I know – shame on me for revealing my politics in this review, but there’s just no way around it seeing as I attended Ottawa’s Shaw Centre for the above-named event! I will try to keep this review short and address it in two parts: 1) The convention; and, 2) The venue.
THE CONVENTION: I attended my first Liberal Convention in 2016 @ Winnipeg. Being new and ignorant to the formal process back then, I dutifully attended various of the plenaries, policy “work sessions,” regional caucuses and keynote addresses. I quickly learned, back then, that unless you’re a hard-core ideologue (which I am not) the only sessions really worthwhile are the keynote speakers. The workshops are kind of a waste of time. As such, I basically just attended future conventions because it offered discounted rates and allowed me to visit places in this country that I haven’t been to before. Ottawa is a case in point! As for this convention, I registered and then left to play tourist until the keynote addresses from Prime Minister Trudeau and, later, Jean Chretien. The latter’s speech was particularly good, highlighting 90-60-30!
THE VENUE: Ottawa’s Shaw Centre opened in 2011, following the demolition of the Ottawa Congress Centre in 2009. In operation for 12 years, the Centre is ideally located in the heart of downtown and, thus, if you’re here for a conference or some other event, it’s within easy walking distance of most hotels. It’s also situated next to the iconic Rideau Canal. There are photo-ops a-plenty! The all-glass façade looks particularly stunning during the golden hour, set as it is alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, it is little wonder the Shaw Centre won the APEX Award, in 2021, for “Best Convention Centre in the World.” The layout and design make for an enriching experience!