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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: April 2018
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Are You Going?

Are you planning on writing your CMP this year? Join the CMP Study Group to help you to study, prepare and pass the exam.

The CMP Study Group will help you:
• Review and study the material that will be on the examination with your industry peers
• Learn/review exam material from presentations given by industry experts who have passed the CMP exam
• Create connections with like-minded industry professionals that are also studying for their designation
• Get the inside track on helpful exam preparation tips

The study group will take place over three months with four different dates including a two-day overnight session. These sessions will be interactive and led by those who have achieved their CMP Designation. They are part of an overall process in helping you gain your CMP Certification.

Registration is now open. Click here for more information on Study Group dates and to register:

All Sessions
Members: $225 HST
Non-Members: $425 HST
Single Session Fee:
Members: $150 HST
Non-Members: $200 HST

When the study sessions conclude, a rebate of $100 will be provided to MPI members (you must attend a minimum of three sessions to qualify for the rebate) sponsored by Meetings Conventions Calgary. If a non-member joins MPI by June 1, 2018 they will receive a $300 rebate provided they have attended a minimum of three sessions.
What makes Edmonton All In?
Edmonton Tourism
It might be because of our world-class venues, sprawling river valley, or the ease in which delegates can reach us from across Canada. Or maybe it’s because, with the new ICE District, there’s even more lively entertainment to enjoy downtown. But, if you ask us what makes Edmonton different, it’s the people. The value of our All-In promise goes beyond the room block and meeting space for your conference.
Learn more and connect with our Toronto area representative here.
Join us on May 10 for an interactive night of networking and education. We are excited to introduce to you Proxfinity, a startup company that offers a new networking technology. Come meet your perfect match and take your networking sessions to the next level. 

While connecting and networking, learn about the various committees available within the MPI Toronto Chapter, as well as WEC Toronto 2019 volunteer opportunities and how YOU can get more involved to get the most out of your membership!

Following the networking and volunteer information night, we will be joined by Tim Arnold, Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert, who will focus on the competing demands of the workplace and will provide you with powerful tools that help you understand and breakthrough the chronic issues that you face in both your professional and personal lives.
To register, click here.  
There’s Something Happening Here!
International Centre
For over 45 years The International Centre has hosted Canada's largest and most popular events. We offer over 548,000 sq. ft. of expansive and versatile exhibit and conference space that can be customized to meet all of your needs. Contact us now and find out why we are the preferred choice for business event planners.
Find out more
Tourisme Monteregie
Were You There?
A Royal Evening Not to Forget! 

This year’s MPI Toronto Awards Gala was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 8, and it was a royal evening not to forget! The theme was "A Royal Affair," where we celebrated the true royalty of MPI Toronto. 

The evening started off with a wonderful cocktail reception and elegant ambiance! The buzz in the room from those who came out to support our amazing kings and queens was impressive! The beautiful Red Dress Lady, brought to us by A2D2 Dance Company, set the vibe in the room and made the nominees truly feel like they were at the top! Not to mention the always epic photo booth brought to us by The Image Commission with royal-themed props to really get guests into the mood. 

As the attendees made their way into the room for dinner, we were treated with alternating blue and gold tables and chairs with gorgeous candle-lit center pieces brought to us by The Really Fabulous Event Company. AV-CANADA of course outdid themselves again with their red, blue and gold room lighting to enhance the royal feel. 

It really was a night of declaration and celebration! The one and only Vikki Zeppa from Ignite Magazine was our emcee and made it a special evening with her wit and all-round lovely, bubbly persona. As the nominees were announced into the room, Vikki shared with us the nominees’ answers to "If you were royal for one day, what would you declare?" Our very own Margaret Binns, recipient of Planner Member of the Year, would declare "That from Monday to Friday, one of the lanes on highway 400 be designated in my name to reduce my commute time to work" ... I think some of us may agree with this law! 

A list of all our award recipients include: 
  • Ryan Peddigrew, New Member of the Year
  • Amanda Banh, Norm Neill Student of the Year 
  • Shannon Valeriote, CMP, CMM, Mentor of the Year
  • Zaman Ishaad, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
  • Kris Knox, Supplier of the Year
  • Arianna McLaughlin, Literary Award
  • Margaret Binns, Planner Member of the Year
  • Danny Dobriansky, President’s Award
It was an evening to celebrate the best of the best! Thank you to all those who came out and for those who could not make it - we hope to see you next year!  

Congrats again to all the nominees, winners and of course our amazing sponsors. We could not have done it without you! 
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Have You Heard?

Can’t attend GMID Toronto on April 12?

You can still watch the panel discussion via webcast. Registration is available via the event page.

Tune in on April 12 from 9:45 to 10:55 a.m. ET.

Experiencing Transformation: Innovative Approaches in Business Events

Tired of explaining that you’re not a party planner but a strategic partner? Struggling to create that "WOW" experience in an age of distraction? Can’t find the right venue? With moderator, Vincent Murphy, Vice President of BizBash Media, our panel of experts will help you rethink and transform your approach to business events:

  • Julian Sleath, CEO, Bentway
  • Charles Khabouth, CEO, Ink Entertainment
  • Beth Potter, President & CEO, ?Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
  • Heidi Welker, Chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada & Senior VP, Business Development & Industry Partnerships, Freeman Audio Visual Canada

Thanks to FMAV for sponsoring the GMID Toronto webcast.

GMID Toronto 2018 Sponsors, April 12, 2018

A special thank you to the supporters of Global Meetings Industry Day Toronto - meet the teams.

Thank you to all of our sponsors of GMID Toronto. We couldn’t organize a successful GMID without your generous support. It was great to work with all our sponsors and the opportunity to meet their team. The GMID Committee asked our sponsors the question, "What do events mean to me?" Here are some of their responses:

Ottawa Tourism

As Canada’s capital, our goal is to provide meeting planners and delegates a truly unique Canadian experience that fits the needs of each meeting held in Ottawa and sets each convention up for success. Canadians will recognize themselves in Ottawa, and people from around the world will recognize Canada in Ottawa.

Every single business meeting Ottawa hosts is an opportunity to highlight our stellar convention spaces and beautiful off-site venues, strengthening our local partnerships with businesses across Canada’s Capital Region and positioning the meeting industry as strong participants in boosting the local tourism economy

Not only do business meetings enable face-to-face relationship building, they also allow us to showcase Ottawa’s appeal on the world stage as a unique, accessible and welcoming gathering destination that offers the complete capital experience, tells the story of Canada, and gets people talking. 


We believe that events exist to create a connection. We enjoy working with people who plan meetings and live events to help them achieve their business objectives and create that connection, whether it’s with employees, customers or a brand. We know that the ultimate goal of every event is to create that connection and we help do that in three ways:
  1. Understanding the unique goals and requirements of each event
  2. Providing the expertise and technology to create and optimize that connection
  3. And, execute flawlessly.

Food Dudes
Sharing our passion one dish at a time.

The Globe and Mail Centre

Live encounters build and strengthen our connections and communities. Face-to-face we celebrate our triumphs and share our challenges in a way that can’t help but remind each other we are all just people working together for a common goal.

Speakers’ Spotlight

At Speakers’ Spotlight, events offer us the opportunity to do what we do best:  work with you to match the right speaker with the right audience at the right time!

The Image Commission

They mean an opportunity to capture an event as it unfolds.

Millcroft Inn & Spa
Experience our passion for conference planning!
Vintage Hotels
Impeccable service, delicious cuisine and an array of amenities all surrounded by charming wine country. Our professional planners will help you deliver a memorable and successful event. Book a tour today!
Learn More

Check out Member’s Perspective: Reflections on My First Year as an MPI Member blog post on the MPI Toronto Chapter website! Janni Hjorth Kristensen, cofounder of HÄNGAR Travel, shares her insights.

In line with our upcoming Spring meeting Magazine "The Edible Issue," Jill Hewlett, Brain Fitness Expert & Wellness Authority, has written a blog on Essential Brain & Body Fuel about proper nutrition and its benefits. Keep posted for similar content in our AMAZING "The Edible Issue" coming soon.

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Tourism Saskatoon Announced New Team Member

Hello Toronto! I am new to the Tourism Saskatoon team and I am ready to get to work. I don’t know if you have heard ... Saskatoon was recently named No. 18 on the New York Times list of 52 Places to go in 2018 - a highly regarded international ranking of cities, regions, and countries that travelers should explore. Come and experience why Saskatoon was the only Canadian city to make the list! Welcome to Saskatoon ... "You’re Kind of a Big Deal Here!" Sarah Berger, National Sales Executive, 306-931-7580,

Scotiabank Convention Centres Second Floor, West Wing Renovation Project

Construction is complete on Scotiabank Convention Centre’s second floor, west wing renovation project. The newly transformed space includes five meeting rooms with folding partition walls for convenient expansion or reduction, a generous pre-function and service area, and the latest technological amenities. At more than 10,000 square feet, the additional meeting rooms and pre-function area will allow Scotiabank Convention Centre to pursue new conference and convention opportunities in previously underserved markets. Noel Buckley, President & General Manager, 905-357-6222 ext. 7001,

Connect Worldwide Canada Rebrands as Reach Global Marketing

Connect Worldwide Canada is rebranding as Reach Global Marketing Ltd. after Co-Founder Charmaine Singh acquired sole ownership. The Canadian company will maintain its current structure, servicing its existing client base. President and CEO Charmaine Singh has over twenty years of leadership experience. Her diverse team, with a background in a variety of sectors and industries, is dedicated to delivering innovative platforms, impactful stories, and tailored partnerships. Reach Global Marketing’s head office will remain in Toronto at 370 King St. W., with satellite offices in Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, please visit