The spectacular new Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) staged its grand opening April 13 2011, welcoming the world to a stunning new landmark and exceptional new meeting place in the heart of the Capital. Overlooking the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, the Centre features a sweeping glass façade encasing four floors of state-of-the-art meeting space, including the Canada Hall, which can accommodate up to 6,000 delegates. The 200,000 square foot Centre takes Ottawa to a whole new level in the meetings and conventions industry, enabling the Capital to host large, city-wide events and multiple simultaneous functions. Delegates can step outside and be just steps away from recreational paths and the ByWard Market shopping and restaurant district—not to mention 6,000 downtown hotel rooms, all within easy walking distance. The facility is directly linked to the 180-store Rideau Centre, the 495-room Westin Ottawa, and offers ample indoor parking. The Shaw Centre sets new standards for environmental design and sustainable practices, serving delegates and guests with advanced technology.