Centre Shaw Centre
613.668.8220
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com
Caroline Boutin
Media Relations Officer Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
613.410.5943

cboutin@techno-science.ca

31
May

SHAW CENTRE EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – MAY 31, 2016 – Shaw Centre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the…

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – MAY 31, 2016 – Shaw Centre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“It’s never easy to stay relevant in a competitive and ever-changing market” said Nina Kressler, President and CEO of Shaw Centre. “We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and constant innovation. Staying a leader is the fruits of the hard work of all colleagues who go above and beyond, with a close collaboration and support from our loyal customers.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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About Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

 

 

For additional information, please contact:

 

Sylvie Carbonneau

Director of Marketing and Communications

613.688.8220

scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

Trip Advisor

17
May

Shaw Centre’s donation program continues to shine

With the help of the Shaw Centre, Pharmasave has made a generous donation to the Ottawa Food Bank and Cornerstone, a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women.

Ottawa, Ontario May 17, 2016 – With the help of the Shaw Centre, Pharmasave has made a generous donation to the Ottawa Food Bank and Cornerstone, a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women. As part of the Leave a Legacy Program launched earlier this year, Shaw Centre employees packaged up the equivalent of a 27-foot (8.2 metres) truck of household products, clothing, personal hygiene and toiletry items at the end of Pharmasave’s 2016 National Conference and Buying Show.

“While organizations that hold events at the Shaw Centre are under no obligation to participate in our new Leave a Legacy Program, most are quite impressed when we explain it to them,” says the Centre’s president, Nina Kressler. “Companies are often looking for different ways to give back to the community and are delighted to learn that we can facilitate the donation of useable items to the local charities of their choice.”
“Our National Conference and Buying Show offered a chance for Pharmasave’s community drugstore owners and staff to connect and forge stronger business relationships with both peers and suppliers. We enjoyed celebrating Pharmasave’s 35th Anniversary as Canada’s Community Pharmacy in the beautiful Nation’s Capital, and at the same time, were able to explore and enjoy what Ottawa has to offer. Being able to make a positive impact in Ottawa at the conclusion of our event is something everyone at Pharmasave feels really good about,” notes Steve Thompson, National Director, Merchandising. “Giving back to the community is core to Pharmasave so this donation is a perfect fit for us.”
Several other significant donations have already taken place in 2016 as a result of the Centre’s Leave a Legacy Program, including the distribution of over 100,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to the Ottawa and Gatineau Food Banks at the end of the Loblaw national conference. After the Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto show, almost 20,000 square metres of gently-used carpeting was donated to the Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa ReStore.
“With one emergency shelter and three housing facilities, generous donations from the community are extremely helpful. A contribution of this magnitude is very meaningful as we work to develop new opportunities for women take hold of their futures”, adds Sue Garvey, Executive Director. “Personal hygiene and toiletry items are always needed and very much appreciated by our residents. We are all grateful for Pharmasave’s generosity and the kindness of the Shaw Centre volunteers who made this donation possible.”
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About Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
For additional information, please contact:

Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications
Centre Shaw Centre 613.688.8220
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

22
Mar

SHAW CENTRE’S NEW DONATION PROGRAM MAKING AN IMPACT IN OTTAWA

Ottawa, Ontario March 22, 2016 – The Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show has made a generous donation to Ottawa East Habitat for Humanity ReStore. At the conclusion of the four day show which brought close to 300 cars and thousands of visitors to the Shaw Centre, almost 20,000 square feet of gently-used carpeting from the Auto…

Ottawa, Ontario March 22, 2016 – The Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show has made a generous donation to Ottawa East Habitat for Humanity ReStore. At the conclusion of the four day show which brought close to 300 cars and thousands of visitors to the Shaw Centre, almost 20,000 square feet of gently-used carpeting from the Auto Show was donated to the store, which sells a wide range of new and used building materials. Proceeds from the store help finance the important work being done by the local Habitat for Humanity office.
“People can expect to see more donations like this being facilitated by our team at the Shaw Centre,” explained the Centre’s President, Nina Kressler. “This is a new program the Shaw Centre is offering to clients. It’s quite simple: host your event here and leave a legacy for the community. After your event is over, if you choose, Shaw Centre colleagues will ensure whatever salvageable materials you leave behind are delivered to your charity of choice. It’s a perfect complement to our comprehensive waste management and recycling programs which have been in place since the Centre opened.”
The Donation Program stems from the success of the recent Loblaw national conference. At its conclusion, Shaw Centre staff members packaged up over 100,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food which was donated to Ottawa and Gatineau Food Banks. “These opportunities to help out in our community are important to everyone at the Shaw Centre and we are delighted to help our clients make a positive impact in the Ottawa area as well,” added Kressler.
“We are pleased to donate this briefly-used carpeting to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore as part of our commitment to incorporate eco-friendly features into the Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show,” said show producer Peter Ginsberg. “Not only does this help raise money to support the good work being done by Habitat for Humanity, it also means that the carpet will be useful to whomever purchases it and at the same time it will keep a huge amount of material out of the landfill.”
“Donations such as this one from the Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show are vital to the success of our ReStores,” said Myrna Beattie, manager of the Ottawa East ReStore. “Donors who provide quality building and finishing materials for us to sell enable us to help support our local Habitat for Humanity office as they work to finance and plan local home building projects. It takes a vast network of donors and volunteers to provide more families in our community with safe, decent and affordable housing so we are very grateful for the support of the Auto Show and the Shaw Centre.”
The donation was coordinated by the Shaw Centre and facilitated by one of its official suppliers, Freeman Expositions, Inc. Freeman supplied the labour to remove the carpet from the venue, then packaged and delivered it to one of its warehouses where it will be picked up by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

About Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of
Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new
larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw
Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a
state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings,
consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by
the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has
hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario.
The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
About the Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show
The Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto show transforms the Shaw Centre into a car-lovers paradise for four days
every March. In 2016, the Cruising in the Capital show displayed cars and trucks from 30 automotive brands that
ranged from the everyday to the aspirational. It also featured a motorcycle showcase and automotive accessories
marketplace.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada is committed to helping low-income families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. We
believe that every Canadian deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home, yet today more than 1.3 million
Canadian families struggle without access to adequate housing. Habitat for Humanity Canada’s mission is to eradicate
this crisis by mobilizing volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promoting homeownership
as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
About Freeman Expositions, Inc.
The events planning company stages thousands of conventions, corporate meetings, expositions, and trade shows
every year and prepares exhibits for its clients. Its operations include event design and production, stage rigging,
market research analysis, social media branding strategy, translations services, and electrical services. The company’s
Concierge Elite application allows clients to track and update their freight deliveries from their mobile device or PC.
Freeman was founded by D.S. “Buck” Freeman in 1927; the company is owned by the Freeman family (including
chairman Donald Freeman) and company employees.
For additional information, please contact:
Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications
Centre Shaw Centre
613.668.8220
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

19
Feb

OTTAWA’S SHAW CENTRE AND LOBLAW SERVE UP HUGE FOOD DONATION

Ottawa, Ontario February 18, 2016 –The Shaw Centre and Loblaw Companies Ltd. have made a huge contribution to the National Capital Region’s food banks. Last week, at the conclusion of Loblaw’s national conference held at the Shaw Centre, volunteers spent several days packaging up enough perishable and non-perishable food to fill four 53-foot trailers. The…

Ottawa, Ontario February 18, 2016 –The Shaw Centre and Loblaw Companies Ltd. have made a huge contribution to the National Capital Region’s food banks. Last week, at the conclusion of Loblaw’s national conference held at the Shaw Centre, volunteers spent several days packaging up enough perishable and non-perishable food to fill four 53-foot trailers. The 104,437 pounds (47,471 kg) of food delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank and Gatineau’s Moisson Outaouais represents the single biggest donation ever received by area food banks and according to Statistics Canada metrics is worth almost $275,000. In addition to the truckloads of food, Loblaw’s discount division previously donated 7,500 bags of most-needed items to the food banks.
“We were so proud to participate in this important donation,” said Nina Kressler, President of the Centre, who was part of the army of volunteers sorting and packaging the food. “While hosting events at the Shaw Centre contributes in many ways to the region’s economy, everyone here was pleased to be a part of this project, particularly as we know it can be very difficult for food banks to meet demands during the winter.”
“We were truly overwhelmed with the generosity of Loblaw, its vendors and the Shaw Centre,” noted Michael Maidment, executive director of the Ottawa Food Bank. “The amount of food that arrived was so much greater than anticipated that we had to utilize extra space at a local storage facility to temporarily hold some of it until we could get it distributed to our 140 partner organizations. This food will go a long way to help people in need across the city.”
“We were so grateful as we watched our nearly-empty warehouse fill up last week,” added Sonia Latulippe, Executive Director of Moisson Outaouais. “In fact, so much food arrived that we had to ask Club Piscine, a neighbouring business, to store 38 skids of the non-perishable goods for us. We are eager to redistribute this high quality bounty with the outreach community organisations that are part of our network in the fight against hunger across the Outaouais region – it will help us sustain many families in the months ahead.”
In addition to orchestrating this major food donation, the Shaw Centre has also prepared a booklet to be made available at area food banks, providing valuable nutrition tips and easy to prepare recipes featuring common staples available to food bank clients. The booklet is available for all to enjoy at http://www.shaw-centre.com/stretching-your-food-budget/
About Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario.
The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
About Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank is the Region’s central food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for 50,000 people per month, 37 per cent of whom were children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is shipped from its Michael Street warehouse each and every weekday. For more information on how the Ottawa Food Bank helps its neighbours get beyond hunger, or to make a secure online donation, please visit: www.ottawafoodbank.ca
About Moisson Outaouais
The Moisson Outaouais, in partnership with its affiliated agencies throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region, ensures food security for those who live in harsh economic and social conditions. Within the very heart of a vast mutual aid network, their vision is to be a regional leader in their mission to guarantee food security while fostering the development of initiatives that promote the food self-sufficiency for all. Thousands of people access food aid services each month to meet their food needs, one third of whom are children. Hunger jeopardizes their growth, health and learning capacities. www.MoissonOutaouais.com
For additional information or photos please contact:
Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications
Centre Shaw Centre
613.668.8220
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

9
Feb

Ottawa’s Shaw Centre teams up with Loblaw to feed those in need

Ottawa, Ontario February 9, 2016 –The Shaw Centre and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are about to make a huge contribution to the National Capital Region’s food banks. At the end of a three-day conference taking place at the Shaw Centre, Loblaw is donating the equivalent of approximately three 53-foot trailers filled with perishable and non-perishable food…

Ottawa, Ontario February 9, 2016 –The Shaw Centre and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are about to make a huge contribution to the National Capital Region’s food banks. At the end of a three-day conference taking place at the Shaw Centre, Loblaw is donating the equivalent of approximately three 53-foot trailers filled with perishable and non-perishable food items to both the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais.  This is in addition to the 7,500 bags of most-needed items donated earlier this week by Loblaw’s discount division.

An army of volunteers from the Shaw Centre will be involved in packaging up the food each day from February 7-10 to ensure it is donated and distributed as promptly as possible. We are inviting local media to join us at the Shaw Centre while we are packing the food from 7:30 to 10:30 am on February 10. Representatives from the Shaw Centre, Moisson Outaouais and the Ottawa Food Bank will be present and available for interviews.

“The Shaw Centre is so pleased to host Loblaw’s conference,” says Nina Kressler, President of the Centre. “While our venue hosts many significant corporate events each year, this one is particularly special for us as it is also giving us a unique opportunity to make an important contribution to our region’s most vulnerable individuals and families, in the form of this large food donation from Loblaw and more than 100 participating vendors .”

“We are incredibly grateful for this thoughtful and generous contribution,” confirms Michael Maidment, executive director of the Ottawa Food Bank. “In the winter months, it is particularly challenging for us to meet the needs of our nearly 50,000 clients so this donation from Loblaw, its vendors and the Shaw Centre will make a real difference in our community.”

“This wonderful collaboration between Loblaw and the Shaw Centre will enable Moisson Outaouais to better support the thousands of people who rely on us for food aid each month,” added Sonia Latulippe, Executive Director of Moisson Outaouais.

In addition to orchestrating this major food donation, the Shaw Centre has also prepared a booklet to be made available at area food banks, providing valuable nutrition tips and easy to prepare recipes featuring common staples available to food bank clients.

 

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About the Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events.  The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC).  Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario. The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

About the Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank is the Region’s central food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for 50,000 people per month, 37 per cent of whom were children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is shipped from its Michael Street warehouse each and every weekday. For more information on how the Ottawa Food Bank helps its neighbours get beyond hunger, or to make a secure online donation, please visit: www.ottawafoodbank.ca

About Moisson Outaouais

The Moisson Outaouais, in partnership with its affiliated agencies throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region, ensures food security for those who live in harsh economic and social conditions. Within the very heart of a vast mutual aid network, their vision is to be a regional leader in their mission to guarantee food security while fostering the development of initiatives that promote the food self-sufficiency for all. Thousands of people access food aid services each month to meet their food needs, one third of whom are children. Hunger jeopardizes their growth, health and learning capacities. www.MoissonOutaouais.com

 

For additional information please contact:

Sylvie Carbonneau

Director of Marketing and Communications

Centre Shaw Centre

613.668.8220

scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

6
Jul

Shaw Centre Appoints New President and CEO

OTTAWA – The Board of Directors of Shaw Centre announced today the appointment of Nina Kressler as President and CEO, effective June 1, 2015.  This unanimous appointment follows a rigorous national search to find the leader best suited to guide Shaw Centre in its next chapter of growth as Canada’s Meeting Place.

“During this time of transformation there is no better person to lead Shaw Centre than Nina Kressler. We are very impressed with her extensive sales and marketing experience, depth of knowledge of the convention industry, her passion and her business acumen.  We are very confident that Nina will continue to lead us in achieving our vision of “Inspired People Creating Extraordinary Events”, said Marc Seaman, Chair Shaw Centre Board of Directors.

With an impressive background in hotel and convention centre operations and sales leadership, Nina joined the Shaw Centre team in October 2013 as General Manager of the Centre’s Food and Facilities operation managed by Aramark Canada. Nina began her career with the Sheraton Halifax Hotel as Director of Sales & Marketing, and moved on to senior sales, marketing and operations roles with the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, as well as the Casino Nova Scotia & Hotel in Halifax. Just prior to joining the Shaw Centre, Nina held the position of Vice President Business Development for the Toronto Congress Centre, where her performance driven approach had a demonstrable impact on significantly increasing its business volumes.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for the opportunity to work with the Shaw Centre team, stakeholders and partners as we take the Centre to the next level where it will make even greater contributions to the economic health of this tremendous city, supporting Ottawa Tourism’s efforts to continue positioning it as a key tourism destination. Their confidence in me will only serve to strengthen my passion and drive to succeed in this exciting arena and I look forward to bringing my vision for the Shaw Centre to life”, said Ms. Kressler.

About Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983.  With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, a brand new facility was constructed from 2009-2011, and was renamed the Ottawa Convention Centre, opening in April 2011.  In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered in a 10 year partnership, rebranding the OCC as the Shaw Centre.  The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre and was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC).

The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario

 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau, Director, Marketing & Communications
W: 613.688.8220
C : 613.327.0916
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

27
Jan

Shaw Centre Announces Departure of CEO

Ottawa, January 9, 2015– Marc Seaman, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Shaw Centre has announced the departure of President and CEO Patrick Kelly effective March 31, 2015.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to thank Pat for his contribution to our success in the convention industry. Pat was instrumental in the establishment, construction and operations of our Centre since he took on the challenge in March 2007” said Mr. Seaman.“As our founding CEO, Pat has successfully completed his mandate and he has led a team effort to position the Shaw Centre and Ottawa as a world class convention destination for generations to come. Now is an appropriate time for the Board to move to the next phase of our development with an enhanced focus on national and international marketing, under a renewed direction and mandate”.

“I would like to thank the past and present Board of Directors for the extraordinary opportunity of leading the development and opening of the Shaw Centre. I would also like to thank the superb team at the Shaw Centre for all of their support and dedication during our remarkable journey. I am proud of what our team has accomplished during the past several years, and I’m excited with the future growth prospects for the Centre and Ottawa as a national and global convention destination. I wish the Board and the Shaw Centre team all the very best as they continue to build upon the reputation of “Canada’s Meeting Place”, said Mr. Kelly.

“The Board is pleased that Pat has agreed to stay on for three months and facilitate an orderly transition. A CEO search committee of the Board has been struck and a process to replace Mr. Kelly is underway”, added Mr. Seaman.

About Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983.  With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, a brand new facility was constructed from 2009-2011, and was renamed the Ottawa Convention Centre, opening in April 2011.  In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered in a 10 year partnership, rebranding the OCC as the Shaw Centre.  The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre and was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC).

The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau, Director, Marketing & Communications
W: 613.688.8220
C : 613.327.0916
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

19
Dec

Shaw Centre awarded multi-year contract

Ottawa – December 18,2014 – The Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre), a state of the art facility situated in the core of downtown Ottawa, announced today it has been awarded a multi-year contract providing the location where the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) will hold its AGM and annual conference from 2018-2020.

AMO is already signed for 2017, making Shaw Centre its home for four consecutive years.

The contract was awarded to Shaw Centre based on its proven capabilities to handle large-scale events,  enhanced client experiences, innovative solutions and an unwavering commitment to helping clients achieve their goals. Canada’s Meeting Place will support AMO’s mandate to promote the value of the municipal level of government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

More than 1,200 delegates are expected to attend these events, where the focus will be to present the latest on current and emerging Ontario municipal interests.

“Choosing the right venue can make or break an event and is often the most challenging part of event planning. We felt the Shaw Centre was receptive to our needs and had our best interest at heart. They are obviously experts in their field and this makes us confident our events will be successful, “ said Nancy Plumridge, Director of Administration and Business Development.

“This important multi-year contract strengthens our business relationship with AMO and we are delighted with the opportunity to once again host this prestigious conference at the Shaw Centre. It is an honour to be awarded the conference for four consecutive years and it speaks volumes to the quality of the experience our guests have come to expect and appreciate when doing business in Ottawa,” said Shaw Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly.

About Shaw Centre

A bold, modern design, bright naturally-lit interior with magnificent views, the Shaw Centre offers an unparalleled, environmentally-responsible setting for Ottawa conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibits – large and small. Its 100 ft. / 31 m. high sweeping window façade faces the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Parliament Hill. The LEED Gold certified facility was runner-up for the title of World’s Best Convention Centre, an award handed out on July 1 by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

About Association of Municipalities Ontario

AMO is an organisation that supports and enhances strong and effective government in Ontario. It  develops policy positions and reports on issues of general interest to municipal governments; conducts ongoing liaison with provincial government elected and non-elected representatives; informs and educates governments, the media and the public on municipal issues; markets innovative and beneficial services to the municipal sector; and maintains a resource centre on issues of municipal interest. The Association’s Annual Meeting is held in August and is combined with a comprehensive conference program.

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau, Director, Marketing & Communications
(613)-688-8220
scarbonneau@shaw-centre.com

16
Oct

The Ottawa Convention Centre And Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement

OTTAWA, October 16, 2014 – The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc. announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately.

Shaw Centre to showcase Shaw Go WiFi service

OTTAWA, October 16, 2014 – The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc. announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately.

“This exciting relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions marketplace,” said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. “Over the coming decade, the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada’s leading brands and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a world class convention facility.”

“We are privileged to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year,” said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. “The Shaw Centre reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers, communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation’s capital. We are honoured to be a partner of one of the world’s greatest convention venues.”

“We are delighted to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with them,” said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. “Over the coming weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients, stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian and international markets.”

This agreement will allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada’s premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw’s strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.

The partnership will provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands, products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi – Shaw’s carrier-grade wifi network – throughout the building with complimentary access available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.

In the coming months, the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across all communications platforms.

The Shaw Centre will continue to use ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’ as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada’s Capital. Shaw has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.

About Shaw Centre

A bold, modern design, bright naturally-lit interior with magnificent views, the Shaw Centre offers an unparalleled, environmentally-responsible setting for Ottawa conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibits – large and small. Its 100 ft. / 31 m. high sweeping window façade faces the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Parliament Hill. The LEED Gold certified facility was runner-up for the title of World’s Best Convention Centre, an award handed out on July 1 by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.2 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau, Director, Marketing & Communications
(613)-688-8220
scarbonneau@ottawaconventioncentre.com

Shaw Communications Inc.
Chethan Lakshman, VP, External Affairs
(403) 930-8448
chethan.lakshman@sjrb.ca
9
Jul

Ottawa Convention Centre Named Runner-up as “World’s Best Convention Centre”

Ottawa, July 9, 2014. Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) finished in a tie for second place for the title of World’s Best Convention Centre, an award handed out on July 1 by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC).

The OCC was amongst 27 qualified finalists vying for the award at the 2014 AIPC Annual Conference in Berlin, Germany. The Cairns Convention Centre (Australia) won the title, followed closely by the Ottawa Convention Centre and the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.

“To be named a runner up, after just three years of operation against the stiffest competition of major convention centres in the world is truly remarkable”, said OCC Board of Directors Chair Marc Seaman. “This is a major step towards increasing the brand awareness of the OCC and Ottawa within our national and international markets.”

The AIPC Apex Award is presented bi-annually on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of convention centre performance based on customer satisfaction surveys. An independent evaluation process carried out by Ipsos, a recognized international market research company, ensures an objective analysis of the data which addresses all areas of convention centre performance and management.Finalists included convention centres from Canada, Australia, United States, South Africa, Japan, Ireland, Austria and France.

“The Apex award is one of the most prestigious titles in the world for our industry” said OCC President & CEO Pat Kelly. “To be recognized as one of the very best convention centres in the world, and knowing that the results are based exclusively on client feedback, is extremely gratifying to our entire OCC team. It reflects our vision of Inspired People Creating Extraordinary Events, and I couldn’t be prouder of our OCC colleagues. On behalf of the OCC team and our Team Ottawa partners, I’d like to congratulate our colleagues at the Cairns Convention Centre, a truly remarkable facility, and also recognize the Palais des Congrès de Montréalfor their excellent showing in the APEX competition.”

“Being named a finalist and runner up in the AIPC APEX Awards is a tremendously impressive achievement for the Ottawa Convention Centre, especially after being in operation for a few short years after opening their beautiful new facility” remarked Geoff Donaghy, President, AIPC. “AIPC represents over 170 of the world’s best convention centres. Your current and future clients, in Ottawa and Canada should be proud to learn it is home to one of the world’s best facilities dedicated to excellence in convention centre management.”

In 2012, OCC achieved AIPC Gold Certification for excellence in facility management and operations, and LEED Gold accreditation for sustainable construction and operations.
“The Ottawa Convention Centre has been a key tourism asset for the city since its opening in 2011,” says Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “It is not only integral to our success in attracting national and international conferences to Canada’s capital; it’s a jewel in our skyline as well.”

Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

AboutOttawa Convention Centre – Canada’s Meeting Place

A bold, modern design, bright naturally-lit interior with magnificent views…the Ottawa Convention Centre offers an unparalleled, environmentally-responsible setting for Ottawa conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibits – large and small. Its 100 ft. / 31 m. high sweeping window façade faces the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Parliament Hill.

  • 192,000 sq. ft. / 17,837 sq. m. of usable space
  • 28 meeting rooms in maximum configuration
  • 55,741 sq. ft. / 5,178 sq. m. multipurpose hall with capacity 6,260 theatre-style, 4,600 banquet style
  • 19,032 sq. ft. / 1,768 sq. m. ballroom with view of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill
  • crEATe kitchen studio – createkitchen.ca

About the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)

The AIPC was founded in 1958 and represents a global network of over 170 leading centres in 54 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals worldwide. It is committed to encouraging and recognizing excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international representation, and maintains a variety of educational, research, networking and standards programs to achieve this. AIPC also celebrates and promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development and enhancing global relations amongst highly diverse business and cultural interests.

The World’s Best Congress Centre award initiative was created in 2000 and currently represents the highest international distinction for quality and excellence in conference centre management.

For more information contact:
Pat Kelly
President & CEO
613-688-8208
pkelly@ottawaconventioncentre.com

Paul Keogh
Senior Vice-President, Sales & Client Service
613-688-8210
pkeogh@ottawaconventioncentre.com

12
May

Ottawa Convention Centre Added $101 Million To Ottawa’s Economy In 2012

OTTAWA, ON–May 13, 2013 The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) attracted 54,400 out of town visitors that boosted Ottawa’s economy by approximately $101 million in 2012, according to an economic impact study conducted by Ipsos Reid.

Commissioned by OCC, the study analyzed spending on the 57 OCC conventions and tradeshows held in 2012 that drew at least 25 percent of participants from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The $101 million in direct spending includes:

•    $78 million in attendee spending
•    $16 million in exhibitor spending
•    $7 million in production spending

Some of the events, including international and national conferences, that contributed to this economic impact for 2012 include:

•    NHL All- Star Weekend
•    Evolution 2012 Conference
•    IEEE – International Conference on Communications 2012
•    Liberal Party of Canada
•    Associations of Municipalities of Ontario
•    Pharmasave National Conference & Buying Show

The study found these conventions and tradeshows attracted more than 47,000 delegates and attendees from outside Ottawa and nearly 5,900 staff members that represented more than 1,500 non-local exhibitors. These events also generated tax revenues for the federal and provincial reserves estimated at more than $38 million.

“This report reconfirms OCC as a major contributor to Ottawa’s economy and a key partner to local businesses,” said OCC President and CEO, Patrick Kelly. “From our beautiful downtown hub, exhibitors and guests enjoy easy access to hotels, shops and restaurants, eager to spend time and money in our spectacular city.”

The heightened economic activity will continue this week as OCC hosts Rendez-vous Canada, a tourism showcase drawing 1,500 international industry leaders to the Nation’s Capital.  This event is expected to bring in more than $3 million to the Ottawa economy in direct spending—and to further reinforce the claim that the new OCC is Canada’s Meeting Place.

OCC Awarded International Distinctions for Performance and Environmental Sustainability

Following its opening year, Ottawa Convention Centre also earned two international distinctions in management performance and sustainable building development and operations.

OCC received the International Association of Congress Centres Quality Standards Gold Certification—a distinction shared by just 21 convention centres worldwide. This award reflects superior achievement in ten key performance areas, such as customer service, health and safety, employee relations, community relations and environmental responsibility.

OCC also earned LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. This internationally recognized designation reflects exceptional benchmarks for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.  Environmental sustainability is a significant marketing feature in the meetings and conventions industry, and a powerful attribute of modern, progressive conventions centres worldwide.

“These distinctions demonstrate the exceptional quality of both the building and the people working within it,” said OCC Chair, Jim Durrell. “We’re very proud of both the AIPC and the LEED recognition. It was always our goal in planning for the new OCC that we would stand out in a world market, particularly with our location in the nation’s capital. We appreciate the concerted efforts of our dedicated colleagues out front and behind the scenes.”

With a busy slate of spring and summer events that includes Rendez-vous Canada as well as a Wizard’s Tower tournament, a conference for photon fanciers and a global gathering for bird conservationists, to name just a few, the OCC will continue to work towards the next  successful year as Canada’s Meeting Place.

About the Ottawa Convention Centre
A bold, modern structure that boasts a naturally bright interior and magnificent view, the Ottawa Convention Centre offers an environmentally responsible setting and unparalleled support for organizations planning conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibitions, large and small. Its sweeping window façade overlooks the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and Parliament Hill. OCC provides 192,000 square feet (17,837 square metres) of usable space, including a multipurpose hall that can seat 4,600 guests for a banquet, or 6,260 guests in a theatre setting.

For more information, please visit www.ottawaconventioncentre.com.

Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

Contact
Daniel Coates
Manager, Marketing and Communications
D: +1-613-688-8220
F: +1-613-563-7646
dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com

30
Jan

Ottawa Convention Centre Achieves LEED® Gold Certification

OTTAWA – Ottawa Convention Centre – Canada’s Meeting Place has officially received LEED® Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

“Ottawa Convention Centre is a model of sustainable development and operations in the meetings and conventions industry,” says Ottawa Convention Centre President & CEO Pat Kelly. “The building functions as a green meeting facility providing a healthy and invigorating environment for our delegates’ meetings and conventions, while minimizing our eco footprint in the local community.  The OCC adheres to a strict Environmental Charter that ensures we take responsibility for the impact our operations have on colleagues, guests, the community and the environment. We would like to thank all who assisted in the construction of Canada’s Meeting Place including our Board of Directors, PCL Constructors Canada, BBB Architects Inc., Project Manager Graham Bird and Associates, LEED Consultant Enermodal Engineering Ltd., and I commend our Executive Leadership Team for their governance of the project.”

“Congratulations to the Ottawa Convention Centre on obtaining LEED Gold Certification,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “The OCC has quickly become one of Ottawa’s most notable structures. It is a perfect example of how a large, modern building can make a positive environmental impact and impress convention visitors with the City’s commitment to sustainability.”

As a LEED Gold certified facility, Ottawa Convention Centre is attracting a completely new and growing segment of conventions and meetings to Ottawa that are looking to provide delegates with a cleaner, “greener” venue in which to host their event. “Congratulations to the OCC for receiving LEED Gold Certification which says a lot about the commitment of the OCC to sustainability,” states Sandra Wood, CMP Manager, Annual Meeting, Canadian Medical Association and member of the Green Meeting Industry Council “This is an important operational benefit and, as a Planner, this makes my job so much easier in ensuring that we do our very best to make our meetings sustainable.”

Ottawa Convention Centre’s commitment to sustainable practices began during construction and is embedded in all aspects of business operations. Strategies to reuse and recycle construction waste successfully diverted an impressive 94.3% of materials away from landfills, and enabled Ottawa Convention Centre to reuse major building elements such as the steel from the previous building in the roof in Canada Hall, the OCC’s 55,000 sq. ft. multipurpose event space. The building’s white roof reflects, rather than absorbs heat, thus lowering its air conditioning costs, reducing global energy consumption and helping to alleviate Ottawa’s Heat Island effect. The wood wall that extends through all four floors is made from existing logs that sunk to the bottom of local rivers during the logging era of the 1800’s. Ottawa Convention Centre has championed a Green Housekeeping Program which embraces our commitment to sustainable operations. The underground cistern, which allows the use of rainwater in place of potable water for toilets and irrigation, has resulted in 67% less indoor water use and 71% less outdoor water use than a conventional building,  conserving over 3.6 million litres of this precious natural resource every year.  These initiatives, among others, have contributed to its success in reaching LEED Gold certification, and have advanced its goal to minimize the environmental footprint of the OCC’s operations. To learn more about Ottawa Convention Centre’s commitment to the environment, please visit http://www.ottawaconventioncentre.com/en/about-us/environmental-certification.

The official announcement of Ottawa Convention Centre receiving its LEED® Gold Certification comes just a short time after achieving Gold Certification for convention centre performance from AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres). The program standards identified and audited ten key areas, including Customer Service, Quality of Facilities and Operations, Employee Relations, Health, Safety, Security and Emergency Response, Financial Integrity, Community Relations, Environmental Responsibility, Industry Relations and Supplier Relations.

Ottawa Convention Centre was constructed through the funding contributions and support from the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa.

 

About Ottawa Convention Centre – Canada’s Meeting Place

A bold, modern design, a bright naturally-lit interior, magnificent views…the all-new Ottawa Convention Centre offers unparalleled, environmentally-responsible setting and support for Ottawa conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibits – large and small. Its 100 ft. / 31 m. high sweeping window façade faces the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Parliament Hill.

  • 192,000 sq. ft. / 17,837 sq. m. of usable space
  • 28 meeting rooms in maximum configuration
  • 55,741 sq. ft. / 5,178 sq. m. multipurpose hall with capacity 6,260 theatre-style, 4,600 banquet style
  • 19,032 sq. ft. / 1,768 sq. m. ballroom with view of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill
  • crEATe kitchen studio – createkitchen.ca

About the Canada Green Building Council

The CaGBC (www.cagbc.org)  is the leading national industry organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. We work closely with our member organizations who are involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through education/training, building certification, performance benchmarking and reporting, advocacy and information sharing. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada. In addition to LEED and the new GREEN UP Building Performance Program, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada.

About LEED®

LEED® is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance. The Canadian rating systems are an adaptation of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System, tailored specifically for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. The rating systems are adapted to the Canadian market through an inclusive process that engages CaGBC members, stakeholders and experts representing the various sectors of the Canadian industry. LEED promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, which include sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Coates
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8220
Email: dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com  

Renée Rietveld
Manager of Media Relations
Canada Green Building Council
613-288-8075
Email: rrietveld@cagbc.org

16
Oct

Ottawa’s Newest Landmark Takes First Place Design-Build Award for CDBI

Ottawa – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) has been named winner of the 10th annual Award of Excellence by the Canadian Design-Build Institute at the 2012 National Design-Build Conference, held this year from October 11-12 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Ottawa Convention Centre opened its doors on April 13, 2011 after completion of a 5-year redesign and construction project in collaboration with bbb architects and PCL Constructors Canada Inc. The building contains 192,000 sq. ft. of useable space including a 56,000 sq. ft., column-free exhibit hall and the 4th floor Trillium Ballroom with breathtaking views of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its sweeping window façade has become an Ottawa landmark, and is the largest curved glass wall in Canada at 29,500 sq. ft.

“The OCC is extremely proud of this award and of the collaborative efforts made by bbb architects and PCL Construction Canada to create this stunning building,” says Patrick Kelly, President of the Ottawa Convention Centre. “The team rose to the challenge of the building’s complex, innovative design and have constructed a landmark in the nation’s capital.”

Ritchard Brisbin, Principal of bbb architects, agrees that the spirit of teamwork was a huge advantage to the project. “The award is proof of a fairly straight forward equation: when the architect and the constructor are partners, the project is better and the client benefits,” he said.

“PCL is honoured to be a part of the Design/Build team that brought this new significant landmark to a reality for the City of Ottawa.  Working hand-in-hand with bbb architects made this project one of the most unique design-build projects located in the downtown core of the Nation’s Capital and we wish continued success to the facility as it entertains people from around the world.”  Kevin Skinner, Vice-President & District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

The 1st and 2nd runner up honours went to the Guelph Organics Composting Plant presented by Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. & AECOM and the Archives of Ontario at York University presented by PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and B+H Architects.

Established in 2002, the CDBI Awards of Excellence are presented annually to recognize excellence in Canada’s design-build industry and acknowledge teams whose projects contribute to the growth and stature of the design-build industry. Award recipients are selected based on the complexity of their design, adherence to the highest industry standards, and ability to demonstrate the benefits achieved through this increasingly popular alternative delivery mechanism.

The Canadian Design-Build Institute is the recognized voice of design-build practitioners in Canada, promoting and enhancing the proper utilization of the design-build method of procurement and contracting. Membership to the Institute is open to anyone who has an interest in design-build and includes 200 firms.

Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

For more information on the Ottawa Convention Centre contact:

Daniel Coates
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8220
dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com

30
May

Ottawa Convention Centre Achieves AIPC Quality Standards Gold Certification

Ottawa – Ottawa Convention Centre – Canada’s Meeting Place – has achieved AIPC Quality Standards Gold Certification with the successful completion of an audit by the designated external auditor for AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres).

The OCC joins a group of only 20 AIPC convention centres worldwide that have successfully achieved this level of international certification.

“The AIPC Quality Standards program was developed as an industry-specific certification for confirming and documenting a centre’s accomplishments in key areas of convention centre performance, and is the only such specifically purposed form of certification in the industry”, said AIPC President Edgar Hirt. “Ottawa Convention Centre is to be congratulated on having achieved the gold level in their audit as this demonstrates to owners, colleagues and clients that they are addressing international standards of performance in their management procedures”.

“Ottawa Convention Centre has always maintained a goal of achieving AIPC Quality Standards Gold certification” said President Patrick Kelly. “Receiving this official certification exemplifies that the OCC, Canada’s Meeting Place, is a premiere destination for conferences and conventions in Canada. I am very proud of our entire team for achieving this highly sought after designation after only our first year of operation.”

The program standards identified and audited address ten key areas, including Customer Service, Quality of Facilities and Operations, Employee Relations, Health, Safety, Security and Emergency Response, Financial Integrity, Community Relations, Environmental Responsibility, Industry Relations and Supplier Relations. Members who complete the audit process uniformly report that it not only serves to document their procedures but also enables them to clarify any shortcomings for corrective action. The process is also seen as being an excellent team-building exercise because it involves all management staff in a collaborative effort with a clear accomplishment at the end.

“In times when competition amongst various centres and destinations is more intense than ever, the AIPC Quality Standards program is a valuable way for managers to ensure they are delivering quality – a form of documentation that serves many purposes, including the reassurance of clients” said Hirt.

Ottawa Convention Centre celebrated its first anniversary April 13, 2012 with 562 events taking place in its first year of operation, generating over $83 million in economic impact for the city of Ottawa.

Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contact:

Daniel Coates
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8220
dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com

25
May

And the People’s Choice Winner is… Canada’s Meeting Place

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place has just been awarded the People’s Choice Award for favourite new building in Ontario.

The Ontario Association of Architecture (OAA) presented Ritchard Brisbin, principal of bbb architects with the People’s Choice Award at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012. The Ottawa Convention Centre beat out 15 other building designs, including the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre in Ottawa, Vaughan City Hall, and Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario for the People’s Choice Award.

“The OCC is proud to once again be recognized with a prestigious award.” said Patrick Kelly, President of Ottawa Convention Centre.  “Ritchard Brisbin and bbb architects created a stunning building that fits extremely well into the landscape and provides spectacular views of the downtown core.”

Ritchard’s creativity, innovation and stunning bold design was also recognized with a Design Excellence Award by the Ontario Association of Architects, a prerequisite to be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Design Excellence Awards are based on a variety of criteria including: sustainability, creativity, legacy, good design/good business and overall context exemplifying the significance of architecture in the public realm.

“Award winning design doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it requires a client that is prepared to embrace change and innovation.  We were fortunate that without exception everyone we encountered at the OCC was as passionate about getting the design right as we were.” said Ritchard Brisbin of bbb Architects

The Ottawa Convention Centre celebrated its first anniversary April 13, 2012 with 562 events taking place in the first year of operation, generating over $83 million in economic impact.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contact:

Daniel Coates
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8220
dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com

13
Apr

Canada’s Meeting Place celebrates first anniversary with impact… Economic Impact!

The Ottawa Convention Centre will generate $257 million in economic impact for Ottawa over the next five years.

OTTAWA – Since the Ottawa Convention Centre opened its doors April 13, 2011, the new facility has hosted 562 events including 40 national and international conventions, including 2 national political conventions, Northern Lights 2012 and of course the NHL All-Star Weekend. The OCC has also welcomed back many popular events such as the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival and the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show.
“These events have had a major impact on Ottawa” noted OCC president Patrick Kelly. “We are starting to reap the benefits of our aggressive marketing outreach in the global marketplace.”

The 40 conventions held at OCC over the past year attracted close to 35,000 out-of-town delegates and exhibitors to Ottawa. These visitors experienced a unique cultural and historical experience that no other Canadian city can offer. The total economic impact generated by these conventions was over $83 million.

“The McGuinty Government’s support of the OCC is helping Ottawa compete in the national and international convention market, drawing in thousands of delegates, generating millions in tourism spending and supporting jobs for Ontarians.  As we mark the first year anniversary of the OCC’s opening, we can all celebrate in its success – promoting our province as a premier destination to visit, work and do business,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“Being a G8 capital, Ottawa needed a new convention centre that could accommodate large scale events.” said OCC chair, Jim Durrell. “OCC is a ‘stay-at-home export’ because it attracts business to our nation’s capital that would otherwise go elsewhere. Not only is OCC doing well from a business perspective, but the citizens who live here benefit as well.”

This is evidenced by the 1,100+ jobs (direct, indirect, and induced) that are supported solely by the convention business accommodated by OCC over the past year. And the future outlook is very encouraging as well: OCC has so far confirmed 95 conventions between 2012 and 2017, which will bring over 87,000 delegates to Ottawa and generate in excess of $30 million in taxes.
Says OCC chair Jim Durrell, “OCC will generate a minimum of $257 million in economic impact for our city over the next five years. We said if we built it they would come – and they are coming.”

Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

For more information on the Ottawa Convention Centre contact:

Daniel Coates
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8220
dcoates@ottawaconventioncentre.com

15
Nov

Ottawa Convention Centre is New Business of the Year

Canada’s Meeting Place wins national tourism award.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, was presented with the New Business of the Year Award last evening at a gala event hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) at the Fairmont Château Laurier.

“We are very pleased to recognize all Canadian Tourism Award winners as organizations and individuals who help make Canada a world-class destination.” said TIAC president and CEO, David Goldstein.

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travellers in Canada.

“I am humbled to be receiving this prestigious award” said OCC president Pat Kelly in his acceptance speech. “An amazing group of individuals, including our federal, provincial and municipal funding partners, our dedicated OCC Board of Directors, an inspired and innovative project team and committed OCC employees came together to make this project a reality.”

The New Business of the Year Award is presented to an entity that was launched within the past 18 months and has demonstrated innovation, ingenuity, hard work and perseverance to establish a strong, viable and successful new business in the tourism sector.
“Ottawa was always a spectacular meeting destination but was missing one critical element – a world class meeting venue.” said Pat Kelly “The new OCC allows Ottawa to take its rightful place on the international stage, and is a facility all Ottawans, and indeed Canadians, can truly be proud of.”

Just open seven months, OCC is already making an impact on Ottawa’s visitor economy. Over 500 events are forecasted to take place in its first year of operation, which will afford over 200,000 visitors a glimpse of the spectacular panoramic views that can only be seen through the Centre’s impressive glass façade.

The Canadian Tourism Awards have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation’s best tourism products, services and experiences.

OCC, known as ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’, opened on schedule in April 2011.

Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contact:
Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8213

9
Nov

Ottawa Convention Centre gets crEATive

New product offering sets Ottawa Convention Centre apart.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, is already well known for its exceptional food, but the creative team at OCC isn’t resting on their laurels. OCC gives our customers what they want, sometimes even before they know they want it. Case in point: OCC’s new state of the art kitchen studio, crEATe.

This beautiful space is located at the south end of the Colonel By Foyer on Level 1, facing the Rideau Canal and in full view of passers-by on Colonel By Drive. Appointed with the latest in culinary equipment, technological capabilities and sleek modern décor, crEATe will offer interactive packages to groups willing to abandon their jackets and ties, don an apron and roll up their sleeves while a member of OCC’s culinary team takes them through step-by-step food preparation; afterwards they‘ll enjoy the fruits of their labour!

“We’re particularly excited about the interactive team building events that will be led by Executive Chef Geoffrey Morden’s talented culinary crew.” enthused OCC general manager Jennifer McCrary. “You can form your own kitchen brigade and cook as a team, or sit back and watch as our Chef demonstrates the latest techniques using fresh, local ingredients and products. Either way, your group will be treated to an exceptional culinary experience.”

As Project and Design Leader, the team at Designed Food Systems Inc. was challenged by the OCC team to come up with a highly functional yet flexible space using beautiful materials and finishes – and they came through with flying colours.  Industry leaders Spring Air Systems, Rational Canada, Bunn-O-Matic, True Refrigeration, Garland Canada, Champion Industries, Blanchfield Commercial Kitchen Services, Tarrison Products Ltd., Altro Flooring and Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies donated the equipment and finishings to showcase their products in a truly state-of-the-art and highly visible kitchen.

“crEATe is a reality because of the vision of our OCC team and the support of Designed Food Systems and a team of cutting edge suppliers.” said OCC president Pat Kelly. “We are confident that crEATe will soon become a “must do” experience in Ottawa.”

Wine and food pairings and tastings, corporate teambuilding sessions, and Demo/Receptions will take place in crEATe, which offers an exclusive cellar wine list, and accommodates groups of 15 guests seated or 25 reception style.

“We are not aware of any other Canadian convention centre with a product like crEATe,” said Pat Kelly. “This unique facility gives our culinary team a more intimate forum to show off their considerable culinary skills, and underlines the fact that OCC is truly designed to accommodate groups of all sizes.

crEATe provides a stylish function venue in an unparalleled setting , and will be accepting holiday season bookings for December 2011.

OCC, known as ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’, opened on schedule in April 2011.

Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the government of Ontario.

Contact:
Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8213
pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com
Url: crEATekitchen.ca

27
Sep

New Ottawa Convention Centre to Boost Economic Recovery

OTTAWA – The economic impact of meetings booked to date between 2011 and 2015 at the new Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) has doubled since last year.

The Gross Domestic Product, or the total monetary value of all goods and services produced as a result of meetings currently scheduled to take place at the OCC, rose from a projected $63 million in June 2009 to $129 million in June 2010. Employment is also expected to double from 1,200 to 2,400 jobs.

“This is the kind of economic stimulus the Ottawa Capital region needs at this time in our history,” said Patrick Kelly, President, OCC. “The new Ottawa Convention Centre will be host to organizations who have never been able to come to Ottawa because we could not accommodate their needs or their numbers.”

The significant economic impact of a redeveloped OCC was announced today during a tour of the construction site by the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Ontario. The Minister commended the Board and management of the OCC, and its committed building and trade workers, for ensuring the project remained on time to open in April 2011 and within budget.

“Based on the conventions on the books to date, total tax revenues generated from these events will exceed $65 million,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the Board, OCC. “We are grateful to the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, and the City of Ottawa for their investment in the largest redevelopment in years in our region. This could not have come at a better time.”

As of today, the new Ottawa Convention Centre is holding space for 80 conventions. Ten percent of all these bookings will attract delegates from outside Canada.
The budget for the new facility is $ 180 million. The Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada each provided $50 million in funding, and the City of Ottawa $40 million.
The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Province of Ontario.

Kathryn Hendrick, (416) 277-6281, khendrick@rogers.com; or
Peggy Nieghorn, (613) 563-1983 ext.626, pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com

20
Sep

Canada’s Meeting Place Extends A Warm and Stylish Welcome

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, is welcoming unprecedented numbers of visitors – local, national and international – since opening in April 2011.

It is vital that everyone receives a warm welcome from the moment they arrive, and OCC has found an innovative way to do just that.

Unique among convention centres is the new OCC Page service. “Customers are looking for personal attention whether they are checking into a hotel or arriving at a convention centre.” said OCC president, Pat Kelly. “The OCC Page underlines our passion for customer service excellence, and delivers it in a very unique way.”

The Page helps direct guests throughout the Centre and surrounding areas, runs errands, greets groups and is basically at the beck and call of all visitors to the OCC. Immediately recognizable by their jaunty pillbox cap, plus fours and crazy coloured socks, what really makes the Page stand out in a crowd is their mode of transport – a Segway!

While entertaining, the Segway is also a practical solution to getting around a 400,000 square foot building in a hurry. “The Segway allows me to take care of our guests’ needs efficiently.” said Charles Bertrand one of the OCC Pages. “It is a lot of fun to drive and, just like my socks, it is quite an attention getter! I get a lot of requests for photos, too.” he added.

The international response to the new OCC has been extremely encouraging; over 10 international conventions have confirmed space since opening. “As Canada’s Meeting Place, it is critical that we welcome the world to Ottawa, our capital, not just figuratively, but literally as well.” said Pat Kelly “In our first year of operation we anticipate over a quarter of a million people will attend events at OCC; that’s a lot of welcoming and greeting. The OCC Pages are up to the task and will add a layer of personalized service that sets OCC apart – and they’ll do it in style!”

The Page service will launch today.

The OCC, known as ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’, opened on schedule in April 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the government of Ontario.

Contact:
Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-688-8213
pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com

18
Apr

Convention Centre Gala Opens Canada’s Newest Icon

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s most sophisticated conference facility, officially opened its doors today, marking a new era in the capacity of the nation’s capital to prosper on the world stage.

The stunning modern design, situated in the midst of one of Canada’s most historic architectural landscapes has positioned the OCC as Ottawa’s new iconic building, with technological and environmental advances that could not have been achieved as recently as five years ago.

Attended by workers and representatives from the three levels of government that contributed to the project, the official OCC opening began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed the next evening by a Gala held in the spectacular multipurpose hall on the third level, which features unprecedented magnificent views of the Parliament Buildings, the Chateau Laurier and the Rideau Canal.

“The new OCC is proof once and for all that Ottawa is a world-class city worthy of competing with the best of the best in the tourism and hospitality industry,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board of Directors.

“This dramatic new site is the perfect venue for ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’,” said Durrell.  “This project shows what Ottawa can achieve when leaders in business and government team up with talented trades workers to offer their passion, partnership and a commitment to excellence.”

Built to LEED Silver certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the state-of-the-art facility is an integral component of Ottawa’s bid to host the NHL All-Star game in 2012, which will enhance the city’s profile throughout North America and beyond.

“As of today the OCC is holding space for more than 90 conventions up to the year 2015, and 10 per cent of these are international events that could not have previously considered Ottawa a viable meeting place due to a lack of suitable facilities,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the OCC.

Built with contributions from the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa, construction of the unique facility has already provided a wealth of welcome economic benefits for the region’s local labour market.

“Together, we’ve worked and watched this amazing project take shape, and it was worth the wait. It’s a wonderful addition to the Ottawa cityscape and a testament to the drive and spirit of this city.” said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Through four years of negotiation, design, planning and construction, nearly a thousand workers have been involved in the OCC project, including more than a dozen trades comprising over 50 job activities.

“The new and expanded OCC will re-brand Ottawa and will change the architectural landscape of the city for generations to come,” Mayor Jim Watson said, while thanking all who made it happen.

The new facility will also provide the National Capital Region with a competitive advantage so that as the economy recovers, the OCC will be well placed to take advantage of the upturn by attracting more and larger conventions than in the past.

In fact, the economic impact of meetings booked to date between 2011 and 2015 at the new OCC has more than doubled since last year.  The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or the total monetary value of all goods and services produced as a result of meetings currently scheduled to take place at the OCC, rose from a projected $63 million in June 2009 to over $200 million in December 2010.  Employment impact is also expected to double from 1,200 to 2,900 jobs.

“Based on the conventions on the books to date, total tax revenues generated from these events will exceed $65 million,” said Durrell.  “We are grateful to the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, and the City of Ottawa for their investment in the largest redevelopment in years in our region.  This could not have come at a better time.”

In addition, it is estimated that the new OCC will attract thousands of out-of-town guests to the region, who will generate: $82.4 million in annual revenues and 1,992 Full-Time Employees (FTEs) in the local visitor economy; $14.2 million in sales and 118 FTEs in the local retail industry; and $11.3 million in revenues and 141 FTEs in local restaurants and bars.

To take a video tour of the new building, view the construction photo gallery, or for more information about planning, exhibiting, or attending an event, visit the OCC website at www.ottawaconventioncentre.ca .

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contacts:
Kathryn Hendrick: 416 277 6281; khendrick@rogers.com or
Peggy Nieghorn: 613 563 1983, ext. 626; pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com
Ottawa Convention Centre — www.shaw-centre.com

7
Apr

New Convention Centre Means Jobs

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, is preparing to open its doors – not only to residents of Ottawa and visitors from all over the world – but also to a new workforce.

While many of the employees of the former Congress Centre are returning to work at the new OCC, reporting for duty at 55 Colonel By Dr. will be a new experience for the majority of OCC colleagues.

OCC worked with a core group of 18 employees while the centre was closed during construction, and will support approximately 400 fulltime, part time and casual positions once operational in April.

Offsite orientation and training is underway in advance of the OCC taking possession of their new building on April 1st. “It is important that each OCC colleague is fully familiar and extremely competent in his or her new surroundings, and trained to meet  exceptional OCC  service standards, ” said OCC president, Pat Kelly. “Our staff will be fully trained in advance of moving day.”

In order to be ready for opening and the busy spring flight of business, OCC held a Career Fair in February. Over 1,500 applicants attended the two-day Fair and all positions were filled with well-qualified candidates. “It was clear from the turnout that the new OCC is viewed as a desirable employer.” said general manager Jennifer McCrary.  “Now that the recruitment process is complete and our team is in place, we are focusing on orientation and training to ensure it is a fulfilling experience for our colleagues.”

Training will focus on the OCC’s new vision of service excellence, exemplified in a series of commitments shared by all OCC colleagues. “The new OCC will be as good as the service we deliver.” said president Pat Kelly. “That means empowering colleagues to make decisions and resolve issues without having to refer them to a supervisor. And that takes training – lots of training.”

A wide range of businesses – from accommodations and food and beverage to transportation, attractions and retail – rely on OCC and the broader Meeting and Convention sector. In fact, the 89 conventions confirmed at OCC as of March 2011 will support over 2,900 jobs (direct, indirect and induced).

The OCC, known as ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’, will open on schedule on April 13, 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Province of Ontario.

 

 

Contact:

Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-563-1983, ext. 626
pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com

Kathryn Hendrick
OCC Redevelopment Communications
416-277-6281
khendrick@rogers.com

3
Feb

Culinary Innovation – The Cherry on Top of the New Ottawa Convention Centre

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), Canada’s newest and most sophisticated meeting place, has appointed a world-class Executive Chef, Mr. Geoffrey Morden, known for his inventive approach to modern cuisine.

Responsible for implementing a unique culinary vision at the OCC marked by creativity and ingenuity, the opportunity to lead the new centre’s culinary direction represents an artistic leap Chef Morden said he has been preparing for his entire career.

“As a state-of-the art food and beverage venue in the Nation’s Capital, the new Ottawa Convention Centre is an absolute gem,” said Chef Morden. “It is a privilege to develop a unique OCC culinary vision, to take the gastronomic experience in a highly-sophisticated kitchen to a new level, and to build a tremendous team who will create and work together seamlessly. The Ottawa-Gatineau region is a chef’s dream, with an endless bounty of exceptional local and regional producers.  Watch how we are able to use this advantage to showcase the best of culinary arts in Canada today”.

The custom-built OCC kitchen facilities are impressive, comprising over 1,200 square metres.   The expansive main kitchen is the centre of the action, featuring the latest in gastronomic technology, and complemented by two dynamic satellite food preparation areas on different floors of the building. Designed and equipped to ensure maximum efficiency and consistently superb food quality, the kitchen can offer up gourmet fare for up to 6000 people, doubling OCC’s capacity from its former facility.

The OCC kitchens capitalize on the sustainable benefits of OCC’s environmental policies and programs.  The kitchen ‘pulper’, for example, will reduce organic waste by up to 90 per cent, with the remainder being composted on site.

“The kitchen will also feature the discrete Chef’s Table, a popular culinary trend allowing clients to preview and sample their own menu selection as the dishes are being prepared for other clients at the OCC, “said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board.  “Our clients will experience the first-hand the exceptional hospitality Ottawa is known for in its many festivals and celebrations.”

In a public cooking preview today, Chef Morden prepared a number of sample dishes planned for the new OCC menu, including Ottawa Farms Grilled Lamb Rack Popsicles with Flamed Niagara Pear and Cranberry Chutney, Merlot Glaze, and Young Arugula.  Next he prepared Macartney Farms Leek and Butternut Squash Cardamom Soup Shooter with Saffron Foam, and ended with Seared Digby Scallops with White Bean Puree, and Suntech Farms Tomato Vinaigrette.

“Simply put, top-quality food is central to our success and we have planned for the best,” said OCC President Patrick Kelly.  “That applies not only to the state-of-the-art kitchen design and equipment, but also to the talented culinary professionals who are ready to make it happen for our guests.  We are thrilled to welcome Chef Morden to our team and look forward to sharing his culinary vision with our clients when we open our doors this April.”

The OCC, known as ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’, will open on schedule in April 2011.  The exterior of the building was officially “sealed up’ in January 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Province of Ontario.

 

 

Contact:

Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-563-1983, ext. 626
pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com

Kathryn Hendrick
OCC Redevelopment Communications
416-277-6281
khendrick@rogers.com

26
Jan

Hiring Now – Join us at our Career Fair

Join us at Lansdowne Park on February 9th or on February 10th in SALONE.

Doors will open at 10:00 am and will close at 7:00 pm. Parking is complimentary until 5:00 pm.

Do you have what it takes to join the Ottawa Convention Centre team and work in Canada’s meeting place – an all-new, state-of-the art facility? Do you share in our vision? We are…

INSPIRED PEOPLE CREATING EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS

This may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for…a professional environment in a fun atmosphere…

Preparation Cooks Senior Housemen Housemen
Senior Housekeepers Housekeepers Electrician
Maintenance Operators Banquet Servers Bartenders
Cashiers Receivers  Maintenance Helper

Complete an application form for part time, casual or full time work, and you will be invited for a prescreening interview on site!

For more career opportunities please click here

23
Dec

Ottawa needs this transparently unique building

Ottawa Citizen featured a story this week on what a remarkable engineering feat the new Ottawa Convention Centre is in an article titled Transparently unique. What is truly remarkable about this story is the response from a world traveler who is a native of Ottawa. Read this Ottawa Citizen’s subscribers comments appropriately titled Ottawa needs this…

Ottawa Citizen featured a story this week on what a remarkable engineering feat the new Ottawa Convention Centre is in an article titled Transparently unique. What is truly remarkable about this story is the response from a world traveler who is a native of Ottawa. Read this Ottawa Citizen’s subscribers comments appropriately titled Ottawa needs this beautiful building.

14
Oct

Canada’s Meeting Place Launches Innovative Grant Program

New Ottawa Convention Centre Supports Innovative Ideas in Making Canada Better

OTTAWA – The new Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) today launched the “idea BUILDERS™ OCC Conference Grant Program”,  a  ground-breaking initiative  designed to provide financial assistance for  public conferences that  focus on important  issues that affect Canadians and the National Capital Region.

The program provides a stage where people come together to learn and grow by sharing their knowledge, views and practices.  The OCC aims to  financially support  multi-disciplinary public conferences,  and  enable the advancement  of social, health, and economic policy development  through events taking place in Canada’s new iconic convention centre, set to open in April 2011.

Grant recipients will be organizations or individuals who hope to undertake a public conference in Ottawa at the OCC between April 2011 and March 2012. Relevant areas for consideration could include: peace and security, innovation, technology, economic development and competitiveness, human rights, environment or public policy, among others.

The program will provide cash and in-kind cost reductions totalling up to $10,000 in value to eligible conferences which can be applied to direct costs associated with producing the event, including marketing, travel, accommodations, and speaker services.

“As Canada’s Meeting Place, OCC is determined to help initiatives that bring people together to exchange their views and knowledge on issues that affect Canadians,” said Patrick Kelly, OCC President.  “The idea BUILDERS™ OCC Conference Grant Program will promote linkages with our local academic institutions, including the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University, and organizations focused on stimulating the local economy.”

“The idea BUILDERS™ OCC Conference Grant Program will highlight the wealth of expertise and talent Ottawa has to offer, “said Erin Kelly, Executive Director, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.  “The opportunity to exchange ideas at our beautiful new Ottawa Convention Centre will ultimately benefit all Canadians.”

The program’s initial Call for Applications will run from October 13 through December 31, 2010, with evaluation of submissions in early 2011. Evaluation will be undertaken by a peer review committee convened by the OCC and comprised of experts from multiple disciplines.

The OCC, an agency of the Government of Ontario, will open in April 2011. The redevelopment project is on time and within budget.

 

Contact:

Peggy Nieghorn, pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com, 613-563-1983 ext. 626

1
Oct

Canada’s Meeting Place Appoints New Executive Chef

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) is delighted to announce the arrival of our new Executive Chef, Geoffrey Morden. An Ottawa native,

An Ottawa native, Chef Morden joins the OCC team following an illustrious career with Fairmont Hotels in both urban and resort properties that included Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Fairmont Winnipeg and most recently the Fairmont Château Laurier, where he launched his career in 1993.

The OCC underwent a rigorous recruitment process for the position of Executive Chef that included an ‘Iron Chef’ style culinary challenge where each candidate was given the same list of ingredients and then challenged to prepare a four-course meal. “We really put candidates through the wringer,” smiled OCC General Manager, Jennifer McCrary, “but considering the importance of this position, that should be expected. We were impressed by Geoffrey’s creativity and culinary knowledge, and he really wowed us with his presentation.”

Chef Morden was born in Ottawa and educated at the esteemed Stratford Chefs School. While his culinary foundations are classical French, his cooking philosophy is firmly entrenched in Canada, and focuses on taking full advantage of fresh local and regional ingredients. His menus are a reflection of his cumulative culinary knowledge, but reveal his local roots in unique and creative ways.

Taking on culinary oversight at the new Ottawa Convention Centre represents a departure for Chef Morden – one he has been preparing for his entire career. “As a food and beverage venue, the new Ottawa Convention Centre will be an absolute gem.  I can’t wait to develop the OCC’s culinary vision, get into my state of the art kitchen, build my team, and get cooking!”he enthused. “The fact that the Centre is situated in Ottawa, where I grew up and returned with my young family, is a huge bonus for me. With its bounty of local and regional producers, it is an exceptional place to practice the culinary arts.”

The kitchen facilities falling under Chef Morden’s supervision will be the envy of culinary professionals everywhere. At 13,000 square feet, the expansive main kitchen will feature the latest in gastronomic technology, and will be complemented by two satellite food preparation areas on different function floors of the building. The kitchen was designed and equipped to ensure consistently superb food quality and presentation, while delivering the large volumes that OCC’s expanded venue capacity will demand.

The OCC will be a LEED-Silver certified building, and the kitchen will present many opportunities to maximize the sustainable benefits of OCC’s environmental policies and programs. One example is the kitchen pulper, which will reduce organic waste by up to 90%, with the remainder being composted.

Another noteworthy kitchen feature is the Chef’s Table, where clients can sample their own menu in the midst of the action as other meals are being prepared.

“Simply put, food is central to our success and we have planned for the best”, said OCC President Pat Kelly. “That applies not only to the design and the equipment, but also to the talented culinary professionals that will make it happen for our guests. We are excited to welcome Chef Morden to our team and look forward to sharing his culinary vision with our clients when we open our doors next April.”

Canada’s Meeting Place will open on schedule in April 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Province of Ontario.

 

Contact: Peggy Nieghorn
Ottawa Convention Centre
613-563-1983 ext. 626
pnieghorn@ottawaconventioncentre.com

18
Aug

Ottawa Convention Centre Makes Design and Construction History

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest curved glass wall is about to go up at the new Ottawa Convention Centre, set to open on schedule next April.

Construction History

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest curved glass wall is about to go up at the new Ottawa Convention Centre, set to open on schedule next April.  The wall facing Colonel By Drive will feature 1,045 triangular glass sheets, each a different size in order to allow for curvature horizontally and vertically.

The glass panels are to be intricately placed in each section of a complex crystalline-shaped steel structure, and ultimately, will form the outer skin of the new building, measuring 30 metres high and 90 metres long.  The glass panels will allow for breathtaking views of the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal and Ottawa’s downtown core while allowing passersby to view the dynamic experience inside the new convention centre.
“You can see the emergence of an iconic landmark for the City of Ottawa, and indeed, for all of Canada,” said Patrick Kelly, President, Ottawa Convention Centre. “As each day passes until October, the building will continue to be sealed up in glass, piece by piece. We couldn’t have built this facility five years ago.  The technology just didn’t exist.”

ShawCentre_Construction

Photo take by William McElligott – wpmcelligott.com

14
Jul

Ottawa Convention Centre Menus Now Available

Ottawa Convention Centre offers innovative menus that showcase rich local Ottawa ingredients influenced by Canadian and International cuisine. Enjoy our online menu built on the foundation of “Think Global-Dine Local”.

Ottawa Convention Centre offers innovative menus that showcase rich local Ottawa ingredients influenced by Canadian and International cuisine. Enjoy our online menu built on the foundation of “Think Global-Dine Local”.

21
Jun

New Ottawa Convention Centre to Have Most Sophisticated Technology in Canada

OTTAWA – The new Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) will have the most sophisticated Information Communication Technology program of any centre in Canada when it opens next April.

It will also have state-of-the-art onsite supply and servicing for the most modern, complex multi-media presentations and communications network. Online interactive presentations, virtual backdrops and videoconferences are important marketing tools for our clients, and we must be able to accommodate these requests”, said Pat Kelly, president of the OCC. “The new OCC will have unprecedented capability in terms of staging, multi-media production, and seamlessly integrated Information Communication Technology.”

Thanks to the opportunity provided by the Internet, the entire OCC facility will be run by an invisible network that eliminates the need for rooms full of power-hungry equipment and miles of customized cables and wires of the past.  Instead, one data centre will service all media types (voice, audio/visual, data and other multi-media services) and integrate controls for lighting, heating and cooling, and, security. These services will respond electronically to interactive ‘touch pad’ monitors in each of the meeting rooms and main areas of the OCC.

The OCC utilized the tremendous high technology expertise available in Ottawa with Mitel Networks and Combat Networks providing the hardware, software and integration solutions for the OCC.   The result is a data centre the size of a small narrow book shelf capable of running all technology aspects of the OCC.  The solution is both performance and energy efficient.

The OCC has entered into a partnership with AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, whose expert on-site team will service the OCC’s sophisticated system 24/7. This arrangement will allow OCC clients immediate access to audiovisual equipment and expertise at any time, and will greatly augment client capability in terms of marketing communications while onsite at the OCC.

The convention of the future will integrate more and more video, interactivity, social networking and virtual participation to create a much more sophisticated learning environment. The OCC’s network backbone was specifically designed to support all of these “next generation” technologies – from digital signage throughout the building, to built-in widescreen projection in meeting rooms, to the most advanced wired and wireless network in Canada.

“AVW-TELAV has a long history with the OCC as their supplier of audiovisual services.” said Steve Bury, Vice President of Sales (Canadian Division) of AVW-TELAV. “We are proud to have participated in the design of this “next generation” convention centre, and look forward to providing event planners with all the technical services they need to support their events, from traditional AV and simultaneous interpretation, to the Information Communications Technology of the future.”

The OCC, an agency of the Government of Ontario, will open in April 2011.

 

Contact:

Kathryn Hendrick , khendrick@rogers.com, 416-277-6281

31
Mar

Ottawa Citizen features OCC success in booking nearly 70 events

Ottawa Citizen newspaper headline “New facility won’t be open until next spring, yet nearly 70 events have already been booked… “

Ottawa Citizen newspaper headline “New facility won’t be open until next spring, yet nearly 70 events have already been booked… “

5
Mar

Now Comes the Steel – and Lots of It

Now Comes the Steel — and Lots of It

The placement of the tallest crane in the history of Ottawa construction projects was a solid signal that redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre is proceeding on time and within budget.

Steel Works

Demolition of the existing site was completed last summer, an extraordinarily complex process that was implemented without error or an injury.  The site has been a hub of activity ever since, and the indispensable crane has been central to the ongoing progress of Ottawa’s largest development project in years.

“This is the time that we move in the steel and place it structurally so that the OCC shell is formed,” said Valerie Roux, Engineering Manager at the OCC. “We have been fortunate that the weather has cooperated with us, but regardless of the weather, we will not slow down.  The iron and steel workers have been outstanding in their efforts and performance.”

For the OCC, steel or rebar is the priority right now.  Rebar, or reinforcing bar, is a common steel bar, commonly used in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures. It is usually formed from carbon steel, and is given ridges for better mechanical anchoring into the concrete. 

“The iron workers on site at the OCC have a critical role to play,” said Gaeten Sigouin, business manager of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 765. “The installation of metal structures forms the skeleton, and as well provides the structural and architectural concrete components for the new OCC.  It is great to see the facility begin to take shape.”

The iron and steel workers have been working closely with the ‘form’ workers, the individuals responsible for pouring the concrete and ensuring the form fits the design.

“The concrete was just poured on Level 3, where the multi-purpose room is situated,” said Del Boudreau, of Carpenters Local 93.  “We are next going to do level four which represents the upper height of the facility so we are progressing well. Ottawa is in an earthquake zone which makes the installation of steel structures particularly important.”

1
Dec

Ottawa Convention Centre attending EIBTM 2009

Ottawa Convention Centre and Ottawa Tourism will be attending EIBTM in Barcelona, Spain, December 1 through the 3rd. Visit Booth A300 if you are at this event to learn more about Canada’s Meeting Place

EIBTM is the leading global event for the meetings and incentive industry.  This event will be held in the vibrant business and tourism destination of Barcelona, Spain with over 3,000 international suppliers from over 100 countries. The event delivers three days of focused access to the meeting and conventions planners and suppliers in a very professional business environment.

28
Sep

Towering Crane Erected at Ottawa Convention Centre Site

Ottawa – A brand new tower crane, standing 280 feet above the ground, has been installed at the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) site, marking a major milestone in the two-year long construction project.

“The redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre is on time and within budget,” said Pat Kelly, President of the OCC. “We will be opening our doors as scheduled in April, 2011 and welcoming a new slate of visitors, meetings and events to the nation’s capital.”

The installation of the crane took place over the last four days including the delivery of a mobile crane used to assemble the tower crane which arrived in sections. The assembly of the tower crane was dependant on good weather and wind speeds under 20/MPH to accommodate the lifting of the sections.

The crane is an instrumental device for the project allowing construction workers to lift and place mechanical, electrical and structural components such as air handlers, transfer switches and roof trusses. It can lift up to 20,000 kg and will be operated on a daily basis by a crane engineer who will climb the 280 feet every morning to get to the control cab.

Today, the installation of the final jib section is expected to be done which will stop pedestrian traffic temporarily on MacKenzie King Bridge. To ensure safety of all involved, flagmen will be in place to guide pedestrians during this time.

“The Ottawa skyline will look a little different for the next year and a half,” Mr. Kelly said. “Tremendous progress has been made to date by everyone involved. The project is an excellent example of partnership and collaboration at every turn. Ottawa should be proud.”

25
Sep

A 280 foot crane

A 280 foot crane will tower over Ottawa as the next phase of construction begins for the Ottawa Convention Centre.

See it happen live now on our Webcam and watch the crane being erected over the next 4 days on the OCC construction site.  This is considered a very large crane as far as a tower cranes go according to PCL Constructors.  Stay tuned for more on this story coming Monday, September 28.

12
Jun

Sod Turning at the Ottawa Convention Centre Sends Sod Straight to the Recycle Bin

OTTAWA—Construction of the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) began officially today with the tossing of aggregate concrete demolished from the old facility.

OTTAWA— Construction of the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) began officially today with the tossing of aggregate concrete demolished from the old facility. The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Chief Government Whip and the Member of Parliament for Carleton–Mississippi Mills, the Honourable Monique Smith, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Michel Bellemare, Acting Mayor of the City of Ottawa, and Jim Durrell, Chair of the Board, each tossed a section of concrete from the old facility into a bin destined for recycling and reuse on the site in the new 200,000 square-foot convention and trade show facility.

The new OCC will create more than twice the additional rentable floor space by expanding vertically, through the addition of two new floors, and horizontally, by extending the existing floor plates on two levels outward to Colonel By Drive and Daly Avenue.

Not only is environmental sustainability a major component of the operations of the new facility, but 90 per cent of debris from the site will be recycled, a major portion for reuse in the new building. The benefit of building new in the 21st century is the ability to use striking innovations and new technology in the construction of a facility like the OCC, which will feature the following:

  • An innovative glass system that will allow for curvature around the entire facility, a feature not available even five years ago. It will also allow beautiful vistas day and night. Invisible thermal threads in the material will control the amount of light and warmth from the sunlight, and will coordinate with the heating and cooling mechanisms to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Artistic free-floating stairways that will link the OCC to Mackenzie King Bridge, which will add beauty to the area and interest for visitors to the downtown core.
  • State-of-the-art roof technology with light membranes that will cover over two and a half acres of roof but emit a translucent, gleaming finish in warm hues that change by day and night. The roof technology, like the glass system, will contribute to the reduction of heating and cooling costs.

The governments of Canada and Ontario each committed up to $50 million to the project, and the City of Ottawa committed up to $40 million.

“The new Ottawa Convention Centre will help us showcase this vibrant city and beautiful province to our visitors. It will spur substantial economic activity and promote our nation’s capital as a world-renowned meeting place.” said Premier McGuinty.

“We are pleased to see the start of this important project, which demonstrates our commitment to building stronger communities through strategic infrastructure investments,” said Minister Baird. “The redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre will attract business and tourists, generating job opportunities and economic development for the National Capital Region.”

“The new and innovative Ottawa Convention Centre will be an important addition to this city’s considerable list of tourism and convention assets,” said Minister Smith. “The architecture of the Centre will provide a welcoming, expanded meeting space for business travellers, and will support a corporate facility that competes with the best in the world.”

“Re-doing Colonel By Drive so that greenery, flowers, and scenic pedestrian walkways grace the Rideau Canal, as it does on the other side by the National Art Centre, is a major step in rebuilding the downtown core,” said Acting Mayor Bellemare. “The area in front of the OCC will be stunning for those on the water, in cars or out for a stroll. We are grateful to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their investments in this great city.”

The beginning of construction is a major milestone in a project that has been long anticipated. Demolition, a major challenge, was carefully completed on time and with ingenuity to avoid disruptions to the downtown core.

“The removal of the nine major trusses holding up the OCC roof was an exceptional demonstration of engineering innovation,” said Mr. Durrell. “The trusses were removed strategically so the integrity of the concrete structure remained intact. This was a critical requirement for both the Westin Hotel and the Rideau Centre. Utmost care and safety were considered in the process and from April 24th until May 5th, the trusses were removed without incident. We are very proud to have reached this milestone and so pleased our funders and partners could share in the celebration.”

The OCC will open its door in the spring of 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

9
Mar

New Ottawa Convention Centre to Achieve LEED certification

When it opens in 2011, the new Ottawa Convention Centre will offer businesses, visitors and its staff an exceptional environmentally healthy and “green” meeting facility.

Environmental sustainability was a major requirement of the winning proposal to redevelop the convention centre and counted as a critical measure in the selection of Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects and PCL Constructors.

A green convention facility will significantly reduce the environmental impact on the downtown core by shrinking greenhouse gas emissions associated with facility operations and energy use. The Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre insisted on strong environmental performance and leadership because of its location but also because of a commitment to doing what is right for the future of the planet.

Considerable resourcefulness and creativity on green solutions have been applied to the demolition and construction of the new facility, which began in the fall of 2008. Attention has been paid to reducing 50 per cent of construction waste sent to the landfill by recycling materials such as concrete, steel, gypsum and wood. Seventy-five per cent of job site waste is being recycled through a comprehensive bin storage and pick-up program for steel, wood, plastic, gypsum and cardboard. Food and beverage containers are placed in blue boxes, and a detailed record of all weigh bills will be managed by the LEED consultant on the project.

During construction, the comfort and well-being of occupants will be protected through an indoor air quality program that will prevent moisture and debris from gathering in the HVAC and duct work, protect finished areas from construction debris, and provide for daily clean up to promote a clean and safe working environment. Another critical component will be the installation of materials which create dust, such as drywall and odorous materials, such as paints and sealants, prior to the installation of absorptive materials such as carpet and acoustic tile.

Soil erosion and sediment control on the building site has been a major consideration. A silt fence has been built around the perimeter of the site. Storm drain inlets are protected with fabric that filters silt and sediment, again helping to maintain a healthy work environment.

The design of the Ottawa Convention Centre will also enhance environmental sustainability. Energy savings of 25 percent as compared to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings will be achieved. This will be done through the installation of high efficiency mechanical equipment, a high performance building envelope, recycling of ventilation products, increased insulation levels, variable seed pumps and motors, high performance windows and frames, and occupancy and daylight sensors to reduce interior lighting consumption, and low-flow water fixtures to reduce water consumption.

The facility will also have a thermal monitoring system so that at all times only the required heating and cooling will be on. In addition, one hundred per cent of parking spaces will be under the Ottawa Convention Centre which creates a heating source and increases energy efficiency for the building.

To encourage environmentally responsible maintenance practices, a green housekeeping program will be implemented using Green Seal and EcoLogo certified cleaning products and materials such as paper towels that are made of recycled content. Being in the heart of the downtown core means that access to public transportation and alternative transportation is available. The architects have also provided ample locations for bike racks, and shower facilities for staff who choose to ride bicycles or jog to work.

One of the most distinct green practices in the new convention centre, and a demonstration of serious commitment to environmental protection, is a ‘Green Building Education” program. This will incorporate in a central location an interactive kiosk, signage and a visible case study on how the application of green technology worked in both the construction and the operation of the facility.

LEED certification is administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council, and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The Ottawa Convention Centre became the first Canadian Founding Industry Partner of the Convene Green Alliance, a grass-roots organization based in Washington DC represented by numerous industry sectors concerned about the environment.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is scheduled to open in April 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the province of Ontario.

12
Feb

New Brand for the OCC Heralds Bold, New Marketing Strategy

OTTAWA – A bold, new visual identity to complement the iconic design of the new Ottawa Congress Centre (OCC) was unveiled today, reflecting new desired branding for the facility and an unprecedented marketing position in attracting conventions and events to Ottawa from around the world.

The new logo, corresponding to the innovative architecture of the new convention centre, its location and experience promise is deliberately modern, unconventional and compelling. The sinuous and flowing lines in the symbol represent core features of the nation’s capital – the abundance of water in its rivers and the Rideau Canal, reflected in the colour blue; the commitment to an environmentally-friendly building and operations, reflected in the colour green, and the colour red at the crest is suggestive of Ottawa’s place on the national stage.

“This new logo features a series of light gradations, similar to the extraordinary reflections we see in the waterfront in Ottawa,” said Patrick Kelly, president of the OCC. “But it also reflects the design of the building with its crystalline, glass exterior and its openness. We truly believe that Ottawa will host remarkable events in the future that will help define the 21st century.”

Like the new building, the logo hopes to create a memory about Ottawa for people who live here or visit, but also to connect with the city’s history of boats and vessels travelling the canal and the rivers. The shape of the tulip is implicit, again a symbol of Ottawa, and representative of one of the most enduring attractions to the city – the Tulip Festival. Like the new facility, the logo has clear lines of circulation and orientation, transparency, movement and connection.

“The soft curves of the logo imply a safe, welcoming, service-inspired atmosphere within the new OCC,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board. “I think it speaks well to the gentle but dynamic ambiance of the city.”

The new visual identity is the first explicit element of the new branding for the facility. An exhaustive study conducted last summer led the OCC Board and management team to adopt new branding that will dictate the development of our product offering and the overall corporate philosophy.

A second key element is a minor name change. A research study of key stakeholders throughout North America resulted in a change of designation for the new facility from the Ottawa Congress Centre to the Ottawa Convention Centre. Surveyed experts in the field agreed that it was important to specify the location of the site and that the word “convention” adhered more closely to recognized international industry standards.

Beyond the visual identity and name, the new brand heralds an innovative marketing strategy that reaches, for the first time, into American and European markets. Given the expansion of space and the inventive room flexibility in the new building, the OCC marketing team has made significant inroads into international meeting planner associations who are keen to bring their conventions to Ottawa for the first time.
IMN Solutions, a Washington, DC corporation who coordinate all aspects of meetings, travel and trade shows, is just one of many major organizations outside Canada whose head is turned with great interest toward the OCC redevelopment project.

“Ottawa as a destination will be at the top of our list, for the first time ever,” said Brian Knapp, executive vice-president of IMN Solutions. “Ottawa is a gem that has not been accessed before because of the limitations of the old facility. The city is uniquely beautiful in all seasons, and the new convention centre is uniquely designed. We are very excited about the potential that now exists, and the city should be as well.”

Mr. Knapp added that the visibility both in and out of the new facility is a distinctive feature that allows convention activity to be seen outside by passersby, while the interior allows for stunning views of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Art Gallery and the downtown core. He also emphasized the priority now placed on green buildings and environmentally-friendly operations at conventions and meeting by associations and organizations, a significant factor in the selection of a destination.

“Once the big conventions start coming to Ottawa, word quickly spreads that the destination is unique, eco-friendly and desirable,” Mr. Knapp said. “The value of a large convention is worth millions in facility rental, room rentals, and ancillary spending by the visitors. In this economy, the timing to redevelop Ottawa’s convention facilities couldn’t have been better.”

To mark the launch of the new brand, the OCC and Ottawa Tourism signed a cooperation agreement today that provides for joint, collaborative marketing efforts. This cooperation represents a major step forward in the establishment of an effective, dedicated collaborative to increase tourism and special events in the city of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is currently undergoing demolition with construction to start in March 2009. The facility is on schedule, within budget, and set to open in April 2011.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

1
Jan

Creative Brief on the New Identity for the OCC

THE THINKING BEHIND THE LOGO

OCC logo

  • A representation of the tulip-inspired architecture, this logo features a series of light gradations, referring to the extraordinary reflections of waterfront, glass facade, and openness of the new building.
  • The historic canal waterway is alluded to with the wave-like graphic on the lower half, also imparting a sense of motion and momentum.
  • The striking definitive form gives a modern, contemporary feel that suggest accessibility, transparency, movement and connection. It also underlines the flexibility of spaces within the centre.
  • The soft curves of the logo imply a safe, welcoming, service-inspired atmosphere within the OCC, as well as the gentle ambiance of Ottawa
  • The colour green reflects both green spaces and environmental sensibilities which are core to the redevelopment project. The red banner at the top is representative of the national stage. The blue reflects Ottawa’s historical reliance on waterways and the use of boats and vessels to transport people and products.
  • The new tagline – Canada’s Meeting Place elevates the facility to a national stage, and suggests the new convention facility is a place for Canadian and international leaders.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

22
Oct

OCC Board Selects Preferred Proponent — Work to Begin Imminently

OTTAWA — Yesterday the Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) selected the preferred proponent to demolish, design, build and finance the new convention centre that will rise up on the existing site.

The proposal submitted by PCL Constructors and Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects (BBB) was selected over the competing proposal by EllisDon Corporation and Parkin Architects Limited.

“After careful analysis and review, the Board concluded that the proposal from PCL and BBB best demonstrated the capability to create an iconic landmark for the city of Ottawa,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board. “This proponent met the rigourous specifications set out in our Request for Proposals, and in many instances exceeded them.”

The core design features a complex, crystalline building, shaped in a tulip form laid on its side, to reflect one of the most prominent and beautiful symbols of the city of Ottawa. The elegant crystal building is 300 feet in length, with an airy, inviting ambience. Its modern design is intended to sit gracefully in the historic downtown core of Ottawa, and enhance the beauty of the east side of the Rideau Canal.

“The crystal design is in such stark contrast to the gray, concealed building we now have as our convention facility,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the OCC. “We will, in effect, finally balance the beauty of the west side of the Canal with a facility and landscaping deserving of the location.”

One of the key elements of the design is the ability for visitors to Ottawa to look out on the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, the National Art Gallery, and the many beautiful historic sites that define the city of Ottawa. Meeting and convention participants will be visible within the building, and organizations will be able to market themselves to all who pass by the new centre.

“All people coming to Ottawa will be constantly looking out at Ottawa,” said Mr. Durrell. “It will not be long before visitors to the new facility will be telling others across Canada, and around the world, about their experience in Canada’s new meeting place. We couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.”

The colour palette within the interior of the facility will reflect the colours of the Ottawa- Gatineau landscape throughout the four seasons, particularly during the fall season when the scenery in the Ottawa-Gatineau region is among the most vibrant anywhere in the country.

The OCC had several objectives and key success criteria for the winning proponent to meet. They include working within a budget of $159 million to deliver a state-of-the-art convention centre, and the creation of an iconic solution in a sustainable design and development that is energy and environmentally efficient.

The redeveloped facility is expected to meet or exceed every specification set out in the Request for Proposals, and be completed on time and within budget. The proposal needed as well to include new, innovative revenue sources, and serve as a catalyst in the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown core.

Roadwork on Colonel By Drive is expected to begin imminently. Preparation for demolition is expected to start at the end of October. Demolition will take approximately six months, with construction of the new facility expected to begin in March 2009. The new OCC will open in the spring of 2011.

GBA, under the leadership of Graham Bird, is responsible for directing the redevelopment process of the OCC. Ongoing information on this process is available at www.gbassociates.ca.

1
Oct

Backgrounder on the Preferred Proponent Redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre

The PCL family of companies is a group of independent construction companies working out of major offices in 29 locations across Canada, United States and the Bahamas.

These companies form the largest general contracting organization in Canada and the eighth largest in the United States, with an annual construction volume of more than $5 billion.

The PCL family is made up of more than 3,000 full-time professional and administrative salaried staff, and upwards of 5,000 hourly trades people. Since the organization is 100 per cent employee-owned by the majority of their salaried employees, the people who own the PCL family of companies are, in large measure, the people who lead the work.

Their founder Ernie Poole started out in Saskatchewan in 1906 as a builder of small projects, such as farmhouses and four-room schoolhouses. A good businessman with long-term vision, Ernie knew that the key to securing client confidence was to not only deliver a project on time and on budget, but to deliver it using the time-honored principles of honesty, fair play and providing good value for one’s construction dollar. Those principles have made PCL what it is today, and are still very much a part of their culture.

About Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects
Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects  is an architecture, design, planning and strategic consulting firm, established in Ottawa in 1986, with both a national and international clientele. The firm specializes in a wide range of building and facilities for businesses, institutions and public agencies. Their services engage the full building cycle from initial planning through design, implementation, and management. They focus on the client’s  goals and strategies, and seek to add substantial value to their enterprise through their design services. They believe that their designs should embody the client’s core values, enhance their corporate culture, the efficiency in which they operate and their public profile.  In short they believe that good design is an investment, not a cost, and that the business of design is the design of business.

The firm is known internationally for their sports and stadium work, which includes the new Madison Square Garden and Air Canada Centre. In Ottawa their award-winning designs includes the World Exchange Plaza, La Cité Collégiale and the NCC headquarters complex the Chambers. Their recent work in Ottawa includes the new McDonald Cartier International Airport for which they won the RAIC’s excellence in Urban Design Award. Their design for the City of Ottawa won them an accessibility design award, and the Canadian Medical Association Headquarters garnered the Ontario Architecture Association award for architectural excellence.

15
Aug

OCC Becomes Canada’s First Industry Member of International Convene Green Alliance

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) has become Canada’s first Founding Industry Member of the international Convene Green Alliance (CGA), a grass-roots industry initiative spearheaded by several high profile associations from around the world that aspire to positive environmental practices.

The Board and Management of the Ottawa Convention Centre are committed to improving the environmental impact of their events and operations in the new facility scheduled to open in the spring of 2011. The new building will achieve substantially better performance in energy efficiency, conservation and waste reduction, indoor air quality and water efficiency than is currently available in the existing facility.

Materials that are regionally manufactured or recycled will be used in the construction, which will contribute to the local economy but also avoid pollution associated with transportation. The finishing products such as carpets, millwork, and paints will be low in volatile compounds, and in the summer, air will be pre-cooled as it enters the building, and pre-heated in the winter.

“Our neighbours to the north at the Ottawa Convention Centre are ahead of the curve in terms of their leadership in environmental issues,” said Jack Sammis, President & CEO of CGA. “Ottawa will be setting the bar, and at the same time, a great example in their commitment to a comprehensive environmental program in the new centre.”

The CGA strongly endorses the environmental planning that has been integral to the redevelopment project. For example, the OCC intends to implement a complete waste management system, replete with advanced collection and sorting plans. Another feature is an advanced green housekeeping and maintenance regime that will ensure that the building continues to operate in a healthy and environmentally friendly way for all visitors, staff and exhibitors.

“We are delighted to become the first Canadian Founding Industry Member of the CGA,” said Pat Kelly, President of the OCC. “As a member, we are joining other leading destination and multi-national hotel chains in shaping the future of green meetings while people gather to exchange ideas. The OCC has always had an interest in environmental leadership and we are proud to continue this commitment in the new facility.”

The members of the CGA, based in Arlington, Virginia, intend to leverage their combined influence to encourage the hospitality industry to minimize its environmental footprint throughout the world. The Ottawa Convention Centre fully supports the mandate of the CGA.

16
Jun

New Ottawa Convention Centre to Become a ‘Green’ Gem for Canada

OTTAWA – When it opens in 2011, the new Ottawa Convention Centre will offer businesses, visitors and its staff an exceptional environmentally healthy and “green” meeting facility. A major requirement of the winning proposal to redevelop the convention centre is demonstrated environmental leadership, which will count as a critical measure in the selection of the proponent.

Today the Honourable John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment for the province of Ontario, and the Honourable John Baird, Canada’s Environment Minister, joined Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien to announce their joint support for a leading-edge green convention centre in the nation’s capital. They also issued a call for all future redevelopment projects in Canada to consider the environment in every aspect of design, construction and operation.

“Going green is the way of the future,” said Minister Gerretsen “It’s vitally important for competing in the new economy of the twenty-first century where high-skilled, high-paying jobs are based on leading-edge business practices that protect our environment. The plan for the new Ottawa Convention Centre is an excellent example of the kind of visionary thinking everyone needs to be doing. ”

A green convention facility will significantly reduce the environmental impact on the downtown core by shrinking greenhouse gas emissions associated with facility operations and energy use. The Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre insisted on strong environmental performance and leadership because of its location but also because of a commitment to doing what is right for the future of the planet.

“The new Ottawa Convention Centre will be a great example across Ontario and Canada of a major project which is meeting the environmental challenge,” said Minister Baird. “As Regional Minister for Ottawa and as Canada’s Environment Minister, I am pleased that the federal government has already announced it is providing $50 million in support for this important fixture in our great city. Ottawa will really be getting a ‘two-for-one’: a new Convention Centre and an environmentally-friendly addition to our city.”

Considerable resourcefulness and creativity on green solutions are expected to emerge in the proposals next month from Ellis Don and PCL Constructors, both competing for the contract to redevelop the convention facility. The result will mean that the new building will achieve substantially better performance in energy efficiency, conservation and waste reduction, indoor air quality and water efficiency than is currently available in the existing facility. These efficiencies will in turn reduce operating costs in a new facility.

“The City of Ottawa is proud to partner with the governments of Ontario and Canada and invest in such leadership in environmentally sustainable redevelopment,” said Mayor O’Brien. “We are particularly proud that our city will be host to a new facility that sets a standard for new convention facilities everywhere.”

Required in the proposals are solutions for energy efficiency and an innovative design for ventilation and air management systems that recover energy from stale air before it is exhausted from the building. Windows will need to be double glazed, gas-filled, air tight and thermally insulated. Mechanical devices and motor drives in the building will need to run at variable speeds so that when they are not needed, devices are slowed down or shut off.

“The building will provide an extremely healthy environment for all who enter it,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre. “It will be sealed up very well, without off-gas emissions from the building materials associated with buildings of the past. These odours contain volatile organic compounds which are not healthy for humans or the environment.”

The new facility is expected to use materials that are regionally manufactured or recycled to contribute to the local economy but also avoid pollution associated with transportation. The finishing products such as carpets, millwork, and paints will be low in volatile compounds, and in the summer, air will be pre-cooled as it enters the building, and pre-heated in the winter.

The proponents have been asked to come up with a solution for gathering storm water to be recycled for toilet use and irrigation. The facility may also have its own water filtration plant, again to reduce waste, re-use and recycle. The roof top will have garden areas where for example, in time, herbs can be grown, flash frozen, and used in the preparation of meals on an ongoing basis. This will complement several major new innovations that will be introduced in the commercial kitchen in order to reduce waste and substantially improve energy efficiency.

The OCC also intends to implement a comprehensive waste management program, replete with advanced collection and sorting plans. Another feature of the post-occupancy environmental plan is an advanced green housekeeping and maintenance regime that will ensure that the building continues to operate in a healthy and environmentally friendly way for all visitors, staff and exhibitors.

In their work on the new convention facilities, proponents are encouraged to come up with some of their own environmental innovations, but are required to achieve LEED certification. LEED, which is administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is North America’s leading third party green building rating system.

“The Ottawa Convention Centre has always had an interest in environmental leadership,” said Patrick Kelly, President, Ottawa Convention Centre. “In 2008, we became the first Canadian Founding Industry Partner of the Convene Green Alliance. The Alliance is a grass-roots organization based in Washington DC represented by numerous industry sectors concerned about the environment. As a Founding Industry Member, we have joined other leading destinations and multi-national hotel chains in shaping the future of green meetings while people gather to exchange ideas. We are very proud to continue this commitment in the new facility. ”

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

16
May

Request for Proposals for New Convention Centre to Result in Architectural Gem in the City of Ottawa

OTTAWA – Two major conglomerates have qualified to submit proposals to demolish the existing Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), and design, build, and finance a new state-of-the-art facility on the existing site.

The conglomerates, or proponents, have high expectations to meet in their proposal submissions, particularly with a requirement that the new facility form the entry to the downtown core and begin an important process of renewal for the area.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued last week to proponent team leads EllisDon Corporation and PCL Constructors Canada Inc. They have been asked to submit proposals that include detailed features on design, architecture, construction methodology, schedule, environmental sustainability, budget and timelines. The proposals must meet every specification laid out in the RFP, and be built on time and within budget. It must also meet high standards in environmental sustainability in every aspect of construction and operation.

“The proposed designs have to capitalize on the spectacular views of the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, and as well create a spectacular new facility that will add to the significance of this historic area,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the Board of the OCC. “The new facility must be an architectural gem and provide for a safe, pedestrian friendly environment.”

There are a number of key features that must be built into the design of the meeting place. There must be provision for concurrent conventions and therefore functional flexibility of the meeting rooms. All design features must be easy to maintain and replace in order to allow for thirty years of keeping the facility in a “like new” condition.

Noise transfer throughout the new facility must be at an unprecedented minimal level, including noise pollution in meeting spaces from elevators, escalators, employee work areas, the loading dock and mechanical equipment. Walls are to be highly impact resistant, and floors are to be free of grouting and joints that cause disruptive noise when carts are rolled across them.

“We are very excited about the large multi-purpose and the specifications set out in the RFP,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the OCC. “The multi-purpose ballroom must be connected and freely accessible to an outdoor green space with grass and trees at the same level as the top of the Rideau Centre. The multi-purpose room and pre-function space will have approximately 90,000 square feet that can be sub-divided into a number of configurations or left open for large events. The view is spectacular from this vantage point looking out on Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier and the Rideau Canal – no matter what time of year.”

The RFP is explicit about recreating a new entry way into the downtown core. Streetscape improvement will enhance the beauty and usage of the Rideau Canal across the street from the site. A sidewalk graced with trees is required along the section of Colonel By Drive in front of the OCC. The speed limit will be reduced from 60 kilometers an hour to 40, and the number of lanes will revert to two instead of its current four-lane expansion in front of the OCC.

“The site needs to be safe for pedestrians and visitors not familiar with the area in front of the OCC,” Mr. Durrell added. “At the moment, traffic races along Colonel By. We are grateful to the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission who agree with these important changes and approved them.”

A grand marquee entrance, inviting and well lit in the evenings, will lead into a facility with a high level of design detail, sophistication and durability. The interior and exterior finishes must be neutral, warm and contemporary, suitable for VIP galas, trade shows, conventions and meetings.

“We took considerable time deciding on a state-of-the-art kitchen system that will accommodate over 4000 meals at a sitting, but also allow for seated meals, buffets, concessions and banquets,” said Mr. Kelly. “We require the best technology in food production systems that include a process of cooking, chilling, and re-warming of meals that need to be prepared in advance. The quality of the food experience, given the state-of-the-art technology, is incomparable.”

The 200,000 square foot, $159 million project is in the final stages of the procurement process with proposals due back by early July. The procurement process began on February 19, 2008 with the issuing of a Request for Qualifications, which was followed by the RFP on May 8. The final selection of the consortium will take place in late July. Demolition of the existing OCC site is expected to begin in September 2008.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

18
Apr

Unique Partnership with Ottawa Convention Centre Ensures Best Construction and Training

OTTAWA – The construction program of the new Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) has resulted in the unprecedented establishment of a business partnership among the Building and Construction Trades Council, Algonquin College and the Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre.

The partnership, formed through a joint Memorandum of Understanding, will ensure that the best quality of materials and workmanship will be applied to the construction of the new convention facility. It commits all the partners to providing a leading-edge facility with a 100-year durability and a major commitment to excellence led by the Building and Construction Trades Council, the body that represents the various unions and their affiliates in the local building and trade industry.

“Effective partnerships such as the one established here ensures that work continues through thick and thin, for better or worse, on time and within budget,” said Richard Corcoran, President, Building and Construction Trades Council. “These are the qualities that ensure success, and what we and our affiliates will demonstrate throughout the entire construction period.”

The partnership will help reduce the skilled trades shortage by creating opportunities for apprentices, address gaps in training, and identify areas for collaboration that exist in the building of a new convention centre.

“This project partnership represents more than a guarantee of quality and timely workmanship in the development of Canada’s new convention centre,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board. “It also represents a collective effort to partner in important educational opportunities for our youth, and to demonstrate social responsibility to renew Ottawa’s downtown core.”

The partnership also provides students in Algonquin College’s building trades program with opportunities to work with and be mentored by experienced trade workers who will build the new centre. Some of these trade apprentices include student carpenters, electricians, welders, and plumbers, for example, who will work with the latest construction materials, and learn the latest techniques in construction and environmentally friendly design.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to learn and contribute to an important new Ottawa landmark,” said John-Paul Tapp, Dean of the School of Transportation and Building Trades. “This partnership is a solid representation of what can be achieved when organizations work together towards improving our community, and the future of our community members.”

The parties have also agreed to help local agencies in their efforts to reduce homelessness in the downtown core. The consortia that qualify to submit proposals for the redevelopment of the OCC, a process expected to begin shortly, will develop the details of their participation in this initiative.

The 200,000 square foot, $159 million project is in the planning stages with a target completion date of April 2011. Funding from the federal, provincial and municipal governments is in place and committed to; arrangements for financing of approximately $ 35 million is underway. The procurement process began on February 19, 2008 with the issuing of a Request for Qualifications, which will be followed by a Request for Proposals in late April. The final selection of the consortium will take place in July. Demolition of the existing OCC site is expected to begin in September 2008.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

4
Apr

Ottawa’s New Convention Centre Now Booking Conventions and Meetings for 2011 and Beyond

OTTAWA – The new Ottawa Convention Centre, set to open in April 2011, is now booking conventions and meetings in 2011 and beyond. With approximately 200,000 square feet of rentable space, the new Centre will accommodate multiple events concurrently and will attract organizations that have had to book their events in other Canadian cities due to a lack of meeting space in Ottawa.

“With funding for redevelopment approved and a construction schedule in place, our sales department has had a very encouraging start to their selling efforts. To date, we have nine committed conventions, including the Canadian Library Association, and seventeen that are pending signatures. These are excellent results considering that we are in the early stages of our redevelopment marketing and sales plans”, said Patrick Kelly, President of the Ottawa Convention Centre.

The Ottawa Convention Centre has had to turn away over 2,500 events over the last five years because of the limitations of the existing facility.

“The Canadian Library Association is pleased to commit to holding our 2012 and 2015 annual conference in the new Ottawa Convention Centre facility”, said CLA Executive Director Don Butcher. “As a national association based in Ottawa, we are delighted that we will have a state-of-the-art facility in the nation’s capital that will accommodate our conventions in the years to come. We look forward to bringing our delegates to Ottawa to experience the unique cultural and historical experience that no other Canadian city can offer.”

The procurement process is underway with a final consortium to be selected in July 2008. Demolition of the existing building will begin in September, and construction is expected to follow shortly after in February 2009. The new building will offer flexible meeting space, outstanding views of the nation’s capital and will be among one of the most environmentally and energy friendly convention centres in the country.

“The Board is pleased to see the slate of new and existing clients expressing interest and booking space for 2011 and into the future,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the Ottawa Convention Centre Board. “As it stands today, and given the very recent approvals needed to build the new facility, we are thrilled that there is such interest across many sectors to hold meetings, conventions and tradeshows in the new building.”

21
Feb

Ottawa Convention Centre Becomes Canada’s First Industry Member of International Convene Green Alliance

OTTAWA – The Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) issued a formal search this week for qualified partners to demolish the existing site, and design, build and finance a new convention centre. The OCC Board will short list three partners responding to their ‘Request for Qualifications’ based on their submissions, which are due on March 17, 2008.

“This marks a major step forward in our redevelopment process for Canada’s new convention centre,” said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board. “It is our intention through this process to partner with the best in the industry so that we complete the construction and meet every specification, on time and within budget. There is no ambiguity around this commitment to our funders and our community.”

The OCC has several objectives and key success criteria, which the successful proponents will be expected to achieve. They include: the delivery of a state-of-the-art Tier II convention centre; the creation of an iconic solution in a sustainable design and development that is energy and environmentally efficient; fully meets or exceeds every specification set out by the OCC Project Management Team; is completed on time and within budget; provides for innovative revenue sources; and serves as a catalyst in the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown core and tourism industry.

The OCC Board and the Project Management Team will review the submissions, with the announcement of the three short-listed proponents at the end of March, 2008.

“The project is moving ahead on schedule which will enable our marketing team to book meetings and conventions for opening day in April 2011 and for years to follow,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the OCC. “The momentum of this project, thanks to the tremendous support of the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada, , the City of Ottawa, and our many stakeholders and community partners, will see that a world-class convention centre will happen, finally, in the nation’s capital.”

The procurement process involves this week’s issuing of a ‘Request for Qualifications’, resulting in a short list of three qualified proponents who will be asked to respond to a ‘Request for Proposal’ to be issued in April, 2008. The three proposals are required to be submitted in June, 2008. The recommended partner will be selected the end of July with complete negotiations and final project agreements to be signed in September.

Demolition of the existing OCC will begin immediately after.

1
Jan

Backgrounder – Environmental Leadership in the New Ottawa Convention Centre

The redevelopment of the new Ottawa Convention Centre will be a leading example of environmental innovation and sustainability that will project an image of a forward thinking venue delivering the best client services in the industry.

The new facility will offer businesses and visitors a productive, healthy, dynamic and environmentally and technologically responsive venue which will allow clients to promote their enterprises and conduct their affairs responsibly, while at the same time enjoying a fulfilling professional experience.

Commitment to Environmental Design and Construction

The following goals must be met in the new facility:

  • Reduce the atmospheric impact of the new facility and its occupants;
  • Optimize on-site water management systems to reduce the consumption of potable water and the volume of storm and sanitary wastewater conveyed off-site;
  • Ensure healthy indoor environmental quality for the benefit of staff, visitors and clients/customers;
  • Contribute to the site’s urban ecology;
  • Optimize the use of sustainably harvested natural resources and other materials with low embodied energy and/or reduced ecological footprints;
  • Optimize building operation to reduce costs and support the reduced ecological footprint of the building;
  • Design and construct the new facility to last by avoiding obsolescence, premature replacement of parts and/or systems and undue burdens on maintenance regimes;
  • Highlight the building’s performance to raise awareness about the relationship between the building, its surrounding community and the local, regional and global environment;
  • Investigate and/or propose sustainability partnerships and alliances with green product manufacturers and technologies through a green procurement strategy;
  • Establish a new benchmark for green building certification for convention centres with the Canada Green Building Council and the LEED™ Green Building Rating System.
28
Oct

Ottawa Convention Centre Development Announcement Backgrounder

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), an Operational Enterprise of the Government of Ontario, was built in 1983 to be an economic driver for the tourism industry in the National Capital Region and the Province of Ontario. It was built as part of the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown core in conjunction with the Rideau Centre and the Westin Hotel. Its primary market is meetings, conventions, tradeshows and special events. Today’s OCC has 70,000 square feet of rentable space.

Expansion of the Ottawa Convention Centre has been discussed for over a decade. As a G8 capital, and fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada, the size of Ottawa’s primary meeting and convention facility is inadequate.    Ottawa continues to turn away medium sized meetings and conventions due to a lack of capacity and has been progressively losing market share and business to other mid-sized Canadian cities like Quebec City, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

In January 2000, Examination of a Business Case for Expanded Convention Facilities in the Ottawa-Carleton Region, completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers supported the case for expansion.  By 2003, funding commitments from the Province of Ontario ($30 million), the Government of Canada ($30 million) and the City of Ottawa ($25 million) were secured.

In 2005, a proposed vertical expansion option on the existing site was developed.  In February 2006, the Province of Ontario took the decision to cancel the project due to high construction costs and substantial design challenges.  Concurrent with the cancellation, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism challenged the OCC Board of Directors to consult with the local tourism and business communities to find an Ottawa-based solution to improve Ottawa’s convention facilities.

In May 2007, under the leadership of a new Chair, President and renewed Board of Directors, a Feasibility Study on the Re-development of the Ottawa Convention Centre was commissioned.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2007, the Ottawa Convention Centre Board of Directors approved the Feasibility Study on the Re-development of the Ottawa Convention Centre and its supporting business case.

In November 2007, the OCC received funding commitments from each of its public sector partners for a total investment of the following: Province of Ontario ($50 million), Government of Canada ($50 million) and the City of Ottawa ($40 million). The balance of the project costs will be debt-financed conditional upon approval by the Province of Ontario. The cost of the project is presently estimated to be $159 million.

The Ottawa Convention Centre and its landlord, Viking Rideau Corporation have made tremendous progress and will continue to work towards an acceptable re-stated lease agreement which will provide the necessary framework to move forward with the project.

The primary recommendation of the Feasibility Study is to re-develop the OCC on the existing site. This will allow the Centre to fulfill its mandate as a world class meeting place in the heart of Canada’s Capital, revitalize the urban landscape and provide the opportunity for linkages to important cultural and recreational sites.

A downtown location, in close proximity to hotels and cultural attractions, entertainment and dining, retail and Parliament Hill highlights Ottawa’s desirability as a meeting destination. The recent designation of the Rideau Canal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site adds further prominence and profile to the Centre’s landmark location.

The Feasibility Study recommends that the OCC be demolished and a new building constructed on the existing site.  The OCC plans to cease business operations on September 1, 2008 and commence demolition.  Demolition is projected to take 6 months with a targeted opening date of April 1, 2011.

7
Oct

Ottawa Convention Centre Recruits New Vice-President with International Convention Marketing Expertise

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre has recruited a veteran and innovative sales and marketing specialist whose objective it is to attract more and larger national and international conventions and tradeshows to Ottawa in time for the 2011 opening of the redeveloped Ottawa Convention Centre.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Convention Centre has recruited a veteran and innovative sales and marketing specialist whose objective it is to attract more and larger national and international conventions and tradeshows to Ottawa in time for the 2011 opening of the redeveloped Ottawa Convention Centre.

Marc-André Varin, now the Vice-President of Marketing and Revenue Management for the Ottawa Convention Centre, has a proven track record as the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Montréal is one of Canada’s leading convention destinations. Mr. Varin played a key role in the success that Montréal has had hosting large, high profile international events. Mr. Varin has also held senior executive positions with Air Canada, Aéroports de Montréal and the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec.

The plan was commissioned by the Board and completed by GBA, an Ottawa-based development firm led by Graham Bird. The plan included a feasibility study, which outlined a number of major obstacles facing the possibility of expansion on the current site but also a business plan that produced recommendations to overcome these obstacles.

“Mr. Varin understands the needs of large global meetings and conventions,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the Ottawa Convention Centre. “His familiarity with international and national organizations is complemented by his expertise in delivering superior customer service. This level of service and sophistication is what the city of Ottawa needs in a new convention centre.”

The plan for Ottawa’s new convention centre includes expanding the market to attract international meetings and organizations that would benefit from the proximity to the Government of Canada and the hundreds of national non-government organizations whose head offices are in Ottawa

“Many organizations want to come to the Nation’s Capital and haven’t been able to because the primary convention facility is inadequate,” said Mr. Varin. “With a new convention centre, we have a tremendous opportunity to attract influential and world-renowned organizations. The increase of international and national events that will occur as a result of the redevelopment will have major economic and social benefits for the Ottawa region.”

Mr. Varin and his marketing and sales team are working on plans to attract more and larger conventions into the new Convention Centre which is scheduled to open in April 2011. The construction phase is expected to start in September 2008. The new plan triples the floor space to 200,000 square feet, including 100,000 square feet of contiguous column-free space, increases green space, improves access for pedestrians and cyclists and allows for a leading example of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental sustainability.

18
Sep

Construction of the New Ottawa Convention Centre, Approved by Board

OTTAWA – The Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre announced today it has approved a comprehensive plan for the complete redevelopment of its convention facility on Colonel By Drive following the demolition and closure of the existing building on August 31, 2008.

Board Chair Jim Durrell said the dynamic new plan would triple the floor space of the current facility but maintain the same footprint in its location between the Westin Hotel and a Department of National Defense building on Colonel By Drive.  It will also change the urban landscape of this area by increasing foliage and green space, improving pedestrian flow, and providing a park-like setting in front of the new facility, along the Rideau Canal and at the foot of Daly Avenue.

The plan was commissioned by the Board and completed by GBA, an Ottawa-based development firm led by Graham Bird. The plan included a feasibility study, which outlined a number of major obstacles facing the possibility of expansion on the current site but also a business plan that produced recommendations to overcome these obstacles.

“The Ottawa Convention Centre will be the finest convention facility in Canada, offering a world class meeting experience for its clients and stakeholders,” said Mr. Durrell. “With a minimum of 200,000 square feet including 100, 000 of continuous column-free space, we will be able to target large events from around the world that yield the highest economic benefits to the region.”

The total capital cost for the new facility will be $159 million including project management, design, engineering, legal, financial and construction services. The cost also covers the provision of state-of-the-art furniture, fixtures and convention facility equipment.

Contributions of $50 million each are being sought from the federal and provincial governments, and a request to the City of Ottawa for $40 million, means that approximately $35 million will be debt financed but paid off through increased revenue generated through higher yield convention and trade show activity.

The procurement process will begin shortly by the Ottawa Convention Centre Project Team who along with the Board are committed to a development and construction process that ensures the new facility is completed on time and within budget.

Construction is expected to take 25 months following a six-month long demolition of the existing building, beginning on August 31, 2008.  Doors of the facility will open on April 1, 2011. During this time period, from demolition to construction, the operations of the Ottawa Convention Centre will shut down.

“The Ottawa Convention Centre will initiate an outplacement program for staff to move to other areas in the hospitality and tourism sector during the redevelopment phase,” said Patrick Kelly, President of the Ottawa Convention Centre. “Hiring for resumed operations will commence in January 2011 to allow for a ramp up and training period for new and returning employees. Our marketing staff will focus on securing a full program of events and conventions so we are at full operating capacity when we open on April 1, 2011.”

The key design features of the new convention facility will create an elegant and resourceful congress centre, realign Colonel By Drive as an urban renewal solution, and revitalize the urban environment for pedestrians, cyclists and tourists. The facility will improve the linkages to the Government Conference Centre and the National Arts Centre. The main convention floor will line up with the roof top park above the Rideau Centre allowing for breathtaking views of the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill.

The new facility will be a leading example of environmental innovation and sustainability by ensuring it is certified to meet the standards set out in the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) process. This means that site planning, safe water and water efficiency, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources, and the indoor environmental quality will be managed and measured as a ‘green’ component of the redevelopment program.

“One of the key strengths of the new plan is our ability to set aside a portion of our revenue to keep the building refurbished through its life cycle,” Mr. Durrell added. “Historically the Ottawa Convention Centre has not generated sufficient cash flow from operations to fund these costs, and the result today is a facility that is losing bookings due to its inadequate size and state of disrepair.”

The new concept for the Ottawa Convention Centre will allow for an unprecedented 113,010 out-of-town guests to the region annually who will rent 500,000 hotel room nights, and generate $82.4 million in revenues, as well as 2000 full time jobs in the local hotel industry. This increase in visitors will also generate $14.2 million in sales and 118 full time jobs in the local retail industry as well as $11.3 million in revenues and 141 fulltime jobs in local restaurants and bars.

The construction and labour project will provide one-time federal and provincial income taxes totaling $51 million, and ongoing tax contributions annually of $28 million. The transportation sector will also experience a significant boost in revenues through increased airport activity, taxi, car and shuttle rentals, and gasoline sales, estimated annually at $6.1 million.

“We had to turn away 2,564 events over the last five years because we simply were not big enough,” said Mr. Kelly. “This represented a loss of event revenues of $22 million. With the new centre, and expanded facilities, we conservatively expect to be able to host an additional 1,282 events could have hosted 1,282 of these events. The strength of the new plan is that we can hold events, conventions and trade shows concurrently because of the expanded size of the facility”.

The Ottawa Convention Centre and its landlord, Viking Rideau Corporation have agreed to an 80-year long term land lease. The new lease arrangement will provide for greater autonomy and decision-making by the Board in terms of facility refurbishment, complementary business activity on site, and strategic development.