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

October 16, 2019
Just Networking

November 21, 2019
Professional Development Workshop

December 3, 2019
MPI Toronto Holiday Gala

January 14, 2020
Just Networking

February 5, 2020
Professional Development Workshop

Did you attend our last Professional Development Session on July 16? Here’s a little information on what you missed.

The session on July 16 was well-attended and discussed one of the industry’s trending topics: design thinking. This workshop was presented by keynote speaker Chris Chambers, CEO at MJM Creative, who discussed the theories and practical applications of design thinking. Chambers also shared his best practices around brainstorming, thinking outside the box and persuasion.

The Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront was an amazing host with tons of delicious food. The workshop ended with an inspiring panel with a variety of experiences that shared their interpretation of event design. The networking portion took place at The Wine Shop with an assortment of wines to choose from.

Thank you for our sponsors: Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, Quest Audio Visual, Pinpoint National Photography, D.E. Systems and Peller Estates. Our events won’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Please support them when planning your own events.

You won’t want to miss our next Professional Development Session, so mark your calendars!

Save the date – Thursday, Nov. 21

Starts at 3 p.m.
Speaker – Jeremiah Brown



Jeremiah Brown’s national best-selling book, The 4 Year Olympian, tracks his odyssey going from his parents’ couch to the Olympic podium in just four years. Redefining the power of enduring uncertainty and trusting others, Brown uses his story to inspire audiences around the world to rethink what is possible for themselves in just four years.

Through each transformation, Brown has come to learn that resilience is the skill that underpins them all, and he now passionately helps organizations and people understand how to strengthen their resilience when adapting to change in their own careers and personal lives.

“He had us from the first sentence. Articulate, engaging, humorous, inspiring and heartfelt delivery. I highly recommend him.”
- Marketing Operations Manager, RBC

“Outstanding! Jeremiah’s story is translatable to any business environment. 100% recommend him!”
- Regional Director, Investors Group Wealth Management

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the meeting industry’s undeniable value for people, businesses and the economy. Join us on April 14, 2020, as Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together meeting industry advocates from more than 40 countries to applaud the meeting industry’s $2.53 trillion in global economic impact.

Meetings foster strong relationships, help achieve positive outcomes and support local communities. Help us promote this event by using #GMID20.

Tapping into Experience Design by Julius Solaris
Quebec City Business Destination Quebec Destination affaires
What does improving the attendee experience actually mean? How can event professionals truly and affordably implement experiential marketing tactics that generate results? Julius Solaris, Founder and Editor of Event Manager Blog (Event MB), has been a visionary, yet pragmatic, proponent of event experience design and shares his research with Québec City Business Destination.
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Plan on Excitement at Casino Rama Resort
Casino Rama
Looking for a venue to host your next meeting, corporate event, trade show or retreat? Casino Rama Resort now offers over 45,000 square feet of flexible event space, providing more options and capacity to accommodate all your business needs! We also provide state-of-the-art A/V equipment, a variety of dining options and catering, luxury hotel and spa, as well as on-site entertainment for your guests.
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Were You There?

The CMP Study Group was held at CMEE (formally IncentiveWorks) on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The group was there to answer your questions about the CMP exam and CMP Study Group. Did you attend? We want to hear your feedback!

MPI AGM and Volunteer Recognition was held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Mississauga West. At the Annual General Meeting, we recognized our volunteers and longtime members, besides reviewing the financial statement and other items on the agenda. A big congratulations to all award winners! 

You might be aware of the MPI Toronto Ambassador program that has been around for almost three years. We connected with a new member who signed up to be partnered with an ambassador: Caeleigh Harding, corporate tourism coordinator with the Corporation of the City of Brantford. Here is what she has to say about her ambassador buddy experience:

"As a new member of MPI, I utilized the MPI Ambassador program when attending the AGM and Volunteer Recognition event. I definitely think the Ambassador program is something valuable and appreciated by new members. Those who are considering joining MPI should be aware of how welcomed and integrated they will be when attending MPI events. My ambassador was unable to attend at the last minute; however, Vincent Murphy from BizBash made sure I was well taken care of and introduced me to other members. Overall, it was a wonderful, fun-filled event to attend, and the MPI Ambassador program started me off on the right foot to attend future events and build meaningful connections/relationships." - Caeleigh Harding, the Corporation of the City of Brantford

Finally, we would like to acknowledge our sponsors for this event; we could not have done it without your support: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Mississauga West, Pinpoint National Photography and D.E. Systems, along with Media Partners, Bizbash and Ignite.

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Exceptional Meetings Happen Here
Vintage Hotels
When you choose Vintage Hotels’ hospitality and Niagara wine country charm you also choose chef-curated menus, exciting activities, modern amenities and an outstanding hospitality team that will wow you and your guests making your event, conference or meeting a truly memorable one!  We offer 3 beautiful Niagara properties over 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Book a tour today.
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Catch up on the latest MPI Toronto Blog postings!

MPI Toronto Blog: "The power of being part of a community"

Check out Jennifer Pelletier’s article all about contributing back to the community! Click here to start reading!

MPI Toronto Blog: "Time to RE-THINK your meeting"


Tired of the "same-old same-old"? Meetings becoming routine? If so, check out the new blog post by Shawn Cheng! Prepare to RE-THINK your meetings!

Read more: Click here


The Metro Toronto Convention Centre appoints Ron Pellerine as general manager
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Pellerine to the position of general manager. Pellerine joined the MTCC team on Sept. 16 after serving as general manager at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Pellerine has worked internationally in the U.S., Europe and Asia and brings extensive experience in all aspects of facility operations. Prior to the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, he held the position of general manager at the Langham, Boston and the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, where he oversaw Canada’s largest hotel. For more information, contact Melanie Wade, social media and communications specialist, at

NFBE and SCCN welcome two new account directors
Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) and Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) are pleased to welcome Sonja Turek and Amanda Munroe to their team of account directors. Turek brings more than 20 years of experience working with some of today’s leading brands, such as Tourism Toronto and Xerox Canada. Well-known to industry and meeting professionals across the country, Turek is excited to expand the destination’s client base in the corporate market. Munroe takes on her new role after three years at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, where she focused on the association market. With more than 15 years of sales experience, Munroe will continue to serve this market and maintain her commitment to the highest standards in customer service. For more information, contact Judy Mahoney, vice president sales & marketing, at

40 places that are just perfect…only minutes from Montréal!
Tourisme Monteregie
Rural or urban atmosphere, original meeting venues, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, think tanks; the various establishments found in the Montérégie region offer turnkey events that are sure to meet your expectations. Comprised of nearly 4,500 rooms and 280 meeting rooms, the region’s diversified offer will cater to your every need when organizing your next business events.  Wonderful discoveries to be made!
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December 3

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

MPI Toronto’s Holiday Gala & Fundraiser

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

Third time is a charm!

First, the EVENT took place in Ottawa in 2018, and it was a great success! Then, in 2019, everyone was anxious to see if the bar could be raised in Montreal, and it was! In 2020, Chapter 3 of the EVENT will arrive in Toronto on April 2-4 at The Westin Prince, Toronto. What will you experience next?

Registration is now open!

The first 50 planners can register at the rate of $300, and the first 50 suppliers are able to register at a rate of $550. Once those 50 spots have been sold, the price will be going up. So be sure to register soon!

Wait there’s more!

Business Events Toronto has sponsored two packages that include registration, travel and accommodations for two lucky planner registrants. If you register before Oct. 11, you will automatically be entered into the drawing.

Register now!

  1. Marcelo DeOliveira, The International Centre
  2. Shannon Byck, Meeting Encore 
  3. Jasvinder Singh, Conestoga College

Watch for upcoming point challenges! The next round of winners will be announced at the MPI Toronto Awards Gala, March 5, 2020.