Ottawa Tourism

Meeting of Minds: Engineering

It is Canada’s smartest city, has an impeccable engineering pedigree, and boasts the country’s most intelligent meeting facility. Those factors and many more make Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, the ideal meeting destination for associations, organizations and corporations involved in the engineering sector.

If you’re a meeting planner, Ottawa’s vast engineering community offers you an unparalleled wealth of expertise from which to draw upon to build your programs and attendance.

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An Impeccable Engineering Pedigree
Ottawa is a city where delegates to engineering-related meetings and conventions will feel right at home. IEEE Ottawa was established in 1942, and is the largest and most active of all IEEE Canada sections, with 18 IEEE chapters, 2,000 members, four affinity groups and three student branches.  Engineering degrees are conferred by the University of Ottawa–ranked among the top 50 engineering programs in the world by Business Insider–and by Carleton University, whose program is among the best in the country. The two universities, along with Algonquin College and Cité collégiale, count over 27,000 students enrolled in STEM programs, and conduct over $320 million in sponsored research annually. More still is invested in engineering research by leading Canadian and international technology companies based here, including DragonWave, Telesat, Zarlink Semiconductor, Calian Technologies, Ciena Telus, Alcatel-Lucent, among many others.
An Intelligent Meeting Facility
Opened in 2011, the Shaw Centre is an engineering and architectural marvel overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An AIPC Gold Standard facility and a LEED Gold certified building, the 200,000 square foot Centre offers advanced telecommunications and networking services, exceptional cuisine, and highly professional and proven planning services and assistance. And it’s located next to the Rideau Canal and within easy walking distance of over  6,000 downtown hotel rooms, plus attractions, shopping, and restaurants
Canada’s Smartest City
It is Canada’s smartest city, has an impeccable engineering pedigree, and boasts the country’s most intelligent meeting facility. Those factors and many more make Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, the ideal meeting destination for associations, organizations and corporations involved in the engineering sector.  If you’re a meeting planner, Ottawa’s vast engineering community offers you an unparalleled wealth of expertise from which to draw upon to build your programs and attendance. Ottawa is home to Canada’s federal government, numerous prestigious research institutions, advanced technology companies, universities, national associations—and big thinkers. In fact, Ottawa has the highest concentration of engineers and scientists of any city in Canada—74,500—and the second highest in North America. Between 2005 and 2012, Ottawa recorded the most patents per capita of any city on the continent. And the Capital’s homegrown technology sector has attracted over $4.7 billion in venture capital investment over the past decade.
Briliant Off-site Venues
Ottawa’s national museums offer grand indoor spaces that make for truly memorable off-site events. Surround your delegates with historic military equipment at the Canadian War Museum, vintage aircraft at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, towering totem poles at the Canadian Museum of History, or artistic masterpieces at the National Gallery of Canada. All offer fully catered services for gala dinners, receptions and celebrations.
Off-Agenda Exploration
Canada’s Capital is a destination offering delegates a diverse and fascinating array of off-agenda activities. Historic landmarks, national museums devoted to science, technology, aerospace and more, plus culture, an exceptional culinary community, urban experiences, outdoor recreation–the fact that Ottawa is one of the country’s most popular destinations makes it an easy sell to delegates. Ask about our Flash Your Badge Program!
Let’s Formulate Intelligent Meetings Together
Ottawa Tourism, our partners at the Shaw Centre, and our convention hotel community have a singular focus on making your meeting a success. Contact us for comprehensive bid proposal assistance, planning and hosting services today.