Halifax Convention Centre Kicks Off Fall Events Season

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Halifax Convention Centre Kicks Off Fall Events Season
The Halifax Convention Centre will host more than 50 events this fall as the list of in-person meetings and conventions continues to grow.

“We have been working closely with our clients to plan their events and get back to doing what we do best – welcoming guests to Halifax and Nova Scotia, ” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “Events play a critical role in driving economic and community vibrancy and supporting our province’s recovery, and we are so proud to offer a safe space for in-person events to continue.”

The lineup of fall events includes:
— Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance AGM, Sept. 25
— Halifax Veg Fest, Sept. 26
— Social Enterprise World Forum Halifax Community Hub, Sept. 27-29
— Construction Association of Nova Scotia AGM, Sept. 29
— Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop 2021, Oct. 4-6
— DEFSEC Atlantic 2021, Oct. 5-7
— Maritime Marine Supply Dealer Show, Oct. 15-16
— Hal-Con Sci-Fi Fantasy Convention, Oct. 23-24
— Atlantic Convenience Expo (ACE), Oct. 26-27
— NS Business Hall of Fame Dinner, Oct. 28
— NSAO Conference & Vision Expo, Nov. 12-13
— Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Nov. 20
— 30th Festival of Trees Black Tie Gala, Nov. 27

All events will follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

In the new year, the centre will begin hosting national and international events that were rebooked due to the pandemic, including the National Black Canadians Summit in March.

The centre has also successfully hosted its first in-person national event since the pandemic began. Earlier this month, the Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers Convention welcomed more than 160 delegates from across Canada and linked in with an additional 350 delegates in Korea.

“It was amazing to get back to meeting in person after two long years of waiting. The professional, experienced team at the Halifax Convention Centre helped us create a safe, engaging event, and our attendees are still talking about how great it was to be back together.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Regina Lee, professor, York University, and member of the Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers Convention organizing committee

“We will welcome more than 1,200 aerospace and defence professionals from across Canada and beyond to a safe and productive environment, driving exports, jobs and security for Canada. A sensible community looking out for one another has brought us to this point, and our participants are so excited to see one another in person again in a world-class facility at the Halifax Convention Centre.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Colin Stephenson, executive director, Canadian Defence Security & Aerospace Exhibition (DEFSEC) Atlantic

“The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose Halifax as the site for the 3rd National Black Canadians Summit, originally planned for March 2020, to spotlight and honour the culture and contributions of African Nova Scotians. The centre has been a fantastic partner, working with us throughout the pandemic as we have had to shift plans. We look forward to bringing the national Black community together in Halifax at the summit in March 2022!”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Tara Lapointe, executive director, Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Quick Facts:
— since opening in Dec. 2017, the Halifax Convention Centre has hosted over 350 events and over 200,000 guests, generating an estimated $115 million in new money for the province

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