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MPI Toronto Chapter meeting Lite: June 2019
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Save the date for these exciting MPI Toronto Chapter and industry events:

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

June 25 
12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
MPI Toronto Chapter Golf Tournament
Royal Woodbine Golf Club (Dixon Rd & Hwy 27), Toronto

July 16 
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Professional Development Session/Just Networking

August 14-16 
Canadian Meetings & Events Expo (CMEE)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Toronto

September 26 
AGM & Volunteer Recognition

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

Come mix and mingle with your favorite meeting professionals.

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

Come join this great networking opportunity. Book your foursome (minimum one planner) 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!

Register: Click here

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

December 3
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
MPI Toronto’s Holiday Gala & Fundraiser
Location and theme to be announced.

April 2-4, 2020
the EVENT 2020 will be hosted at the Westin Prince, Toronto, Ontario

But you do not need to wait until next spring for another EVENT experience.

the EVENT will be at the World Education Congress.
Be sure to be attend on Monday, June 17, 2019, to applaud our chapter’s success as a Rise Award nominee and stay tuned for the Storyteller Session: The Conquerer — Collaboration, Cultivation, Elevation - The Story of the EVENT. 
Learn how these MPI chapter leaders from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal/Quebec pooled volunteers and resources to offer a multichapter, rotating event that elevates the delivery of content to members, with the common goal of providing innovative educational experiences. The inaugural edition in April 2018 delivered on that — and much, much more.

Watch for the EVENT 2020 registration opening soon.

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Were You There?

The CMP Study Group recently hosted its annual Niagara study retreat. Participants were able to learn from industry experts and socialize while preparing for the exam on this memorable trip. Thank you to our speakers and our sponsors Scotiabank Convention Centre, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, Table Rock and the Four Points Sheraton. The trip would not be possible without your support.

Being the best while planning for the worst!

On May 15, there was a buzz in the room. Old faces and newcomers came together at the Broadview Hotel to experience practical PD content with Jenn Houtby-Ferguson on emergency preparedness and crisis communication.

Jenn walked us through emergency preparedness and destination disaster communication. She shared real examples of events that have taken place as well as how they were managed and what critical incident protocols needed to be followed.

Attendees walked away with templates on how to create their own critical incident protocols to help prepare staff or support attendees during and after a disaster. This was an eye-opening session for all in that preparing and planning for potential emergencies is a priority to ensure the success of any event.

Join us on July 16 for the next professional development session on design thinking. Please visit the MPI Toronto website for more information.

On Monday, May 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Membership Committee treated our new members to an evening of networking, Giant Jenga and all-around fun! The intention of this event was to prepare our new members for their next big event and help navigate their journey through the chapter.

The event was held at the cool, modern Startwell Event Space in downtown Toronto. There was a host bar compliments of our amazing sponsors at Niagara Oast House Brewers & Redstone Winery and yummy snacks provided by 10tation Event Catering.

The vibe was bumping, the laugher was in abundance and everyone was having an amazing time getting to know each other! It was incredible to see the shy new members warm up, mingle and get out of their comfort zones!

Overall, we provided a welcoming and casual space in a smaller setting that was a great success! Thanks to all of those who made it out and our amazing sponsors; we could not have done it without your support!

Tami Adams
Chair of MPI Toronto Membership Team

Have Your Heard?

The Membership Committee has been working hard this 2018/2019 year. Throughout the year, MPI Toronto Chapter has visited many schools, including George Brown College, Seneca College, Humber College and Conestoga College, to name a few. After each visit we see an increase of students not only joining MPI Toronto but raising their hands to become volunteers.

Did you know that MPI Toronto has an Ambassador Program? When you register for our events, there is an option to be an ambassador or to request an ambassador. This is a great program for those new to MPI Toronto or those that are looking to reconnect. Our ambassadors will introduce you to some of our members at the event so it becomes less intimidating for our newer/returning/transferred members.

On May 28, the Membership Committee hosted the inaugural New Member Mixer. It was attended by over 30 new members, the Membership Committee and a few of our board members. It was a great evening with lots of networking, and many attendees showed great interest in volunteering for our chapter.

Welcome to the MPI Toronto Rewards Program!

Attention all MPI Toronto Chapter members: It’s finally here! Time to download the MPI Toronto Rewards Program App! It’s free, fun and easy to use!


The MPI Toronto Rewards Program is a mobile app that facilitates networking and communication for our chapter members with instant access to upcoming event information and point challenges. By participating and completing challenges in the app, you earn points for being engaged! The top three players to earn the most points are eligible for prizes and will be recognized at our MPI Toronto Awards Gala next March! The app (powered by industry leader EventMobi) is fully gamified, offering point challenges and a membership directory with an instant messaging feature to allow members and sponsors to engage in discussions with each other and learn more about one another. The MPI Toronto Rewards Program goal is to facilitate a fun and engaging atmosphere that supports education and networking and invigorates members by offering a point-based system that encourages engagement and the competitive spirit in our chapter.


Step 1:
Go to your app store.

Step 2:
Type in the search bar: eventmobi
Look for the ‘E’ logo. Download the app and open.

Step 3:
Enter Code: mpirewards
The application will launch and open the app’s home page! Locate the LOGIN icon and tap. Enter the email you use for your MPI Toronto Chapter membership. Now set your password.


Move around in the app and review the left menu bar and the app home page. Check out our program sponsors! Start connecting with other members and review upcoming events. Review your profile, ADD A PROFILE PICTURE, and fill out your profile information.

Watch for upcoming point challenges! We will make announcements to let you know there are point challenges to complete. Some challenges will be all year long, some will be a week long, some only a day long, so please stay alert and watch for those announcements. Participation is key to our success, so be engaged! Go to meetings, attend events and complete challenges when announced. Completing challenges gives you points, gets you on the leader board and allows you to be eligible for future prizes and recognition at our MPI Toronto Awards Gala next March!


The success of this program lies with you! Help each other with the challenges, but please do not share point codes. Sharing of point codes is a violation and may result in disqualification from the program. By playing fairly, we all boost the competitive spirit and help promote others to become engaged and have fun!

Become a sponsor of the MPI Toronto Rewards Program and have year-round exposure to our members. Click here!

On behalf of the MPI Toronto Rewards Program Committee and the MPI Toronto Chapter Board, we welcome you to the future of member-based gamification!

Good luck, player! Let the game begin!

Maria Esteves, president and founder of the Breakfast With Santa Foundation, MPI Toronto Chapter’s charity, has shared that the Breakfast With Santa Foundation is now a City of Mississauga-recognized community service organization under the Community Group Registry Program. One of the many benefits is the registered group civic mark they will be able to add to the foundation's website. For more information on the Breakfast With Santa Foundation, go to

MPI Toronto’s meeting magazine, the spring issue themed “It’s Easy Being Green,” is all about sustainable practices that you may incorporate when hosting your next meeting. Whether you are a planner or a supplier, being aware of possible economically friendly alternatives for your next events will create a sustainable future for events. It’s time to consider ways to make your meetings and events more economically and environmentally friendly. To find out more about how to take sustainable actions at your events, while making a fabulous impression on your attendees, click HERE to read this issue now!

Canadian-Led Sessions at WEC19, where she highlights some of the Canadian sessions you can check out at this year's World Education Congress from June 15-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

My CMM Journey (Certificate in Meeting Management), where she talks about her journey to getting her CMM designation

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- Metro Toronto Convention Centre announced Emilia Kim as the new U.S. market, sales coordinator
- Jennifer Pelletier, new project manager at ARHT Media Inc.
- The Idea Hunter welcomes new general manager Adrienne Giroux
- STRONCO launches the STRONCO Internship Program (SIP)
- MPI Toronto Member Julie Powers recognized with the Marketing & Media Award
- Metro Toronto Convention Centre generates half a billion in economic impact
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