Shaw Centre
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Shaw Centre,Canada's Meeting Place. (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre)
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
I know – shame on me for revealing my politics in this review, but there’s just no way around it seeing as I attended Ottawa’s Shaw Centre for the above-named event! I will try to keep this review short and address it in two parts: 1) The convention; and, 2) The venue.

THE CONVENTION: I attended my first Liberal Convention in 2016 @ Winnipeg. Being new and ignorant to the formal process back then, I dutifully attended various of the plenaries, policy “work sessions,” regional caucuses and keynote addresses. I quickly learned, back then, that unless you’re a hard-core ideologue (which I am not) the only sessions really worthwhile are the keynote speakers. The workshops are kind of a waste of time. As such, I basically just attended future conventions because it offered discounted rates and allowed me to visit places in this country that I haven’t been to before. Ottawa is a case in point! As for this convention, I registered and then left to play tourist until the keynote addresses from Prime Minister Trudeau and, later, Jean Chretien. The latter’s speech was particularly good, highlighting 90-60-30!

THE VENUE: Ottawa’s Shaw Centre opened in 2011, following the demolition of the Ottawa Congress Centre in 2009. In operation for 12 years, the Centre is ideally located in the heart of downtown and, thus, if you’re here for a conference or some other event, it’s within easy walking distance of most hotels. It’s also situated next to the iconic Rideau Canal. There are photo-ops a-plenty! The all-glass façade looks particularly stunning during the golden hour, set as it is alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, it is little wonder the Shaw Centre won the APEX Award, in 2021, for “Best Convention Centre in the World.” The layout and design make for an enriching experience!
Written 11 September 2023
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unitedfarmers
Smiths Falls, Canada402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Centre is spacious but does not come off as cold and institutional. Clean, and well ventilated. Washrooms are very clean. Great location, too!
Written 22 August 2020
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Peter G
Ottawa, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Shaw Centre in the heart of downtown Ottawa plays host to many of the capital city's important events. We've visited for events like The International Auto Show, cultural events like Queer Sphere and exhibits showcasing new products and services in the nation's cannabis industry. Adjacent the Rideau Mall, The Shaw Centre affords easy access to some of Ottawa's best shopping and excellent dining, cafes and taverns are nearby.
Written 5 March 2020
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Sandra D
Ottawa, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We often hold office events at the Shaw Centre, or dine clients in the restaurant or at CrEate Kitchen. Excellent service. Well taken care of. Extremely accommodating. Very fine dining! Fabulous views of the City.
Written 4 March 2020
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C W
St. John's, Canada605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Attended a 2 day conference in January. Excellent facility with great breakout rooms, large conference rooms and excellent food service.
Written 7 February 2020
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Clare
Toronto, Canada55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Attended a birthday party here. Space was gorgeous, staff were great. The food was just ok, but we had a fabulous night.
Written 7 February 2020
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Ward1991
Winnipeg, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Everything about the facility is beautiful. We were there for a national conference, and the layout for it was perfect.The staff was exceptional.
Very easy access to the attached shopping mall.
Written 20 November 2019
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austintomtraveler
Austin, TX222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Was her for an international conference. Great facility. Accommodating staff. Everything a conference centre should be.
Written 3 November 2019
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Tasha D
Chicago, IL51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Attended a conference here for 4 days. It was easy to navigate and find the rooms. On the day I had to present, the tech support guy was right there to help with any issues.
Written 29 October 2019
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Rachel L
40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Attended two day conference. The location and parking were easy to access but more expensive then expected. The centre is right by the rideau canal and minutes walk to the byward market.
Written 11 October 2019
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