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.

What they don’t teach you at event management school

Published on April 24, 2019

There are many paths that can lead to a successful career in event planning or event management. Some people enter the field with backgrounds in communications or marketing, while others pursue programs of study to prepare them for work in this fast-paced, dynamic industry. At Shaw Centre we are fortunate to have an in-house team…

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Long-Term Service Awards Celebrate Our Team’s Dedication to Customer Experience Over the Years

Published on April 3, 2019

It is the years of absolute dedication and selfless commitment of our amazing team that has made it possible for Shaw Centre to remain one of the top convention centres in the world. Being named a runner-up for the title of World’s Best Convention Centre in 2014, a prestigious award handed out by the International…

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Everyone is in sales: a strategic perspective on how to succeed

Published on March 27, 2019

If I was asked to give an extremely brief presentation to motivate the team at Shaw Centre, it would consist of just one sentence: “Everyone is in sales.” The best part? Everyone would know exactly what I mean. From the moment when they make their first impression based on appearance to when a guest first…

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Shaw centre overlooking the canal in Ottawa
Winterlude in Ottawa remains a breath of fresh air

Published on February 14, 2019

February marks one of the busiest months in our calendar as we host a plenitude of conventions and conferences at the Shaw Centre. Just like we’ve seen in the years gone by, we saw an influx of out-of-town attendees at these events this year. These out-of-town visitations result in a substantial economic impact on countless…

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