Shaw Conference Centre builds international buzz

The Shaw Conference Centre has built an international reputation for its expertise in hosting events of all forms and sizes. If you’ve felt a buzz while visiting, it’s not just because of the atmosphere within the building. Outside, you’ll find hundred of plants being pollinated by the Shaw Conference Centre’s very own bees.

In 2016, the venue was approved for the installation of one hive on its property under the City of Edmonton’s urban beekeeping program. The hive, which started with an initial 8,000 bees, quickly grew to over 70,000 during the summer. The docile, friendly bees fly in a 4 km radius, pollinating the sustainable permaculture around the convention centre including the indigenous medicine wheel and monarch butterfly gardens, and the Edmonton River Valley located directly in front of the hive.

Managed by professional beekeeper Patty Milligan of Lola Canola Honey, the hive produced 60 pounds of honey in the first year. The honey has a unique colour and taste, and is used by the culinary team in some of the nearly 250,000 meals served each year. In fact, a film crew has even travelled from as far as Japan to learn about the bees at the Shaw Conference Centre. They were recently featured on the Japanese Television Show, Bee World.

ITU Grand Finale Returns to Edmonton in 2020

The superhumans are coming back. All eyes will again be on Edmonton, in the fall of 2020, as the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final returns to Alberta’s Capital City.

The 2020 event will provide the opportunity to once again put the some of best athletes in the world on the streets of Edmonton with the races starting in Hawrelak Park with the 750-metre swim, and the 20-kilometre bike portion winding through Edmonton’s downtown. The event will see more than 5,000 triathletes and para-triathletes compete in elite, age group and junior races. An expected 125 million television viewers from over 190 countries, will watch along as the world’s best triathletes compete.

Edmonton has been hosting triathlon events for more than 15 years. In 2001, Edmonton hosted the World Championships and later, the renamed ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2014 for which the event won the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Award for International Event of the Year.

Edmonton has worked hard to earn much respect within the global triathlon community. And its paid off. By 2020, only Lausanne, Switzerland – home of the International Triathlon Union – and Edmonton will have staged three world championships.

Edmonton’s annual stop on the World Triathlon Series schedule for many years has contributed to the growth of the sport and its legacy here. In 2016 WTS Edmonton introduced more events to create the ultimate weekend triathlon festival, with the addition of the National Sprint Duathlon Championships, aquathlon (swim/run) and aquabike (swim/bike) events. The 2017 races are set for July 28-30.

Check out the 2014 highlight video here.

Edmonton nominated for three CSTA PRESTIGE Awards

Edmonton Events received three nominations for the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards. Nominees from right across the country make up the 24 finalists for the 2017 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards. Representing a wide spectrum of the sport tourism industry in Canada, finalists are drawn from seven different provinces and 20 cities/communities who have all contributed to the over six-billion dollar sport tourism industry in Canada. The events recognized range from local to national to major international championships and tournaments. The awards also honour outstanding individuals and organizations, who work to bid, host and stage sport events across Canada.

Edmonton took home two awards: the CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) for the Canadian Track and Field Championships and Selection Trials for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award that went to the former Executive Director of Edmonton Events, Candice Stasynec. The other nomination that Edmonton received was also for the CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year for the 2016 Global News Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

A big congratulation to our very own Candice Stasynec for winning the Sport Tourism Champion Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual who greatly impacted sport tourism in their community in 2016. The 11th PRESTIGE Awards gala luncheon took place on March 21, 2017 at the CSTA’s annual Sport Event Congress in Ottawa. ​

To see all of the finalist’s profiles for the 2017 CSTA Awards, click here.