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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.

The Ultimate Planning Guide

Your complete guide to planning an event at the Shaw Centre.

Within this guide you’ll find everything you need to know to successfully host an event at Canada’s Meeting Place. The Ultimate Guide examines the booking process, food selection, sustainability recourses, accessibility offerings, and much more.

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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.

Usable Space

192,000 sq. ft. / 17,837 sq. m.

Maximum Configuration

28 flexible, fully-carpeted meeting rooms

Trillium Ballroom

19,032 sq. ft./1,768 sq. m.

Canada Hall

57,740 sq. ft./5,364 sq. m.
5,000 theatre style

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.

Operational Guidelines

Our Operational Guide is here to assist you in delivering the perfect event.

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The Shaw Centre overlooks the Rideau Canal at midday.

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.

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.

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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!

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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!

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I was tasked with planning and executing one of our Bank’s largest and most important events. Right from the start of the project, The Shaw Centre was an incredible partner, right there with us. Their team demonstrated incredible patience, utmost professionalism, and top drawer customer care when dealing with our contract negotiations, endless questions, multiple site visits, and exacting standards and requirements. There was nothing they couldn’t find a solution to. During the planning phase, and when we were on-site, their care of us, and commitment to delivering excellence helped us sprint across the finish line to success. The venue was prefect for what we needed from it, and the staff, above all else, were the greatest blessing. We truly couldn’t have delivered our event without them. They were absolutely fantastic.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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