who we are

International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, also known as IAPCO, is a member-driven association raising quality standards in the global meetings industry. Providing continuing education and interaction with other industry professionals, IAPCO’s 51st Annual Meeting and General Assembly is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia from 12-15 February 2020. With high-quality keynote lectures, interactive workshops, social events, and offsite experiences inspired to ignite leaders in Next Generation Leadership.

what we do

Mission Statement

The IAPCO mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.


IAPCO strives to achieve global accreditation and acknowledgment of truly Professional Congress Organisers

Core Values

IAPCO is a membership-driven organisation whose members embrace the following Core Values:

  • They are proud of their profession; they live up to the ‘P’ in PCO
  • They get involved; they are a small and active group taking responsibility for their association and the industry at large
  • They are extra-ordinary; they care about delivering the highest quality of professional services and make decisions accordingly
  • They uphold the trust; they have a responsibility to their clients, and to the whole meetings industry, to conduct business in a trustworthy way
  • They set the benchmark; they are at the forefront of innovation within their profession and always strive to improve
  • Learning is essential therefore; education is at the core of their association and everything revolves around it


IAPCO members are committed to a continuous quality assessment process throughout their membership. IAPCO’s aims are:

  • To further the recognition of the profession of the congress organiser
  • To further and maintain a high professional standard in the organisation and administration of congresses, conferences and other international and national meetings or special events
  • To undertake and promote the study of theoretical and practical aspects of international congresses
  • To undertake research work concerning all problems confronting professional organisers of international meetings and to seek and promote relevant solutions
  • To establish and maintain effective relations with other organisations concerned in any way with international meetings
  • To develop a programme of educational courses through IAPCO’s Training Academy
  • To offer a forum for PCOs
  • To encourage meetings’ convenors to seek the assistance of reputable PCOs
  • To provide members with opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences


International Conference Services

International Conference Services

At International Conference Services, an internationally recognized full service PCO with over 40 years of experience managing medical, academic, and scientific conferences all over the world. ICS’s passion lies in organizing superior conferences, events, and incentive programs. With more than 100 staff and 8 global offices, they are strategically aimed to Inspire, Create, and Succeed alongside their clients while providing unique, world class experiences.
MCI Group Canada Inc.

MCI Group Canada Inc.

Bringing people together to build communities and creating experiences is the DNA of MCI, an independently owned company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and a global presence. Founded in 1987 by Roger Tondeur & Ursula Wigert with the vision on creating strong connections between real people, in real places, in real time, MCI Group has +2,300 professionals in 61 offices and 31 countries work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. When people come together, magic happens.
Venue West Conference Services

Venue West Conference Services

Venue West has professionally managed international and national conferences, events and associations for over 49 years. With a combination of experienced Professional Conference, Association and Destination Management divisions, they offer a full range of in-house services to Canadian and international Organizing Committees, Non-Profit Organizations and In-House Meeting Planners.




Located on Vancouver’s waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world and convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in the downtown care. As British Columbia’s flagship convention centre, the facility hosts more than 500 events and welcomes hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, while generating significant economic activity for the province.


Vancouver’s official DMO with a mission to be known as the most exciting, attractive, and welcoming city destination in North America, and a must-visit year-round destination. Attracting visitors from all over the world to live, breathe and share their adventures with the rest of the world.
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IAPCO 2020: Next Generation Leadership

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