Shaw Centre interior

Ottawa Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony

You are invited to the Ottawa Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony! For the 2020 Black History Month, the people of Ottawa can look forward to several wonderful events, highlighting the many achievements and valuable contributions made by people of African descent, to science, world history, culture and civilizations. To launch the 2020 Black History Month observance in Canada’s capital, Black History Ottawa has teamed up with various associations to present the Launch & Opening Ceremony.

Focusing on the theme “The United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent: Creating a New Dynamic!", to advance the spirit and intention of the U.N. Decade of People of African Descent (2015-2024)., the afternoon’s program will reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of Ottawa’s Black community. It will include the presentation of the 2020 Black History Month proclamation by Mayor Jim Watson, the official unveiling of the 2020 Canada Post Black History Month stamp, remarks from dignitaries, as well as live performances by local artists. As well, a number of individuals will receive the Black History Ottawa Community Builder Awards.

Join us to make February 2020 the most memorable Black History Month ever!

Saturday January 25, 2020
14:00 - 16:00

Room 214

27 - 29


CERIC presents Cannexus — a bilingual National Career Development Conference designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career and workforce development.

The Cannexus conference was first held in 2007 and continues to expand in scope and impact. The conference offers delegates robust programming and relevant professional development opportunities at competitive rates. Networking opportunities abound!

Be part of Canada’s largest conference for career counsellors, career development professionals and the career services sector! Cannexus is growing more than 1,200 participants registered this past year from across Canada and internationally and will take place at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Monday January 27, 2020 - Wednesday January 29, 2020

Jan 31
Feb 1

Canada’s Great Kitchen Party: Canadian Culinary Championships

The Canadian Culinary Championships is the grand finale of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party events that are held annually in the fall. Staged in twelve cities, the events are a celebration of the pillars of Canadian culture – sport, music and food with a purpose of providing young Canadians the opportunity to be extraordinary in the same pillars. High performing athletes are provided the support they need to compete on the world stage. Musical instruments are purchased for schools, enabling students to discover the magic of music. And kids learn from leading Canadian chefs how to grow, cook and share healthy food addressing food security for all youth. Canada’s Great Kitchen Party and the Canadian Culinary Championships support B2ten, MusiCounts and Community Food Centres Canada.

In each of the twelve cities, 8 – 10 chefs compete with a dish of their choice paired with a Canadian wine, beer or spirit.  To be invited to compete locally is a notch in the belt. To get on the podium is very difficult.  To win gold is a major achievement! To be crowned the top chef in Canada at the Canadian Culinary Championships is a career changer!

Don’t miss on what will be the most extraordinary culinary competition you will ever witness!

Friday January 31, 2020 - Saturday February 1, 2020
12:00 - 13:00


By55 Lazy Mondays – February Edition

The first Monday of the month until July, Chef Turcot and a special guest Chef will create a scrumptious 3-course meal, along with wine pairings and a welcome cocktail.  Join us in one of the Nation's Capital's most iconic buildings for a delectable meal, accompanied by Ottawa’s top culinary influences. See Chef Turcot and his culinary friends for an interactive dining experience as your meal is created before your eyes!

For this edition of By55 Lazy Mondays - the featured Chef will be Yannick Anton, the Executive Chef of Signatures Restaurant. Dinner starts at 6pm in CrEATe Kitchen, located on the first floor. Tickets are $85 which include gratuity & tax and can be purchased here. Please note this edition of By55 is SOLD OUT.

Monday February 3, 2020
18:00 - 20:30



28 - 29

The Travel and Vacation Show

Touring The Travel and Vacation Show will give valuable information on over 60 international destinations as well as over 40 Canadian exhibits from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and The North West Territories. There will be over 190 travel and vacation exhibits to experience. You will gain first-hand knowledge from representatives of tour companies, tourist boards, resorts, cruise lines and adventure vacation destinations.

Saturday March 28, 2020 - Sunday March 29, 2020

18 - 19

The National Women’s Show

The National Women's Show features exclusive products at hundreds of exhibits. Sample delicious food and wine, get tips on healthy living, indulge in free mini makeovers, watch cooking demos, and find fun travel ideas! See the hottest styles and incredible fashions on the catwalk from the best brands and local designers.

Saturday April 18, 2020 - Sunday April 19, 2020

21 - 23

Health and Fitness Show – Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The Health and Fitness Expo is a 2.5 day affair that attracts exhibitors from all over North America. The Expo is Canada’s largest, featuring over 100 retailers, and attracting over 60,000 people each year. The Expo is free to enter and open to the public. The Expo is also the site of Race Kit Pick-Up.

Thursday May 21, 2020 - Saturday May 23, 2020

12 - 19

Science and Spirituality Worldwide Conference

Join Science and Spirituality Worldwide Conference with SIX of the top world pioneers, brightest minds, leaders, authors and teachers in the field of science and spirituality – Gregg Braden, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anita Moorjani, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart and Lee Carroll – for an extraordinary life-changing event. Almost all will present a full day workshop of their own, in addition to a special three days keynotes, presentations, panels and Q&A’s!

Friday June 12, 2020 - Friday June 19, 2020

21 - 23

IEEE Sections Congress

IEEE Sections Congress is a triennial gathering of Section leadership sponsored by the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. An event that includes four days of working sessions and networking, Sections Congress involves hundreds of delegates from all ten Regions. At Congress, they learn how to utilize the resources of IEEE to maximize their effectiveness as IEEE volunteer leaders. Workshop, panel, and tutorial sessions are held on topics of interest to the Sections. Sections Congress is the one major meeting sponsored by IEEE that brings together the grassroots leadership of IEEE so that they can share ideas, concerns, and solutions.

Friday August 21, 2020 - Sunday August 23, 2020