Smart planners know UBC's Conference Centre consistently earns top marks. The office majors in meetings and conferences and takes events to the top of the class.
A "Toast the Host" reception Feb. 29 will recognize faculty and staff who have used the centre's services. "Profits from UBC conference services go to help subsidize student residences," says Allan de Jong, general manager of the centre, which is the largest university conference centre in Canada.
Its activities currently generate approximately $9 million and create about 175 full-time equivalent work positions, mostly filled by students during the summer, he says.
"Having a local host is vital to attracting a conference to UBC. We hope more faculty and staff will promote the university as a destination within the city, particularly during the summer when up to 400 groups ranging in size from 10-30,000 delegates can be accommodated," he adds.
From May to September more than 25,500 square metres of meeting space is available for everything from meetings to trade shows.
The centre offers a wide range of options to facilitate the planning process, including conference co-ordination, on-site catering and audio-visual services, as well as registration services and meeting management.
Another feature of a Conference Centre event is affordable housing --47 suites in Gage Court Suites University are available year-round. During the non-academic year, Totem Park and Place Vanier student residences are also available.
Contact the Conference Centre by calling 604-822-1060.