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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: April 2017
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Are You Going?


Have you registered for the 2017 Toronto Education Conference, taking place Sunday, May 7-Tuesday, May 9, 2017? You don’t want to miss out on this amazing education and networking event. Did you know that this year at TEC you will have the opportunity to earn over 9 CEU credits? If you are working toward your CMP designation, this is a not-to-be-missed event! There will also be many networking opportunities, including a Rock The Stars team-building activity, a sit-down dinner, a Networking With All Five Senses evening, and an MPI Foundation Games Night for the Chairman’s Challenge ($20 HST/ticket). You can’t beat the quality education and face-to-face time with industry professionals at TEC 2017. Register today!

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SAVE THE DATE for the Annual MPI Toronto Chapter Golf Tournament: June 28, 2017! Enjoy three hours of golf plus a three-hour reception & banquet at the newly renovated Royal Woodbine Golf Club. Tee-off time is 2 p.m., and event completion is 8 p.m. (guaranteed). Beginners are more than welcome! Book a foursome (minimum two planners) or come out on your own and invite an industry colleague. This event provides an incomparable opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Meeting Professionals and get to know one another in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. Online registration will be opening soon. For information on sponsorships and prize donations, please contact Leslie Wright.

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Were You There?
The Signature Series Dinner, "Visit Florida, Paint & Cocktails: Who Could Ask for More?" on February 1 was held as an interactive dinner at The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library in downtown Toronto. The dinner invited guests to a night of out-of-the-box activities while being able to interact with fellow members. 

The venue was perfect for our sponsors – Visit Florida & Partners – to showcase their destinations across the Sunshine State and mingle with members during the marketplace reception. Presidential Gourmet ensured that all were well-fed with their fantastic fare prior to guests unleashing their inner artists with the Paint & Cocktails team.  

Attendees were each provided with two wine glasses and a basic "how-to" introduction for the two themes inspired by the State of Florida. What better way to get inspired about visiting Florida than by experiencing it through art! To view and/or download photography from this event, please click HERE.

Please remember to keep all of our evening’s sponsors in mind when organizing your next event, and don’t forget to let them know that you saw them first at a fantastic MPI Toronto Chapter event! Our thanks to:
  • Visit Florida & Partners who were provided the opportunity to have a marketplace during the reception and they provided cash sponsorship towards the event
  • The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel
  • Experience Kissimmee Florida
  • Greater Miami and the Beaches
  • Ocean Center Daytona Beach
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • 360 Destination Group
  • Kuoni Destination Management
  • Bram and Bluma Appel Salon
  • Presidential Gourmet
  • FMAV
  • Paint & Cocktails
  • DE Systems
  • The Image Commission
The MPI Toronto 2017 Awards Gala, held on March 9 at the Toronto Congress Centre, was a night to remember!! The Volunteer Committee were serious (but not too serious) when they pulled out all the stops this year to make sure our members and guests were feeling the fun-filled adventure at this year’s "Wonders of MPI."

" Wonderland a wonder ... when you have nowhere to land?"

Each and every one of the MPI Toronto Chapter award recipients applied their own brand of special magic to their hard work ethic and landed beautifully onto the stage of Wonderland (and deservedly-so!).
The award recipients were:
  • Recruiter of the Year – Marisa Goncalves
  • Norm Neill Student of the Year – Zaman Ishaad
  • New Member of the Year – Ioanna Antonopoulos
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Rachel Stark
  • Mentor of the Year – Alice Parnis
  • Supplier Member of the Year – Monika Radicevic, CMP
  • Planner Member of the Year – Natalie Ciarallo, CMP
  • President’s Award – Vicki Zeppa, CMP
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our award recipients AND to all of our finalists!!
If you missed the Awards Gala, here is a chance to view the awards presentations.

The Awards Gala Volunteer Committee was pleased that no one was afraid of heights as they embarked upon their mesmerizing trip "down the rabbit hole" with the Mad Hatter. All of this year’s attendees that dared to take the leap experienced the Wonders of:
  • Impossible-to-resist active networking!
  • Amazing aerial entertainment and live musical performances!
  • Breathtaking décor and whimsical costumes!
  • A delectable tea party culinary experience, complimented by fine wines!
  • The buzz of the After-Party, including a wondrous five-piece band
To check out and/or download all of the wonderful photos from the event, please click HERE. Or view this video for a quick look at some of the elements of the Awards Gala.

It’s no wonder that the "Wonders of MPI" was so wonderful. A BIG THANK YOU must be extended to our fastidious, detail-oriented, wondrous event SPONSORS!! Sponsors that attended to the Tea Party’s ensured success included:
  • A2D2 Aerial Dance Cirque Company
  • AV Canada
  • D.E. Systems
  • Destination Quebec
  • EventMobi
  • Fallsview Casino Resort
  • Fletcher Wright Associates Inc
  • Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
  • Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale
  • Ignite Magazine
  • MB Designs Inc
  • Meetings Conventions Calgary
  • Nothers Signs & Recognition
  • Omega Communications
  • ONQ Live Entertainment
  • Ottawa Tourism
  • Quebec City Business Destination
  • Peller Estates Winery
  • Shaw Centre
  • STRONCO Group of Companies
  • The Image Commission
  • Theatrix Costume Rentals
  • Toronto Congress Centre
  • Tourism Vancouver
The huge contribution that each and every guest, volunteer committee member, executive board member and sponsor brought to 2017’s Awards Gala truly filled the evening with so many magical moments. Everyone give yourself a giant pat on the back.
(GMID) Global Meetings Industry Day  Whether you were one of the 276 who joined us face-to-face at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto or tuning in through our Live Stream, Global Meetings Industry Day, held on Thursday, April 6, did not disappoint. 

The day started bright and early with a hot breakfast, familiar faces, and some new ones too! We connected via live stream with close to 100 attendees at the London Convention Centre in Ontario to share our day and celebrations. Our Keynote, Humanitarian Stephen Lewis, dug deep when he took the stage to discuss hard hitting global issues such as poverty, war, epidemics and more. Then, our esteemed panel carried on the conversation, giving us their insights on topics such as policies and procedures and food waste at events. 
Global Meetings Industry Day has three main objectives: to discuss our future, promote our industry, and realize the benefits we have on the economy. Congratulations to our Influence Award recipient, Metrolinx Union Pearson (UP) Express, for supporting our industry by providing us safe and dependable transportation in order for us to meet Face-to-Face!

Thank you to our sponsors:
  • Ottawa Tourism – Event Marquee Sponsor
  • Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Venue Sponsor
  • D.E. Systems – Registration Sponsor
  • FMAV – Audio Visual Sponsor
  • The Image Commission – Photography Sponsor
  • National Speakers Bureau – Speaker Sponsor 
Thank you to the planning committee: 
  • Helena Gomez
  • Elise Taylor
  • Grace Eldajani
  • Amanda Renee
  • Maha Safari
  • Zeny Red
  • Lynn Miedzik
Join us next year on April 12, 2018 for Global Meetings Industry Day!
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Have You Heard?
Getting your CMP elevates your professional stature and gives you a competitive edge in the job market. The CMP 2017 study group will take place over three months, starting April 13, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.
There are four different dates, including a two-day overnight session. These sessions will be interactive and lead by those who have achieved their CMP Designation. They are part of the overall process that helps you gain your CMP Certification.
Come join us and we will get you there!

Dates and Locations:

April 13, 2017 Chelsea Hotel, Toronto 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
April 24, 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
May 27, 2017 Location TBA 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 11 & 12, 2017 Scotiabank Convention Centre/
Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/
Fallsview Niagara Falls, Ontario (accommodation not included)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday)

To register, click HERE.
Exciting New Content on the MPI Toronto Blog!  Have you visited the blog lately? Don’t miss hearing from your fellow industry members on topics such as "Taking the Plunge: From Novice to Nervy" and "7 Networking Tips – How Attendees Can Ease into Potential Business Opportunities." Check the blog regularly to see what’s new! If you would like to contribute a post, Communications Committee members Carly Silberstein and Arianna McLaughlin would love to hear from you!

Our first official Snapchat filter was launched at the MPI Toronto Awards Gala on March 9. Keep an eye out at our upcoming events for more filters and be sure to follow all of our social media accounts so you never miss a tweet ... or a beat!

The Membership Committee is Looking for Volunteers!  Did you know that there are many ways to get involved within the MPI Toronto Chapter? Make the most of your membership and VOLUNTEER! The Membership Committee is always looking for new members to join our team. We concentrate on a variety of different focus areas within the Chapter including managing the memberTOmember Program and helping to contribute to the growth of MPI Toronto. If you are an MPI Toronto Chapter member, and are interested in volunteering, log-in to the members only section at and fill out a volunteer form. We’d love you to have you as part of our team!
The Sponsorship Committee is currently seeking cash sponsors for the Toronto Education Conference (TEC), May 7-9, 2017 at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka and for the Golf Tournament, June 28, 2017 at Royal Woodbine Golf Course. Contact Vicki Zeppa at or Leslie Wright at for more information.

We encourage you to think of our sponsors when looking for suppliers to provide services to your event.

MPI Toronto Chapter buys MPI as much as possible. You have the first opportunity to be part of our success. Let us know how we can partner with you to provide value to our members and to showcase your organization. Contact Vicki Zeppa at or Leslie Wright at for more information.
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Movers & Shakers

Announcing Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place’s Conference Centre has a new name! Effective March 1, 2017, the spectacular LEED Silver conference centre at Exhibition Place is now named "Beanfield Centre" (formerly Allstream Centre).The ten-year agreement with Beanfield Metroconnect for the naming of "Beanfield Centre" includes title sponsorship of the centre, creation of a new logo, venue telecommunication services, building and exterior signage. Details of the arrangement and the Beanfield Centre’s re-branding media event will be made public in the coming weeks. For further information contact: Laura Purdy, Exhibition Place, 416-263-3020,

Hotel X Toronto Announces for Event Catering and Restaurant Operations! Hotel X Toronto has announced that respected Toronto entertainment and hospitality group will be operating two restaurants, all event catering, room service and the much anticipated Peregrine SkyBar at the Hotel X Toronto, opening in 2017 on the Exhibition Place grounds. According to Hotel X President, Henry Kallan, was a natural fit for Hotel X Toronto. This is an award winning Toronto based company with a stellar reputation and years of experience. Most importantly, they understood our desire to create innovative standalone restaurants that will give the people of Toronto a new culinary destination right on our waterfront."
For more information contact: Dena Gouweloos, 416-351-0777,