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OTTAWA, May 19, 2015 – The Board of Directors of Shaw Centre announced today the appointment of Nina Kressler as President and CEO, effective June 1, 2015. This unanimous appointment follows a rigorous national search to find the leader best suited to guide Shaw Centre in its next chapter of growth as Canada’s Meeting Place.

“During this time of transformation there is no better person to lead Shaw Centre than Nina Kressler. We are very impressed with her extensive sales and marketing experience, depth of knowledge of the convention industry, her passion and her business acumen. We are very confident that Nina will continue to lead us in achieving our vision of “Inspired People Creating Extraordinary Events”, said Marc Seaman, Chair Shaw Centre Board of Directors.

With an impressive background in hotel and convention centre operations and sales leadership, Nina joined the Shaw Centre team in October 2013 as General Manager of the Centre’s Food and Facilities operation managed by Aramark Canada. Nina began her career with the Sheraton Halifax Hotel as Director of Sales & Marketing, and moved on to senior sales, marketing and operations roles with the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, as well as the Casino Nova Scotia & Hotel in Halifax. Just prior to joining the Shaw Centre, Nina held the position of Vice President Business Development for the Toronto Congress Centre, where her performance driven approach had a demonstrable impact on significantly increasing its business volumes.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for the opportunity to work with the Shaw Centre team, stakeholders and partners as we take the Centre to the next level where it will make even greater contributions to the economic health of this tremendous city, supporting Ottawa Tourism’s efforts to continue positioning it as a key tourism destination. Their confidence in me will only serve to strengthen my passion and drive to succeed in this exciting arena and I look forward to bringing my vision for the Shaw Centre to life”, said Ms. Kressler.

About Shaw Centre

The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, a brand new facility was constructed from 2009-2011, and was renamed the Ottawa Convention Centre, opening in April 2011. In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered in a 10 year partnership, rebranding the OCC as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre and was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC).

The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.


Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau
Director, Marketing & Communications
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