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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: April 2019
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Save the date for these exciting MPI Toronto chapter events:

April 16, 2019
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CMP Study Group – Session 2
Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville, Toronto

May 10-11, 2019
CMP Study Group – Session 3
Scotia Bank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls

May 15, 2019
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MPI Toronto Professional Development Workshop, Just Networking & Volunteer Recruitment
The Broadview Hotel, Toronto

June 1, 2019
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
CMP Study Group – Session 4
Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale, Mississauga

June 15-18, 2019
World Education Congress (WEC)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Toronto

June 25, 2019
12:30 PM to 8:00 PM
MPI Toronto Chapter’s Golf Tournament
Royal Woodbine Golf Club (Dixon Rd & Hwy 27), Toronto

For more information, visit the MPI Toronto Chapter website.

The CMP Study Group kicked off its spring sessions on April 2 at the Pantages Hotel Downtown Toronto. The group came together to learn from industry experts and discuss best practices while studying for the exam.

Planning on writing your CMP exam in 2019? There's still time to register for the remaining sessions - April 16, May 10 & 11 and June 1. Don't miss out on this opportunity to study with like-minded professionals - register today!

Crisis Management. Planning for the Unthinkable.

Crises happen, and usually when we least expect it! What is an emergency plan? How are security protocols evolving? Are cyber threats really an issue? Where are the risks?  

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, an MPI-accredited trainer, has an extensive background in marketing and crisis communications. Jenn will walk us through emergency preparedness and destination disaster communication. This eye-opening session will help you be the best at planning for the worst.

In this session, you will learn:

  • It happened to me! Tales from the front line
  • What is emergency readiness? Why it matters to meetings & events
  • Who is responsible? Our legal and moral obligations as Canadian event professionals
  • Ontario hazards and expected actions
  • Natural disasters and critical incidents (cyber threats and terrorism)
  • Be ready: how to create critical incident protocols
  • Key components of an emergency action plan

Join us on May 15 at The Broadview Hotel Toronto for this professional development session for all industry professionals.

Then stay on for the Just Networking/Volunteer Recruitment event to find out what opportunities MPI Toronto has for volunteers and meet and network with colleagues.

For more information, click here.

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Three hours of golf with a three-hour reception & banquet at the newly renovated Royal Woodbine Golf Club.

Online registration opening soon.

Come mix & mingle with your favorite meeting professionals.

Date: June 25, 2019
Registration: 12:30 PM
Tee Off: 2 PM
Reception: 5 PM
Banquet: 6 PM
Finished: 8 PM at the latest, we promise
Location: The newly renovated Royal Woodbine Golf Club (Dixon Rd & Hwy 27)

Three hours of golf and a three-hour reception and banquet. Come join this great networking opportunity.
Start inviting your foursome (minimum two planners) or join us on your own and invite your favorite meeting professional.

Mingle and get to know one another in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.

Beginners are more than welcome!

Prize donations are welcome; please contact Leslie Wright at the MPI Office at with your donation or have it mailed marked Golf Prize Donation. We thank you in advance!

December 3, 2019

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

MPI Toronto’s Holiday Gala & Fundraiser

Location & theme to be announced.

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MPI Toronto Awards Gala

The MPI Toronto chapter community gathered on March 7, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an evening of celebration. The Awards Committee put together a spectacular event filled with networking, delicious family style dinner and, of course, celebration of our 2019 award nominees. Our theme of "Road to Success" was a nod to MPI Toronto Chapter’s 40th anniversary and the journey our members are on in their careers.

We are pleased to congratulate the nominees on their success. The award nominees were:

New Member of the Year
Emilia Kim, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Jennifer Pelletier, CMP, Parks and Recreation Ontario
Norella Rubin, BMO Financial Group

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Tami Adams, Speakers’ Spotlight
Ioanna Antonopoulos, Groupe Antonopoulos
Kiran Balladin, International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc
Caitlin Burgess, CMP, Canada Health Infoway
Amanda Hansen, Vintage Hotels
Jennifer Pelletier, CMP, Parks and Recreation Ontario
Cristina Sufrim, CMP, Egencia Canada
Antonietta Tantalo, TD Bank

Mentor of the Year
Margaret Binns, Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association
Tammy Bradley, CMP, AV-CANADA
Jen Moir, CMP, Meeting Encore

Future Leader of the Year
Lynn Miedzik, Intuit Inc.

Supplier of the Year
Amy Duffy, CMP, Winter Festival of Lights
Theresa Gatto, CMP, Ottawa Tourism
Delia Lapensee, Shaw Centre

Planner of the Year
Caitlin Burgess, CMP, Canada Health Infoway
Rachel Klar, Intuit Canada
Christina Northcott, CMP, CMM, DES, Canada Health Infoway

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

New Member of the Year
Jennifer Pelletier, CMP, Parks and Recreation Ontario

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Amanda Hansen, Vintage Hotels

Mentor of the Year
Margaret Binns, Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

Future Leader of Year
Lynn Miedzik, Intuit Inc.

Supplier Member of the Year
Theresa Gatto, CMP, Ottawa Tourism

Planner Member of the Year
Christina Northcott, CMP, CMM, DES, Canada Health Infoway

President’s Award
Debbie Van der Beek, Ignite

The Road to Success was not without a few bumps and unexpected turns, but with the assistance of our sponsors, leadership team and volunteers, we made it!

We would like to thank our sponsors, as without them the Awards Gala would not have been such a success:

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Quebec City Business Destination
R5 Event Design
Fallsview Casino Resort
Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
Fletcher Wright Associates Inc
Tourism Vancouver
D.E. Systems
Nothers Signs & Recognition
Pinpoint National Photography
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Speakers Spotlight

The following members were presented with a scholarship at the Awards Gala:

$750 MPI Toronto CMP Scholarship – Norella Rubin

$1,000 Tourism Vancouver WEC Scholarship – Zaman Ishaad

$1,200 Metro Toronto Convention Centre WEC Student Scholarship – Yunhan Luo

MPI Toronto Chapter Awards Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Recipients and Donors (l-to-r)
Tammy Bradley, Norella Rubin, Zaman Ishaad, Yunhan Luo, Mark Zanetti, David Chisholm

The MPI Toronto Chapter had the great pleasure of celebrating GMID with over 180 attendees in Toronto on April 4. It was a jam-packed morning filled with insightful keynote presentations, featuring topics on accessibility, human trafficking and the education shaping the future of our industry. Following the keynotes, a captivating panel discussion took place discussing the recent changes in cannabis legislation and how this effects the meetings and events world. The program then transitioned into Connect Up, a peer-to-peer learning and networking program led by industry veterans to educate mentees on specific facets of the event industry.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers, sponsors, speakers and, of course, attendees. The MPI Toronto Chapter looks forward to celebrating #GMID20 next year on April 2.

Meetings really do mean business!

the Event 2019 LogoMore than 270 event professionals participated in a sensoryship experience filled with networking conversations to plenary sessions, a daytime dance floor to a meditation centre with experimental learning, and braindates.

A special thank you to our 2019 sponsors.
the EVENT would not be made possible without your innovation.

the EVENT 2019 Sponsors and Partners


April 2-4, 2020

the EVENT 2020 will be hosted at the Westin Prince, Toronto, ON
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Watch for registration opening in June.

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