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Explore Ice headlines the launch of Iceculture’s new website
Updated, better organized, much improved, an expanded gallery and a new icy look come together to help you explore ice and find that perfect ice sculpture design for any occasion. We invite you to visit the site regularly to keep abreast of newly posted photographs and stay in tune with industry news through our blog.  Explore Ice with Iceculture! Communication with customers and industry people has been improved too. You can stay current with Iceculture products and company activities through social media! Contact

Select Group Marketing announce the appointment of Jan Zandboer, as Director, Business Development
Jan has over 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industries including The Netherlands Board of Tourism and The RMR Group as well as marketing various tourist boards, hotels and airlines. His extensive national network embraces both the MICE market and other segments of the industry, including travel media, tour operators and travel agencies (chains and consortiums).  "Jan’s depth of experience, upbeat personality and extensive network will move SGM forward as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012," says Moira Hearn, President of SGM. Besides the contribution to our business results, his winning style and approach are a positive element to SGM’s expansion. For more information contact: Moira Hearn, President - Select Group Marketing Tel:416-322-6018

Meeting encore industry veterans announce a time of celebration and new direction
After 21 years of leading Canada’s first and most prestigious Meeting Site Selection company, industry entrepreneur veterans, Greg and Linda Genest formally announce that they are retiring. But, their show will go on! New Owners Joe Nishi and Jennifer Glynn will continue to grow Meeting Encore’s legacy as Canada’s first and premier Site Selection Company.  Previously serving as Regional Directors for Meeting Encore, Joe Nishi and Jennifer Glynn each have over two decades of experience in the industry. Building upon the company’s 21 year legacy, and the vision and values of Greg and Linda, the ownership and management of Joe and Jennifer will continue to capitalize on delivering exceptional value and service to their clients.  For information on Meeting Encore please contact new owners: Joe Nishi at 416.433.5206 or Jennifer Glynn at 519.884.3333

Allstream Centre Wins 2nd Place in 2011 "Canada’s Best Restroom" Contest
Canada’s first conference centre built to LEED Silver Standards is taking claim to yet another top title today: Runner-up in the 2011 Canada’s Best Restroom Contest, presented by Mississauga-based Cintas Canada, a leading provider of restroom hygiene products and services. The 2011 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, hotels, convention centers and even a car dealership. Five finalists were selected based on exceptional hygiene, style, public accessibility and usability.  "Allstream Centre is honoured to receive this award," says Arlene Campbell, General Manager of Sales & Events for Allstream Centre, at Exhibition Place. "We understand the importance of a luxurious restroom in the overall guest experience at Allstream Centre.  We are delighted to be recognized nationally for our contemporary and eco-friendly restroom design." For information contact: Laura Purdy, Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place, 416-263-3020

Porter is flying from Toronto City Airport to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for winter
With service starting February 16 and lasting until May 21, it’s easy to avoid dropping temperatures by enjoying some fun in the sun. Offering the only non-stop route between Canada and Myrtle Beach, Canadians in many Porter cities have a chance to enjoy this popular family destination, known for its award-winning golf courses and expansive beaches. Connecting markets include Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and Windsor.

Carlson Partners with Clean the World
Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company,  announced an agreement between Carlson Hotels and Clean the World Global LLC, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. Clean the World presently works with 19 Carlson affiliated hotels that have contributed more than 8,060 lbs. of soap (nearly 43,000 soap bars). The donated soap provides 8,600 children with enough soap for an entire month.  The agreement, part of Carlson’s Responsible Business program, encompasses 607 hotels in North America and represents a significant new corporate partnership for Clean the World, which presently has hospitality partnerships in place with more than 1,200 hotel properties throughout North America.

MTCC continues to build momentum for sustainability with an unprecedented 95% waste diversion rate for USGBC’s recent Greenbuild conference
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is proud to report the results of its greening efforts for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo ( recently held at the MTCC. Even for the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green buildings, the results were impressive, with a significantly reduced footprint achieved through an unprecedented 95% waste diversion rate, energy and water conservation and an ever-increasing commitment to greening through the education of MTCC employees.
For further information please contact: Christine Tse Marketing Manager Metro Toronto Convention Centre (416) 585-8106

AVW-TELAV Launches ‘You Care, So We Care’ Committee
AVW-TELAV is excited and proud to announce the recent formation of its ‘You Care, So We Care’ Committee, made up of regional employee representatives from across the country. Its mission is to enhance social responsibility and awareness by engaging AVW-TELAV colleagues in charitable initiatives. The ‘You Care, So We Care’ Committee is kicking off its first national initiative, Movember, on November 1, 2011. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces, in Canada and around the world. With their "Mos," these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.   Contact:  Heidi Welker - 905-366-9232

International Centre proudly receives partners in project green leadership in sustainability – hospitality award
The International Centre was named recipient of the Leadership in Sustainability - Hospitality Award during the 2011 Partners in Project Green (PPG) Sustainability Awards which recognize the innovative and inspiring work of local businesses that are embracing sustainability.  Selected by a jury of their peers, winners of a PPG Leadership in Sustainability Award were evaluated in areas which showcased integrating sustainability in to operational practices, inspiring employees and peers regarding the environment and implementing cutting edge environmental technologies or practices.

Choose Ontario food and beverage at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce another milestone in its journey toward sustainability with the addition of a local food advocate to its team. In the newly created role of Local Food Procurement Officer, Chef and Project Manager Kelly Hughes has taken on a mandate to create and implement a new strategy for MTCC around Ontario-based sourcing. The Broader Public Sector Investment Fund as part of the Greenbelt Fund has provided funding for the position. The MTCC has partnered with OCTA (Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance) in support of this great initiative.  Contact: Kelly Hughes - Local Food Procurement Officer (416) 585-8353

Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, Opening January 31, 2012
Winter Debut Will Introduce Canada’s Tallest Residential Building and Toronto’s Premier Hotel.  Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto® is set to welcome guests Jan. 31, 2012, marking TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™’s second international hotel and first foray into Canada. Promising an unmatched level of service, Trump® Toronto will be a sophisticated sanctuary for business and leisure travelers. Towering over 900 feet above the city, it will be Canada’s tallest residential building with an impressive 65 stories proving a dramatic addition to the city skyline.  For more information, please visit

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa named "Best Hotel In Canada" awarded by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for 2011
The Reader’s survey tallying votes placed Langdon Hall 42nd on the World Top 100 List (in a five way tie with the Mandarin Hotel, Prague and Chiang Mai, The Steenberg Hotel in Capetown and the Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali). Receiving this recognition is especially meaningful as it comes directly from loyal guests who have championed Langdon Hall – we look forward to continuing to exceed their expectations.  Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, 1 Langdon Drive Cambridge, ON.

Customer Experience Expert Has Earned the Designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Theresa Syer, a widely recognized speaker, trainer and authority on Creating the WOW Customer Experience, was recently honoured with the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation at a ceremony at the National Speakers Association Convention in Anaheim, CA.  Theresa is one of only two Canadians to earn the CSP in the class of 2011. Contact: Todd Syer T: (905) 257-2636

D.E. Systems is excited to welcome Tammy Carey to their Toronto Office
Tammy has been working in the events industry for over 12 years. Her experience with technology provides her with an easy transition into the D.E. Systems team with their computer rentals, online registration software and trade show lead retrieval products. You can contact Tammy at


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