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New Web Portal Makes Giving Back Easy

June 24, 2015 by Christine Otsuka
Empty Suitcase Campaign

A new not-for-profit initiative called the Empty Suitcase Campaign creates opportunities for meeting planners to add CSR to their meetings and incentive programs when there’s no time to include a group activity. The new portal—emptysuitcase.org—features a list of destinations around

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MPI BC Announces 2015 Excellence Award Winners

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

The British Columbia chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) honoured seven members with 2015 Celebration of Excellence Awards at its June Gala, held last week at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Six awards were presented at the event, including

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Halifax Convention Centre Makes AIPC Award Shortlist

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Halifax Convention Centre is one of 14 finalists for the 2015 International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Innovation Award. “With the new Halifax Convention Centre opening in 2017, we needed to help planners imagine their event in a space that they

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MPI Announces RISE Awards Winners

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the recipients of this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards. The recipients have been selected for exceptional achievements in the meeting and event industry, and will be honored at the annual MPI RISE

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Montréal Still Tops with Associations

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

For the fourth year in a row, Montréal has ranked first in the Americas for international association events, according to the Union of International Associations’ (UIA) 2014 International Meeting Statistics Report. The city, which came out ahead of New York, Washington and Buenos

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Explora Names Canadian Rep

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

Dallyce Macas, owner of éminence Canada, is now representing Explora®, a travel company that provides authentic travel experiences in remote regions of South America. Macas has more than 25 years experience in the specialty areas of luxury and active travel with a focus

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Niagara Brewing Company Opens

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith
Niagara Brewery Company, Niagara Falls

Falls Avenue Resort has welcomed Niagara Falls’ newest event space and attraction, Niagara Brewing Company, to its 20-acre hotel and conference resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Located just steps from the Falls at the base of Clifton Hill, this new craft beer

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MIET 2015 Donates $20,000 for Cancer Research

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

This year’s Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MIET) raised $20,000 in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, report the event’s co-chairs, Sheila Wong and Monica Simmie. Held April 30, 2015 at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place  in Toronto, the event included

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Starwood Introducing New Vision for Sheraton Brand

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. has unveiled a comprenhensive, 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton Hotels and Resorts back in the global spotlight. Sheraton 2020—a nod to the plan’s five-year timeline—includes a new $100 million Sheraton-focused marketing campaign; the launch of

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WestJet Heading to London in 2016  

June 23, 2015 by Lori Smith

London, England will be the first transatlantic destination from Canada for WestJet’s wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The service will be through London Gatwick. “This news marks the next phase in the international portion of our strategic plan,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet

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MPI Ottawa Honors Member with Inaugural SOAR Scholarship

June 23, 2015 by Lori Smith

Maryse Morin is the first recipient of a SOAR Scholarship from Meeting Planner Professionals (MPI) Canada and Meetings + Incentive Travel. She received the honor from MPI Ottawa at the chapter’s 2015 Prix Prestige Awards Gala. The SOAR Scholarship Program was created to recognize an individual MPI Canada chapter

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Palais des congrès Picks Mobile App Partner

June 23, 2015 by Lori Smith

Palais des congrès de Montréal has named CGI as its official developer and provider of customizable mobile event applications (apps). Headquartered in Montreal, CGI is an information technology, consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and solutions company with offices around the world. It is working