Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke twice at the Internet Marketing Conference held in Vancouver, Canada, in 2009 and again in 2011. He spoke about the evolution of social media and how to use it to promote business. As an author and professional speaker, Patrick specializes in emerging business trends, modern entrepreneurship and innovative small business marketing. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. So if you’re planning a business convention in the famous Granville Island Hotel under the bridge, the Vancouver Convention Center on the waterfront, the Four Seasons on West Georgia, the Sheraton Wall Center on Burrard or some other conference facility in Vancouver, Canada, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.
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Vancouver has many conference facilities, including:
- Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place
- Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre on Dominion Street
- Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre on Burrard Street
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites on Granville Street
- The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver on Bayshore Drive
- Other meeting spaces in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, and MetroTown
General Information about Vancouver, Canada, for Meeting Planners
Rated as one of the most “liveable cities” in the world for five straight years, Vancouver lies on the Burrard peninsula in Southwestern Canada. It is the third-largest city in Canada with a metropolitan population of about 2.3 million people. Vancouver is a popular venue for different business and sporting events. In 2010, it hosted the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics among other major conferences and events. Meeting and conference in Vancouver will surely be first-class with its luxurious conference facilities: Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, and UBC Robson Square among others. As one of Canada’s largest industrial centers, several large companies have regional headquarters in Vancouver, including Pixar, BC Research and Atimi Software. Vancouver is consistently voted among the most beautiful cities in the world. Because the movie industry is very active in Vancouver, the city is often referred to as Hollywood North. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for Canada.
2014 Business Conventions in Vancouver, Canada
Numerous business conferences are being hosted in Vancouver in 2014. In April, Risk Assessment / Business Impact Analysis Workshop (Vancouver), hosted by Albion Research Ltd will be held at a venue yet to be announced. BYOB Build Your Online Business – Vancouver, hosted by The Suitcase Entrepreneur will be held in July at BC V6A 2R4 Vancouver. The Business of Show Biz Vancouver, hosted by Hollyhock will be held in September at Hollyhock Room. In October, Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, hosted by IEEE Industry Applications Society will be held at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Burrard Street, Vancouver.
2013 Business Conferences in Vancouver, Canada
Several conferences and summits will take place in Vancouver during 2013. Some of these annual events include the APBC 2013: The Eleventh Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference at Hyatt Regency Vancouver in January. Also, the Cambridge House international will host the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre West in January. In addition, the University of British Columbia Interprofessional Continuing Education will hold its 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research: Results and Relevance Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World in February at the Westin Bayshore. Furthermore, the 38th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) will be held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre in May.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Vancouver
Vancouver Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Canada aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Competitive Speakers Vancouver meets at Esprit Club on Smithe Street (Thursday at 7:00 PM), Cloverleaf Toastmasters Club meets at The Peoples Law School on Howe Street (Wednesday at 12:10 PM), Royal-T meets at Royal Centre on West Georgia Street (Wednesday at 5:45 PM) and Absolutely Toasted meets at Bentall Four Building on Dunsmuir Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM).
Vancouver Food Choices for Convention Attendees
Local restaurants in Vancouver are definitely worth visiting while attending a business convention in the city. Eatery (Phone: 604-738-5298) on West Broadway is a sushi joint serving soba bowls and Japanese beer inside a room full of pop culture references such as manga comics and lava lamps. Naam (Phone: 604-738-7151) on West 4th Avenue has preserved Kitsilano’s hippie past in its farmhouse ambiance and cozy cuisine of stir-fries, Mexican platters and sesame-fried potatoes. The bright yellow bistro of Bridges (Phone: 604-687-4400) on Granville Island has one of the best sunset patios for enjoying seafood chowder and thin-crust pizzas. And Vij’s (Phone: 604-736-6664) on West 11th Avenue serves contemporary East Indian cuisine with its signature dish being the wine-marinated lamb popsicles.
Vancouver Attractions for Conference Delegates
If you are attending a business conference in Vancouver, plan an extra day or two to visit the local tourist attractions including the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Burnaby Village Museum, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Theatre Sports League and English Bay. Known for its iconic beauty and splendor the Capilano Suspension Bridge has a Cliffwalk that will take your breath away. When in Vancouver, take a trip into the 1920s as you pass heritage buildings and costumed townsfolk at the Burnaby Village Museum. Revel in the amazing horse-drawn tours of Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. Not too far away from the city center is the Vancouver Theatre Sports League for the best worldwide performances. And the vibrant beauty of English Bay is perfect for kayaking or scuba diving.