Ottawa Shines at Summit

Ottawa Tourism’s Business Events team hosted the second Ottawa Summit this past September, immersing an exclusive group of 25 business event and conference planners in the city’s culture, diversity and hosting community.

“Ottawa is a host city that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated,” says Stephanie Seguin, Ottawa Tourism’s Director, Business Events. “For the 2023 Ottawa Summit, we  brought key planners who hadn’t been to the city for at least the past five years to experience it as a conference delegate would, accompanied by 16 local industry partners.” 

The multi-day event was carefully curated, with a balance of high-end culinary experiences, light education, sightseeing, visits to the city’s unique hosting venues, and some inspirational stories of perseverance.

The Summit kicked off at Shaw Centre, the city’s premier meeting venue, with interactive presentations by Ottawa Tourism’s Business Events team and members.  Everyone then boarded North America’s only 100% electric powered tour boat for a sightseeing cruise along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A separate guided tour took everyone to some of downtown Ottawa’s most iconic sites and landmarks. 

On the final evening, the group was treated to a sumptuous, locally-inspired dinner prepared by Ottawa chef Stephen Beckta and served at 50 Sussex, a unique and modern venue overlooking the Ottawa River. The space was set aglow with crystal chandeliers and stunning furnishings provided by Ottawa’s Chic & Swell Event Designers.  Following dinner, guests were treated to a private live concert featuring singer, songwriter and composer Mimi O’Bonsawin.

The following morning at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the group enjoyed an inspiring presentation on leadership by Canadian Olympic Gold Medal swimmer, Mark Tewksbury.

Ottawa Tourism’s commitment to sustainability was a key focus of the Summit. A third party (Connect Seven) was engaged to measure the environmental impact of the event to provide a baseline in Ottawa Tourism’s continuing journey toward making meetings more sustainable.

Ottawa Summit guests stayed at The Metcalfe Hotel in downtown Ottawa, a boutique property that fuses fresh, contemporary design elements with historic architecture.

“It was an eventful and rewarding few days and our destination really shined,” says Stephanie Seguin. “We wanted to inspire our guests–to get them to think big in terms of what their next conference in Ottawa could be.”

View the Ottawa Summit Recap Video