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Calgary Calgary is an ideal location due to numerous direct flights and a commitment to renewable energy • In 2018, The Economist magazine named Calgary the most liveable city in North America, and the 4th most liveable city in the world • Calgary has 80 direct flights from around the world Below: The Telus Convention Centre has over 11,000sqm of flexible conference space Event planner feedback When Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) was looking for a location to host it’s 30th International Research Congress (July 2019) in the North American Region (the meeting moves annually through seven global regions), it received quotes from three Canadian cities and Calgary checked all the boxes: great international airport, proximity of the city to the airport, and safety for attendees. “The size of the Telus Convention Centre and its location was the perfect match for what our attendees look for,” was the feedback from the Sigma Events Team. “Working with Meetings + Conventions Calgary was great, they made us feel welcome, and were a wonderful resource for all the ‘extras’ we needed from band recommendations to an offsite social venue. They literally rolled out the red carpet for our 1,200 attendees with signage and photos opportunities. “We saw record tweets using the #INRC19 to showcase our event and how attendees were enjoying the city,” the Sigma organisers added. Seth Hubbard, Programme Chair for the 2020 IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC) explains why he chose Calgary for his association’s 47th conference, to be held in June of 2020. “The IEEE PVSC draws experts in solar cells and solar energy from around leader in many aspects of agriculture - from farm production, research and technology, to innovation. the globe. Over half our attendance is from outside North America. Calgary represented an ideal location due to numerous direct flights to both Europe and Asia, as well as Calgary’s commitment to renewable and green energy.” #Fampede In September 1912, an American-Canadian cowboy and promoter Guy Weadic hosted the first rodeo and festival in Calgary, and both events merged in 1923 for the Stampede to become an annual event. This July, select clients and influencers joined a recent Stampede Fam in Canada’s fourth largest city. There were White Hats aplenty and the full report can be seen at www. Last-minute draw 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing came to Calgary in April 2018, bringing 2,500 attendees. “Calgary was chosen over other options because of the flexibility of the offerings; the willingness of the city and the CVB to support last minute needs,” said Jay Lightfoot, Executive Officer, CMS Worldwide. “Since we relocated the conference approximately six months before the event, we were concerned about the possible negative effect on attendance and the ability to garner local support for the conference. All of the ‘finalist’ cities had suitable facilities for the conference. Initially we anticipated a 20%+ decrease in attendance due to the last-minute change, although we ended up being about +3% versus the last several years.” Oil and gas, photovoltaics, social work and Rotary are all clearly promising fields for conferencing in Calgary, and with Alberta home to more than a quarter of Canada’s total farm land, the region is a Calendar of conference verticals Calgary is very strong in the following vertical markets: Natural Resources • The Society of Petroleum Engineers come to town 30 September – 2 October, 2019 Energy & Renewable Energy/ Green Economy • The IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference is taking place in Calgary in June 2020 Life Sciences • The International Society of Biomechanics 2019 Congress and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress were both in Calgary in recent weeks Agriculture/Agribusiness • Calgary will host the Master Brewers of the Americas Annual Conference in October 2019 Transportation & Logistics • Calgary hosts the 2022 International Winter Roads Congress ISSUE 102 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / 59