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Charlottetown Ideal Location for Conferences

Location, local expertise, and ease of access Helps Drive Conferences to Prince Edward Island

Location, location, location: that familiar adage extends beyond its traditional use in terms of real estate. When it comes to establishing a base of business, location and access to markets are key considerations. Which is why, when international biotech manufacturer, Sekisui Diagnostics was searching for a Canadian operation for their medical testing kit assembly plant they strategically chose Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada’s smallest province.

Charlottetown provides access to growing markets for Sekisui, a multinational organization headquartered in Japan. In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, plant manager and director of manufacturing at Sekisui Diagnostics, Brian Stewart notes, “We’re strategically located in P.E.I. to serve both the North American market and the European market.”

The criteria for establishing a base of business operations are virtually identical to those for choosing a conference location: ease of access for delegates, experts to link conferences with the community and industry, local thought leaders who can help drive ideas forward and unique venues and institutions to support networking. Home to the acclaimed University of Prince Edward Island, and with research centres dedicated to animal sciences, agriculture and others, Charlottetown has evolved to be a natural choice for conferences focused on maths, sciences, agriculture, aquaculture and more.  

The island/city has recently played host to a number of international events focused on everything from the application of automata (the foundation computer sciences) at CIAA 2018, to the study of animal behavior at the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) 2018 Congress (300 delegates), to the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (480 delegates).

Sciences aside, UPEI recently hosted a conference dedicated to the study of acclaimed Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame which welcomed delegates and speakers from across North America, while the Great Enlightenment Buddist Institute (GEBI) brought 1,200 delegates to their PEI sanctuary for their 2017 annual retreat. In a nod to the business leadership found on PEI, the University is hosting the NIB Case Competition in 2019 where delegates from across the globe tackle real-world international business challenges in a best-on-best team tournament that immerses contestants in the local culture—something colourful PEI has plenty of.

Charlottetown, PEI

With its quaint capitol city, its state-of-the-art PEI Convention Centre, rich cultural and culinary heritage, endless picturesque golf courses, and leadership in agriculture, sciences, arts and culture, PEI is an affordable alternative to larger urban centres. Rose FitzPatrick, manager of marketing & communications at Prince Edward Island BioAlliance agrees, “PEI is a world-class location for hosting international meetings and events, due in part to our leading expertise in a number of areas of research and business in industries such as agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology, and music and culinary arts.”

Industry expertise, picturesque landscapes, and dynamic cultural scene aside, FitzPatrick says it’s the people who really make conference delegates feel right at home on Prince Edward Island, “As Canada’s smallest province, PEI punches above our weight in providing professional customer service and building collaborative relationships. Most Islanders take pride in acting as official ambassadors to visitors from all over the world, keeping guests coming back for more time and time again.”

So why consider Charlottetown and PEI?

Location:  An island / city destination, due north of Boston. Single-connection flights through Montréal, Toronto and Halifax deliver delegates to Charlottetown International Airport.

Knowledge Centre: The highest number of aquatic animal health professionals per capita of anywhere in the world. University of Prince Edward Island with research centres dedicated to animal health, veterinary epidemiology, aquatic animal virology, wildlife health and federal research centres in agro-ecosystem productivity and plant health. Also: the home to the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute at UPEI.

Centre of Excellence: Agriculture, agri-food manufacturing, food science & technology, aquaculture and fisheries. A dynamic cultural arts destination thanks to the Confederation Centre for the Arts, the Culinary Institute of Canada, and the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute.

Conference Infrastructure:

  • Prince Edward Island Convention Centre: 60,000 sq. ft.
  • UPEI: 20,000 sq. ft.
  • Holland College: 9,255 sq. ft.
  • Confederation Centre for the Arts: 8,000 sq. ft.

Guest Rooms:            1,500

Learn more about meeting on Prince Edward Island, here.