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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: October 2017
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Are You Going?
Early Bird Deadline Ends October 13
CMP Bootcamp, Professional Development Workshop and Networking Dinner – Tuesday October 17

CMP Bootcamp @ Second City
Studying for your CMP? Looking for a comprehensive solution for studying? MPI Toronto Chapter will be hosting an in-depth CMP Bootcamp on October 17, 2017! The bootcamp is not only comprehensive, but will be custom designed to cover the content you feel you need to focus on. Facilitated by CMP’s with extensive industry experience, there is no better opportunity to learn than from experts in their field!

Then stay on for the Professional Development Workshop and dinner reception.
Join corporate trainer and communication expert Bruce Mayhew who will take your communication skills to the next level. Learn to save time and become clearer and compelling in your communication skills using some key tools and techniques. Some key takeaways will include improved confidence in your communications, improved professionalism and feeling less stressed with better communication management.
Join industry colleagues and Tourism Saskatoon at a dinner reception at Montecito restaurant. Tourism Saskatoon will be bringing Saskatoon berries and vodka to create a delicious cocktail for all to try!
Tourism Saskatoon
Tourism Saskatoon
Welcome to Saskatoon – You’re Kind of a big deal here! Of course Saskatoon has all the amenities to ensure your event is a winner, but we have something more. Your success matters to us! Our customizable incentive program is designed to support you in the way you need it. Find out how Saskatoon celebrates each event and welcomes our guests like no other.
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Take a Step Into the Future and Understand Our Today – Meeting Design and Social Media Training @ Vantage Venues
The way people interact has changed – a lot! This includes their interactions at meetings and events, as well as in the virtual world. Let’s take this opportunity to consider global research findings presented by Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC, looking at what our meeting surroundings are doing for us and what we might be missing, and assessing latest food and beverage trends with a panel of experienced chefs, along with a discussion on challenges planners are having in relation to allergens and dietary requirements. We will look at the meeting rooms, as well as any networking and social settings, to understand how to think differently and engage on a new level.

Then take a journey into the social media world with expert Cher Jones as she helps you discover "What's Hot? What's Not! Social Media Event Engagement Strategies that Work in 2018."

Copper Skillet Battle Networking Lunch @ Vantage Venues
In Partnership with the International Association of Conference Centers, join their talented chefs as they battle it out during a copper skillet competition. Chef judges will determine the winner, who will get bragging rights. A fun way to interact with industry colleagues over lunch. Judges to be announced – stay tuned over your social media feeds!

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Last year, more than 120 events were held across the globe including Toronto. Meeting professionals from both the client and supplier side come together to celebrate the work and talent within the industry. In between keynote presentations, workshop sessions, awards ceremony, and a mentor café, this event packs in plenty of opportunity to network.The mentor café is back by popular demand – stay tuned for more details @MPIToronto #GMID18
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Edmonton Tourism
Were You There?

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre did an excellent job of hosting the September 20 Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event. This was a chance for the attendees to strengthen their relationships with fellow colleagues and meet new people.

This was the first opportunity for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to showcase their new space on Level Six of the South Building, and it was great to experience it with our attendees. Definitely a multi-use space to consider when planning your next event.

The AGM and Volunteer Recognition was also supported by Freeman Audio Visual Canada who provided the AV, staging and technician for the event. Two sponsors, D.E. Systems for online registration and The Image Commission for photography, support the chapter’s events throughout the year.

Thank you all for being such great partners. We couldn’t do it without you.

The 5-Star Awards were presented and the program is based on the following criteria:

Commitment and Dedication, Team Player, Passionate, Accountable, and
Time Availability/Attendance.

The 5-Star Award Recipients this year include:

  • Amy Duffy, CMP, CMP Study Group Committee
  • Darryl Foster, Membership Committee
  • Mary Sistilli, Toronto Education Committee
  • Amy Tough, CMP-HC, Signature Series Committee
  • Caleigh Perks, Awards Gala Committee
  • Lynn Miedzik, Global Meetings Industry Day Committee
  • Katrina McKnight, Holiday Gala Committee
  • Diane Julien, Communications Committee

The 5-Star Education Award is to recognize an individual member who has demonstrated exceptional volunteerism to their MPI Toronto community. The recipient receives a certificate and $250 credit to be used towards the chapter’s professional development programs.

This year’s recipient is Diane Julien, The Really Fabulous Event Co.

Congratulations to all the 5-Star Award recipients.

Volunteer pins were distributed to those who have been a member of MPI for 5, 10, 15, 25, and 30 years.

Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd.
Have You Heard?
The Sponsorship Committee is now looking for live and silent auction prizes for the upcoming Holiday Gala on December 5, 2017 at Paramount Event Space.

Membership in MPI allows you to make crucial connections to people, ideas and marketplaces that can take your career to the next level through our online community, and engaging with your local chapter. Share the benefits of membership with a non-member so that they can begin their MPI journey. What are you waiting for? Help them to sign up at and use code MPISMOCT17 before October 31 to receive 10 percent off
On behalf of everyone here at MPI, we would like to thank you if you have recently renewed your membership. Our community is only as strong as its members, and we really do believe that because of all of you we continue to stand out as leaders in the Toronto events community. We have lots of exciting things going on for our members, including the return of the Ambassador Program at many of our upcoming events. This is a great opportunity for new members to get to know other industry professionals and to get acquainted with their association peers. Stay tuned for more info and check out the registration page of upcoming events to see how you can get involved!

Our memberTOmember program is also still going strong. Be sure to log any business you do with fellow MPI members for a chance to win some exciting prizes! You can log your transactions in the members’ only section of 

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The International Centre Announces Partnership with the MPI Foundation

The International Centre announced its newest partnership with the MPI Foundation. In an effort to fuel the growth of the global meeting and event industry in Canada, this partnership enables The International Centre to create more than 30 industry scholarships that will be distributed to Canadian students and business event professionals over the next five years. Some highlights include:
  • Ten (10) college scholarships for Indigenous students enrolled in hospitality and tourism
  • Five (5) scholarships for Canadian Show Managers to attend the Canadian Association of Exposition Managers (CAEM) Canada Conference
  • Five (5) scholarships to the MPI World Education Congress
  • Fifteen (15) scholarships for "the EVENT" Regional Education Conference
For more information, contact: Karen Wren, Director of Marketing,

Heidi Welker Appointed Senior Vice President, Business Development, Industry Partnerships, Freeman Audio Visual Canada

David Campbell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, is pleased to announce the promotion of Heidi Welker to Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Partnerships. "This new role is truly one Heidi alone created after leading the Marketing Group at Freeman since inception" said Campbell. "Heidi will lead the development of new and exciting cutting-edge research and development initiatives to help our customers and partners achieve their goals."
For more information, contact: Madeleine Bart, 905-366-9241