The Mississauga Convention Centre
Since 1978, the Mississauga Convention Centre has been providing exceptional service for both social and corporate functions. A family owned and operated business, since its inception the attention of the centre has been focused and remains with the client and with impeccable attention to detail, personal customer approach, and exemplary customer service.
The original vision was to provide an elegant and luxurious event space and to become the first in the city to offer both social and corporate event planning and services, and in 1999, the Mississauga Convention Centre opened the doors of its 60,000 square foot facility. The facility was built specifically to provide a space that can accommodate events of any type and size, from weddings, galas and other social occasions, to corporate meetings and trade shows.
The Mississauga Convention Centre caters to both social and corporate markets, creating a very versatile facility. “About 50 per cent of our business comes from the corporate side – trade shows, meetings, conferences, project launches, with the other half of our business in the social market – weddings, religious events, ceremonies, etc. We were the first facility in Mississauga to cater to both markets at this magnitude,” says Cliff Silveira, Director at the MCC.
The facility’s six elegant ballrooms can be configured in a variety of seating arrangements and accommodate groups of up to 2,400 people. A regal foyer, beautifully landscaped grounds, and tastefully decorated interior halls create an experience of elegance and luxury. While the ballrooms offer specialties such as a deluxe bridal suite, corporate boardrooms offer features and amenities specific to host any type of a business function without organizational hurdles. To further enhance its service and streamline the organization of events for event organizers, the MCC also offers customizable menu options.
The MCC staff consists of highly trained event management professionals who can perceive potential issues far ahead, bringing them up early and addressing them accordingly. “Social or corporate, events are our business, so we are capable to provide a very thorough service. We are a service oriented business. Our service extends beyond providing clients with a facility and catering. We assist with all the elements of production, from entertainment to décor, to prop and set designs. We truly partner with our clients and we work with them to create a successful event.
“Since 1978 we have done many weddings, and we are now even catering to second generation – the weddings of children of people who married in our facilities in say the 1980s, and we do baptisms for the third generation, so it’s very interesting to see this progression,” says Silveira.
According to Silveira, accommodating corporate events provides an entirely different set of challenges compared to the social events. “While the events are similar in nature, they obviously have a whole different set of requirements in terms of style. Corporate events are obviously very commercial and business oriented, while social events are usually once in a lifetime events and very emotional.
The Mississauga Convention Centre has grown into the event space of choice in Mississauga, with a reputation of service excellence. The elegance and grandeur of the facility have made it the preferred venue for many high profile events, with guest lists that included celebrities, politicians and the business elite.
The MCC executes approximately 1,200 events per year, however, there are a few that stand out. In particular, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s gala for her appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005, Mississauga Board of Trade events, Western GTA Summit, and many, many more. The MCC will also host Mayor McCallion’s retirement banquet after her 35 years in office.
With its 1,200 events each year, the MCC is an extremely busy facility for both social and corporate communities in Mississauga. As such, the MCC plays an integral role in the local communities, and the management takes its position as a pillar of the local community very seriously, continuously working on local initiatives, from eco-friendly programs to corporate social responsibility.
The MCC is also Mississauga’s first venue to create its own foundation. The Mississauga Convention Centre Foundation has the mandate to support local charities and families in need, hosting The Rainbow Ball each year. The Rainbow Ball annual fundraising event raises funds for the purpose of helping the local communities and families, as the proceeds are donated to selected charities. Since 2003, the Rainbow Ball has raised over $650,000 for the community.
“Besides our corporate commitment to the community, we also host many not-for-profit organizations’ fundraising events. We hosted events for Trillium Health Centre and Credit Valley Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, and the Community Foundation of Mississauga, to name a few. We have built very strong partnerships with all of these organizations,” says Silveira.
Following the MCC’s extensive renovation in 2012, the venue plans to continue and grow its footprint on the Mississauga’s social scene, providing exceptional services to corporate and social events in the years to come. “We plan to continue to grow and push the envelope in regards to services that we provide to our clients,” concluded Silveira.