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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: June 2018
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Are You Going?
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 the MPI Toronto Chapter Annual Golf Tournament will be taking place at Royal Woodbine Golf Course!

Join us for a fun day on the fairway, try your luck at a birdie and take advantage of this great networking opportunity!

Book your foursome (minimum two planners), or come on your own and invite your favourite meeting professional.

Beginners are more than welcome! This is a tee-rific opportunity to mingle and get to know each other in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.

Come out and have some FUN! 
 
"The most important shot in golf is the next one" – Ben Hogan 

We look fore-ward to seeing you on Wednesday June 27, 2018!

Click here to register!

Another way to enjoy the tournament is to sponsor a hole. Spend the afternoon on the golf course talking to the golfers as they make their way around the course. Sponsorship includes the BBQ lunch and reception/dinner at the end of the tournament.

Complete the Sponsorship Form and return to lwright@mpitoronto.org
Join us on July 18 for ...

The Art of Negotiation – How to Get What You Want and Create Win-Win Deals that Lead to Long-Lasting Relationships and Just Networking Event
 
Kira Callahan, Sales and Emotional Intelligence Coach, leads us through a dynamic, full-participation 90-minute intensive on the Art of Negotiation! Practice real-life negotiations with each another.  
 
Then hear more tips and tricks from exceptional industry leaders. Kathy Barthel media and journalism expert who has interviewed everyone from actors, authors and international designers to entrepreneurs and British Royalty, will moderate a panel of hotel reps, third party planners, expert negotiators and planners such as yourself.  
 
Registration opening soon!
  
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Were You There?
April 12-14, 2018. These were the dates the Canadian Meetings industry descended on Ottawa, ON and I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in an event experience unlike any other. For the design team the hard work started months before these dates as we tried to challenge the status quo from every angle.
 
The goal of the EVENT was to go above and beyond and challenge the typical format of a conference. We knew that there were lots of other programs vying for the interest of our target audience – so we had to come up with something "new" and "fresh." The EVENT designers (of which I am proud to be one) focused on three key principles throughout the planning process: Cultivation, Collaboration, and Evaluation, which helped guide us in reaching our goal to make the EVENT stand out from all other conferences and events that are available to our industry.
 
For the first time in recent Canadian history, three Meeting Professionals International (MPI) chapters (Toronto, Montreal & Quebec, Ottawa) partnered together to offer something bigger and better for our respective chapters. These three unique meeting communities banded together to offer event participants the chance to expand their networks, strengthen existing relationships, and receive cutting edge, educational content delivered in innovative ways.
 
Boundaries were pushed, eyes were opened, and new techniques were explored. Overall the EVENT was incredibly innovative, refreshing, and a huge success! I am looking forward to seeing where we go in 2019 and beyond. If you are looking for an event that will change your perspective and open your eyes to what is possible you should definitely look at being in Montreal, April 2019.
 
Don’t just take my word for it....see for yourself.

Carly Silberstein
Chief Operating Officer (CEO)  
Redstone Agency Inc.
 
 
 
  
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Did you miss out on GMID Toronto 2018? Catch up with this blog written by Christina Northcott, CMP! Congratulations to Johanne Bélanger, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto for winning the Influence Award this year! 


  
  
Have You Heard?
As a volunteer with the MPI Toronto Chapter CMP Study Group Committee, I have the wonderful opportunity of working with a wide spectrum of industry professionals, all of whom volunteer time out of their personal and professional schedule to join us as speakers for the CMP Study Group Sessions. Each year, the CMP Study Group Committee plans, facilitates and executes study group sessions with a goal of helping attendees gain their CMP Certification. We truly could not offer the CMP Study Group Sessions to the attendees without our incredible speakers!  
 
During each study group session, we bring in industry professionals to present to the attendees on the content from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) Manual and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) – Professional Meeting Management Manual which are the study materials required to prepare for the CMP Exam. All of the speakers must have their CMP designation, are experts in their field and include a combination of meeting planners and suppliers. Our truly valued speakers come from a wide range of industries and segments ranging from financial, audio visual, site selection, third party, associations, hotels and conference venues.
 
In addition to covering the required content, the speakers also kindly share their experience of writing the exam as well as tips for studying and preparing for the exam. The knowledge and expertise that the speakers share with the attendees is a critical element to the attendees success as they prepare for the exam with a goal of earning their CMP designation. 
 
We are always looking for volunteer speakers who have their CMP designation to speak at future CMP Study Group Sessions. Give back to those who are preparing for their CMP exam and get some valuable clock hours toward your recertification.
 
If you are interested in being a speaker for the CMP Study Sessions, please contact Amy Duffy, CMP, Manager, Business Events with Niagara Parks via email aduffy@niagaraparks.com 
 
 
Amy Duffy, CMP 
Manager, Corporate Business Events
The Niagara Parks Commission
 
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The Edible Issue

The new Spring Issue of MPI Toronto's meeting magazine is all about food, which I'm sure you have already deduced by its ridiculously conspicuous and deliberate title "The Edible Issue."

Have you ever wondered what brain foods are? Are you concerned with catering and sustainability? Does someone you know need a refresher on food and beverage etiquette at business functions? Do you worry about food safety at events? Would you like to learn more about how to cater to diverse tastes? Or, perhaps you want to know about the 2018 food trends? Well, you’ll be sure to find the answers to all these questions and more in this issue.

Start reading this issue now!
 
 
From Student to Professional: Top Five Benefits of Volunteering and Involvement
Have you ever wondered how to make the most out of your MPI Membership or mentor students in the MPI Toronto Chapter? Check out this article for tips on how to become more involved!
 
Read Here!
 
The Toronto Chapter’s new fiscal year starts on July 1st, so we’re starting to recruit volunteers for the 2018-2019 committees. Check out the Volunteer Profile Form for opportunities.
 
 
 
2017-18 Communications Team
The 2017-2018 Communications Committee would like to thank everyone for their contributions to meeting magazine, MeetingLite, and the MPI Toronto blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the chapter!
 

Director – Margaret Binns
Chair – Amy Tough

Committee Members:
•Caitlin Burgess
•Helena Gomes
•Janni Kristensen
•Jennee Rasavong
•Natalie Wallace
•Stephanie Hiscock
•Susan Prophet
•Zaman Ishaad
   
 
 Langdon Hall Ranked #5 by Canada's 100 Best Magazine
The fourth annual Canada’s 100 Best restaurant list was unveiled Tuesday evening and it is with great honour that Langdon Hall was ranked fifth among a list of 100 talented and dedicated establishments across the nation. This year marks the first time Langdon Hall has ranked among the top ten (ranked #15 in 2017) and it has been attributed to "what’s happening in the kitchen, where Jason Bangerter continues to grow, drawing on his diverse culinary experience and delivering something perfectly appropriate to the surroundings" (Canada’s 100 Best). For more information contact Anna Hewat, Communications Manager at ahewat@langdonhall.ca.