Bring It Home Award - Meetings & Conventions
Winnipeg Tourism Bring it Home Award of Distinction - Meetings & Conventions
Presented to an individual, organization or business influential in bringing a meeting, convention and/or event to Winnipeg, resulting in increased visitation.
International Downtown Association – Stefano Grande
Stefano Grande was a key figure in bringing the International Downtown Association (IDA) conference to Winnipeg for the first time in more than 20 years. Stefano promoted Winnipeg as a conference site of note and brought together a dynamic host committee that promoted Winnipeg’s diverse culture, history,spirit and creativity.
The conference bid showcased how Winnipeg was an ideal learning laboratory for downtown districts of every size, while Stefano and the local host committee planned workshops and tours of Winnipeg that demonstrated best practices, new ideas and shared solutions.
The 2017, IDA conference welcomed 650 delegates to Winnipeg, with members arriving from Africa, Australia, England and throughout North America. The 63rd annual conference was aptly themed “AuthentiCITY” as it examined the role of professional place management in shaping urban districts. The conference was a great success with a record number of tours.