BEC Partnership Announcement

Farmington Hills, Michigan – The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) and Business Events Canada (BEC) announce a partnership to exchange innovative solutions and explore the advantages of Canadian-based conventions and business meetings.

BEC, along with their Canadian destination strategic partners – Tourism Vancouver, Calgary Meetings + Conventions, Tourism Toronto, Tourisme Montréal and Québec City Convention Centre, is dedicated to the ongoing advancement of education and leadership within the Life Sciences, Infrastructure & Engineering and Information & Communication Technology sectors.

Today's business climate requires association and corporate leaders to obtain real-time information and be aware of best practices when determining an appropriate site to host their meetings and conventions. Understanding this need, Canada's meeting and convention industry continues to strive to offer world-class accommodations, highly technological meeting facilities, advanced airport facilities and exceptional service levels.  BEC recognizes that successful business meetings often create a first impression of Canada and can lead to many other business opportunities.  

By creating a strategic partnership with CESSE, a strong relationship ensures BEC and the CESSE membership will mutually benefit by creating the platform to exchange innovative solutions and the opportunity to explore first-hand the potential advantages of hosting business meetings in specific locations. 

"We are proud to partner with an organization that represents many desirable destinations in Canada.  In June 2015, we held our 1,000 attendee Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland and our 3,000 attendee Turbo Expo conference in Montreal, Quebec.  Both conferences were unqualified successes,” said Tom Loughlin, CESSE Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). “Feedback from our association members was extremely positive regarding these two events and their locales.  We are already looking forward to our International Pipeline conference in September 2016 that will be held in Calgary, Alberta.”

“We recognize that CESSE is the leading association dedicated to advancing the knowledge and credentials of the leaders of today's top scientific and engineering societies,” said, Michele Saran, Executive Director, Business Events Canada. “Their membership is uniquely positioned to have a significant impact in allowing Canada to showcase our reputation as being considered a Centre of Excellence internationally.

“We see this formalized partnership with BEC as a logical extension of the successful meetings that CESSE has already held, in locations like Banff, AB and Vancouver, BC, and of those that are in our future planning cycle, including ACCESSE 2017, our Summer Leadership Conference, scheduled for Québec City, QC” said Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of CESSE.  “Canada's natural beauty, combined with the creativity of the meetings professionals representing its destinations, makes it exceptionally suited to our meetings.”

About CESSE:
The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), is a professional society of chief executive officers and senior-level staff members of scientific and engineering societies dedicated to leadership excellence. CESSE offers its members a forum for exchanging information about their experiences and a venue for addressing the problems, challenges, and opportunities they face in operating their societies. CESSE's greatest resource is its members' wisdom and experience. CESSE members are known for their willingness to share their knowledge with colleagues. CESSE serves as the go-to source for education, networking and benchmarking for the leaders of engineering, technical and scientific societies
About Business Events Canada (BEC):
BEC is the division of Destination Canada charged with bringing meetings, conventions and incentive travel programs to Canada. The reflects the importance of the sector in going beyond simply filling hotel rooms and convention centres (although extremely important to Canada in their own right) and recognizes the important role meetings play in supporting Canada's international business and investment priorities. Meetings can be the catalyst in introducing Canada's export business interests to key influencers, business stakeholders, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.
For information on CESSE partnerships, please contact Tracy Vanneman, CAE, at or (419) 308-8486.


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