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Welcome to Canada’s Meeting Place in the Heart of Ottawa.

Experience a renowned convention centre in Canada’s Capital. Known for our attention to detail, extensive event resources, and cordial customer service staff, it is our mission to elevate your events, conventions, and trade shows. Are you ready for an unforgettable experience?

The Shaw Centre Experience

The Shaw Centre has everything you need to make your event a success – right in downtown Ottawa.

Our staff, spaces, exceptional food & beverage, and overall vision are focused on bringing your event to life. We are a fully outfitted convention centre, ready to host events of all types and sizes. Know that you are in expert hands at the Shaw Centre.

Choose your space

Whether you need to host a business affair for five or a formal gala for 3,000 – our 192,000 sq. ft. (17,837 sq. m.) of space is designed to suit all your event planning needs.

From intimate gatherings to grand spectacles, the Shaw Centre has the space to make your vision a reality.

Award-Winning Staff

As the 2020 winner of the International Association of Conference Centres(AIPC) APEX award for “World’s Best Convention Centre”, we are proud of our team.

The Shaw Centre’s colleagues and suppliers provide professional and efficient logistics, set-up and tear-down, hosting assistance, and additional services to elevate your event. The Shaw Centre provides access to loading docks for our exhibitor’s convenience with assistance provided by our courteous staff.

Views of the 613

Situated in the very heart of our Nation’s Capital, the Shaw Centre shines like a jewel. The LEED Gold-certified building beckons you to take in its curving, geometric glass and steel facade.

Not only is the building’s design captivating, but so are the picturesque views of the Capital inside the Shaw Centre.

Get to Know
The Shaw Centre

Situated on the Old Congress Centre site, the Shaw Centre breathes new life into Ottawa’s downtown core. A striking redevelopment in 2011 tripled the Shaw Centre’s capacity, drawing attention from national and international planners and making it one of the most successful convention centres in the country.

Since 2011, we have proudly hosted thousands of conventions, meetings, and trade shows of varying scales and sizes.

In 2021, the Shaw Centre was awarded the International Association of Conference Centres (AIPC) APEX award for the elusive title of “World’s Best Convention Centre”

In 2021, the Shaw Centre was awarded the International Association of Conference Centres (AIPC) APEX award for the elusive title of “World’s Best Convention Centre”

A man looks at his phone as he walks in the Shaw Centre.
The exterior of the Shaw Centre at midday.
A selection of Hors d'Oeuvres served on a plate.
The Shaw Centre's windows as seen from inside.
The Shaw Centre's glass and steel facade.

360-degree tour

Marvel in the Shaw Centre’s architectural excellence with this 360-degree tour.

You can also take in downtown Ottawa’s modern gem and admire its astonishing design and favourable location. The Shaw Centre adjoins the CF Rideau Centre and the Westin Ottawa, creating a seamless experience for its guests. The Centre overlooks the historic Rideau Canal and is close to prime entertainment, including the National Arts Centre, the ByWard Market, and much more.

Is the Shaw Centre the right place to host your next event?

Use our easy request form to submit your event information. Our expert team members will be in touch to help with all your planning requirements. We look forward to meeting with you.

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Reflection of the Trillium Ballroom off of the Shaw Centre windows.