Shaw Conference Centre

June 22, 2017

34 Years of Excellence

Edmontonians are open and courageous, inventive and cooperative, and we’ve seen that firsthand since we opened our doors on June 22, 1983. For the past 34 years, thousands of event planners have chosen Edmonton’s premier convention centre as the destination to host their event, and millions of local, national and international guests have traveled through our beautiful atrium.

From former world leaders and royalty to artists, athletes, scientists and astronauts, we’ve been proud to bring the world to Edmonton and be a gathering place for you. As Canada’s youngest, fastest growing city, the next 34 years are going to be just as exciting, and we look forward to continuing to be the premier destination for meeting and convention planners, and local community events.

Fun facts

  • Medic Canada, a three-day international medical conference and exhibition, is the very first event held at our venue (1983)
  • The Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana, visit on June 30, 1983
  • Tina Turner performs the inaugural concert (1983)
  • We are named “Facility of the Year” by Canadian Association of Exhibits (1984)
  • The first Festival of Trees is held at our venue (1984), where it continues today
  • We host the 40th NHL All Star Gala Dinner and Dance (1989)
  • Soundgarden films the music video, “My Wave” (1994)
  • We welcome our 5 millionth visitor (1996)
  • Originally known as the Edmonton Convention Centre, we become the Shaw Conference Centre on February 6, 1997
  • The Riverview Room opens (1998)
  • We officially open one of Edmonton’s most beautiful spaces, Hall D (2006)
  • We’re recognized with the “Human Rights Award for Excellence” by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (2008)
  • We welcome our 10 millionth visitor (2008)
  • Meeting Professionals International Edmonton awards us venue of the year (2012)
  • We become the first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five certification (2015)
  • Over 70,000 guests gather in our backyard and watch Red Bull Crashed Ice (2015)
  • We become one of only five venues in Canada to achieve the ASTM International sustainability certification (2017)

Interested in hosting an event at the Shaw Conference Centre? Learn about the types of events we host. We’ll make your event a success!


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