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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: October 2021
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10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST

The CMP Study Group provides opportunities for applicants to meet others that are on the same journey to achieve their CMP designation. In this study group format, our sessions will cover in detail all CMP domains and skills by having current CMPs themselves teaching, sharing their stories and testing what you've learned. 

Our sessions are designed to prepare participants with the readiness to write their exam. Anyone with a minimum of 36 months of related work experience and 25 hours of continuing education are encouraged to consider their CMP journey with us this year. If you are still working to secure your hours, our committee can help highlight eligible clock hour opportunities for you to help you be ready in time. 

The study group fosters life-long professional relationships with like-minded individuals and is an experience you do not want to miss. The MPI Toronto Chapter is proud of its success rate with nearly all previous CMP Study Group participants successfully passing the CMP exam.

What can the CMP do for you in the meeting industry?

  • Recognition
  • Competitive advantage
  • Peer acceptance
  • Salary enhancement
  • Personal achievement
  • Commitment to the meeting industry

"Not only did they cover the study material, but they proved to be experts in completing your application including helpful tips to get in your eligible hours of continuing education credits. I can’t say enough about how dedicated and truly helpful this group has been." 

We will be pivoting our Study Group to an online workshop, continuing to support those who would like to take your CMP exam this year. The agenda is being developed, and it will include an expert industry panel and open forum for discussion. We'll provide tips & tricks, review the "Glossary Index & Formulas" and answer all your questions.

It will be important that all attendees read the textbooks prior to the workshop so they have good familiarity of the content.

CMP Toronto Study Group fees

Members - $35+HST
Nonmembers - $55+HST

If you have any further questions or would like to be added to our contact list, please contact
Bobbi Hoffman.

About CMP

Application process 

Note: For budgeting and eligibility purposes, our committee recommends you wait until the sessions have started to submit your application. 

Purchase your books from the EIC

Textbooks and study materials should be acquired in advance of the first study group session.

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Date: November 18

Time: 3 p.m. EST

Location: Online

In addition to all the challenges the pandemic has imposed on meetings, conferences and incentive travel professionals, industry pros have had to develop strong mental fortitude to endure. It turns out that mental resilience is a muscle and a skill set that can be built up and developed over time.

In this dynamic and engaging Professional Development session, we will be learning how bounce back, persevere (and dare we say, “pivot” our mindset) and enjoy our personal journeys, no matter the circumstances.

Join us for our last PD session of the year to learn and celebrate YOUR resilience throughout 2020-2021.

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Looking for the chance to connect with other meeting professionals? We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Gala on Dec. 7. This year’s holiday gala will be hosted at the Toronto Airport Marriott. 

Silent Auction information:

The Silent Auction will be available to both in-person and online attendees. Bidding will begin a few days prior to the Gala. You can submit donations to the Silent Auction until Nov. 20. Click here to submit a donation. 

Thank you to our partners:



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Were You There?

What a great day at the MPI Toronto Chapter 23rd Annual Golf Classic! It was a pleasure to chair and host this first live event for the chapter in 17 months. So great to meet face-to-face and have the opportunity to network, say hello and meet up with our peers.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our planners for coming out in such big numbers!

Thank you to our suppliers who invited planners and other members to join them on this great day.

Here’s looking forward to making it to the 25th Annual Golf Classic. Cheers!

Have Your Heard?

Are you ready to get the most out of your MPI Toronto Chapter membership?

Do you want to make a difference at the chapter level by volunteering in a leadership role?

Are you interested in building your leadership skills, fostering your confidence and making life-long relationships?

Do you want to grow professionally and personally while sharing your gifts and talents and giving back to our industry?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then pursuing a position on the MPI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors might be right up your alley.

The application package for the MPI Toronto Chapter Board of Directors is coming to your inboxes soon, with a submission deadline of mid-December. We invite you to consider applying for a leadership position and to embrace this year’s theme of “Be the Change.”

In January and February, the Leadership Selection Committee will review all applications, conduct interviews and determine the Board slate for next fiscal year.

Meet your 2021-2022 Leadership Selection Committee:

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