Corporate Welcome Event Vancouver


Vancouver Convention Centre



Client Sector

Real Estate


Best Event Design over $80k
ILEA Industry Awards


Design an Instagram-worthy welcome event for international corporate guests that authentically celebrates Vancouver’s urban essence. Impress and engage 1,300 well-traveled professionals who have seen it all.


  • Our client is a trendsetter in the event world with extraordinarily high expectations to always better her last event.
  • Bring Vancouver’s vibrant, urban essence to life inside a Convention Centre, but not in a cliché way.
  • Plan limited function space to create an event for 1,300 that flowed and felt connected.
  • Manage the level of daylight in a venue with floor to ceiling windows, while highlighting installations and décor elements.
  • Expectations for cuisine creativity were out of scope for the venue. It was a project in itself to raise the catering bar and deliver on point.


We created the “Vancouver Culture Crawl” for guests to experience and explore on their first night in Vancouver.

  • Encourage networking flow through a carefully designed stand-up reception though various food and activation stations.
  • Include the adjacent outdoor Jack Poole Plaza to show off Vancouver’s dramatic ocean and mountain views and add physical event space.
  • Experience real Vancouver culture in fun and surprising ways: retractable “raining” umbrellas, butcher shop, ice cream parlour, donut shop, craft beer culture, and an all-you-can-eat sushi conveyor belt with live shadowbox sushi masters above.
  • Bring Vancouver to life with street art installations by live aerial, graffiti and chalk artists.
  • Elevate the menu, service style and catering set up to meet this discerning client’s expectations, which the venue executed beautifully.

Award Winning Results

The result was an interactive welcome reception filled with unexpected delights –all which communicated the essence of Vancouver and represented the unique features of the destination in a subtle, elegant yet authentic way. We used space in different ways, hoisting entertainers and desserts into the air to keep guests’ attention and encourage mingling.

I feel so excited to share my gratitude with you all! This is exactly the partnership that I was aiming for...YOU ARE ALL MY “A” TEAM.

Your team planned and executed our client’s BEST PROGRAM EVER!

...another huge success... tremendous amount of support we received from your team in both the pre-planning and on-site execution... we were just blown away and loved seeing our vision really come to light.

PDS made this evening one of the most memorable events in the history of our client’s 35+ years of programs. As you could tell from the standing ovations on both evenings, this event was stunning and magical!

it was the best ever in the 50 years we have been hosting this prestigious event. ..the standing ovation at the end of the evening said it all!

Our winners, spouses and hosts had the time of their lives! They loved every minute of it... that was the BEST final night event... Please know how much you helped me and my team create such a once of a lifetime experience in Victoria! ALL absolutely KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! .... my email hasn’t stopped buzzing... congratulated us on the design, production & flawless execution of this event.

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