“Absolutely, natural beauty played a role in choosing Vancouver,” said Karen Verhey, director of operations and events for the Society for College & University Planning. “I was blown away by the natural beauty embedded in the city itself and the LEED-certified convention center.” When the Society for College & University Planning held its annual international conference in Vancouver in July, it drew an estimated 1,500 attendees and was held at the 466,500-square-foot, platinum LEED–certified Vancouver Convention Centre. “The Vancouver Convention Centre sets the bar for excellence, optimally supports the behind-the scenes needs of planners and creates a high-energy (environment) for attendees,” Karen Verhey said. The Pacific Coast setting—perched between Vancouver Harbor and the Coast Mountains— also won over attendees. “What a view!” was the most frequently heard comment, she said. Other major events that have been held in Vancouver recently include the International Conference on Obesity, with nearly 1,000 attendees, and the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, with more than 6,500 attendees.