Midway between Quebec City and Toronto is Ottawa, Canada's compact, capital city with an impeccable degree in Life Sciences. A hub for discovery, development and commercialization, Ottawa's proximity to federal government bodies and world-class research partners (including the National Research Council) make it an ideal location for innovation. With 35 research chairs, 20+ research institutions, 10 major hospitals, and 140 innovative life sciences businesses, it also home to some of Canada's top talent, and a natural draw for conferences in the health sciences sector.
"The nation's capital is a global leader in the Life Sciences sector, offering access to world-class hospitals, research centres and federal government departments directly responsible for health regulation, protection and promotion," says Nina Kressler, president and CEO of Ottawa's Shaw Centre, the region's state-of-the-art convention centre. Indeed, with world-leading research being done in stem cell therapies, nerve transfer, and a double-virus therapy for cancer, organizers of events such as the International Mesothelioma Interest Group and have taken note, having hosted their global conference here in 2018, while the International Society of Paediatric Oncology is planning their annual conference in Ottawa in 2020.