A look ahead at major events coming to Montréal in 2020

published on January 2, 2020
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You might think that fresh off of a record-breaking 2019, we’d take some time to rest on our laurels (like our titles as the ICCA’s number one city for international association meetings in North America, the UIA’s top host city for international conventions in the Americas or our gold medal from the CSTA as the top sports city in Canada) and have a well-deserved break. But like coach said, “Winners never quit!,” so it’s time to look ahead at some of the big ticket events coming to Montréal in 2020 – sure to be another one for the record books.

Cheerfest Championship Montréal

With more than $20,000 in cash prizes and the chance to move forward to the 2020 World Magic Championships in Mexico, the Cheerfest Championship Montréal brings together some of the most awe-inspiring competitive stunt groups from across Canada and beyond. 

cheerfestmtl.com
Dates: February 8 to 9, 2020
Organized by: Cheerfest
Attendees expected: 2,340
Venue: Stade IGA

Costume-Con 38

Costumes just aren’t for Halloween! 1,000 costume fans will swarm Montréal for the 38th Costume-Con to show off their latest creations, check out the latest and greatest and compete for prizes.

costumecon38.org
Dates: March 13 to 16, 2020
Organized by: Costume-Con
Attendees expected: 1,000
Venue: Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal

ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2020

One of the most exciting sporting events of the year (known simply as “Worlds” to figure skating fans), the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will thrill fans inside of a packed Bell Centre for a week’s worth of top-notch competition in March. Montréal previously hosted the Worlds in 1932 – 88 years later, we’re beyond hyped to welcome them back.

montreal2020.com
Dates: March 16 to 22, 2020
Organized by: International Skating Union
Attendees expected: 1,000
Venue: Bell Centre

World Summit AI Americas 2020

Given the city’s position as one of the world leaders in Artificial Intelligence research and development, Montréal is the perfect host city for World City AI – so perfect, in fact, that we’re the official home base for the 2019-2021 editions!

americas.worldsummit.ai
Dates: March 23 to 26, 2020
Organized by: Inspired Minds
Attendees expected: 1,500
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

ISHLT 40th Anniversary Meeting and Scientific Sessions

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation will commemorate four decades of research and innovation, plus look forward to the future of transplants.

ishlt.org
Dates: April 22 to 25, 2020
Organized by: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Attendees expected: 3.200
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

2020 Intermag Conference

1,200 of the world’s leading experts in magnetics will feel the pull towards Montréal’s Palais des congrès to discuss the latest developments from magnetic memory to spintronics. Additional topics include the Internet-of-Things and smart living.

intermag2020.com
Dates: May 4 to 8, 2020
Organized by: IEEE Magnetics
Attendees expected: 1.200
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

AHS International’s 76th Annual Forum

More than just helicopters, the AHS International Forum features the presentation of over 250 papers on the developments in vertical flight, including participation and discussion with leaders from government agencies, industry and the military.

vtol.org/forum
Dates: May 19 to 21, 2020
Organized by: Vertical Flight Society
Attendees expected: 1.200
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

7th Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2020

Representing over 4-million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s world congress is an opportunity for networking, info sharing and development.

pswc2020.fip.org
Dates: May 22 to 27, 2020
Organized by: International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Attendees expected: 2.500
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

2020 ASEE Annual Convention

Providing space for industry and government representatives, faculty members and deans to mix and mingle, the ASEE Annual Convention is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education.

asee.org/annual-conference/2020
Dates: June 21 to 24, 2020
Organized by: American Society for Engineering Education
Attendees expected: 4.000
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

2020 Annual Conference OHBM

The place to be for the latest international research across modalities in human brain mapping – and the perfect opportunity for in-person exchange between international peers from all over the world.

humanbrainmapping.org
Dates: June 25 to 29, 2020
Organized by: Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Attendees expected: 2.500
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

2020 NHL Draft

The spot where the future hockey stars of tomorrow are found, the excitement at the 2020 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre is sure to be so hot, the ice might melt.

nhl.com
Dates: June 26 to 27, 2020
Organized by: NHL
Attendees expected: 1,800
Venue: Bell Centre

2020 World Powder Metallurgy Congress

Taking place only once every six years in North America, the 2020 World Powder Metallurgy Congress is the leading conference on powder metallurgy and particulate materials, and a hub for technology transfer for proessionals from every part of the industry.

mpif.org
Dates: June 27 to 30, 2020
Organized by: Metal Powder Industries Federation
Attendees expected: 1,400
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

2020 Association Committee of 100

While the attendance may be small, don’t mis-judge this meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as anything less than vital.

uschamber.com/events
Dates: June 28 to 30, 2020
Organized by: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Attendees expected: 180
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Montréal

2020 PCMA EduCon

Aimed at building small-group learning (and the lasting relationships that result), the PCMA’s EduCon brings together event marketers, experience designers, business events strategists and thought leaders from around the world – and Montréal is thrilled to host the 2020 edition.

pcma.org
Dates: June 28 to July 1, 2020
Organized by: Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
Attendees expected: 800
Venue: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas & Propagation & USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting

Presented with the assistance of the Canadian and U.S. National Committees of the International Union of Radio Science, the 2020 IEEE APS/URSI meeting will promote the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering and radio science.

2020apsursi.org
Dates: July 5 to 10, 2020
Organized by: IEEE – Antennas and Propagation Society
Attendees expected: 1200
Venue: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

ACBL 2020 North American Bridge Championships

5,500 of the world’s best bridge players and enthusiasts will gather at the Palais des congrés to – in the words of the NABC’s website – play and party (not to mention try out our local delicacy poutine)!

nabc.acbl.org/montreal
Dates: July 16 to 26, 2020
Organized by: American Contract Bridge League
Attendees expected: 5,500
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE – EMBS

In conjunction with the 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, the 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – the largest international biomedical engineering conference – brings with it the theme of “Enabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare.”

embc.embs.org/2020
Dates: July 21 to 24, 2020
Organized by: IEEE – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Attendees expected: 2,800
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

FAB16

An exciting week gathering together international Fablab participants to discuss and collaborate on the future of digital manufacturing. With hands-on experience intertwined with presentations and networking, it’s the industry’s unmissable event of the year.

fab16.org
Dates: August 1 to 8, 2020
Organized by: Fab Foundation / AgoraLab
Attendees expected: 1,000
Venue: TBA

Fab City Summit 2020

The Fab City Global Initiative aims to transition cities to producing everything they consume – their 2020 summit in Montréal is sure to pay a part in the future of urban planning, production and global connection.

facebook.com/FabCityMontreal
Dates: August 1 to 31, 2020
Organized by: Fab City Global Initiative
Attendees expected: 1,000
Venue: TBA

2020 IEEE – Power & Energy Society General Meeting

For their 2020 General Meeting, the IEEE – Power & Energy Society is looking at the emerging role of big data, machine learning and electric transportation – and the changes that’s making on the grid.

pes-gm.org/2020
Dates: August 2 to 6, 2020
Organized by: IEEE – Power & Energy Society
Attendees expected: 3,500
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

Otakuthon 2020 Anime Festival

Heaven on Earth for anime fans, Otakuthon brings together artists, stars and collectors under the same roof. Better still, thousands of attendees come in full cosplay costume, marking Otakuthon one of the most eye-popping events of the year.

otakuthon.com/2020
Dates: August 13 to 17, 2020
Organized by: Otakuthon
Attendees expected: 1,300
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

4th INGSA Conference 2020

Representing policy makers, practitioners, national academies, researchers and scientific societies, INGSA helps guide governments to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels.

ingsa2020.org
Dates: September 14 to 18, 2020
Organized by: International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
Attendees expected: 1,200
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

40th Congress of the International Society of Urology

With the goal of uniting and enabling international urologists in providing the best care, the 40th Congress of the International Society of Urology features presentations, workshops and networking in aim of future collaboration.

siu-urology.org
Dates: October 8 to 11, 2020
Organized by: International Society of Urology
Attendees expected: 3,000
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

GSA 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition

Drawing the top minds in Geology from around the globe, the GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the trendsetter for the next 12 months in geological exploration and innovation.

community.geosociety.org/gsa2020
Dates: October 25 to 28, 2020
Organized by: Geological Society of America
Attendees expected: 7,700
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

World Robot Olympiad 2020

For this year’s World Robot Olympiad, the WRO has put forward the theme of Climate Squad, tasking teams with the creation of robotic solutions to help overcoming climate challenges. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!

wro-association.org/wro-2020
Dates: November 13 to 15, 2020
Organized by: World Robot Olympiad Association
Attendees expected: 2,200
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal

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