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Halifax Convention Centre Announces First 16 Clients

Sixteen national and international organizations have selected Nova Scotia’s new Halifax Convention Centre to host their events when the facility opens its doors in 2016.

Conferences, conventions and meetings already booked at the centre are:

  • Canadian Respiratory Conference – April 2016, 650 delegates
  • Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – May 2016, 600 delegates
  • Canadian Library Association – May 2016, 1,500 delegates
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association – June 2016, 600 delegates
  • ARMA International – June 2016, 375 delegates
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry – June 2016, 1000 delegates
  • International Training Conference – (name confidential at the request of client), July 2016, 600 delegates
  • Catholic Women’s League of Canada – August 2016, 800 delegates
  • Harmony Inc. – November 2017, 1000 delegates
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities – June 2018, 2000 delegates 
  • STEMfest – 2018 STEMcon – 500 delegates
  • World Conference on Safety in Science, Industry and Education – 400 delegates
  • International Conference on Power Control and Optimisation – 250 delegates
  • Lean Engineering and Production Conference – 300 delegates
  • Canadian Urological Association – June 2018, 600 delegates
  • Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada – May 2020, 850 delegates

In addition, the Centre unveiled its new brand with a logo that includes a circle icon – a visual depiction of connections, collaboration and community. Research conducted with event planners showed that the brand represents the connections and collaborations that are unique to hosting an event in Halifax.

With two years remaining until the LEED gold certified convention centre opens its doors in 2016, Scott
Ferguson of the Halifax Convention Centre said interest among conference planners and the local
community continues to build.

“The list of national and international events choosing Nova Scotia as a result of the new Halifax
Convention Centre is significant,” said Ferguson. “Located in the heart of downtown, visitors will be just
steps away from the ocean with easy access to our city’s finest dining, shopping and cultural experiences
while enjoying their event in our new, state-of-the-art convention centre.”

David Goncalves, executive director of STEM States Incorporated, the organization that manages STEMfest,
said, “Halifax is home to some of the world’s leading academic research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re excited that our delegates will have the opportunity to experience all that Halifax has to offer, particularly the new state-of-the-art convention centre – it’s a natural fit for our conference.”

Goncalves, based out of Perth, Australia, was in attendance at a press conference in Halifax yesterday to announce that STEMfest, the two-week festival that attracts representatives from up to 20 countries, will come to Halifax in 2018.

The new Halifax Convention Centre will feature 120,000 square feet of rentable space within the Nova Centre, a one million square foot mixed used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. The funding of the new convention centre is shared between three levels of government. The province and the city will each contribute about $56 million toward capital construction costs and the federal government has committed $51 million to contribute to the remaining eligible construction costs.

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