Halifax Convention Centre unveils new brand, announces 16 first clients

Sixteen national and international organizations have selected Nova Scotia’s new Halifax Convention Centre to host their events when the facility opens its doors in 2016.

The Halifax Convention Centre unveiled its new brand with a logo that includes a circle icon – a visual depiction of connections, collaboration and community. Research conducted with event planners showed that the brand represents the connections and collaborations that are unique to hosting an event in Halifax.

With two years remaining until the LEED gold certified convention centre opens its doors in 2016, Scott Ferguson of the Halifax Convention Centre said interest among conference planners and the local community continues to build.

“The list of national and international events choosing Nova Scotia as a result of the new Halifax Convention Centre is significant,” said Ferguson. “Located in the heart of downtown, visitors will be just steps away from the ocean with easy access to our city’s finest dining, shopping and cultural experiences while enjoying their event in our new, state-of-the-art convention centre.”

David Goncalves, executive director of STEM States Incorporated, the organization that manages STEMfest, said, “Halifax is home to some of the world’s leading academic research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re excited that our delegates will have the opportunity to experience all that Halifax has to offer, particularly the new state-of-the-art convention centre – it’s a natural fit for our conference.”

Goncalves, based out of Perth, Australia, was in attendance at a press conference in Halifax today to announce that STEMfest, the two-week festival that attracts representatives from up to 20 countries, will come to Halifax in 2018.

The new Halifax Convention Centre will feature 120,000 square feet of rentable space within the Nova Centre, a one million square foot mixed used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. The funding of the new convention centre is shared between three levels of government. The province and the city will each contribute about $56 million toward capital construction costs and the federal government has committed $51 million to contribute to the remaining eligible construction costs.

For more information, visit: www.halifaxconventioncentre.com.

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