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Shaw Centre and GES Announce Partnership

GES becomes Shaw Centre’s exclusive provider for show services

OTTAWA – September 2, 2021 - The Shaw Centre and GES are pleased to announce a five-year partnership for Show Services. With this new partnership, GES becomes the exclusive provider for material handling and preferred provider of; event rentals, custom exhibits, labor, customs, and transportation.

The Shaw Centre and GES are excited to work together to provide world-class services and experiences that take ideas from imagination to reality. This client-focused partnership will assist in the recovery of the meeting and events industry and work toward providing an economic impact to the city of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario.

“We are excited to welcome GES and their world class team to the Shaw Centre,” said Josh Verch, Shaw Centre’s Director of Marketing and Partnerships. “GES’ global experience will bring a fresh new perspective while continuing to provide the high-level of customer service our clients have come to expect.”

“GES is proud to partner with the Shaw Centre Team and our mutual clients moving forward,” said Jeff Quade, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions. “We are looking forward to expanding our network of facility relationships across Canada and are excited to develop new relationships in the Ottawa region.”

The Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) is a premier convention venue located in the downtown core of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This state-of-the-art convention center is a spectacular venue that induces economic impact by hosting conventions, conferences, meetings, and events. The venue offers 365,973 sq ft of enclosed space including an exhibit hall floor, breakout/meeting space, a ballroom and ample parking.

As a global experiential marketing and logistics partner for the exhibition and convention industry, GES’ passionate team of highly skilled experts offers clients the right blend of experience, fresh ideas, deep industry knowledge and strategic insight. The company’s award-winning services coupled with event technology and innovative tools help clients optimize their events, making all aspects of planning and execution simple and worry free.


About Shaw Centre

Shaw Centre, previously known as the Ottawa Congress Centre, was founded in 1983. The Centre was redeveloped into a new, larger facility with project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada which opened its doors in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC entered a 10-year partnership with Shaw Communications, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The state-of-the-art convention centre is a spectacular venue that induces economic impact by hosting conventions, conferences, meetings, and events. It was named the 2020 “World’s Best Convention Centre” by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). The Centre is governed by a board of directors, managed by an expert team of professionals, and operationally driven by inspired colleagues and selected suppliers whose main goal is to create extraordinary events.


About GES

With a legacy spanning more than 90 years, GES is a global live events company providing brand experiences, exhibition services, and live event venue services throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Our comprehensive suite of award-winning services brings client visions to life by creating immersive brand experiences and producing impactful events that

connect audiences and drive business success. For more information on GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, visit


For More Information

Charles Rye
Sales Director


Josh Verch
Director, Marketing and Partnerships
Shaw Centre