Meetings Canada

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Event Design


Member Voices: Are you new to the industry or seeking a career shift?

June 29, 2018 by TAHIRA ENDEAN, CMP, DES, CED

If you are starting out in the business events industry, or seeking a more senior role, you must start with what you know and build on it. For example, if you grew up doing live theatre, offer to enhance an


Industry Insider: Expect Significant Price Increases

June 27, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby

If you plan events or incentive travel programs or you hire someone else to do that for you, you should expect fairly steep price increases.  Don’t assume you can hold a program similar to last year’s unless you have more


Teneo Hospitality Releases Results of Planner Poll on Industry Issues

June 26, 2018 by Lori Smith

Budgets, greater quality control, cost and reliability of audiovisual (AV) and technical services, security of content and the challenges of meeting the increasingly complex dietary demands of a more diverse demographic are among the major concerns of meeting planners, reports


St. John's Convention Centre Names New Executive Chef

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Jeremy McKinnon has been appointed executive chef for the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC), reports Centerplate and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “Chef Jeremy has created culinary masterpieces throughout Canada including Vancouver, Toronto, and Lake Louise, as well internationally


Team-Building Events Donate to B.C. Food Banks

June 20, 2018 by Lori Smith

British Columbia food banks received more than 12,000 meals as the result of two team-building events held earlier this month, reports Vancouver-based Eventology, Using Catalyst Global’s Hole in One activity, a 250-person group from First West Credit Union completed the 90-minute


MPI Publishing Meeting Planning Safety and Security Guide

June 13, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will publish “The Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning 2018” by the end of June 2018. The guide is free for MPI members and $49 USD for non-members. The association


How TIFF Builds and Maintains its Volunteer Programme

May 29, 2018 by Katy Fahimi-Manzari, TIFF and Danielle Gaudet, TIFF

For many events, volunteers are the unsung frontline and behind-the-scenes heroes, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) volunteers are no exception. While there are hundreds of staff members that contribute to TIFF — from film selection to cinema ushering


Member Voices: Tips for Planning a Wellness Event

May 23, 2018 by Lori Smith

The wellness movement is hot right now. The wellness travel market is also growing; as of 2015 it represented $563 billion (US). You can find wellness options virtually anywhere these days. According to Lucia Pintea of TravelOnly, wellness cruises are


MPI Expands CSR Efforts at World Education Congress

May 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is expanding its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts for its World Education Congress (WEC 2018), being held June 2-5, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thee association’s efforts will support local charities and help create a model and methodology


C2 and IMEX Group Partnering to Drive Innovation in Meetings & Events Sector

April 5, 2018 by Lori Smith

Montreal-based C2 International, an innovative leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector. “IMEX and C2 share a similar vision; we are both


Arizona DMC Joins Hosts Global

April 2, 2018 by Lori Smith

AZA Events, a full-service destination management company with more than 27 years experience producing programs throughout Arizona for corporate, association and incentive groups, is the newest member of Hosts Global (Hosts). “This is a very exciting time for our company,” said


Member Voices: What Folding Socks Taught Me About Event Planning

March 21, 2018 by Krista Benoit, iSPARK Consulting

Life gets busy. Sometimes, we can get caught up in what we’re doing, slide into autopilot and forget to stop and think about why we are doing what we’re doing. The other day I caught myself taking clean clothes out of