SEC21: Our COVID-19 Response

Updated: September 2020

At STC, we’re working to keep both information flowing and making resources
available to you for now, and for the future, with a focus on recovery planning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to the sport tourism industry. While we have seen a huge uptake in virtual events, STC believes that much will be gained by proceeding with hosting our annual event, especially as it relates to the business-to-business elements, networking, professional development and fun, upbeat vibe for which Sport Events Congress is known. 

As such, STC is moving forward with plans to host SEC21 as a hybrid event with a low-risk registration policy that will provide the option for our delegates to either attend in-person in Ottawa on April 7-8 OR virtually at home on April 9th or both.

If you choose to attend in-person ….

We are committed to employing preventative health protocols at the event venue (s). Your safety is our priority and we are taking measures to ensure we will be in compliance with the most current guidelines for events as set forth by the Ontario provincial government and Ottawa Public Health.

We will also follow the Westin Ottawa Hotel procedures designed to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure. This may include enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures onsite, daily screenings, physically distanced meeting spaces, flexible food and beverage options, and more.

We will communicate the specifics of our COVID-19 protocols with all registered attendees in the lead-up to the event to make it very clear what you can expect if you choose to join us in-person.

View the Marriott Hotel’s Commitment to Clean (PDF)

If you choose to attend virtually ….

We will provide a technology platform that is robust, including a trouble-shooting concierge service with live support from our event team.

The virtual experience will be engaging and offer 2-way interactions between delegates plus there will be live and pre-recorded content. Our program will feature shorter (snack-sized) pieces of content and longer (up to 45-minutes) sessions. Time zones across Canada will be factored in so that no one misses out!

We promise to entertain (and surprise and delight) our online attendees with the same lively and fun ambiance that in-person delegates are accustomed to experiencing.