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Vancouver, BC (April 29): Over 10,000 risk management and insurance professionals from around the world will gather in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 1 to 5 for the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) 2011 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

“We are delighted to welcome this prestigious international conference to our city for the first time, one that we could not have accommodated prior to our facility’s expansion,” said Ken Cretney, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre. “Our entire team is gearing up for RIMS, one of the largest conventions we have ever hosted that utilizes both our West and East buildings.”

The largest gathering of risk management practitioners in the world, RIMS 2011 will contribute an estimated $23 million in direct spending to the province.

"The global meetings industry has grown increasingly competitive and securing prestigious city-wide events such as RIMS requires years of dedicated work," said James Terry, chair of Tourism Vancouver's board of directors. "Tourism Vancouver first approached RIMS in 1999 about bringing this meeting to Vancouver and thanks to a team effort with the Vancouver Convention Centre and the hotel community the event is finally here, over ten years later.”

“As a global association, we were thrilled to be able to take our annual conference to Vancouver this year. Not only is this a beautiful city that just hosted the Olympics, we feel our presence here highlights our commitment to the increasingly international nature of the risk management discipline,” said Salvatore Chiarelli, Director of Meetings and Events, RIMS. “We held our last annual conference in Canada in Toronto in 1996 and, after deciding to return, Vancouver, its expanded convention centre and its international draw were an ideal choice.”

RIMS will address key industry topics and issues, including claims management, employment risks, enterprise risk management, financial risk, global risk, cyber risk, legal legislation and loss control. The conference will also feature exciting keynote presentations from Olympic Gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, who will share his story of triumph in the face of adversity, as well as Ron Holton,  who will discuss the fully integrated enterprise risk management program for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

This year is shaping up to be the largest convention year ever for Vancouver with 323 events confirmed to date, including conventions, conferences, trade shows, consumer shows, special events, banquets and meetings.

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the only two-time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres’ APEX award for “World’s Best Convention Centre.” Since inception in 1987, the facility has demonstrated a constant commitment to service, technical and culinary excellence, as well as environmental sustainability. With its expansion complete, the Centre has tripled its size to cover 1.1 million square feet (or four city blocks) for a combined total of 466,500 square feet of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space.

Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The Meeting and Convention Sales team actively promotes Vancouver worldwide as a premiere event destination and services hundreds of meetings each year. Tourism Vancouver's "service edge" strives to deliver the best combination of customer sales, service and destination value anywhere in the world.