Winnipeg Convention Centre Name to Change

Naming Rights Partnership with RBC Announced as Work Begins 
WINNIPEG, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Winnipeg Convention Centre will now be 
known as the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, thanks to a naming rights 
partnership agreement between the Convention Centre and RBC Royal Bank. As 
construction begins on the empty parking lot on York Avenue, today's 
announcement is another chapter in the over $180+million expansion and 
renovation project. 
Present at the announcement were Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, the MP for 
Winnipeg South Centre, Joyce Bateman, and WinnipegMayor Sam Katz, who all 
heralded the importance and significance of this announcement and expansion 
"Manitoba continues to solidify its presence as an important economic and 
cultural centre through facilities such as the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg 
which brings local, national and international visitors to our Province," said 
Premier Selinger. "The expansion of the Convention Centre is another long-term 
important step to supporting the renewed energy that is revitalizing downtown 
Winnipeg; helping Winnipeg and all of Manitoba thrive. This project will 
ensure Winnipeg's economy remains strong and attract events that will benefit 
Manitobans in the years to come." 
"The Winnipeg Convention Centre is very excited to partner with RBC on this 
milestone occasion," said Klaus Lahr, President and CEO, RBC Convention Centre 
Winnipeg. "We are thrilled to have their name attached to our convention 
centre for years to come. RBC has played a significant role in the history 
of our country and having their support is monumental. This agreement is a 
further sign of the significance of our expansion as we continue to remain 
competitive in the Canadian convention industry and reposition ourselves in 
the community." 
"We at RBC are proud to share our brand with one ofWinnipeg'smost iconic 
meeting places," says RBC Regional President Rob Johnston. "We join 
Winnipeggers in welcoming the world to our province and all that our city and 
thegrowing RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg have to offer." 
"Today, work begins to modernize one of Winnipeg's downtown landmarks," said 
MP Bateman. "Our Government is proud to invest in this project which will 
create local jobs and contribute to the local economy. I am also glad to see 
the new RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg receiving important private sector 
financial support through today's partnership announcement." 
"The Convention Centre is an important anchor for Winnipeg's Sports, 
Hospitality, and Entertainment District," said Mayor Katz. "This partnership 
agreement is exciting for our City. I am pleased to see the work begin on 
the expansion of the Convention Centre, which will create a wonderful and 
vibrant welcoming place for both Winnipeggers and visitors to our city, as 
well as showcase our downtown." 
With the expansion and renovation, the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg will 
double in size and extend south over York Avenue. The new facility will 
include multi-purpose divisible space, additional underground parking and main 
floor public assembly space. The third floor will feature new exhibit space 
that will connect to the existing building and create over 135,000 sq. ft. of 
contiguous, pillarless trade and consumer show space. A highlight on the third 
floor will be the impressive City Room which will be located above York Avenue 
with full windows on the east and west sides. Below on street level, York 
Avenue will function as a new downtown weather protected gathering place. 
Funding for this project was announced on June 25, 2012. Its total cost is 
estimated to be over $181 million. Federal funding for this project comes from 
the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, under which the 
Government of Canada is setting aside up to one-third of total eligible costs, 
to a maximum federal contribution of $46,646,667. The Province of Manitoba and 
City of Winnipeg are each contributing up to $51 million. The balance of 
funding will come from new incremental property tax revenues from an 
integrated hotel and commercial development adjacent to the RBC Convention 
Centre Winnipeg, as well as additional revenue generated by the RBC Convention 
Centre Winnipeg. 
For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to 
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Klaus Lahr, President & CEO RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (204) 956-1720 
Robb Ritchie, Manager of Public Affairs and Communications Manitoba, 
Saskatchewan, and North Western Ontario RBC (204) 988-3516 
Brayden Akers Press Secretary Office of the Minister of State (Transport) 
Naline Rampersad Cabinet Communications Province of Manitoba 204-945-1494 
Tammy Melesko City of Winnipeg Corporate Communications 204-986-6000 
Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 Toll free: 1-877-250-7154 
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