Shaw Centre

Corporate Social Responsibility Programs


At Shaw Centre, we believe in giving back to our community – and encourage those who gather here in Ottawa’s premier meeting and event venue to join with us in doing just that.  We offer three flexible CSR programs that enable our clients to have a positive impact with minimal effort. Ask us how you can become involved and we’ll propose a CSR initiative that aligns with your organization’s values and objectives.

Shaw Centre Meal Share

Your Event Can Help End Childhood Hunger

Cousins and best friends, Hall and Bryant started out with only four partner restaurants in 2013. Since then, Mealshare has added over 300 participating restaurants, and has provided more than 1,000,000 meals to youth in need!

Mealshare is a national non-profit organization that believes every child has a right to food. Managing partners Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant, established Mealshare in 2013 with a long-term goal: to one day be able to explain to their grandchildren that there used to be hungry children in the world.

At Shaw Centre, we are happy to extend the opportunity for you to partner with this incredible organization in the fight to end youth hunger.

You are invited to donate a lump sum (at your discretion), which will be used to feed youth in need and help to expand this growing initiative.

In turn, Shaw Centre will create marketing collateral for your event, announcing exact number of meals that your company’s generous donation has provided on behalf of your guests via Mealshare.

Ask us about it and help us change the world, one meal at a time.

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Food Rescue
Recovering Surplus Food for People in Need

Food Rescue is the creation of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. Shaw Centre is an active participant in FoodRescue, a 34-year-old non-profit organization whom rescues food from hotels, restaurants and institutions that have a surplus. The food is then donated to people in need in our community via the Ottawa Mission.

As a major convention centre, it is our corporate responsibility to ensure we properly donate our excess food in a safe and sustainable manner. Not only does this platform aide us in donating our surplus food, it quantifies our overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and measures the amount of meals we’ve provided to others.

Ask us for more information about FoodRescue!

Paying It Forward With What’s Left Behind

Shaw Centre clients are doing good by donating left-over goods to the local Ottawa community with volunteer assistance from Shaw Centre colleagues.

Our Leave a Legacy Program is a flexible and easy way for clients to leave a lasting community heritage from their Shaw Centre event.

Ask us about how our volunteer colleagues can help you identify opportunities to donate anything left over – non-perishable food, obsolete marketing collateral, promotional items, furniture, displays, carpets, or anything else – from your event or organization that could help those in need in our community. We’ll look after all the arrangements to ensure your donation goes where it can make a difference.

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How the donation of excess conference supplies made a difference for students in Cameroon.

There are 128 million school-aged children in Africa today, 17 million of whom will never see the inside of a classroom. Of the 37 million of those who do attend school, many will learn very little due to the significant lack of resources available to them.

In Cameroon, there are 11 primary school children for every reading textbook and 13 for every mathematics textbook. More than 80% of teachers say they lack the materials and supplies that are needed to facilitate learning. Pens, workbooks, readers and other core materials are in short supply and therefore hold significant value to students and teachers alike.

HOPE for Children Cameroon partnered with Shaw Centre and One Young World (OYW) to address this problem. They connected at the 7th OYW summit held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa and asked a simple question: What happens to the excess pens, books, bottles and bags after we leave this conference?

Through the generous support of the Shaw Centre, HOPE for Children Cameroon received all the excess supplies from the One Young World conference. As a result, more than 200 school children in remote communities were given the opportunity to maximize their potential through the power of education.