PRESS RELEASE – BC Rural Health Conference 2018
Posted: 31 / May / 18



Thursday May 31, 2018

 Nanaimo and The Vancouver Island Conference Centre hosts the BC Rural Health Conference 2018

 Nanaimo BC: The Vancouver Island Conference Centre welcomed the BC Rural Health Conference from May 8-13, 2018.

337 delegates from across BC and Canada attended the BC Rural Health Conference 2018 which utilized the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for workshops, keynote speakers, receptions, and banquets. A large exhibitor show took place in the Newcastle Island Lobby to showcase products, services and knowledge.

The BC Rural Health Conference is an annual event hosted by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) that brings together rural health care professionals (physicians, nurses, allied health providers) and medical learners from across British Columbia for education and networking.

The conference encompassed the entire City of Nanaimo, with delegates staying in our hotels and exploring the city in many different ways.  92% of delegates were from British Columbia with the rest coming from other provinces. An off-site event, Dockside Social, was hosted on May 12th at the Lighthouse Bistro. The 6-day event produced a positive economic impact for the City of Nanaimo of more than $425,000.  As an overall, Michelle Baysan, Conference Coordinator gave the following testimonial:

“Delegates and exhibitors alike raved about the layout of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC), noting how easy it was to navigate to and from the numerous sessions and workshops. Exhibitors were happy that there was good flow of people past their booths, even during the sessions.  We were pleased by the flexibility of the facility’s spaces – the Shaw Lobby was used for a networking reception on the first evening and then was transformed into a yoga and meditation space the next day.  The VICC’s prime location in the downtown core is very walkable, allowing attendees to visit the waterfront, do some shopping, or check out a nearby café.  Many delegates voiced their happiness about the venue to organizers and we’re very pleased that the conference was so well received in Nanaimo”


Gina Bethell Sales Manager

Spectra Venue Management

Vancouver Island Conference Centre



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