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Waterloo Region

Deep roots with a digital pulse. Home to two universities, countless innovation centres and Google’s largest R&D office in Canada, the Waterloo Region is a dream for planners looking to build noteworthy agendas in tech conferences and beyond. A hotbed for innovation, meetings are reinvented in the Waterloo Region where big city amenities complement its small-town vibe. With a culture embedded with entrepreneurism and hospitality, this Canadian high-tech city delivers exceptional experiences for meetings and conventions.

Waterloo Region by the Numbers

TOTAL GUEST ROOMS

2,700

TOTAL MEETING SPACE

55,741 sq m | 600,000 sq ft

Conference Centre

4,314 sq m | 46,000 sq ft |
1,200 Gala

Biggest hotel ballroom

641 sq m | 6,900 sq ft |
600 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation

Entering Canada
Destination Canada

Time Zone
Eastern Time Zone

Current Time

This place is perfect for meetings that:

  • Thrive on invention, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Want to access fascinating keynote speakers – more than 30,000 technology professionals work in the region
  • Enhance their group events with locally sourced, farm-to-table experiences
  • Offer a spectrum of high-tech and high-touch team building and networking experiences

You can count on:

  • Open hearts. Open minds. The Waterloo Region is open for business
  • Making connections: two international airports, six U.S. border crossings, and two rail lines connect the Waterloo Region with many of the largest North American markets
  • A tech-loving region that speaks your language, more than 400 tech firms headquartered here
  • A culture of collaboration. Manufacturing, finance, tech industries and local universities all augment your agenda
  • Old meets new in a mix of renovated heritage buildings and luxurious purpose-built venues to gather with your group
  • 22 golf courses, and 4,000 acres of green space to stretch your legs between meetings

Moving Your People

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) to registration desk: 20-minute drive

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to registration desk: 75-minute drive

By Rail: VIA Rail and GO both service Waterloo Region

Once you’re here: LRT (Light Rail Transit), charter coaches, limos, horse-drawn trolley, Waterloo Central Railway

BEFORE — AFTER — IN-BETWEEN MEETINGS

Planning Essentials

Get a good night’s rest

Guests to the region recognize international brands including: Marriott, Radisson, Delta, Crowne Plaza and the luxurious, Relais & Châteaux, each offering unique meeting spaces and comfortable accommodations. Private names include historic hotels, charming boutique inns and stylish executive guest homes. Stay in tech-savvy hotels downtown where the action is, or retreat to the serenity of a prestigious country estate complete with a luxurious spa.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick.

Foreign Exchange

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

November to March

Weather

Spring

0°C to 11°C

32°F to 52°F

Summer

13°C to 25°C

55°F to 77°F

Fall

4°C to 13°C

39°F to 55°F

Winter

-9°C to -1°C

16°F to 30°F

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Business Events Canada helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit