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May 2, 2011 – Vancouver Island Conference Selected to Host the 2011 Annual Applied Biology Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) - The Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The Association Of Professional Biologists Conference taking place May 4th through May 7th at the award-winning Nanaimo conference venue. It is expected to attract over 200 non-resident delegates from across British Columbia, bringing in over $280,000 in Economic Impact to the Nanaimo region.

The Association of Professional Biology is a community of dedicated professionals who promote and assist professional practitioners of applied biology. This year’s conference theme is ‘From Rainforest to Reef’ encompassing a variety of topics that affect BC’s precious resources. These range from Salmon Farming, Wild and Farmed Fish Integration, Shellfish Research, Ocean Management and Bullfrog Eradications. “Another opportunity for us to showcase the heart of the island makes for exciting times here in Nanaimo” said Denise Tacon, General Manager, Vancouver Island Convention Center. “We welcome these delegates that will travel from many parts of North America and we look forward to hosting them this year.”

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is located in the historic downtown area of Nanaimo B.C. steps away from the Nanaimo Harbour front and seaside walkway. A recipient of the MPI Silver Service Award, the VICC boasts 38,000 sq. feet of customizable convention and Nanaimo trade show space capable of accommodating up to 1,300 guests. Nine multi-purpose rooms with large windows and scenic views offers guests some of the most advanced audio/visual and control systems in western Canada. The VICC is also equipped with a 2,000 sq. ft. kitchen and extensive catering menus that ensure that high quality food is served promptly and at the perfect temperature.

Amenities at the VICC include full 100MB high-speed wireless Internet, VOIP phone system, digital way-finding and global broadcast capabilities. VICC’s clients have access to a dedicated team of Nanaimo audio/video professionals who work with the latest technology to create perfectly executed presentations, multi-microphone discussions, videoconferences and press conferences.

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About the Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Located on Vancouver Island in the beautiful harbour city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre is one of Canada’s finest offerings in the convention and conference industry. The Centre is conveniently situated in historic downtown Nanaimo, just steps from the Nanaimo harbour front, seaside walkway and the old-city charm of downtown Nanaimo. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre supports groups of up to 1300 within the 38,000 square feet of flexible, functional convention and meeting space. The Nanaimo conference centre provides one of the most advanced audio, video and control systems in all of Western Canada and has nine multipurpose meeting rooms with full audio/visual capabilities and large windows for natural light and beautiful scenic views.

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