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

Join us on July 14 at 2 p.m. ET to learn the golden rules of in-person and hybrid events, how to design a successful event in the post-pandemic world and how to adapt your event and conference strategy around this new, necessary type of programming. We will be discussing:

  • On-site strategy and logistics
  • Insurance and legal items to consider
  • Budget and cost

Take advantage of the early-bird pricing until July 9 for all members and register today!
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Thank you to our sponsor, D.E. Systems, and media partner, Ignite.

Introducing the first MPI Toronto Chapter outdoor event in 2021! 

Get out and have fun. Reconnect with peers. Stay safe and enjoy fresh air. Indulge in F&B and three hours of golf!

More details coming soon!
Time: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET

Thank you for the support of our sponsors, AV-CANADA and D.E. Systems, and media partner, Ignite.

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Were You There?

Are you wondering what it will be like to travel to one of our amazing Canadian destinations? On May 18, MPI hosted a Just Networking event with representatives from Canadian destinations highlighting insights and top attractions in their respective cities. It was surely educational and interesting to kickstart your plan to travel again and book your next trip, whether it’s business or personal.

Mandy Moon from Explore Edmonton Corp. provided her bucket list ideas for Edmonton and Jasper:


  • Winter in Edmonton, check out: Ice Castles and Flying Canoe Festival
  • Summer in Edmonton, visit: Fringe Festival – largest in North America; Fort Edmonton Park; Elk Island National Park and Neon Museum
  • Year-round highlights in Edmonton: Northern lights, which is the strongest in the winter
  • When in Jasper, visit: Marmot Basin, known for skiing and snowboarding; Jasper Tram and Maligne Canyon
  • Other places to visit while in Alberta: Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary

Pat Gappmayr from Tourism Kelowna provided her top 10 bucket list ideas for Kelowna:

  • Hiking at Myra Canyon
  • Okanagan Lavender Farm
  • Okanagan Lake
  • Moccasin Trails
  • Caldwell Heritage Farm, the first ever Chicken Roller Derby League took place. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen hens on roller skates.
  • Yoga, outdoor or indoor
  • Skiing at Big White and Silver Star
  • Golfing – 19+ courses across the region
  • Food experiences
  • Wineries – 26+ wineries available

Brandon Gillis from Meetings & Conventions at PEI gave us a list of must-see and must-do for PEI:

  • "Anne of Green Gables," the musical – it is the longest-running show started in 1965
  • Cavendish Beach Music Festival for those who enjoy country music
  • Boardwalk in Charlottetown
  • Lobster on the Wharf restaurant where you can enjoy oysters and lobster rolls
  • Victoria Row – pedestrian street with restaurants, cafes and gift shops
  • Cows Ice Cream – a must-try experience

Susan Prophet from Quebec City Business Destination took us on a dine around Quebec City to discover different flavours with a sightseeing tour along the way.

We visited Place Royale, Notre-Dame and Old Port. The dining tour included:

  • Le Cochon Dingue
  • Le Lapin Sauté
  • Chez Rioux & Pettigrew
  • Chez Boulay – Boreal Bistro
  • Traiteur George V (caterer) / Manège Militaire (venue)

Debbie Miller from Destination Toronto shared her bucket list for Toronto:

  • Casa Loma on a Monday for Soul in the City
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • Second City
  • Edge Walk at the CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls and area wineries
  • Drive on the Gardiner Expressway at night to see the skyline
  • Singapore Slaw for the best food in Toronto


A special thanks to our sponsors, D.E. Systems and Ignite.

Have Your Heard?

Looking for more ways to watch the Professional Development webinars?

The On-Demand library is now available! Watch all of your favourite sessions at no cost if you already attended the live session. All you need is your email address you used for the registration and the confirmation number you were emailed when you completed the registration. Missed a session? MPI members can purchase the recording for $35. All recordings will be available for a six-month period from the date the video was posted. To access the library, please visit the MPI Toronto website.

Congratulations to Zaman Ishaad, CED, CMP, DES, for his 2021 Young Professional Achievement RISE  Award

The RISE Awards have always featured incredible and inspiring examples of leadership, influence and innovation. This Young Professional Achievement RISE Award recognizes an individual 40 years of age or younger with five or less years of professional experience in the meeting and event industry who has made outstanding contributions to MPI and/or the meeting and event industry. Zaman Ishaad, CED,CMP, DES, has shown incredible influence and transferability across many spectrums! He has helped found the Student Engagement Task Force with MPI Toronto Chapter to create partnerships/mentoring opportunities and a job/volunteer database, assisted in restructuring the chapter’s sponsorships model during the pandemic to spark new relationships and revenue streams and has maintained strong engagement on a global level with Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking (MPAHT). He has written and contributed to several articles on the subject and through research, listening and talking with professionals, he has been able to provide tools and tips for front-line staff and others to help identify the presence of this issue to truly make a difference. Congratulations Zaman on this achievement!

Company Announcement – Empower Meetings

New to the scene is Empower Meetings, an event consultancy that works with their clients to create
innovative and successful event strategies like they’ve never had before. You may recognize these three founders from their time and work with MPI Toronto. Their main objective is to empower their clients to take risks, to advance their careers, to feel proud of their work and to make a difference in their business through events.

For more information on Empower Meetings, visit www.empowermeetings.ca and check them out on social media @EmpowerMeetings.

MPI Toronto Chapter’s Strategic Partnerships Committee plays an integral part in the success of events held throughout the year. In 2020/21, the committee members worked hard to develop strategic relationships with member and nonmember businesses that would assist with all aspects of creating fun, engaging virtual events, including audiovisual, entertainment, training and don’t forget prizes! Through event partnership, our partners are gaining a wide variety of opportunities to capture the attention of MPI members and promote their organization. MPI Toronto Chapter members have varying needs within the industry to execute their events and prefer to work with companies that they know and trust and share values with through being a part of the MPI community.

MPI Strategic Partnerships are available for year-long or event-based initiatives, including the annual Professional Development sessions, Just Networking events, Annual General Meeting, Holiday Gala, Awards Gala, GMID, CMP Study Groups and the Golf Tournament. Looking back on the 2020/21 year, it was unique in that all events needed to be presented virtually, but this provided many new and exciting opportunities for sponsors and partners to be recognized and reach even more meeting and event industry professionals.

We look forward to continued success of the Strategic Partnerships Committee through valuable sponsor opportunities and relationship-building. Without our wonderful sponsors, our events would not be a success. We look forward to the restart of the meeting and event industry with new opportunities for in-person, hybrid and virtual events providing added reach and value to our sponsors. Providing timely and consistent communication to our partners and connecting them with members and nonmembers remains a top priority so that we can all continue to grow our businesses. As always, our thanks for all of our partners, sponsors and donors is everlasting!

Don’t forget to check out the spring issue of meeting! Read some great articles in the issue, "What’s Next?"

How Are You Feeling?

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure” - Oprah Winfrey


Whether unwinding is in the form of reading a book, going for a walk, practicing yoga, meditating or going for a run. Do what works for you.

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