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On Saturday June 23rd, we have the opportunity to make it a summer to remember for 5 girls and 5 boys in Regent Park! Just imagine how rewarding it will be as your team makes the big "reveal" to the girl or boy who is receiving the bike you have just built.

It is going to be a great morning together, and we’ll all be talking about the faces of these children for years to come. (Not to mention how surprisingly handy some of us are with a wrench!)

Thanks to all those who have already signed up! You can sign up as an individual or, why not consider recruiting a team of five from your workplace or with friends in MPI?

Here are the details for signing up:

  • Goal:10 bikes
  • Location:Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club,101 Spruce Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2J3
  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $25 per person (Supports the Club)
To register click here.


Join your colleagues this Wednesday, June 27th at Royal Woodbine Golf Club. This annual golf tournament is your best opportunity to connect with other chapter members and guests in an environment built for fun.

This year’s registration opens at 9 am with a delicious full hot breakfast. You’ll want to participate in the putting contest prior to the "shotgun" start at 11:15am. The tournament is Best Ball and you will be provided with a boxed lunch. Check out this year’s special attraction on the course! We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary of the tournament. Can you guess which hole it will be at? Along with this hole, many other holes are sponsored and there will be activities for you to participate in!

Following our fun day of golf will be an amazing dinner with tournament prizes, and a raffle stocked with amazing gifts including:

  • Porter Airlines to Washington DC, 2 nights stay in each – Mandarin Oriental & Gaylord Washington
  • 40" Wide Screen TV
  • Viamede Resort – two night stay for 2 in a deluxe water-view resort room, breakfast each morning, and 7 course tasting menu
  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast for two and parking at the InterContinental Toronto Centre
  • Two night stay with breakfast at the Hilton Doubletree
  • Casino Rama overnight stay with breakfast
  • Basket from Palma’s Basket Boutique
  • Five night stay at any hotel or resort in Canada from Delta Hotel and Resorts
  • A Night in Niagara with one night’s fallsview accommodation at the Hilton Hotel and Suites including breakfast and dinner for two at the Fallsview Casino Resort’s four-diamond signature steak and seafood restaurant, 21 Club.
  • & many more!

In this tournament every golfer is a winner as everyone will take home something special along with a day of memories filled with great experiences. We look forward to seeing you. Register here before the tournament is sold-out. Check out stories of past year’s tournaments on our Linkedin group and pictures on our Facebook page.

A big thank you to our sponsors to date:

  • AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions
  • D.E. Systems
  • Meetings Incentive Travel
  • Peller Estates Winery
  • Skyline Hotels & Resorts
  • Stagevision Inc
  • Starwood Toronto Metro Market
  • The Image Commission

If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Leslie Wright at 905-567-9591 or
The Mentorship Program in the Fall of 2011 had four completed matches with one showing interest in renewing. As a result, the MPI Toronto Chapter made it part of their strategic initiative to further develop the mentorship program this year. Through the work of the Member Care Committee, and Sandra Moniz, our very own Mentorship Champion, the MPI Toronto Mentorship Program, (MP)2, has greatly expanded and developed.

The redesigned (MP)2 program was launched in the spring of 2012 with 10 successful and engaged matches. A focus of the new design was to look more strategically into pairing up individuals that will make a good match based on their backgrounds, goals, and desired outcomes going into the program. The result has been increased number of successful pairings, as well as many more successful matches, thanks to greater promotion of the program. There are still a handful of eager mentees waiting to be paired with mentors, and Sandra and the members involved in the program are actively seeking enthusiastic mentors to connect with them. There are many benefits to both the mentee and mentor, and the focus of the (MP)2 program is that it is mutually beneficial – through an exchange of information, knowledge, skills, and advice. Sandra Moniz is looking forward to the continued growth of the (MP)2 program into next year, and has personally experienced the strength of the program through her connection with her new mentee.

If interested in participating, click here and complete an application as the first step to being a part of the (MP)2 program!

The MPI Toronto Chapter is pleased to announce that we have awarded scholarships to two chapter members. Janice Fendley, CMP has been awarded a scholarship for the registration for the Toronto Education Conference (TEC) held in Niagara Falls and Bobbie Hoffman, CMP, has been awarded registration for the CMM Program taking place in Toronto in November.

Scholarships are made available to Toronto chapter members to attend educational events, such as the Toronto Educational Conference, World Educational Conference, registration fee for the Certified Meeting Professional Designation (CMP) and for the Certified in Meeting Management (CMM) designation. For additional information and criteria please visit

A great big Thank You to the Special Events Committee and the Sponsorship Committee for working together and creating a recordbreaking event for MPI Toronto Chapter. More importantly, the event raised $26,749.00 in the silent and live auctions. The money raised is donated to our Charity "Breakfast with Santa" and to the Education Reserve Fund of the MPI Toronto Chapter.

The sponsorship committee pulled together over three sections of tables with a wide variety of silent auction items and three major live auction prizes.

A special Thank you to the Special Events Committee Chaired by Peggy Andersen, and committee members, Emma Flood, Elisa DeAnglis, Sandra Lijoi, Jhannel Edwards, Deanna Patawaran, Zelda Middleton, Patrick Dingle and Olivia Batt and to the Sponsorship Committee Chaired by Jessica Ambrose and committee members, Susan Bernard, Wendy Baker, Peggy Corbiell, and Tamer Mecky. All this couldn’t be accomplished without the work of the Director of Special Events Carla Olivier and of course our Sponsorship Queen Leslie Wright.

Make sure to mark your calendars for your 2012 Holiday Gala and Fundraiser for Thursday December 6th at the International Centre.


by Brenda Carter, CMP, KPMG

1n 2007, I was advised that a fellow MPI Toronto Chapter member had nominated me for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for 2006. I was floored. I was still relatively new to MPI, and was unfamiliar with the awards to be won. And I certainly didn’t think that someone like me had a chance to win one. I never did find out who put my name forward for that first award, however, the feeling that it generated within me was astonishing. For weeks, even months, I would remember that someone took the time to nominate me. Me! It was amazing – a gift.

Below is some information that will help you realize how easy it is to nominate someone – and of course for someone to nominate you!

Who can nominate who?
Any MPI Toronto Chapter member can nominate another member. It can be someone you’ve worked with on a committee or someone you know has benefited our community.

Then what happens?
The nominee will be notified of the nomination and will be sent the submission outline. They have the choice to send in a submission or to decline. Once the submission deadline passes, an announcement will come from the Chapter listing all the nominees who were now eligible to win.

What does the submission involve?
This depends on the award, however, many requirements are similar. Almost all the awards are based on the number of points tallied from the information submitted. This means that all submissions should be as complete as possible. Nominees should give careful thought to every line item and understand that if you don’t include the information, the Awards Submission Committee will not take it into account. For example, having an industry designation will add points, however, if you forget to include this information where indicated on the form, the Committee cannot add in the points. This also means including all relevant documentation to support the points claimed. Points cannot be awarded without the appropriate supporting documentation. Nominees will also notice that there are points for the quality of the submission. All this means is a better, more organized submission will get a few more points. The Awards Submission Committee will have many submissions to review – so be organized!

There’s an Awards Submission Committee?
Yes, it’s made up of our Executive Director and two members-at-large who are appointed by the Executive Director. Each Awards Submission Committee member independently reviews each nomination submission and awards points as permitted under the point’s guidelines. Once all reviews have been independently completed, the points from each reviewer are compared. As the points guidelines are very clear on the point allocation, points are very consistent from reviewer to reviewer. In the event that there is a discrepancy, the nomination form would be reviewed again by the reviewers to verify the scoring. If necessary, a third independent reviewer may be used.

Nothing frustrates the committee more than getting an incomplete submission from someone they know could have won the award but who didn’t take the time to include all of their information and documentation.

What kind of things could I get points from?
  1. Volunteering at the Chapter level
  2. Industry/Community service
  3. Other awards or professional recognition
  4. Writing articles
  5. Having an industry designation
  6. Attending meetings – at the Chapter and International levels
  7. References
Can I nominate myself?
Yes, you can.

When does the nomination process begin?
The MPI Toronto Chapter office will start sending calls for nominations in October and the last day is in the beginning of December. During that time, forms will be available online and at Chapter events.

Why should I bother to nominate someone? What’s in it for me?
It takes 5 minutes to nominate someone that you think is deserving of an award. Even if that person never finds out that you were the nominator, you will have made that person’s year! That member may become even more motivated – to work harder, to volunteer more. It may very well advance their career (an MPI Toronto Chapter award looks great on a CV). They are likely to want to nominate others. I believe these are the kind of people we want in our Chapter and in our Industry.

So, look around our Chapter (there’s 800 members!) and think about those who work hard. Nominate them. If you are nominated, put together the best submission you possibly can.

Congratulate all the nominees – it really is a very big deal!! Come out to Awards night and cheer for the winners. And remember – while winning the award is amazing, it really is the best feeling in the world to be nominated!

The 2012 edition of the Toronto Education Conference (TEC) has come to an end and the organizing committee was able to attract record numbers to this year’s program. It was clear that a hybrid approach to marketing the event online went a long way to creating a buzz for the annual event.

From the first planning meeting, the committee set a clear goal to create online awareness by using the MPI Toronto Chapter blog, social media channels, and the MPI weekly e-blasts.

"It is all about communicating effectively to the membership base by using several different channels, to create one common message" spoke Jodi Spivak, Director of the TEC Committee.

The MPI Chapter blog was used as a foundation of this approach. The blog was used to build the "Dare to Connect" conference theme. It showcased the beautiful destination of Niagara Falls and highlighted the host properties of Fallsview Casino Resort and Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview. It was also a great resource to communicate information on the great speaker lineup.

The next step was to utilize LinkedIn to engage potential attendees. This resulted in some fantastic conversation and feedback that centered around the conference theme. The committee felt it was important not only to promote the event, but to give potential attendees a voice. A fantastic response received to the "Dare to Connect" contest that asked members to recount their most daring career decisions, in order to win a complimentary registration package. Both speakers and the host properties also jumped into the action with "teasers" about what conference attendees were going to experience.

Thirdly the weekly MPI eblast was used to tie everything together. The eblast was used as a tool to let the association know when a new blog was posted; gave updates on registration, and highlighted all the great conversations that were happening online.

The overall key was to ensure that all three channels where working in sync. Timing was key! It is sometimes challenging to get everything working together but no channel can work in isolation. They all had to work together to not only communicate the same message, but to ensure it is done at the same time.

In the end, the TEC 2012 was a great event for all that attended. The committee’s success was measurable in the outstanding attendance numbers. Attendance numbers that were due in large part to the communication tools that were used in the months leading up to the program.

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Tired of the same old routine? Put a new SPiN on an office event or a casual welcome evening at SPiN Toronto. Not your parents’ rec room but close, as it’s in the basement off an alley at King & Spadina. Ping-pong tables fill the two rooms that make up SPiN, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere inviting. The two rooms are conducive to private events with one bar for both rooms strategically placed in the centre. Guests are encouraged to play the game and resident pros show how it’s done and after the demonstration, they mingle with the crowd, encouraging them to play.

The light popping sounds of the balls can be heard over the chatter, the laughter. The balls that end up on the floor are swiftly picked up by monitors who are constantly "sweeping" the floor with a basket-like contraption quickly and so unobtrusively that they go unnoticed. Not the place for a sit-down dinner but more of a relaxed feel with passed hors d’oeuvres and great staff. SPiN is definitely not your parents’ basement.

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