This year, the Halifax Convention Centre hosted events supporting community organizations, non-profits, and major fundraising initiatives. By lifting local organizations and welcoming diverse communities, we help create meaningful impact across the province and beyond. Community is at the heart of everything we do.

Supporting Major Fundraisers

In 2023-2024, the Halifax Convention Centre welcomed major community fundraisers for both local groups and national non-profit organizations to support initiatives across the province and around the world. From gala dinners to celebrity roasts, the Halifax Convention Centre brought people together for common causes and created a space to share efforts that improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

  • In April, 10 local chefs, including our Culinary team, prepared inspired menus for the 31st Annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala, which raised funds to improve access to clean water and sanitation for children around the world.
     
  • Proceeds from the 29th Celebrity Roast Gala Dinner in April supported the Arthritis Society of Canada for ongoing research and Camp JoinTogether.
     
  • In September, the Grocery Foundation Gala returned, which has raised more than $10 million since 1999 to support local families and children in need.
     
  • The first-ever Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s HUGE House Party brought Jann Arden and Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys to the Convention Centre to support building safe and affordable homes for people across the province.
     
  • KENT's Great Big Dig returned in November to raise over $250,000 for the IWK Foundation, which provides specialized and life-saving care for children.
     
  • This year at the Convention Centre, over half a million dollars was raised for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia between $300,000 at the Evergreen Gala in November and $260,560 at A Different Stage of Mind Grand Finale.
     
  • 100% of funds raised at Feeling the Love Dinner & Dance in February supported Hospice Halifax, dedicated to compassionate end-of-life care.

Lifting Local Organizations

This year, the Halifax Convention Centre partnered with organizations that represent diverse communities in our province to create a more inclusive and welcoming space for gathering and celebration. In September, we hosted the First-Ever Fusion Garba celebrating Gujarati dance, from Gujarat, India, with over 500 members of the Indo-Asian community. That month, we also hosted the Mayor’s New International Student Reception, which recognized the contributions that international students make to the cultural vibrancy, diversity, and prosperity of Halifax. We also welcomed back the 14th Annual Cedar & Maple Gala hosted by the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, which celebrated the achievements of Halifax’s Lebanese community.

In March, the Convention Centre was honoured to host the Special Olympics of Nova Scotia’s Inspired Gala & Auction, which raised funds to improve the lives of more than 2,500 athletes living with intellectual disabilities. The Inspired Gala recognized the talent and dedication of the volunteers and athletes who make meaningful contributions to inclusion through sport. We were proud to host the members of the Events East Accessibility Advisory Committee, who contribute time and expertise to improving awareness and access to the Halifax Convention Centre.

The Halifax Convention Centre welcomed back the Savour Food & Wine Festival on March 28, the largest celebration and not-for-profit showcase of more than 80 local food and beverage producers, mixologists, and restaurants, including many of our downtown neighbours. Over 1,200 guests enjoyed samples representing the best of our region, with all proceeds supporting the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization that advances the hospitality industry. As downtown Halifax’s largest event venue, the Convention Centre supports business year-round and across the province by attracting over 90,000 guests annually who stay, dine, and shop during events with us. Events like Savour invite visitors to be inspired by the unique flavours, characters, and communities of our province.


                "The whole idea about food and wine is that you need to experience it.
                Restaurants are the leaders; you find a wine here, you buy it when you go home. You
                taste food here, you like it. It’s a great way to get into the community.”

                   - Gordon Stewart, Former Executive Director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. 

The African Heritage Month Gala

In February, the Halifax Convention Centre was the venue sponsor of the first-ever African Heritage Month Gala and Dinner. In partnership with the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, over 900 guests celebrated more than 400 years of African Nova Scotian history, culture, and resilience by lifting voices through speech and song. Performers included Canadian Idol star Gary Beals, Linda Carvery, and Corey Adams. We are excited to welcome the African Heritage Gala back in 2024.

               "As we gather to celebrate the positive contributions to Canadian history 
               by African people, we have a reason to be proud. Music has always been
               a powerful tool for preserving our cultural heritage as Black people." 

                   - Julien Matwawana, Executive Director, African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA). 

 

Welcome Weekend

In February, the Halifax Convention Centre hosted its annual open-house event, Welcome Weekend, inviting the community for a full day of free, family-friendly activities and engagement with community partners and local organizations. 

         "The community that we're part of is a key extension of the event
         space. This is one way we can say thank you to the community 
         for being such amazing hosts." 

         - Suzanne Fougere, Executive Vice-President, Halifax Convention Centre.

The Ballroom Level of the Convention Centre was transformed into a celebration of our diverse community with over 10 vendors including the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Halifax PRIDE, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax, Taste of Nova Scotia producers and suppliers, Craft Nova Scotia artisans, the Discovery Centre, performances by local artists on the JUNO Wavemakers Stage, and engagement with our Culinary Team. We welcomed over 700 visitors through the day, reinforcing the power of community and the role we play in bringing our community together. To align with our theme of “Everyone is Welcome,” our teams wanted to ensure that people experiencing homelessness felt welcomed, at home, and comfortable in our space. This included providing free bagged lunches and hot beverages, a warming centre, and washrooms to those in the community at no cost throughout the day.

Supporting Sustainable Corporate Meetings

The largest corporate event the Halifax Convention Centre has ever hosted, the Deloitte Partner Meeting filled our Centre with over 1,400 guests; 1,200 of those guests travelled from across Canada; 100 guests visited from Chile; and 25 guests came from other international locales. With events held across Halifax including at Scotiabank Centre, the Halifax National Historic Site, and the Alexander Keith’s Brewery Market, the Deloitte Partner Meeting made a lasting impact on our province. The “Party in a Moonlit Park” evening at Scotiabank Centre won Best Event Décor of 2022 at the 10th Annual Biz Bash Event Experience Awards

Hosting a sustainable event was of the utmost importance to the event organizers, who made sure that each stage of the event had a positive impact on our environment and province.

Deloitte Partner Meeting

The Halifax Convention Centre helped us achieve our most sustainable Partner Meeting to date. When planning Partner Meeting 2022, it was imperative that the main venue align with our sustainability goals to ensure we were eliminating waste, reducing our impact on the environment, and repurposing waste wherever possible. We were proud to partner with the Halifax Convention Centre to help us realize this vision, and we were grateful for their guidance and support every step of the way.

- Anthony Viel, Executive Officer, Deloitte Canada and Chile

Bringing International Events to Halifax

Our first international event since 2020, the IECEE Certification Management Committee Meeting brought together delegates from 26 countries. IECEE addresses the safety, quality, efficiency, and overall performance of components, devices, and equipment for homes, offices, workshops, and health facilities.

Thank you very much for your assistance in organizing our meeting and your support throughout. You and your staff have been great, and so are the Halifax Convention Centre facilities. We will recommend them to others. I know that my own organization is looking at opportunities to be able to come back and use the convention centre in the future. Halifax is a beautiful city and our delegates from all around the world that attended agreed.

- Joe Gryn, CNC/IECEE Chair

IECEE attendees pose for a photo outside Halifax Convention Centre on Argyle Street