Home to the extraordinary

Meet the Canadians whose innovation and sector leadership are attracting international business events to Canada.

Canadian Visionaries Network

The Canadian Visionaries Network (CVN) was developed by Destination Canada to showcase Canada's strengths as a leading destination for business events, and to connect people from around the world with the inspiring ideas and experiences of Canadian industry, academic and association leaders.

Through their innovative work, each member of the network is opening hearts and minds to new ideas, experiences and perspectives, and helping their industries take crucial steps towards growth and change.

Meet The Visionaries



With its strategic location on Canada’s west coast, talented workforce and world-class research facilities, Vancouver leads the way in marine conservation. So, when Sabine Jessen of the Canadian… Read More
From technology to life sciences and advanced manufacturing, Canada is home to visionary minds who are pushing boundaries across a range of sectors. This expertise and openness to collaborating and… Read More
As a project engineer, Christopher Whitt already had his hands full working on a range of ocean acoustic monitoring initiatives. But when the opportunity to bid on OCEANS 2024 came up in 2018, he… Read More
Soil may not be top of mind — but this precious resource that lies beneath our feet is fundamental to our lives. It produces virtually all of the food we eat. It filters our water. It’s home to a… Read More
In the early 2000s, Halifax, Nova Scotia embarked on an ambitious quest to grow its life sciences ecosystem across a span of sub-sectors — including neuroscience. Nestled along the east coast of… Read More
Isotopes play a vital role in our world. Whether it’s fighting the toughest diseases or providing a deeper understanding of our planet, they impact our lives in profound ways. When it comes to their… Read More
Not many scientific conferences offer the chance to hear from Nobel Laureates by day, while listening to the world’s top musical artists at night. But that’s exactly what Dr. Normand Voyer achieved.… Read More
Nearly a decade ago, Dr. Sheldon Williamson set out to bring a major conference to Toronto: the 18th International Conference on Industrial Technology, or ICIT 2017. Sponsored by the Institute of… Read More

Work with a Canadian Destination to Bring a Conference to Canada

The Canadian Visionaries Network is focused on promoting and marketing our country’s intellectual capital through interviews and speaking opportunities. Canadian thought leaders interested in participating in a bid to bring an international conference in their field to Canada can do so in partnership with a Canadian destination of their choice. 

Find out more about some of the local ambassador programs across Canada, and how they work with local leaders to bring events to their city.

Here's How We Can Help

Robert McCreight
Robert McCreight
Director of Business Events, Government and Industry Relations

The team at Destination Canada Business Events helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Specific information regarding Canada's sector expertise
  • Recommendations on destinations based on their sector strengths
  • Introductions to industry leaders, academia, and economic development agencies
  • Recommendations of expert speakers to augment events
  • Assistance in sourcing RFPs for conference placement