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Montreal is known for its variety. From the wide array of festivals for which it is known, to its diversity of people, cultures, and languages, it is a true ville polyvalente, to borrow from the city’s official language. This means that it is host to an assortment of conferences, too. Here are a few of the most notable.
Dubbed “the music festival for startups” by Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian, Startupfest is a lively outdoor conference held in Montreal’s scenic Parc Jean Drapeau. On top of the usual keynote talks, workshops, and demos, the conference also features the unique Tent Village, where attendees can network with speakers and investors and over a pint, as well as vie for one of the many investment prizes, totalling up to $1,000,000, including the brand-new $100,000 Women in Tech Investment Prize.
In the Spirit of Montreal itself, C2 is a dynamic fusion of commerce and creativity, where over 6,500 top business innovators and outside-the-box thinkers gather over three activity-filled days to brainstorm, challenge, inspire, and ultimately shape the future of business. Featuring masterclasses, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one networking, the conference also aims to unlock creativity with cutting-edge art and tech installations, and sometimes-unexpected live artistic performances.
Presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the Conference of Montreal is a large-scale summit designed to bring together heads of state, leaders in the private sector, and the general public to encourage discussion at an international level on topics related to economic globalization. With over 4,300 participants and more than 70 countries represented, the event is one of the most important economic forums in existence.
Montreal was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, and many of its conference centers reflect this designation. From unique modern architecture, to refurbished art deco buildings, to — in a category all its own — the controversial masterpiece that is the Big O, Montreal convention centers are one of a kind.
The Palais des Congrès de Montréal is not only a beautiful space, with a colorful glass facade and abundant natural light throughout the venue, it’s also functional. With more than 500,000 square feet of space across 113 rooms and rental spaces, the center is able to accommodate up to 1,950 exhibition booths. And you’re covered for all four seasons — it’s connected to Montreal’s famous underground city for cold-weather conventions, and features four large terraces for taking advantage of the sublime summer climate.
Originally built for the 1976 Winter Olympics, and formerly home to Montreal’s professional baseball and football teams, the infamous Stade Olympique is now a multi-purpose complex and popular tourist destination. The covered playing field has a capacity of 10,000 people, and the Esplanade, at the foot of the stadium, offers a large outdoor space with a spectacular view of the world’s tallest leaning tower.
A 12-minute drive from downtown San Francisco, the Oakland Convention Center is one of the largest conference centers in the Bay Area, with over 100,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting rooms, and convention space. Its connection to the Oakland Marriott City Center hotel adds an extra element of convenience to any convention, and Oakland itself offers a wealth of cultural activities, incredible dining, and gorgeous views of the Bay, and, of course, the famous Golden Gate Bridge.