Your site selection liaison

Brenda Howes, Founder & CEO

Welcome to The Howes Group, your Canadian site selection professionals with worldwide reach. We are in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario and our clients span coast-to-coast. We are a site selection firm built on the principles of fair and logical. At The Howes Group we care deeply about your events and conferences. We have solid relationships with every major hotel group, and we advocate for you and your organization. Find out more about how The Howes Group will save you time, money and bring you the convenience of a one-stop site selection experience.







You want to have your conference and delegates in the best site, at a fair cost and at the right time. At The Howes Group we take the worry out of site selection for you. Our tools and talent will make your conference stand out for your attendees while you save time and money. You’ll get ideas for registration, tips and strategies to get the right venue for the right time and at the right price. We work with boutique hotels and have strong relationships with hoteliers across Canada and through our affiliates, worldwide. Our negotiation experts have their fingers on the industry. What’s under construction, is there a strike looming? We know, and we’ll help you make the right choices.

Top 5 ‘WHY’s To Use The Howes Group


We love and do this every day.  We each have our 10,000 hour badge!


We advocate and are ‘there’ for you.  Yes, we lose sleep too!


Coast to coast and around the globe, we know who to call.


We invest annually in search tools to curate the mass amounts of data for your choices.


We respect hotels and have built a business on being fair and logical.  We look to work with clients who do the same.


  • For more than nine years, AIC has worked with The Howes Group. Brenda and her team are skilled at doing the legwork to ensure all hotel and venue options are brought back to us, so that AIC can make an informed decision. Each contract that we work on includes custom clauses to ensure we minimize all risk to the organization. The Howes Group has become a trusted partner and a company that is well respected within the industry by clients and hoteliers alike.

    Anik Aubé Events & Communications, Appraisal Institute of Canada
  • The Howes Group service of helping us select a destination, meeting space and hotel accommodations has proven to be of great value to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. As a registered charity, the fact that this service is provided at no cost to us is also a very important factor

    Marlene Deboisbriand, VP Member Services Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada
  • Desmond from The Howes Group has been a tremendous asset in site selection and contract negotiations for our organization’s annual conference.  His experience and expertise instills confidence and provides peace of mind.

    Christiane Dowsing, CSA Executive Director Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Dealing with Desmond at The Howes Group is always a pleasure. A quick turnaround, compressive solutions and a professional outcome are always guaranteed. He offers a level of professionalism that is not available elsewhere.

    Lauren Levett Administrative Assistant, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
  • Working with Desmond at The Howes Group has always been a great experience.  His extensive knowledge of the site selection industry along with his professionalism and down to earth attitude and negotiating skills, has made my life easier and is a huge time saver.  He provides detailed summaries of each property and informs you of his top choice and best fit for our needs for any size meeting. Working with Desmond has always been top notch!

    Gisèle Vincent EA, Canadian Roofing Contractors' Association CRCA
  • Working with Jeanna from The Howes Group has changed the way we deal with hotels. Regardless of where we need to book, Jeanna offers a multitude of options keeping our needs and budget in mind.  We are a small team at a non-profit. The Howes Group has saved us a tremendous amount of time, they free our team work on other things. Jeanna is very responsive and never hesitates to pick up the phone to answer a question. We couldn’t imagine going back to our old way of doing things.

    Kristine D’Arbelles Senior Manager, Public Affairs, CAA
  • Great support is essential for building long-term relationships. When it comes to venue selection companies there are loads of competitors that talk a good game, but Brenda and Desmond deliver 100% of the time. They support you 24/7 pre and post your event. During the nine years that I have worked with Brenda, THG has saved my association thousands of dollars and you can’t quantify the added value that she brings to the negotiation table. THG enables SAC staff to focus on what they do well, because they have confidence that Brenda and her team will look after details they would never even have thought of. We consider the THG team, an extension of our staff.

    Joanne Charlebois CEO, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada
  • Working with The Howes Group as a site selector has given us the opportunity to focus more closely on the needs of the event and be able to compare and evaluate hotel properties in a timely and consistent level. Jeanna is always available with her positive attitude and vast knowledge in the site selection industry, there is always a solution to the obstacles we come across which is appreciated. Not only does this save our organization time but being able to work with someone who understands the Canadian not-for-profit industry and intricacies of sport has been very helpful and cost effective.

    Jessie Daly Senior Manager, Events at Canada Soccer
  • The assistance of the Howes Group in sourcing the location, hotels and meeting space for the Canadian Stroke Congress has been critical to its success.  The support of Brenda Howes during the negotiation process in ensuring minimal financial risk and the best possible pricing allow us to continue to offer affordable stroke education to Canada’s health care providers without a cost to the organization.

    Laurie Cameron Manager, Congress and Meeting Services Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Back in 2009 after experiencing the complexity and time investment required for negotiating conference facilities agreements, the Association began using a US-based site selection service, and immediately recognized the benefits we could gain for our small office staff.  After a couple of years, we started to look for a Canadian made solution. After hearing positive comments from a number of colleagues, ACA switched to The Howes Group, and have used Brenda’s expertise since then. Over the past 5 years, ACA has benefitted from her knowledge of the sector across Canada and appreciated the benefits with improved quality of contracts as well as timely responses to our concerns.  THG has become a key part of ACA’s conference team and we look forward to continuing the relationship for many years.

    Duncan Grant Executive Director, Association of Canadian Archivists


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