November 18-20, 2018
Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

About the Canadian Innovation Conference

The PCMA CIC, powered by the PCMA Canada East Chapter, is designed to meet the needs of meeting and event professionals and suppliers whose organizations are engaged in providing services related to the conduct and operation of meetings, conventions, seminars, exhibits and trade shows.

Experience the high caliber of educational content that PCMA is renowned for in an environment customized to the Canadian market. You can earn up to 12 Clock Hours of Continuing Education and expand your peer network as you invest your time in attending this 2 1/2 day conference.

Here is why you should attend:

  • Receive innovative and superior Canadian-focused education
  • Earn CEU credits toward your designation
  • Connect with Canadian industry decision-makers
  • Learn about the latest technology trends to increase efficiency and productivity within your organization
  • Create lasting connections in a smaller, more intimate environment


Future Sites:

  • November 17-19, 2019 – Quebec City Convention Centre and the Hilton Québec, Quebec City, PQ
  • November 22-24, 2020 – Shaw Conference Centre, the Westin Edmonton and the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta
  • November 21-23, 2021 – Scotiabank Convention Centre, the Marriott on the Falls and the Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario


Who should attend?

More than 400 meeting and event professionals from across Canada, among them

  • Canadian Association Professionals and Association Professionals that do business in Canada – executives, event managers, marketing experts
  • Canadian Corporate Planners and Corporate Planners that do business in Canada
  • Event Suppliers who work with a Canadian market

To receive email updates about the conference: contact

Call for Presentations

Do you have the next great session idea that everyone will be talking about? If so, we want to hear from you. We welcome all ideas with the highest considerations placed on issues directly affecting our industry.

Visit the PCMA website to learn more about the most pressing issues.

You are invited to submit a presentation to the 6th Annual PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Canadian Innovation Conference that will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, in partnership with the Canada West Chapter, taking place November 18-20, 2018.

The Basics

Our theme:

CIC2018 remains focused on education and innovation within the Canadian Meetings and Events industry. For 2018 our theme is “Synergize” defined as the habit of creative cooperation and the adventure of finding new solutions. We are looking for high level content that will accelerate participant effectiveness in their professional and personal lives. We’re about risk taking, innovating and pushing the envelope.

Our Streams:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Meeting or Event Design
  • Site Management
  • Marketing
  • Professionalism

Our Goals:

  • Obtain accessible, affordable PCMA-caliber education close to home
  • Participate in intimate and interactive dialogues among Canadian peers
  • Receive education customized for the Canadian marketplace

Optional Session Topic Ideas:

  • Negotiation with Venues
  • Designing Your Own Conferences
  • Unconventional Conventions
  • How to Excel in the Industry
  • Personal Wellness
  • Trends / Hot Topics
  • Best Practices for Bid Submissions
  • Topics of Innovation
  • Planners & CSMs Working Together
  • Business Outside of Canada
  • F&B Hands On
  • How to Evaluate
  • Best Practices to Stream an Event
  • Innovative Event Design
  • Behind the Scenes Best Practices
  • Crisis Management
  • Creativity on a Dime
  • Tackling Myths of our Industry
  • Human Behaviours
  • Finances for Conferences
  • Audio Visual / Technology Innovations
  • Sponsorship / Marketing
  • Tradeshow ROI
  • Sales / Leadership / Motivation

Our Attendees:

They are eager for the next high-quality and advanced-level education to help their own professional development and increase the value of their meetings and events.

Our Location:

Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

A session proposal requires you to be responsible for content and delivery, start to finish. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Before submitting a proposal, please read the Terms & Conditions

Should you have any questions please contact


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Victoria, British Columbia

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Victoria, British Columbia

For more information please visit the Tourism Victoria website

Hotel Information











Fairmont Empress is Vancouver Island’s largest convention and events destination. With unparalleled venue facilities onsite, proximity to the Victoria Conference Centre and sustainable meeting options, The Fairmont Empress is Victoria’s ideal location for the most discerning planner.

Regarded as a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List hotel, and honoured with the Travel + Leisure distinction as a top Canadian hotel, the Fairmont Empress graces Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. This luxury hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, offers 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and expansive meeting and wedding space adjacent to the conference centre. Located on the picturesque West Coast of Canada,  this is the ideal location to explore all the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.

Conference Room Rate: $159 for a Fairmont Room

In an effort to support our host hotel and demonstrate effective practices in room block management, the PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Board of Directors is supporting the following policy:

  • Attendees that have booked a hotel room outside the official CIC housing block will be charged an additional $200 CAD administration fee. Exceptions will be made for members who are local or sharing a room with another hotel guest.
  • The deadline to book a hotel room is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
  • Please note, that any hotel room cancellations will require 72 hours notice without penalty.

Why Sponsor?

  • Network and market your products and services to an audience of more than 400 participants including meeting planners, association executives, sales and marketing representatives, professional speakers and tourism representatives
  • Increase company visibility through promotional material and contacts
  • Support the advancement of knowledge in the meetings industry
  • Align your organization with will become Canada’s premier meetings industry conference

Demonstrate your support of the meetings & convention industry – become a Canada East Chapter and Canadian Innovation Conference Sponsor.


Should you have questions regarding sponsorship, do not hesitate to contact our sponsorship team:

Wendy Hallé, CMP, DES
Director, Sponsorship
Tel: 416.971.4880 | Email:

PCMA Canada East Chapter Secretariat
6 Lansing Square, Suite 214
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5
Tel: 416-595-9615 | Email:

Silent Auction

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The PCMA Canada East Chapter’s 5th Anniversary Canadian Innovation Conference is true to its name! Each year, the committee sets out to think outside the box when creating the next experience. We envisioned a wholesome conference, one that engaged the mind, body and soul and invigorated you to get the edge.

With this goal in mind, PCMA Canada East CIC 2017 delivered a highly educational program, with lots of time to network, plenty of food, all with the backdrop of the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Click here to access the 2017 online photo gallery

ST. JOHN’S 2016

Our chapter’s annual Innovation conference is true to its name! Each year, the committee sets out to think outside the box when creating the next experience. We envisioned a wholesome conference, one that engaged the mind, body and soul and invigorated you to go far, far out. With this goal in mind, the PCMA Canada East CIC 2016 experience was designed to deliver a highly educational program coupled with innovative learning zones, space to get in touch with your playful side, and a wellness feature that provided much-needed relaxation.

The easygoing, welcoming and warm hospitality of St. John’s, Newfoundland influenced the vibe of the conference: it shone through the smiles of our 275 participants, who were open to play and learn.

The closing event was memorable and if you didn’t kiss the cod, you missed something. When the lights went down, the street lit up, and the closing party began! Attendees got their fix of fish n’ chips and a Scuff and Swally with Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies featuring Kendel Carson (John Prine, Spirit of the West,The Paperboys and Elvis Costello), Cory Tetford (Crush), Todd Lumley (Hawksley Workman), Shehab Illyas (MIR) and Kris MacFarlane (GreatBig Sea). No night on George Street is complete without kissing the cod, a tradition that welcomes visitors to the island. The culture, entertainment, and nightlife helped make it an unforgettable night!

Thank you Destination St. John’s and Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism for hosting one memorable PCMA Canada East CIC!

Get a taste of PCMA Canada East CIC—here is a 3-minute 40-second recap! But like they say, YOU had to be there to experience it for yourself.


Over 400 attendees came to Toronto Nov. 22-24, 2015 for innovative, engaging Canadian-focused education that would help to transform and elevated the way planners design meetings and events.


Montreal is a city whose passion, joie de vivre and rich cultural heritage are legendary. Montrealers greeted visitors and showed off their city’s charms, and were given a very warm welcome.

Rebecca SchingelCanadian Innovation Conference