Conference & Meetings World Issue 91 - Page 33

Country Report Take 5: teambuilding ideas Try your hand at axe throwing atop Grouse Mountain, Vancouver. Lumberjacks will show you the ropes. Cruise the Sound. North of Vancouver at Howe Sound fjord, home to whales, seals, and huge communities of sea birds, groups can take part in a Sea Quest Scavenger Hunt. Run this town. City Running Tours Vancouver offers group ‘sightrunning’ tours with stops for your guide to tell you all about Vancouver’s historic waterfront. Clean up your act. Organise a Shoreline Clean-up through Vancouver Aquarium. A scavenger hunt can provide a competitive element. Turn up the heat. Dirty Apron Cooking School encourages teams to cook against the clock. And you get to eat the finished product. local industry leaders dedicated to advancing knowledge and innovation. The programme supports these professionals as they bid on and host their association conferences. Launched in 1996, Be a Host has seen over 1,000 locals bring their meetings to the city. Key venues The Vancouver Convention Centre is centrally situated along the waterfront and is the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre. The facility’s West Building has a living roof and seawater heating and cooling system. Together, the West and East buildings feature 43,339sqm of function space. BC Place’s retractable roof is the largest of its kind in the world and the venue is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer team, the BC Lions CFL football team, and countless concerts and meetings throughout the year. The stadium seats 54,500 and features more 50 private hospitality suites. Vancouver Aquarium has the capacity to accommodate up to 2,400 people. Montreal & Quebec Montreal is the largest city in Quebec province and second most populous city in Canada after Toronto. It attracts large international conventions at the Palais de Congres, including the World Design Summit (4,500 attendees) and the ITS World Congress 2017 - on the topic of intelligent transportation through public policy advocacy (5,000). Skift magazine has reported that 20% of all business travellers take ‘bleisure’ trips and Montreal is a perfect example, mixing being a safe and walkable city, with some exciting things for delegates to do after meeting hours. ISSUE 91 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / 33