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Press Releases

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June 9 - 15, 2014 – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected To Host "Inclusion BC Conference" for June 2014

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - Inclusion BC (formerly the BC Association for Community Living) will be bringing their Annual Conference to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Read more


May 26 - 30, 2014 – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected To Host the Government Finance Officers Associations of BC for 2014

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - The Government Finance Officers of BC will be bringing their Annual Conference to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Starting May 26th and 27th with pre-conference courses, followed by a full agenda and tradeshow complement through to the 30th of May, 2014. Read more


May 21 - 25, 2014 – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected To Host the BC United Church Annual Conference and Tradeshow for 2014

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - The 2014 BC Conference General Meeting for The United Church of Canada will be held May 22nd through to the 25th with the pre-conference commencing on the 21st of May, 2014 in Nanaimo, BC. This conference is back to back with event sessions, including a youth forum and a small tradeshow component. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre looks forward to welcoming delegates from the BC United Church of Canada to the beautiful harbor city. Read more


May 24, 2013 – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected To Host the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Council Meeting for 2013

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - The Union of BC Indian Chiefs will hold their quarterly council meeting at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. With two full days of plenary and break-out sessions this May’s agenda will be disclosed closer to the meeting’s commencement. Read more


October 15, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected To Host The Vancouver Island Economic Summit For 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance returns to The Vancouver Island Conference Centre bringing delegates from all over Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Everything from a Media Panel to Marketing, Social Media, Resource Industries and Island Transportation are among the hot topics of this year’s conference. Among some of the speakers will be Mark Carney, Premier Clarke and Minister Pat Bell to speak on today’s economy. Keeping Vancouver Island sustainable this annual conference gets underway at the award-winning Nanaimo conference venue and will play host to over 300 delegates generating over $378,000 in economic benefit to the beautiful Harbor City. Read more


October 10, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Center In Selected To Host The Lion's International Multiple District 19 Annual Convention for 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Lion’s International Multiple District 19 celebrates 95 years of history bringing delegates from all over British Columbia, North Idaho and Washington. Gathering for 4 days their agenda is filled with multiple seminars pertaining to foundation, leadership and growth. Plenty of off-site activities that showcase this region on Vancouver Island and look for the famous Lion’s Bathtub parked outside Museum Way. Read more


October 2, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Center In Selected To Host The National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum II Conference 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum II Conference (NAFF II) hosted by the First Nations Fisheries Council of BC, will gather for 3 days at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. As an annual National Conference, this year bridges that of 2011 and continues the process of Economic Development related to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector in Aboriginal Communities. Read more


June 21, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Masonic Leadership Conference 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon will gather together with friends and family to celebrate their 141st anniversary at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Ceremony, banquets, meetings, activities and island tours are coordinated in conjunction with the spousal ladies program which is threaded throughout. Working, learning and sharing of knowledge and experience is the focus while cultivating old relationships and forming new ones. The conference agenda commences Thursday afternoon at the extraordinary venue of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in the beautiful Harbour City of Nanaimo, BC. Read more


June 8, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Connect VI Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Connect Vancouver Island is just what the Young Professionals of Nanaimo have sought to do with this first time conference bringing business professionals from island cities together under one roof to ‘connect, engage and unite’ . This conference, sure to perpetuate an annual interest, features diverse keynote speakers and topic streams to prepare the next generation of business, community and political leaders. Young Professionals will come from all over Vancouver Island to experience a worthwhile program filled with a multitude of social and business networking opportunities at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre . The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to over 125 delegates generating over $118,125 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more


June 6, 2012 – Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada, will give the opening address at the 6th annual State of the Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo, October 15, 2012.

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is pleased to announce that Governor of the Bank of Canada will be the key note speaker at the opening luncheon for the 2012 Economic Summit being held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, October 15 and 16, 2012. Read more


June 1, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 2012 ARMA Canada Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Records and Information Management Professionals will come from all over Canada to attend this year’s annual conference set to expand knowledge, meet with exhibitors, and network with peers from government offices, not-for-profit environments and the private sector. With over 55 education sessions, 5 of which pertain to record information management for First Nations, there will be 3 Keynote speakers, a technology spotlight, research sessions, a creative role play session and the Chapter Recognition and Member Appreciation Banquet in the Mount Benson Ballroom at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre . Outside of the busy agenda delegates have optional tours that offer the best of the region whether wine tasting or a visit to Coombs and near-by attractions. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to over 340 delegates generating over $749,700 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more


May 24, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the British Columbia Real Estate Leadership Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Keynote speakers, skills training for media and presentations, and leadership education are the focus for this year’s conference under the British Columbia Real Estate Association. Delegates from all over BC will come to Nanaimo to learn, collaborate, and share through speakers and discussion panels while having opportunity to visit and explore the central region of Vancouver Island. This agenda also includes two receptions utilizing the Nanaimo Museum on one of the evenings, and two dinner banquets with entertainment performed in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Read more


May 24, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Gizeh Shriners of British Columbia and Yukon 2012 Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Pacific Northwest Shrine Association will gather together with friends and family to celebrate their 100th Anniversary at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Ceremony, banquets, meetings, competitions, activities and island tours are among some of the fun developed for this year’s agenda. In addition delegates and locals will enjoy the participation of the PNSA on Sunday May 20th at the Annual Empire Days Community Parade in downtown Nanaimo, BC. Filled with fun and tourism appeal this conference will prove to set the stage for an island experience unlike other years on a landmark occasion at an extraordinary venue, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in the beautiful Harbour City of Nanaimo, BC. Read more


May 8, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 2012 Vancouver Island Autism and Associated Conditions Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Co-sponsored with the Vancouver Island Region of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, The Autism Community Training Society has developed this year’s conference to focus on ‘Getting on the Same Page- Building Community Capacity to Address the Needs of Children & Youth with ASD & Associated Conditions’. With 16 educational presentations representing two streams of focus between pre-school and adolescence, delegates will also enjoy a reception in the Nanaimo Museum and a theatre performance in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Mount Benson Ballroom C. Read more


April 19, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 23rd Biennial Conference of the Perioperative Registered Nurses Association of BC

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – This year’s conference theme “The Future Is Now” gives clarity after years of discussion and predicting the advances in health care in the perioperative area as conference delegates will focus on those changes that are now active in the field. “Friends, education, entertainment and adventure; how can you go wrong? The future is here, in Nanaimo from April 25th to the 28th 2012,” says Robyn Austin the conference coordinator and chair. Combined with an educational tradeshow at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre this year’s program is full; offering enlightened keynotes while showcasing Nanaimo to all of the attendees made up of staff nurses, educators, managers, researchers and support staff. Read more


April 11, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbourmasters & Port Managers Conference for 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The 38th Annual Membership Conference for Pacific Coast Congress of Harbourmasters & Port Managers will gather in Nanaimo, BC at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre . This year’s theme “Teamwork: Formula for Success” will bring delegates from all over Pacific Coast of North America and the Pacific Rim. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to over 110 delegates generating over $173,250 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


April 3, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the BC Transit Conference for 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – ‘Connections’ is this year’s focus for the annual BC Transit Conference scheduled this April in beautiful downtown Nanaimo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre . Delegates will attend multiple workshops to enhance partnerships, increase revenue growth and improve fleet management while enjoying picturesque Nanaimo, BC and all that is to offer in the second largest city on Vancouver Island. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to over 160 delegates generating over $252,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


April 2, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Coast Bastion Inn Selected to Host the Business Improvement Areas of BC Conference for Spring 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Delegates from The Business Improvement Areas of BC will travel to Nanaimo to attend this year’s spring conference. Celebrating ‘Inspiring Innovation’ this conference’s top ten reasons to attend are location, to get inspired, network, discover, source, learn, belong, share, and explore. Attendees from BC communities encompass city and urban planners, downtown executives, public and elected officials, architects, educators, consultants and tourism professionals. The conference boasts a healthy agenda with interesting and thought-provoking sessions lead by inspiring speakers and keynote address. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is proud to be a part of a duo venue showcase to those individuals that take pride in their own communities to see the growth and beautification that’s evolved in Nanaimo BC. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue has partnered to play host to over 100 delegates generating over $126,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


March 20, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ Aboriginal Youth Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Youth and Elders connecting under one roof as the Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The 10th Annual BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ Aboriginal Youth Conference scheduled March 20th through March 23rd 2012. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to welcome over 1400 delegates, VICC’s largest conference to date bringing in over $2,200,000 in economic benefit to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


March 5, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the National Theratpeutic Community Symposium

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – In collaboration, The John Howard Society and The Nanaimo Addiction Foundation bring together over 100 social and mental health workers to attend the National Therapeutic Community Symposium at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in beautiful Nanaimo BC. This first time conference will drive further awareness to new treatment options for addictions and those suffering from them. In addition organizers are hopeful that this conference will give opportunity to form the National Therapeutic Community Association. Read more.


February 7, 2012 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Harbour Authority of BC Conference for 2012

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Harbour Authority delegates made up of Harbour Authority managers, directors and Associate harbours as well as businesses in the marine industry will travel from all Coastal Waters of BC to attend this conference. Read more.


December 21, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Receives ‘Liquor Primary’ Liquor License

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Issued from the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, the Application for the Liquor License under ‘Liquor Primary’ status has been approved for the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Read more.


October 20, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 19th Annual North Pacific Adronomous Fish Commission Conference for 2011

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Delegates will travel from the United States, Japan, Korea, Russia and Canada to collaborate and communicate focusing on Pink and Chum Salmon. Media is welcomed to this years’ conference reporting to the Secretariat Office located in Salon B of the Mount Benson Ballroom at the stunning Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo BC. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to over 100 delegates generating over $315,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


October 14, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 2011 Anime Conference and Tradeshow

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Celebrating Japanese Animation this conference will focus on entertainment, community and cultural diversity in a fun, family friendly environment. This ever increasing genre is quickly becoming mainstream entertainment in North American Culture and this year’s conference and tradeshow will look to bring delegates annually to the stunning Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo BC. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue will play host to 200 delegates generating over $280,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


September 16, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Tourism Vancouver Island 2011 Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The 48th Annual Conference for Tourism Vancouver Island will attract many officials in the tourism sector. This conference takes place at the stunning Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo BC scheduled September 20th through September 22nd . The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to house over 150 delegates bringing in over $200,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


June 10, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Pacific Biological Station & American Fisheries Society 2011 Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The 52nd Western Disease Workshop is this year’s title for the conference shared jointly between the Pacific Biological Station Aquatic Animal Health Section and the American Fisheries Society’s Fish Healthier Section at the stunning Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo BC. Taking place June 14th through June 16th the award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to house over 150 non-resident delegates from the Pacific Northwest bringing in over $150,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


May 27, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 2011 Planning Institute of British Columbia’s Annual Conference and AGM

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The Planning Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference and AGM taking place May 31st through June 3rd. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to house over 400 non-resident delegates from across British Columbia, bringing in over $550,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


May 24, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the Trial Lawyers Association of BC Annual Convention

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The 2011 conference titled ‘Cross-Practice: Issues in Civil Litigation, Family and Criminal Law’ with co-chairs Adam de Turberville and James A. Vanstone will be held in downtown Nanaimo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in the beautiful harbor city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to welcome over 100 delegates on May 27th through May 29th bringing in over $100,000 in Economic benefit to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


May 6, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the 3rd Annual Aborigional Peoples Resource Opportunities Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – For the 2nd consecutive year, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The Annual Aboriginal People’s Resource Opportunities Conference scheduled May 9th through May 11th 2011. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to welcome over 115 delegates bringing in over $120,000 in Economic benefit to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


May 2, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Selected to Host the 2011 Annual Applied Biology Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The Association Of Professional Biologists Conference taking place May 4th through May 7th at the award-winning Nanaimo conference venue. It is expected to attract over 200 non-resident delegates from across British Columbia, bringing in over $280,000 in Economic Impact to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


April 26, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Selected to Host ATV-BC’s Annual Spring Meeting & Consumer Show

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - The Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to ATV-BC’s 2011 spring meeting and consumer show. The ATV-BC Face- to-Face Spring Meeting and Consumer Show will take place April 29th through May 1st at the award-winning Nanaimo conference venue. It is expected to attract over 100 delegates as well as ATV enthusiasts from across British Columbia, bringing in over $105,000 in revenue to the Nanaimo region. Read more.


October 19, 2009 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Receives Service Award from Meeting Professionals International

(Toronto, Ontario) - The Vancouver Island Conference Centre proudly accepted the Silver Service Award from Meeting Professionals International (MPI), British Columbia chapter last week. Chosen out of 180 venue members, the Conference Centre received the service award based on a long list of criteria, including outstanding service and attention to detail. Read more.


June 9, 2008 – Atlific Hotels Announces The Opening Of Vancouver Island Conference Centre

(Toronto, Ontario) - The Vancouver Island Conference Centre officially opens as Canada’s newest dedicated conference centre located in historic downtown Nanaimo B.C. Managed by Atlific Hotels, this first-class conference center is the flagship of the new Port of Nanaimo Centre which also encompasses the new Nanaimo Museum, the 200-seat Shaw Auditorium and the Port Theatre. Read more.


November 13, 2007 – The Pacific Northwest Economic Development Council Will Meet At The VICC

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – One of the first conferences scheduled to take place at the new Vancouver Island Conference Centre will be hosted by the City of Nanaimo Economic Development Office. Read more.


August 27, 2007 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected for National Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons – Escadrilles Canadiennes de Plaisance (CPS-ECP), head office Toronto, has chosen the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) as the location for its 2010 National Conference and Annual General Meeting. Read more.


August 10, 2007 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Confirms Another Major Provincial Conference for September 2008

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The conference for approximately 300 attendees from municipalities throughout the province will take place September 23 to 26 – 2008 and will feature keynote speaker - David Suzuki whose address to the conference participants will be on Green Technology. Read more.


June 18, 2007 – VICC’s Sales/Marketing Director Heads East

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Jim Owens, Vancouver Island Conference Centre’s (VICC) Director of Sales and Marketing departed today from Nanaimo’s Airport on a sales blitz to over 200 Associations and Corporate offices in Ottawa. Read more.


May 24, 2007 – New Nanaimo Centre Gets New Name “The PORT of NANAIMO CENTRE”

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority and the Council of the City of Nanaimo today announced the Nanaimo Port Authority’s support in the renaming of the New Nanaimo Centre as, “The PORT of NANAIMO CENTRE”. Read More


July 10, 2006 – K2 Stone Quarries becomes newest partner at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The City of Nanaimo and K2 announced today a significant boost to the construction of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. K2 Stone Quarries produces a number of natural stone products for a host of building and landscaping applications. K2 is contributing $25,000 to the project construction costs. Read more.


June 23, 2006 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre – Official Launch of Construction

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – The City of Nanaimo and its partners Millennium and Triarc International are pleased to announce the start of foundation construction on the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC). Read more.


March 27, 2006 – BC Company Millennium Joins NNC

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Triarc/Suro has partnered with Millennium a well established Vancouver development firm to build the VI Conference Centre, Museum, Marriott Hotel and related condominiums. Read more.


March 6, 2006 – NEW NANAIMO CENTRE Update on Site Activities

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Site preparation work at the site of the New Nanaimo Centre is continuing. Read more.


January 20, 2006 – Soil Stabilization to Start at NNC

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Soil stabilization is slated to start in March on the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) portion of the NNC site. This is necessary because of the challenging soil conditions existing on the site. These include contaminated and unstable soil used to fill in what was once part of the natural harbour decades ago. A process called “cutter soil mixing” has been selected. Read more.

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