But last week, I saw the future of meeting venues. Just 88 days before the April opening date for the new Ottawa Convention Centre, members of the OCC Advisory Board donned hard hats, steel-toed boots, reflective vests, and safety glasses to tour a project for which the local meetings industry had been fighting, lobbying, and begging for 15 years. The 200,000-square-foot convention center will be one of a new generation of myth-busting meeting facilities, proving that no one has to choose ...

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