It’s Show Time

Exhibitors who host their shows and exhibitions at Shaw Centre quickly find out just how seamless the experience can be.

It’s Show Time

Exhibitors who host their shows and exhibitions at Shaw Centre quickly find out just how seamless the experience can be.

Putting our
Exhibition Skills on Display

Shaw Centre is a premier exhibit facility, with flexible space for trade and consumer exhibitions and shows. The Centre’s colleagues and suppliers provide professional and efficient logistics, set-up and tear-down, hosting assistance, and services every step of the way. Shaw Centre provides access to many loading docks for exhibitor convenience. The Centre is equipped with 4 elevators capable of carrying everything you require for your event to all four levels of the Centre. We make sure you’re fully supported to confidently host a rewarding event.

Shaw Centre At a Glance
At a Glance
At a Glance

Take a look at our available spaces and configurations. We know you’ll find an option to accommodate you and your guests perfectly. Whether you’re holding an intimate get-together or a lavish spectacle we’ve got the right space for you. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the Shaw Centre’s capabilities, so be sure to send us your vision and any questions you may have. Our team of experts love connecting with planners to craft memorable meetings, elevated events, and captivating conferences.

Usable Space
192,000 sq. ft. / 17,837 sq. m.

Canada Hall
57,740 sq. ft./5,364 sq. m.
6,000 theatre style

Maximum Configuration
28 flexible, fully-carpeted meeting rooms

Trillium Ballroom
19,032 sq. ft./1,768 sq. m.

Shaw Centre Video Tour
Video Tour

Please come and take a look around, virtually. See for yourself why so many get excited to host, attend, and plan events at the Shaw Centre Ottawa. This video tour gives you a beautiful feel for the space and all the wonderful benefits it has to offer.

This time-lapse video showcases our colleagues flipping a room during a 10-day city-wide corporate event we held at our Centre. For 10 days, our Canada Hall went through various stages of preparation, setup, rehearsals, and events including a Superbowl party, sessions, and a gala dinner with a rock concert. 7 set-up days, 3 event days, 1700 delegates, 3 cameras, 45,000 photos, and 1 team of dedicated colleagues made this amazing video and an unforgettable event.

Shaw Centre 360

Shaw Centre 360°

Take in all of the Shaw Centre. And we mean all 360 degrees of the architectural marvel. This building stops people in their tracks every day and we can’t blame them. Now you too can take in downtown Ottawa’s modern gem and admire its design.

crEATe Kitchen

We are the only convention centre in the world to have a state-of-the-art, interactive cooking space for our guests to enjoy. Peruse all the delicious creations coming out of crEATe Kitchen at the Shaw Centre.

The Shipping (and Receiving)

Our purpose is to make your time at Shaw Centre as pleasant as possible. We proudly offer loading docks for easy load-in, loading bays, multiple freight elevators, and more. We will coordinate with you to make sure you get all the support you need to get in and out of Shaw Centre easily and conveniently.

Material Handling – Provided by GES

Exhibitors and clients have the option, but are not required, to use the Exclusive Partner for Material Handling if they are able to safely and efficiently, without risk of damage to the facility, move-in and move-out their event or exhibit materials or crates etc… by hand or by dollies without the use of motorized and mechanized materials handling equipment.

Should a Client and/or their suppliers, exhibitor or exhibit, tradeshow or a consumer show require Material Handling Services such as those requiring the use of motorized or mechanized equipment such services must be arranged through the Shaw Centre’s Exclusive Partner.

Material handling involves the unloading of your materials at the designated unloading zone(s), delivery of the materials to your booth or designated Shaw Centre location, and the return of your materials to the designated loading zone(s) for reloading onto your outbound carrier. In some cases (depending upon the extent of services required or provided by your event) this may include storage of empty containers during the event, and their return for repackaging, followed by reloading onto your outbound carrier. Labour, Licensed Operators and the appropriate equipment are used to unload and load your carrier and get your materials to your event location safely, and efficiently.

Telephone: 613-315-9690

Loading Dock

The Shaw Centre Loading Dock was designed with our clients in mind. Its features were built to accommodate events of all sizes with the goal of making your move-in and move-out straightforward and seamless.

Loading Bays

Four bays with adjustable hydraulic plates that can accommodate trucks of various heights with or without lift gates.

A fifth bay with a hydraulic lift that can be horizontally adjusted to various vehicle heights. Due to its split plate it can also be used on vans.

Three bays can accept 53” trailers and two of them can accommodate highway cabs.

Bay Six is a flat area that can accept up to eight passenger vehicles.

An exhaust hose serves bays three and four for clients renting the bay to install diesel reefer truck/trailer.

Electrical outlets are also available. One washroom is located on the dock.


Two passenger elevators with capacities of 56 people or 9000lb (4080kg) that can be used for smaller freight.

Dimensions: 126” high, 75.5” wide, 153” deep
Door dimensions: 108: high, 53.5” wide

One small freight elevator with a capacity of 20 000lb (9072kg).
Dimensions: 119” high, 168” wide, 160” deep
Door dimensions: 119” high, 173” wide

One large freight elevator with a capacity of 24 000lb (10886 kg).
Dimensions: 119” high, 140” wide, 472” deep
Door dimensions: 119” high, 144” wide


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