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37.5M                                         1.3M
                          CANADA                                                        Total Population                   1
                                                                                                                                      Businesses1                                      OPEN UP TO A HOST
                          IN FOCUS                                                      19.1M
                                                                                        Total Workforce                1
                                                                                                                                      Total GDP1
                                                                                                                                                                                       OF NEW CONNECTIONS
                          Discover Canada for                                                                                                                                          The Council of Engineering and Scientific
                          Business Events                                                                                                                                              Society Executives (CESSE) has a long history       CANADA’S PRIORITY ECONOMIC SECTORS
                                                                                              1                                           2                                            of hosting world-class events in Canada.            ›   Technology
                          Destination Canada’s Business Events
                                                                                                                                                                                       When they take place in destinations across         ›   Life Sciences
                          team is charged with growing Canada’s
                                                                                        CANADA RANKS 1ST                              CANADA RANKS 2 ND IN                             the country, it seems that the whole world          ›   Advanced Manufacturing
                          share of international business events                                                                                                                                                                           ›   Natural Resources
                                                                                        IN G7 FOR QUALITY                             G7 IN OVERALL BEST                               takes notice. It’s no wonder why. With our vast
                          by promoting the country’s unique                             OF LIFE 2                                     COUNTRY RANKINGS 2                                                                                   ›   Agribusiness
                                                                                                                                                                                       landscapes, diverse cities and culture, dynamic
                          meeting, convention and incentive                                                                                                                                                                                ›   Finance and Insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                       culinary and entertainment experiences and
                          event possibilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                       unique opportunities to explore groundbreaking
                                                                                                                                                                                       ideas, Canada leads the way in hosting
                                                                                                                                                                                       memorable, content-rich conferences.
                                                                             Business events play a crucial role in economic growth. When
                                                                                                                                                                                       Established institutions and startups across the
                                                                             destinations focus on their intellectual assets in a particular industry or
                                                                             sector sphere, they can help local industries accelerate ahead of those in                                country are driving a range of economic sectors
                                                                             other communities to become leaders in their field. By aligning our                                       beyond the modern age and into the future.
                                                                             strategies with Canada’s leading innovation industries, we are creating a
                                                                                                                                                                                       When conference-goers meet in our hubs, they
                                                                             thoughtful, community-based approach to business event attraction that
                                                                             unites tourism, industry, academia, government and economic                                               can tap into Canada’s brain trust, connect with
                                                                             development agencies — lifting up culture, art, community confidence and                                  some of our brightest minds, preview made-
                                                                             pride, and ultimately, innovation.””
                                                                                                                                                                                       in-Canada solutions to the world’s greatest
                                                                             CHANTAL STURK-NADEAU
                                                                             Executive Director, Destination Canada Business Events
                                                                                                                                                                                       challenges and explore Canadian technologies
                                                                                                                                                                                       powering the future during B2B exchanges,
                                                                                                                                                                                       technical tours and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Destination Canada’s Business Events team is

                                                                                                                                                                                       excited to partner with CESSE to shine a light on
                                                                                                                                                                                       the research and technological advancements
                                There is no substitute for the creativity and energy that ignites when groups of                                                                       that makes Canada a competitor on the world
                                like-minded people come together in the same place. When organizations choose

                                to host their event in one of Canada’s centres of excellence, they not only gain
                                                                                                                                                                                       stage, as well as an innovation leader.
                                access to some of the world’s safest, greenest, creative and culturally diverse and                                                                    Custom-made for CESSE members,
                                dynamic destinations — they also gain access to their industry’s thought leaders                                                                       we hope you find this a valuable resource
                                and innovators. These opportunities not only promote the transfer of knowledge,

                                but can lead to collaboration, talent attraction, trade, investment and future
                                                                                                                                                                                       to grow your organizations.
                                leisure travellers. Such is the power of business events as a catalyst for
                                economic nourishment and social and cultural change.”                                                                                                  Isn’t it time for you to meet with purpose
                                VIRGINIE DE VISSCHER
                                                                                                                                                                                       in Canada? Connect with us to learn how.
                                Senior Director of Business Development, Economic Sectors, Destination Canada Business Events                                                
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THE VALUE                                                                                                                                                                                        I’ve been working with CESSE for three years. During this time, I’ve

                          OF HOSTING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           seen that Canada not only boasts breathtaking destinations, but it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           also a place that can match the needs of an organization, such as through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           experiential learning opportunities for members. In addition, sustainability

                          A CESSE CONFERENCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           has become increasingly important for societies when they select
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           destinations — and Canada has been proactive in ensuring its goals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           are being met.”

                          IN CANADA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Louise Ristau, CAE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Executive Director, CESSE

                                                                         We have been working with the Destination Canada team to identify                                  We selected Montreal for our annual conference (we had never held it outside
                                                                         locations that we can recommend to our Science Research Conference                                 of the United States) and from site selection to closing session, the entire event
                                                                         organizers, and we will be holding nine conferences in Canada in 2022.                             process was exceptional. We were able to tap local resources and host an event
                                                                         Canada is an attractive destination for both our US and international                              that was creative and unique — resulting in our highest attendance and rave
                                                                         attendees. The scientific communities we serve have strong working                                 reviews. Because of that success, we committed to adding Canada to our rotation
                                                                         relationships with many academic institutions and labs in Canada, and                              every four years and we’re excited to head to Vancouver in 2025!”
                                                                         they also appreciate the ease of travel and many leisure opportunities
                                                                         across the country. Nova Scotia, in particular, has been a favoured                                Nicole Testa Boston, CAE
                                                                                                                                                                            Chief Executive Officer
                                                                         destination due to its idyllic setting.”                                                           Society of Fire Protection Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                            Past Chair and Current Officer, CESSE Board of Directors
                                                                         Frank Krause, MBA, CAE
                                                                         Executive Director and CEO
                                                                         Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
                                                                         Director-at-Large, CESSE Board of Directors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We’ve held our annual conference in Vancouver and host two regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           conferences each year in destinations across the country, from Calgary

                           Along with being a wonderful destination because of its natural beauty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to Montreal. We see a range of benefits when conferences are held in
                           Canada has a rich culture and deep commitment to the values of integrity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Canada. The cities are beautiful and easy to get to, the people are friendly
                           innovation and inclusion that make it a popular destination for international
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the quality of conference facilities are exceptional. All of this plays a
                           conferences and conventions. That’s especially true for science and engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           huge role in helping to drive attendance among members. And equally as
                           organizations like ours, whose members come from around the globe seeking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           important, Canada does a remarkable job at coordinating its efforts
                           to use their time and talent to help make the world a more just, prosperous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to ensure that the decision-making process is as seamless as possible
                           and sustainable place for all.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for planners.”
                           Elena Gerstmann, PhD, CAE, FASAE

                           Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                              Robert Chalker, MBA, CAE
                           INFORMS                                                                                                                                                                                         Chief Executive Officer
                           Director-at-Large, CESSE Board of Directors                                                                                                                                                     Association for Materials Protection and PerformanceChair (2020-2021),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CESSE Board of Directors

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                                                                                                                                                                                                     ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Based in Ontario and led by the non-profit Next Generation
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Manufacturing Canada, the Advanced Manufacturing

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Supercluster is building next-generation manufacturing
                                                                                                                                                                                                     capabilities by incorporating technologies like robotics and 3D
                                                                                                                                                                                                     printing. The supercluster is positioning Canadian companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to lead industrial digitalization, maximizing competitiveness

                          EXPERTISE                                                                                                                                                                  and participation in global markets. Around the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Made in Canada” is recognized as excellence in innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                     To date, the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                     involved in more than 90 projects, with a total project value
                          When small-, medium- and large-sized companies, academic institutions                                                                                                      of over $350M. This has directly supported approximately
                                                                                                                                                                                                     1,110 jobs. Organizations that have supported the supercluster
                          and non-profit organizations come together to generate bold ideas, regional                                                                                                include MaRS, Communitech, Mitacs, Aéro Montréal, CRIAQ,
                          innovation systems are transformed.                                                                                                                                        IBM and Hockeystick.

                          Harnessing the power of collaborative R&D and a $950M investment by
                          the Government of Canada matched by the private sector unlocks the
                          power of data-driven innovation across a spectrum of industries that make
                          up Canada’s five superclusters: digital technologies, protein industries,                                                                                                  ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
                          advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI) and blue ocean science.                                                                                               A consortium of private entities, research centres, academia
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and high-potential startups, the Montréal-based Scale AI
                                                                                                                                   DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY                                                supercluster is the central pillar of Canada’s AI ecosystem,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     which identifies cross-sector collaborative projects, and
                                                                                                                                   Based in Vancouver, the Digital Technology Supercluster
                                                                                                                                                                                                     provides funding and expert guidance to strengthen and
                                                                                                                                   is a cross-industry collaboration of diverse health-care,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     improve the productivity of supply chains through the
                                                                                                                                   communications, natural resources, technology and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     integration and responsible use of AI.
                                                                                                                                   transportation businesses that co-invest in ambitious,
                                                                                                                                   business-led R&D projects focused on transformational
                                                                                                                                   digital technologies to solve some of industry’s and society’s
                                                                                                                                   biggest problems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     OCEAN ECONOMY
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Canada is growing the ocean economy in a way that has never
                                                                                                                                                                                                     been done before. Leaders in fisheries, aquaculture, defence,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     offshore resources, marine renewables, bioresources, shipping
                                                                                                                                   PROTEIN INDUSTRIES                                                and ocean technology are coming together under the Ocean
                                                                                                                                   Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is an industry-led non-profit     Supercluster umbrella to develop and commercialize solutions

                                                                                                                                   created to position Canada as a global source of high-quality     to shared challenges — together advancing Canada’s position
                                                                                                                                   plant protein and plant-based coproducts. Located in Regina,      as a global leader in the blue ocean economy.
                                                                                                                                   Saskatchewan, PIC works with private-sector industry partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Anchored in Atlantic Canada and focusing on digital sensors
                                                                                                                                   to create co-investment projects with the potential to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and monitoring, autonomous marine vehicles, energy

                                                                                                                                   production and processing, develop new and expand existing
                                                                                                                                                                                                     generation, automation, marine biotechnology and marine
                                                                                                                                   export markets, and scale Canadian agriculture businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     engineering technologies, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
                                                                                                                                                                                                     harnesses emerging technologies to change the way
                                                                                                                                                                                                     business in the ocean economy is conducted.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CESSE CONFERENCES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Association for the              International Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Advancement of Artificial        on Ultrafast Phenomena
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Intelligence Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 July 2022
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                February & March 2022            Montréal, Quebec
                          Technology is among the fastest-growing                                                                                                                                                                               Vancouver, British Columbia
                          economic sectors in Canada. More than 41,500                        LIST OF SUB-SECTORS
                          tech companies are based in Canada and there                        ›    AI
                          are over 919,000 tech workers that represent                        ›    Cybersecurity
                          a growing and diverse talent pool. Despite the                      ›    Digital media and interaction entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                           SUCCESS STORIES                                                     LEADERS
                                                                                              ›    Telecommunications technologies
                          significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,                                                                                                     Calgary’s White Whale is a data technology
                          the technology sector has continued to thrive                                                                                                    company building AI analytics solutions that
                                                                                                                                                                           empower businesses to make sound, data-driven
                          in Canada. In fact, it has outperformed the
                                                                                                                                                                           decisions. Its flagship solution, DeepSea, is used
                          Canadian economy in output, employment                                                                                                           in several industries, including energy, health and
                          and innovation growth.3                                                                                                                          wellness, aviation, defence and professional sports.
                                                                                                                                                                           Montréal is the world’s fifth-largest (and Canada’s       KELOWNA

                          This leadership makes Canada’s technology                                                                                                        largest) video game hub, and is a world leader in

                          hubs natural draws for hosting world-renowned                                                                                                    visual effects (VFX) and animation.4                               VICTORIA                          HALIFAX
                          business events — as does the country’s                                                                                                          Toronto’s Herjavec Group has been ranked as one of                               WINNIPEG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              QUÉBEC CITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SASKATOON         WATERLOO
                          exceptional conference infrastructure and                                                                                                        the most innovative cybersecurity companies thanks
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                                                                                                                                                                           to its leading-edge response to a changing threat
                          exciting experiences available for delegates                                                                                                     landscape that goes beyond hackers to include state
                          to enjoy between sessions.                                                                                                                       actors and organized crime.5

                                                                                                                                                                           Headquartered in Ottawa, Shopify’s R&D centre of

                                                                                                                                                                           excellence is driving innovation in AI/ML (machine
                                                                                                                                                                           learning) and robotics toward the $1B development of
                                                                                                                                                                           its North American network of fulfillment centres.

                                                                                                                                                                           Among its many applications, Northern Digital
                                                                                                                                                                           technology, headquartered in Waterloo, is the
                                                                                                                                                                           foundation of some of the most progressive
                                                                                                                                                                           surgical navigation systems in medicine, facilitating
                                                                                                                                                                           computer-guided surgery and therapy. One of the
                                                                                                                                                                           company’s products can track a moving object as
                          3-                  4-                          5-                  6-                                                                           small as a blood cell from six metres away.6

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                                                                                                                                                   Federation of American              American Association for             American Association of          American Society of
                                                                                                                                                   Societies for Experimental          Anatomy Annual Meeting               Physicists in Medicine           Human Genetics Annual
                                                                                                                                                   Biology Conferences                                                      Annual Meeting                   Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                        March 2024
                                                                                                                                                   (FASEB) - The Dynamic
                                                                                                                                                                                        Toronto, Ontario                     July 2026                        October 2026
                          Canada has made incredible breakthroughs                                                                                 DNA Structure in Biology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Vancouver, British Columbia      Montréal, Quebec
                          and strides in the life sciences sector, from      LIST OF SUB-SECTORS:
                          the discovery of insulin to the world’s first      ›   Artificial intelligence in health                                  June 2022
                                                                                                                                                    Halifax, Nova Scotia
                          pacemaker. Thanks to a large pool of highly        ›   Infectious disease research

                          skilled professionals, world-class companies,      ›   Medtech and medical devices
                                                                             ›   Neuroscience
                          leading health institutions, acclaimed academic                                                                      SUCCESS STORIES                                                                             LEADERS
                                                                             ›   Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
                          institutions and strong cross-industry             ›   Regenerative medicine
                                                                                                                                               Researchers at the Li Ka Shing Institute of
                                                                                                                                               Virology at the University of Alberta codeveloped
                          collaboration, Canada continues to lead the way
                                                                                                                                               the world’s first oral antiviral treatment for hepatitis
                          in creating a healthier world.7                                                                                      B. In 2020, Edmonton-based Dr. Michael
                                                                                                                                               Houghton, the Canada Excellence Research
                          This intellectual capital makes Canada one of                                                                        Chair in Virology, was awarded the Nobel Prize in
                          the world’s most sought-after destinations for                                                                       Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the                   EDMONTON
                                                                                                                                               hepatitis C virus.9
                          life sciences conferences. When delegates                                                                                                                                         VANCOUVER

                          meet here, they can tap into the country’s brain                                                                     Medicago, based in Québec City, is a clinical-                                                                 HALIFAX
                                                                                                                                               stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in
                          trust and connect with some of the leading                                                                                                                                                      CALGARY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            QUÉBEC CITY
                                                                                                                                               the development of new vaccines and therapeutic                                             WINNIPEG
                          experts in the sector. In addition, there are 64                                                                                                                                                                                  MONTRÉAL

                                                                                                                                               proteins and a world-leader in the production of                                                    TORONTO OTTAWA
                          professionals across the country who hold the                                                                        plant-based vaccines and antibodies.10
                          Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certification,                                                                         Among the full complement of cell biology
                          enabling them to better support meetings in the                                                                      research tools in STEMCELL Technologies’

                          health-care and pharmaceutical sector.8                                                                              Vancouver arsenal is CAR T-cell therapy, a rapidly
                                                                                                                                               emerging immunotherapy that seeks out and
                                                                                                                                               destroys cancerous cells to effectively target
                                                                                                                                               and treat types of leukemia.

                                                                                                                                               A University Health Network AI scientist in
                                                                                                                                               Toronto developed a platform to track changes in
                                                                                                                                               the genetic structure of the COVID-19 virus. Before
                                                                                                                                               the development of the COVID-19 Genotyping
                                                                                                                                               Tool, analysis of the virus could take up to a week.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  CESSE CONFERENCES

                                                                                                                                       American Society of                International Congress                 American Ceramic Society         American Concrete
                                                                                                                                       Heating, Refrigerating and         on the Science                         - International Congress         Institute - Structure
                                                                                                                                       Air Conditioning Engineers         and Technology of                      on Ceramics                      Mechanics in Reactor
                                                                                                                                       Annual Conference                  Steelmaking                                                             Technology Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July 2024
                          A global manufacturing industry leader,                                                                       June 2022                              August 2022                        Montréal, Quebec                 August 2025
                          Canada is leveraging its homegrown ingenuity,   LIST OF SUB-SECTORS:                                          Toronto, Ontario                       Montréal, Quebec                                                    Toronto, Ontario

                          a strong commitment to research and             ›   Advanced robotics
                          development, and a highly educated and          ›   Additive manufacturing

                          skilled workforce to drive the advanced         ›   Aerospace and defence                              SUCCESS STORIES
                                                                          ›   Cold weather testing
                          manufacturing sector beyond the modern age                                                             Located in Winnipeg, the GE Aviation Testing                      Ottawa-based Gastops Ltd. provides system
                                                                                                                                 Research and Development Centre was created                       monitoring solutions to the aerospace industry
                          and into the future. Advancements in areas
                                                                                                                                 to perform development and certification testing                  to lower operating costs, enhance reliability and
                          such as robotics, automation and additive                                                              of GE Aviation’s fleet of aeroengines. Since then,                dispatch availability, and improve safety. As a
                          manufacturing have far-reaching applications                                                           the centre’s original focus has expanded into                     supplier for Lockheed Martin, Gastops’ sensors
                                                                                                                                 other areas, such as bird, dust and hail ingestions               are installed on each of the company's F-35
                          in Canadian industry sectors — from aerospace
                                                                                                                                 and endurance testing.12                                          aircrafts.15
                          and defence to agriculture
                                                                                                                                 New technology from Waterloo-based Darwin-AI                      A new collaboration between the Calgary-based
                          and pharmaceuticals.                                                                                                                                                     robotics company Attabotics and AI/ML partners
                                                                                                                                 — called Explainable AI — provides inspection and
                                                                                                                                 defect detection and adaptive factory automation                  AltaML and Amii is helping to improve AI/ML
                          Combine this expertise with Canada’s                                                                                                                                     capabilities for supply chains.16
                                                                                                                                 to help manufacturers enable new processes,
                          legendary experiences, diversity of                                                                    create greater efficiencies and improve
                          accommodations and ease of travel,                                                                     profitability. Companies like Audi and Lockheed

                                                                                                                                 Martin have used the technology to advance their
                          and there’s little wonder why organizations
                                                                                                                                 manufacturing and automation innovation.13
                          from around the globe choose to host their
                                                                                                                                 Electric vehicle maker BYD opened its first bus
                          conferences in the country’s advanced

                                                                                                                                 assembly plant north of Toronto to produce
                          manufacturing hubs each year.                                                                          zero-emission vehicles for the Toronto Transit


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                                                                                                                                                                                                          CESSE CONFERENCES

                                                                                                                                                                            Ecological Society of          Seismological Society             American Oil Chemists
                                                                                                                                                                            America Annual Meeting         of America: Seismic               Society Annual Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tomography - Past,                and Exposition
                                                                                                                                                                            August 2022
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Present, Future
                                                                                                                                                                            Montréal, Quebec                                                  April & May 2024
                          Canada has an abundance of natural resources.                                                                                                                                     October 2022                      Montréal, Quebec

                          These industries provide jobs, support growth                   LIST OF SUB-SECTORS:                                                                                              Toronto, Ontario

                          and help ensure prosperity for residents across                 ›     Cleantech
                          the country.17 In fact, natural resources directly              ›     Energy

                          and indirectly accounted for 16.9% of Canada’s                  ›     Forestry                                                              SUCCESS STORIES
                                                                                          ›     Mining and minerals
                          nominal GDP and 1.9 million jobs in 2019.18                                                                                                 Calgary’s Greengate Power Corp. is developing             The Port of Québec, via its Laurentia project,
                                                                                          ›     Oceans                                                                the Travers Solar Project, which will be one of           is spending $775M to create the most
                          With expertise across a spectrum of innovation                                                                                              North America’s largest solar power projects,             environmentally and technologically advanced
                                                                                                                                                                      generating as much as 400 megawatts at                    cargo-handling facility in North America. It will be
                          industries, Canadian ocean science, forestry,                                                                                               peak times, enough to supply more than                    the only inland terminal on the North American
                          mining, cleantech and energy hubs are a natural                                                                                             100,000 homes.19                                          continent capable of handling the next generation
                          draw for conferences across a wide range of                                                                                                                                                           of large cargo vessels. 22
                                                                                                                                                                      Sudbury is a proven testing site for the
                          natural resources sub-sectors. This expertise,                                                                                              adoption of battery/electric vehicles and                              LEADERS
                          along with the country’s vast landscapes,                                                                                                   technologies for the mining industry. The city’s
                                                                                                                                                                      NORCAT Underground Test Mine serves as a
                          diverse culture and dynamic experiences, make
                                                                                                                                                                      unique training facility, as well as a testing and
                          Canada a popular destination for resource-                                                                                                  demonstration site for mining innovation. 20                                                        FREDERICTON

                          focused business events.

                                                                                                                                                                      Ocean Networks Canada, based in Victoria,                                                                    SAINT JOHN
                                                                                                                                                                      developed the Neptune and Venus projects, the                                                                     ST. JOHN'S

                                                                                                                                                                      first regional underwater ocean observatories
                                                                                                                                                                      to connect directly to the internet. Its data is           VANCOUVER

                                                                                                                                                                      available for analysis and to inform policymakers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             VICTORIA                         HALIFAX
                                                                                                                                                                      about anything concerning coastal communities                     CALGARY                            QUÉBEC CITY
                                                                                                                                                                      and the health of their ecosystems. 21                                 EDMONTON                    SUDBURY


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Entomological Society of America Joint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Annual Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     November 2022
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vancouver, British Columbia
                          Home to abundant natural resources, the                                                                                      SUCCESS STORIES
                          world’s largest freshwater supply, diverse plant,   LIST OF SUB-SECTORS:                                                     In Portage la Prairie, near Winnipeg, Roquette
                          animal and marine life and more, Canada is                                                                                   has invested $600M to build the world’s largest
                                                                              ›   Agritech
                                                                                                                                                       pea protein processing facility. The plant
                          feeding the world today and into the future.        ›   Crop sciences and protein processing
                                                                                                                                                       processes yellow peas into powdered fibres, as                         LEADERS
                          Canada also boasts strong collaboration             ›   Nutraceuticals                                                       well as protein and starch for applications in the
                                                                              ›   Value-added food and beverage processing                             pharmaceutical, nutrition and food sectors. 23
                          between government, universities, health
                          institutions and industry, world-class regulatory                                                                            Edmonton’s LandView Drones is merging AI with
                          and food inspection standards, and cutting-                                                                                  agriculture to help farmers monitor the health
                                                                                                                                                       of their crops. AI software is also being used to
                          edge research focused on innovative growing                                                                                  detect potential health issues at large-scale cattle    EDMONTON
                          practices, products and technologies.                                                                                        and pig farms. 24                                            KELOWNA                                           CHARLOTTETOWN

                          Easy to access, culturally diverse and a dynamic                                                                             In Charlottetown, Honibe has developed the only
                                                                                                                                                       pure dried honey in the world proven to retain all
                          hub of agri-sector-driven technologies, Canada                                                                               of honey’s naturally occurring health benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SASKATOON        WINNIPEG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             QUÉBEC CITY

                          is top choice for global business events and                                                                                 Its all-natural lozenges, vitamins and wellness                         REGINA       NIAGARA REGION
                          conferences.                                                                                                                 products use unfiltered PEI honey to support
                                                                                                                                                       health and wellbeing. 25

                                                                                                                                                       Québec City is making events more sustainable
                                                                                                                                                       in many ways, such as through eco-friendly food
                                                                                                                                                       and beverage options available at the Québec
                                                                                                                                                       City Convention Centre. All food is made from

                                                                                                                                                       scratch, water for events is provided in glass
                                                                                                                                                       bottles, stir sticks from coffee are made
                                                                                                                                                       of wood and extra food goes to shelters

                                                                                                                                                       and transition homes.

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                          AND INSURANCE

                          Canada boasts a strong, globally competitive                                                            SUCCESS STORIES                                                          LEADERS
                          finance and insurance sector. In fact,            LIST OF SUB-SECTORS:                                  Thanks to Toronto’s investments in AI and
                          the country’s banking system ranks second                                                               advanced machine learning, HSBC opened its
                                                                            ›   Banking
                                                                                                                                  first global Data Centre of Excellence in the city.
                          in the G20 and sixth among 141 countries,         ›   Fintech
                                                                                                                                  The energy-efficient lab employs 50 skilled AI
                          according to the 2019-20 World Economic           ›   Insurance                                         professionals, technologists, co-op students
                                                                            ›   Investment management                             and interns. 26
                          Forum Global Competitiveness Index.
                          Home to six of the world’s top 50 safest banks,                                                         Socially responsible investing is core to

                          Canada is also considered to have one of the                                                            investing at Vancity Investment Management.
                                                                                                                                  The Vancouver-based company chooses and                             CALGARY
                          most stable financial systems. In addition,                                                             manages their investments based in part on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               QUÉBEC CITY

                          four Canadian cities are among the top                                                                  company’s environmental, social and governance

                          fintech hubs in the world.                                                                              policies and actions. This not only allows clients
                                                                                                                                  to make investment decisions that align with their
                          It should come as no surprise that the country                                                          values, but also helps achieve stronger long-term
                                                                                                                                  financial performance.
                          offers major appeal for meeting and event
                          planners focused on these industries.                                                                   ATB Financial, based in Alberta, was the first
                                                                                                                                  financial institution in Canada to use blockchain
                          When conference goers meet in Canada’s

                                                                                                                                  technology to complete an overseas payment in
                          finance and insurance hubs, they can tap                                                                a matter of seconds. 27
                          into the country’s brain trust and explore                                                              Intact Assurance, the Big Data Research Centre
                          Canadian technologies powering the future                                                               and Institute Intelligence and Data at Université

                          of finance and insurance during B2B                                                                     Laval in Québec City have collaborated on a
                                                                                                                                  research and development product that will create
                          exchanges, technical tours and more.                                                                    new technologies in the insurance sector that

                                                                                                                                  allow computers to efficiently extract information
                                                                                                                                  from text documents, identify concepts in images,
                                                                                                                                  control sensor data and more. 28

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                          FOR CESSE

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                                        Leadership across the spectrum of                                                             Canada is known for the strength of its
                                        industries not only makes Canada a competitor                                                 cross-sector collaborations, allowing CESSE
                                        on the world stage, but an innovation leader.                                                 members to connect with experts across the
                                        Business events accelerate progress and                                                       ecosystem and uncover new knowledge.
                                        provide a platform for a year’s worth of
                                                                                                                                      Business events have the power to inspire
                                        business to take place over the course of just
                                                                                                                                      the next generation, sparking innovation.
                                        a few days.
                                                                                                                                      Many of the emerging technologies driving
                                        Business events are a fundamental source                                                      the industry forward are being developed in
                                        of learning, research and information sharing.                                                Canada.
                                        Organizations that meet in Canada are
                                                                                                                                      Canada’s dynamic cities and urban innovation
                                        able to leverage local knowledge capital to
                                                                                                                                      centres may be a natural draw for business
                                        create engaging, immersive learning and
                                                                                                                                      events, but they also provide international
                                        professional networking experiences for
                                                                                                                                      travellers with a taste of Canadian culture,
                                        delegates. Delegates gain the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                      cuisine and our vast, dramatic landscapes,
                                        take part in educational site visits to see the

                                                                                                                                      fuelling the desire to return with family and
                                        latest innovations in advanced industries.
                                                                                                                                      friends for future leisure travel.
                                        International business events are magnets
                                                                                                                                      Interested in hosting a CESSE conference in

                                        for content-hungry individuals and for those
                                                                                                                                      Canada? Connect with us to learn how.
                                        with investment resources. Impressed by
                                        Canadian infrastructure, talent and ready

                                        access to key markets, the largest companies
                                        in the world are expanding or relocating to
                                        Canada. This can enhance speaker schedules
                                        and give members the chance to connect with
                                        key influencers in the science and engineering
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Destination Canada’s Business Events Team offers in-depth
knowledge of Canada. Our team can help you deliver compelling
content audiences want to consume when they meet in Canada.
Connect with us for solutions and support on the fundamentals of
meeting in Canada, including where to meet and recommended
innovation hubs best suited to your specific event. Allow us to
make introductions to our cross-country network of meeting and
event partners, oceans sector experts, leaders and innovators,
and those who can help champion your event, augment your
program, grow your membership and event audiences, and
deliver a return on your event investment.

Consider Destination Canada your first point of contact when
considering Canada for your event.

→ #meetincanada

                          Virginie De Visscher
                          Senior Director, Business Development, Economic Sectors
                          +1 204 802 0920

                          Adam Baptie
                          Sales Manager, Business Events

FALL 2021

This brochure is a collaborative effort between Destination Canada, Invest in Canada,
Canadian tourism and economic development agencies and partners. All statistics quoted,
unless otherwise noted, were as of publication. For more information on data and sources,
contact Destination Canada Research at:
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