Fredericton Convention Centre

Summer 2022 winds down

Brenda Shelby Walking Bridge 2

Throughout the past 2+ years, we at the Fredericton Convention Centre have used valuable insights from noted industry professionals who make up our Client Advisory Panel to stay in touch and provide updates on what is most important.  As we move toward our new normal together, maintaining this communication is important.  So, we invite you to switch on your imagination, and come for a walk with our Business Development Manager, Brenda…

Summer was humming here in Fredericton: the buzz and bells of e-scooters, e-bikes, and e-skateboards on our 115Km of trails was not slowed down by the hot temperatures. It was a beautiful time for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the river, whether it was from a spot alongside it like DRIFT (the new pool and patio bar at the Delta), or in kayaks, canoes, hydrobikes, innertubes, jet skis, and boats.  As autumn arrives, and the days get shorter, the evening and morning temperatures give sweet relief while warmer temperatures throughout the day still let us cling to our favourite summer activities.  Allow me to set the scene for you… 

Ahhh, it’s a gorgeous, cool morning as my dog, Shelby, and I set out on the trail for our morning walk.  The lush foliage and the tranquil waters of the Wolastoq River are to our left as we walk the trail toward downtown along The Green. As the sun rises ahead of us, the crews are out bright and early on the river for an exhilarating row.    

The sweet little café, The Lily Dipper, at Second Nature Outdoors is serving up delicious coffee and locally-made treats to people renting small watercrafts -- kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards – to enjoy some time on the river. 

Avid runners and folks walking their dogs exchange “Hello”s, while people take photos with the flower sculptures and public art installations. Locals and visitors alike make their way toward the patio at The Lighthouse by 540 for a delicious meal and ice-cold drinks.   

Cyclists – perhaps on bikes rented from Second Nature Outdoor, or electric bicycles rented from Savage’s or Radical Edge -- cruise the scenic trails that connect the different parts of our city.  Maybe they’re planning to cool down with a cold locally-crafted beer or cider at one of the popular breweries along the #FredTapTrail.  Maybe if it’s Saturday, they’re on their way to one of the awesome markets where we all get a true sense of community and a reminder of the vitality of all we have to offer. 

And all of this happens just steps from the front door of the Fredericton Convention Centre. How lucky we are! When the team isn’t enjoying all this beauty outside of work hours, we’re hard at work planning and executing exceptional events for our clients.  And when my colleague, Erin, and I aren’t in the office through the week, there’s a good chance we are in Ottawa or Toronto hosting clients at interesting and fun venues, or mingling with industry friends.  Getting to paint the picture of Fredericton for those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience it, and to share some of the products made locally by the skilled craftspeople, artisans, and culinary specialists of this just-the-right-size destination, is truly a joy for us both! 

In recent months, getting back to visiting the cities where our clients live and work, attending in-person industry events, meeting people whose faces have only been on computer screens for the past 2+ years, and getting to meet 1:1 with people has been so exciting!  The newly-renovated and expanded Fredericton International Airport (with the new Chess Piece Patisserie available in the departures area) has made for a vast improvement in my travel experience.   So far this year -- in most cases, along with my Rendez-vous Fredericton partners -- I’ve:  

  • attended The EVENT during which we invited clients to join us at a Blue Jays game; 

  • welcomed our largest number of meeting planners EVER for our first in-person FAM tour of Fredericton in over 2 years; 

  • attended the SITE Canada Social at the Toronto Island Yacht Club;  

  • co-hosted a Toronto client event at Gusto 501;  

  • worked with the Just Networking Committee to welcome fellow MPI Toronto Chapter members to our first in-person event (on a yacht!) since March 2020, with new member Gone Sailing Adventures as our host venue;  

  • attended CSAE Trillium Summer Summit in Huntsville, where we introduced the attendees to Queen Street Creamery -- one of many of our local culinary offerings – from the window of an ice cream truck created with awesome local entrepreneurs; 

  • exhibited at CMEE (Canadian Meetings & Events Expo) and invited clients to join us for dinner at the 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower, where we got to enjoy an incredible view as the sun set and the city lights awoke (and even got to see a home run hit as the Blue Jays played below us with the dome open!)... 

…and we’re just getting warmed up! 

While all that’s been going on, the FCC team has been welcoming all kinds of happy conference- and event-goers, including: major nationwide dance competitions by VIEW Dance Challenge; the State of the Province & State of the City addresses hosted annually by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce; the Canadian National Square & Dance Convention 22nd annual gathering, and a portion of the Cybersecurity Industry Summit (to name just a few!). 

Through the last few months of 2022, we have even more in store. If you haven’t yet visited Fredericton, we can’t wait to change that!   

Yours,

Brenda Perrin 
Business Development Manager & FrExpert