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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: February 2021
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Are You Going?

The Awards Gala is right around the corner ... have you marked your calendar? You won't want to miss this virtual event! The list of nominees and Gala registration are coming soon.

Register Now

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET

Fees: There is no charge to attend the information session.

Are you interested in earning your CMP? Join your industry colleagues virtually for an information session to learn all you need to know about becoming a certified meeting professional (CMP). Find out who qualifies to write, what the process entails, what the exam covers, exam best practices and strategies for recertification, the impact it can have on your career and how the CMP Study Group can help.

Registration opens soon.

Date: April 8, 2021

Time: 8 a.m. - Noon ET

An EVENT so great that EVERYONE wants to partake!

During April 13-16, MPI’s three Canadian chapters – Montréal/QC, Ottawa and Toronto – bring together a phenomenal virtual gathering of meeting planners and suppliers with an invitation for the world to attend a border-less event.

In alignment with this year’s theme of Stronger • Wiser • Safer (#SWS2021), the EVENT offers a safe space to learn and share as you find inspiration from our five marvelous Main Event keynote speakers’ sessions and 20+ EDsperience (education x experience) sessions and collaborate with fellow industry professionals in special activities over four days.

There’s so much more to get excited about!

Planners – Apply to the INITIATIVE for a chance at a free registration.

Register now! You don’t want to miss the one-time opportunity of getting ALL OF IT at early-bird pricing of just $150 before it’s SOLD OUT!

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the EVENT 2021

Date: May 4, 2021

Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Registration is now open.

We are all experiencing feelings of being unsettled — it's universal, and you are not alone. So no matter what our role is, due to the pandemic, we all have been affected. Some of us have been furloughed, some have lost clients, prospecting for new work is difficult, gyms are closed, we are unable to see friends and family, and there are more reasons why your mental health may be suffering.

No ONE IS IMMUNE to stress. During this session, tactics and resources will be shared to help you combat pressure, improve your mental well-being and help you feel energized for everyday activities.

We appreciate our sponsors and would like to thank them for their partnership. 



Were You There?


Happy New Year! #MPITO started the year with a great Just Networking event on self-care on Jan. 12: "Healthy Mind, Healthy Eating and Healthy Start."

Healthy mind

Julie Danaylov, founder of A2D2, demonstrated a few stretching and breathing exercises to the group while sitting down. She started with a one-minute breathing exercise, focusing on the breath — “I am breathing in, I am breathing out.” Then she moved to an “Eye Hump” exercise, which is great to release the tension on our neck and shoulders as we are all guilty of staring at our smart devices all the time, followed with arm and hand exercises and finally leg stretching exercises.

Healthy eating

Mandy Moon, business account manager for Explore Edmonton, talked to us about healthy eating by sharing some tips and tricks to embrace plant-based menu ideas (i.e., soy-based protein and tempeh). She recommended that we look up #Meatlessmonday on social media to gain inspiration for new menu items and to stay on a schedule of planning a menu every week.  

Healthy start

Tami Adams, founder of TA Speakers Management, shared with us some simple wellness tactics:

  1. First thing in the morning, drink a full glass of water (room temperature) when you get up; take the time to finish it as water wakes you up and gives you hydration.
  2. Yoga or fresh air: Take 15 minutes of your day to do either yoga or get out to have some fresh air. Take time to self-care.
  3. Brush and squat: Do some squats while brushing your teeth. You will be amazed by the results in a couple of months.
  4. Take five minutes a day to think about "what am I grateful for" (i.e., health, family, job, etc.).
  5. Monthly challenges (i.e., no sugar, no caffeine, etc.) will help to build your resilience.
  6. Grocery shopping: Pre-order online as this saves time and keeps us away from lineups and big crowds.
  7. Separate workspace from personal space. It is important to have a designated workplace when working from home.
  8. A support network (like Raindrops on Roses). Lean on your friends.

Resources shared by Tami Adams on support networks:

Janice Cardinale, founder of The Idea Hunter, talked to us about inspiring health trends.

Things such as colour, décor and design don’t matter in the "new normal world." People and health are now the two most important trends. For Janice, finding herself and her passion is most important right now. Create yourself as no one can do it for you. Go back and reflect on what has happened to you in 2020. What do you dream of accomplishing, professionally or personally? This is your WHY. If you are to choose one goal for yourself, what is it? Keep it intact. 

Be your own motivation. Be your own advocate. It’s time to treat yourself. 

Thank you to our event sponsors: 


Prize sponsors: Tourism Calgary and Julie Danaylov with A2D2 Inc.

Have Your Heard?

Blog post link: Click here

When we sent out our Event Planning Professionals Survey back in June, we received an array of incredible responses from our community of event planners, filling us in on everything they’ve been learning, planning and, of course, binge-watching.

Through these insightful responses, we were able to create The Duuo Report: Covid-19 and Its Impact on the Canadian Event Industry. Inside, you’ll find a concise summary of the information we received from event planners across Canada. From the tools most event planners are using to the top challenges facing the industry, The Duuo Report dives deep to provide a snapshot of what the Canadian event industry looks like today.

As we start to get used to the uncertainty of the world around us, it’s clear that event planners are more excited than ever to get back to what they do best: bringing people together.

The winter 2021 issue of meeting is now available! 

Click here to start reading how to rethink, redefine and redesign.

Welcome February! February's monthly moments are "connect" moments. We challenge you to connect with your network, colleagues, friends, family and, most importantly, yourself! During this pandemic it takes even more effort to make and maintain connections. Have you made any new connections recently? How are you connecting with your network? Has your connection with your family grown being home more often? Share your connect moments with us through a photo or video and make sure to hashtag #mpitommconnect.

Bobbi Hoffman, CMP, CMM, and Shaina Turgeon, CMP, partner to launch Gemstone Event Management Inc.


Bobbi and Shaina are pleased to announce the launch of their event management company — Gemstone Event Management Inc. (GEM). Formerly of The Bayley Group, both planners are excited about this new venture and are ready to assist clients with their virtual events and will provide a fresh perspective on re-imagining what events are going to look like in the future. As certified meeting planners with more than 20 years experience in the industry, GEM has a diverse portfolio working in various industries with companies, associations and special interest groups. They look forward to continuing to manage, plan and execute successful events! For more information, please visit or email


In Toronto, your peace of mind and safety is our top priority so you can focus on your top priority — a successful event. Because 2020 was a challenging year and, more than ever, your event deserves love, Destination Toronto has made an offer especially for you — the meeting planner. More benefit, zero headaches for your future meeting.

We’re prepared to keep your future meetings safe and extend benefits to you and your attendees when you book a meeting in 2021.

Show Toronto love by booking your future meeting here, and we’ll show you love back.


  • $50 credit per guestroom for a bespoke Toronto experience for attendees
  • Each attendee receives "2 Nights for Price of 1" offer to visit on leisure in 2021
  • Group will receive a 5% credit toward their master bill
  • Contract flexibility including F&B minimums waived, zero attrition and no cancellation fees
  • For every 20 guest rooms booked receive one complimentary
  • No meeting room rental fee
  • An in-meeting room amenity to each attendee

Find full offer details and connect with the Destination Toronto team to learn more here.

How Are You Feeling?

Is your preference a walk in the morning or a sweaty workout to get the heart pumping? Have you started meditating or journaling daily? Or are you still looking for something to help you manage those stress levels? In this day and age, we are surrounded by a plethora of techniques to manage stress and anxiety; some are cliché and some are unheard of. “Tapping” is one of the lesser-known techniques. Advocates of this method claim that it significantly reduces stress and anxiety in under nine minutes as well as increases productivity. In short, the main premise revolves around applying pressure to tapping points on a regular basis. 

Let us know if tapping works for you!