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    Painter out as convention centre boss

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Scotiabank Convention Centre is looking for a new president and general manager.

    Kerry Painter, president and general manager of the Stanley Avenue facility, is no longer with the Centre. The news came following a meeting of the centre’s board of directors on Wednesday morning.

    Sources, who did not want to be identified, said Painter’s “termination was performance related” but councillor Wayne Thomson, who is also chair of the convention board, said that isn’t the case at all.

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    Convention Centre finds its groove

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Employees at the Scotiabank Convention Centre could be excused for wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.

    Staff were marking the centre’s second anniversary, and a brief cake cutting ceremony was held to celebrate. Mayor Jim Diodati joined board chair Wayne Thomson and SCCN president and general manager Kerry Painter to help divvy up the cake.

    “The Scotiabank Convention Centre continues to prove its worth to our city,” Diodati said.

    Opening set N.F., Ont. convention center

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Just a few days before the grand opening of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Kerry Painter is able to finally get rid of her hard hat and steel-toed shoes as she walks around the building.

    The 288,000-square-foot Niagara Falls, Ont. convention center is that close to opening.

    Crews inside and outside the Stanley Avenue facility are spending the final days before the center’s official debut Friday afternoon focusing less on bricks-and-mortar issues and more on putting the final touches on the $100 million building that many believe will be a critical piece of Niagara Falls’ tourism and hospitality business.

    Dream finally coming true for convention centre

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    “I am so sick of wearing hard hats,” Kerry Painter gripes with a weary smile.

    She has a point. She looks like a construction worker in virtually every picture taken of her these past three years. It was fun at first — the groundbreaking, the first cement truck, the first stained glass window. Now, barely a week until the $105-million Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara opens, she’s full of mixed emotions.

    She’s anxious for it to be finished. But she wants to prolong this moment.

    Convention Centre nearly done

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Kerry Painter has a busy week ahead of her.

    As the president and general manager of the soon-to-be-complete Scotiabank Convention Centre, there are a lot of last minute details to tend to before the grand opening next Friday. The $100-million project on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls is coming in on-budget and almost a full-month early. The early opening, Painter said, is because of the increased demand for the space. The new convention centre had already booked events before ground broke in May 2009, but as construction continue, spots kept filling up. She said grand opening plans kept getting moved forward, until it finally reached the April 8 date that has now been set.

    Scotiabank Acquires Naming Rights to New Convention Centre in Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    The Niagara Convention & Civic Centre (NCCC) today announced that Scotiabank has acquired the naming rights to the new facility, which will open in April 2011. The Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCC), located a mere 500 yards from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, will draw hundreds of thousands of guests to the multi-purpose facility every year for a diverse range of events and corporate functions. The Centre will be the largest event and meeting facility of its kind in Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region.

    “This is an exciting new step in the evolution of the convention centre,” said Kerry Painter, President & General Manager, Scotiabank Convention Centre. “Our partnership with Scotiabank re-emphasizes the expectations and aspirations of not just the local community and the region, but also of the business sector on a national and international level. The Scotiabank Convention Centre is to be an innovator of unconventional experiences and a model for ‘green standards’. Scotiabank has continuously proven itself to be a community leader nationwide; and today, their investment in Niagara Falls demonstrates that one more time.”

    Cap nearing completion

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When planners for a competition of 2,000 cheerleaders asked Niagara Convention Civic Centre president Kerry Painter if her staff could have 20,000 orders of french fries at the ready, there’s only one answer she could give.

    “Absolutely. I sure can,” Painter said, laughing about some of the unforeseen requirements the convention centre is going to have to meet when it opens its doors a little more than a year from now.

    “I guess you burn a lot of energy cheerleading,” said Painter, originally from Windsor, but who was managing a convention centre in Slidell, La., when she was hired two years ago to head up the Niagara Falls centre.

    The cheerleading convention is booked for May 2011, making it one of the first events to be held at the $105-million facility. Convention centre sales staff have filled April and most of May with events.

    NCCC article in Business Niagara

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    Business Niagara magazine has a nice article in the October/November 2009 issue about the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre and Kerry Painter, the president and general manager.

    PDF IconI can’t find the article online, so I have created a PDF file of the article if you’d like to download and read it. You can download it here:
    Business Niagara – If you build it, they will come

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