Inspired People Planning Extraordinary Events
Discover some of the perks that come with hosting your event with us. First and foremost, at the Shaw Centre, you’ll have the space to dream big.
Open Spaces, Bright Minds. Bright Spaces, Open Minds
Open spaces inspire, freeing the mind to innovate, collaborate, and connect.
The Shaw Centre, at the heart of Ottawa’s awe-inspiring historic core, features flexible meeting spaces without columns, freeing up sightlines and opening minds to endless possibilities. We look forward to discussing your event with you and working together to achieve your goals.
Connect with us to start planning for an unforgettable experience. Canada’s meeting place has everything you need and more to make every gathering a polished event.
At a Glance
Take a look at our available spaces and configurations. We know you’ll find an option to accommodate you and your guests perfectly.
Whether you’re holding an intimate get-together or a lavish spectacle we’ve got the right space for you. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the Shaw Centre’s capabilities, so be sure to send us your vision and any questions you may have. Our team of experts love connecting with planners to craft memorable meetings, elevated events, and captivating conferences.
192,000 sq. ft. / 17,837 sq. m.
28 flexible, fully-carpeted meeting rooms
19,032 sq. ft./1,768 sq. m.
57,740 sq. ft./5,364 sq. m.
5,000 theatre style
Our Operational Guide is here to assist you in delivering the perfect event.
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.
Welcome! Please come and take a look around, virtually.
See why so many are excited to host, attend, and plan their events at the Shaw Centre. This video tour gives you a realistic feel for the magnitude of our flexible and state-of-the-art event space.
This time-lapse video showcases our colleagues flipping a multi-purpose ballroom throughout a 10-day, city-wide corporate event. For 10 days, our Canada Hall went through various stages of preparation, setup, rehearsals, and events including a Superbowl party, sessions, and a gala dinner featuring live music. Seven set-up days, three event days, 1700 delegates, three cameras, 45,000 photos, and a team of dedicated colleagues coordinated this unforgettable event and made this spectacular video possible.
A Matter of Taste
The Shaw Centre is, to put it lightly, foodie-friendly. Our high standards come from a place of passion for culinary excellence and premium entertainment.
Uncover our main menu and wedding menu below from light lunches to every large scale banquets and type of meal in between we’ll satisfy your group’s taste buds! Our industry-leading chefs and cooks are dedicated to their culinary craft and take pleasure in creating succulent experiences for our guests. Take a peek at all the tasty treats and bites in the menus below. Or reach out to us and we will curate a menu together.
We are the only convention centre in the world with a state-of-the-art, interactive cooking space for our guests to enjoy.
Interactive food experiences are both delicious and unforgettable. At Ottawa’s Shaw Centre, food plays a starring role in all our events and with our unique crEATe kitchen, we are the only convention centre in the world to have a state-of-the-art, interactive cooking space for our guests to enjoy.
Customised cooking and dining experiences are available for groups of 10 to 20. crEATe kitchen is ideal for team building, private functions, corporate events, board meetings, pre-conference planning sessions or post-conference events, as well as a venue to film cooking shows or host culinary demonstrations.
In addition to a private, lavishly-appointed cooking and dining area, the crEATe space also includes an adjacent dedicated reception area, ideal for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and mingling before the main event. Each aspect of your crEATe experience can be customised, including menus and wine selections from the Centre’s extensive cellars.
Whether you want to roll up your sleeves and help the Chef, or sit back and enjoy the show, our kitchen is ready for you.
Overlooking the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, crEATe kitchen offers everything you need for a truly memorable gathering. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you’ll be close to hotels and all the nightlife.
Just like our main kitchen, crEATe kitchen is committed to culinary excellence. It starts with fresh seasonal, regional, organic and sustainable ingredients that extends through preparation, plating and service.
crEATe kitchen is an innovative offering that demonstrates the Shaw Centre’s focus on being relevant and engaging. We take great pride in our role as part of the emerging and thriving Ottawa culinary scene, truly making us Canada’s Meeting Place.
Just WOW. As far as convention centres go this place is spectacular. Perfect for all manners of event. Plan an event with the Shaw Centre as your venue and your guests will be awestruck!
We made a request to do a live broadcast during Covid, just weeks in advance of our scheduled date of the annual event. Staff were accommodating, highly organised and provided us with a safe space in which to hold our event. The process was organised and clear, verbal and written information on health and safety was clear and thorough. We had great confidence in the measures taken to assure our safety and the safety of our guests. The expectations of measures in place did not disappoint and were a reflection of the extensive health and safety guidelines provided in advance. My team and I were completely comfortable with the measures in place. Keep up the professional, friendly and attentive level of service!
We had the pleasure of working with the wonderful team at the Shaw Centre while filming our production in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had extensive safety protocols in place and the entire staff at the Shaw Centre ensured every protocol was met and executed to fullest extent. The health and safety was of the utmost importance at the Shaw Centre and we worked collaboratively to ensure all provincial and municipal regulations were in place while filming. Their attention to detail was extremely appreciated and they made us feel right at home, even during a global pandemic. Thank you for hosting us!
We did it. We actually did it. Despite the enormous challenges brought on by the global pandemic, we made Prom happen for the graduating class of 2021, offering students not only a welcome social respite during these weirder-than-weird times, but also access to a hugely important rite of passage that will remain in their hearts and minds forever. And it could not have happened without you. That we cooperated in following strict protocols, thereby ensuring the safety of everyone involved, from attendees to support staff and myriad other essential personnel — while seamlessly creating indelible nights to remember — demonstrates extraordinary professional excellence. PromNight.ca is profoundly humbled by and grateful for your dedication and commitment to making Prom 2021 a superstar event for all involved. Really and truly, thank you.
Thank you to the team at the Shaw Centre for hosting our event earlier this year. We were extremely happy with the space provided as well as the outstanding service we received all week. Even though health and safety protocols were quickly changing, the Shaw Centre team quickly adapted and made sure that our team felt safe and comfortable throughout our time at the Shaw Centre. I look forward to working with the team again in the future.
I recommend The Shaw Centre because of its exceptional customer service and leadership team members. They’re meeting professionals and devoted team members are always ready and available. It’s clear it’s a great team environment that works in unison! In addition, the food and beverage options are top quality, delicious and nutritious which our audience needed to stay fueled throughout the five days of medical lectures.