President’s Blog

Nina Kressler, CEO And President of the Shaw Centre
Nina Kressler

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As one of Canada's leading executives in the hospitality industry, Nina shares her passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences as well as her opinions on key trends and how to stay relevant in the ever-changing landscape of meetings and events. A native of Halifax Nova Scotia, Nina's 25 years of experience with senior positions in hotel and convention centre management and in gaming and entertainment give her a unique perspective that she will share through this blog.

International Women's Day
Celebrating powerful women on International Women’s Day

Published on March 6, 2020

As a woman, mentoring other women is one of the opportunities in my career that brings me tremendous satisfaction and joy. I am proud of my continued success in an industry that is still very male-dominated at the executive level. When I was selected as the successful candidate to lead Shaw Centre after a nationwide…

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Skating Rideau Canal
Winter one of the four best seasons for events in Ottawa

Published on February 13, 2020

All kidding aside, I really do think winter is a terrific time to pay a visit to the nation’s capital. Contrary to popular belief, Ottawa is not the world’s coldest capital city (based on annual mean of the daily temperature) – that honour belongs to Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar. Nevertheless, we do get our share of cold…

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Social Media
Doing business in the 2020s: social media now an essential sales tool

Published on January 30, 2020

Our industry is constantly evolving, and when it comes to marketing and sales, this is particularly true. While establishing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with clients is just as important as ever, there are now myriad tools to connect with customers and the public. At Shaw Centre, we are working to harness the power of…

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Presidents Blog - Looking Back at 2019
A Look Back at 2019

Published on January 8, 2020

I sometimes wish we had a video camera set up by our main entrance so we could put a quick time lapse clip together of all the people who walk through Shaw Centre’s doors each year. In 2019, approximately 280,000 people spent time in our beautiful facility, venturing in from the national capital region, across…

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