Inspired People Planning
Extraordinary Events

Discover some of the perks that come with hosting your event with us.
First and foremost, at the Shaw Centre, you’ll have the space to dream big.

Inspired People planning
Extraordinary Events

Discover some of the perks that come with hosting your event with us. First and foremost, at the Shaw Centre, you’ll have the space to dream big.

Open Spaces, Bright Minds.
Bright Spaces, Open Minds.

Open spaces inspire, freeing the mind to innovate, collaborate, and connect. The Shaw Centre, at the heart of Ottawa’s awe-inspiring historic core, features flexible meeting spaces without columns, freeing up sightlines and opening minds to endless possibilities. We look forward to discussing your event with you and working together to achieve your goals.

Connect with us to start planning for an unforgettable experience. Canada’s meeting place has everything you need and more to make every gathering a polished 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.

Video Tour

Welcome! 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 realistic 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°

Take in all of the Shaw Centre. And we mean the whole centre. Here’s a 360-degree view 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. You also get a great idea of where the Shaw Centre Ottawa is located in Ottawa and its surroundings. Shaw Centre is attached to the CF Rideau and the Westin, creating a seamless experience for its guests. It overlooks the historic Rideau Canal and is in close proximity to great entertainment such as the National Arts Centre, the ByWard Market and much more. Welcome to the neighbourhood via this sweeping video tour.

Shaw Centre 360
crEATe Kitchen

We are the only convention centre in the world with 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.

A Matter of Taste

The Shaw Centre is, to put it lightly, foodie-friendly. Our high standards come from a place of passion for culinary excellence and premium entertainment. Uncover our main menu and wedding menu below from light lunches to every large scale banquets and type of meal in between we’ll satisfy your group’s taste buds! Our industry-leading chefs and cooks are dedicated to their culinary craft and take pleasure in creating succulent experiences for our guests. Take a peek at all the tasty treats and bites in the menus below. Or reach out to us and we will curate a menu together.

Full Menu

Wedding Menu


crEATe Kitchen

crEATe Kitchen

Interactive food experiences are both delicious and unforgettable. At Ottawa’s Shaw Centre, food plays a starring role in all our events and with our unique 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.

Customized cooking and dining experiences are available for groups of 10 to 20. crEATe kitchen is ideal for team building, private functions, corporate events, board meetings, pre-conference planning sessions or post-conference events, as well as a venue to film cooking shows or host culinary demonstrations.

In addition to a private, lavishly-appointed cooking and dining area, the crEATe space also includes an adjacent dedicated reception area, ideal for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and mingling before the main event. Each aspect of your crEATe experience can be customized, including menus and wine selections from the Centre’s extensive cellars.

Whether you want to roll up your sleeves and help the Chef, or sit back and enjoy the show, our kitchen is ready for you.

Overlooking the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, crEATe kitchen offers everything you need for a truly memorable gathering. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you’ll be close to hotels and all the nightlife.

Just like our main kitchen, crEATe kitchen is committed to culinary excellence. It starts with fresh seasonal, regional, organic and sustainable ingredients that extends through preparation, plating and service.

crEATe kitchen is an innovative offering that demonstrates the Shaw Centre’s focus on being relevant and engaging. We take great pride in our role as part of the emerging and thriving Ottawa culinary scene, truly making us Canada’s Meeting Place.

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We made a request to do a live broadcast during Covid, just weeks in advance of our scheduled date of annual event. Staff were accommodating, highly organized and provided us with a safe space in which to hold our event.

The process was organized and clear, verbal and written information on health and safety was clear and thorough. We had great confidence in the measures taken to assure our safety and the safety of our guests. The expectations of measures in place did not disappoint and were a reflection of the extensive health and safety guidelines provided in advance. My team and I were completely comfortable with the measures in place. Keep up the professional, friendly and attentive level of service!

Shaw Centre Show Planner

We had the pleasure of working with the wonderful team at the Shaw Centre while filming our production in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had extensive safety protocols in place and the entire staff at the Shaw Centre ensured every protocol was met and executed to fullest extent. The health and safety was of the utmost importance at the Shaw Centre and we worked collaboratively to ensure all provincial and municipal regulations were in place while filming. Their attention to detail was extremely appreciated and they made us feel right at home, even during a global pandemic. Thank you for hosting us!

Shaw Centre Show PLanner

We did it. We actually did it.

Despite the enormous challenges brought on by the global pandemic, we made Prom happen for the graduating class of 2021, offering students not only a welcome social respite during these weirder-than-weird times, but also access to a hugely important rite of passage that will remain in their hearts and minds forever.

And it could not have happened without you.

That we cooperated in following strict protocols, thereby ensuring the safety of everyone involved, from attendees to support staff and myriad other essential personnel — while seamlessly creating indelible nights to remember — demonstrates extraordinary professional excellence. is profoundly humbled by and grateful for your dedication and commitment to making Prom 2021 a superstar event for all involved. Really and truly, thank you.

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Just WOW. As far as convention centres go this place is spectacular. Perfect for all manners of event. Plan an event with the Shaw Centre as your venue and your guests will be awestruck!

Shaw Centre Show Planner

Thank you to the team at the Shaw Centre for hosting our event earlier this year. We were extremely happy with the space provided as well as the outstanding service we received all week. Even though health and safety protocols were quickly changing, the Shaw Centre team quickly adapted and made sure that our team felt safe and comfortable throughout our time at the Shaw Centre. I look forward to working with the team again in the future.

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