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MPI Toronto Chapter Meeting Lite E-Newsletter: October 2014

MPI Toronto Movers and Shakers

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The International Centre Announces the Completion of Phase 1 of a $7 Million Renewal Plan

The International Centre is pleased to announce the completion of phase 1 of an impressive $7 million renewal plan. Incorporating sleek, modern design elements, and enhancing client and visitor experiences, the renovation has transformed its one million square foot facility.

Changes to the facility, which complement the more than 450 events held annually, include:

  • Stunning, sleek and modern Hall 1 lobby providing versatility for a multitude of events, facilitating everything from a product showcase to an elaborate reception.
  • Dynamic, multifunctional new Connector building built to improve the flow between Hall 5 and the remainder of the facility. Merging functionality and design, this space now has the flexibility to accommodate registration, receptions, booths and displays, and lounge areas for food and beverage. Both Hall 1 lobby and Connector spaces were designed by Arch-Tech Design Group.
  • State-of-the-art LED exterior main entrance and hall signage providing Clients full colour, full motion event messaging.
  • Enhancing external and internal way-finding systems to better guide visitors through an updated easy-to-understand and esthetically pleasing way-finding system.
  • Increasing the number of complimentary Internet hotspots to four key areas in the facility, allowing attendees to get affordably connected.
  • Increasing Internet speeds by a factor of 10, and augmented the density of wireless coverage. This allows the Centre to deliver services reliably while halls are bustling with activity, and improves performance for downloading and uploading media-rich content.

"The International Centre has undergone a very exciting transformation and we are thrilled to share it with our staff, clients and visitors," said Michael Prescott, Chief Executive Officer, The International Centre. "Enhancing our client and visitor experience has always been our number one priority, and the revitalization of our facility will help our more than 450 annual events continue to achieve success."

As the leading exhibition and conference venue in North America, the completion of phase 1 of the renewal plan demonstrates The International Centre’s commitment to providing an exceptional venue for its 1.5 million visitors annually. For further information contact Karen Wren, Marketing Manager,, 905-678-5596.

Ruby Sky Event Planning Inc. Adds Suzanne Forster to Its Team

Suzanne ForsterSuzanne Forster has been in the business events industry for 20 years with a background in catering operations, sales for the convention centre world and training programs. Suzanne loves to create order out of chaos. A strategist and problem-solver, Suzanne’s emphasis on results comes from her extensive experience in business events industry. Suzanne’s professional and focused approach has made her an industry leader, belonging to Meetings Professional International, Toronto Chapter for 18 years with six years of experience on the Board, including her role as Chapter President. Her positive and practical relationships with clients are hallmarks of her work ethics and Suzanne’s commitment, professionalism and dedication will lead you to inspiring successes! To contact Suzanne,, 705-721-8881 ext. 208.

CN Tower’s NEW Thrilling and Unique Team Building on EdgeWalk Program Powered by Eagle’s Flight!

Beginning September 2014, Canada’s National Tower and popular Toronto event venue, now offers one of the world’s highest and most unique team building workshops that includes a walk on the edge of one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders. Teams will experience the adventure of a lifetime as part of a new program offered by CN Tower in partnership with Eagle’s Flight that includes two one-day Training & Development workshops in conjunction with Toronto’s tallest urban adventure, EdgeWalk.

The experientially based workshops will provide a full day’s comprehensive training in two main areas: Team and Communications. Each full day of training will include a pre-brief discussion of the EdgeWalk elements associated with the elements in the workplace, a small experiential exercise to set up the key learning components, the EdgeWalk Experience itself and a comprehensive discussion around key TEAM and COMMUNICATION elements. Teams can also combine the workshop with any of the CN Tower’s award-winning hospitality venues at the top.

"As one of Canada's most unique event venues with award-winning cuisine and a variety of flexible venues, the CN Tower hosts more than 500 events each year. We’re proud to add to our offerings this exciting new EdgeWalk program that combines the bonding that organically occurs with a 'bucket list' experience like EdgeWalk with a workshop to inspire teams to perform better," said Jack Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, CN Tower.

"Teambuilding is about sparking transformations," said Michael Macnaughton, Senior VP of Eagle’s Flight. "You want to create that flashpoint where change happens, where people are inspired to do their jobs better, and to lead more effectively. With this exciting new program we want to help teams to take their learning with them and get excited about applying it to their job."  For more information, contact CN Tower at 416-601-4718 or

FREEMAN Audio Visual Canada President Wins IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award

Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that President Johanne Bélanger has received the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award. IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. The Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary personal or professional commitment that materially contributes to the advancement of the exhibitions and events industry.

"I would not have been considered for this award had it not been for the various industry associations, which have allowed me to play a role in fulfilling their missions and visions," said Johanne Bélanger, president of Freeman Audio Visual Canada. "I am truly grateful to them, as well as IAEE and the international events community, for this overwhelming honour."

Bélanger will be recognized at the IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation to be held during Expo! Expo!, IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, December 9-11, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, contact Heidi Welker, 905-366-9232.


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