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MPI Toronto Chapter E-Newsletter: February 2022
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In honour of Black History Month, MPI Toronto is proud to welcome three thought leaders in the event space who will be generously sharing their knowledge on DE&I and how it can show up in the work we do within the industry. The event will feature: John Wiggins, VP of Organizational Culture and Inclusion at Toronto Raptors at MLSE; Keziah Myers Executive Director, ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business Collective; and Makesha Miles, Events Manager at BMO Financial Group. Our generous sponsors include Tourism Saskatoon and DE Systems. Media Resource Contributor includes IGNITE Magazine and Ontario Black History Society.

When: February 10, 2022
Time: 3-4:30 p.m. EST

It’s not too late to register

Need a lift? Take a break from the winter doldrums—you’re always among friends at a Just Networking event! In recognition of Pink Shirt Day, kindness and feel-good are on the MPI Toronto menu on February 23 at 4 p.m. EST. Register for our next virtual event and bring along an industry pal who’s not an MPI Toronto member (yet) to enjoy some laughs and good vibes together, and make new friends! That’s right—our next networking event is free for members, and you can treat a friend to be part of the fun for just $10 (that’s less than 2 lattes!)! Check out the Events section of the MPI Toronto site for more information or to save a spot for you and your “plus one.”

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 4-5 p.m. EST

Register here.

Registration for the annual MPI Toronto Chapter Awards Gala “Infinite Reflections” is now open! The Awards Gala will be taking place virtually on March 10. Join us as we reflect on our chapter highlights and achievements over the past year and celebrate our outstanding members who have made contributions to our chapter and industry. Register now before the early bird deadline.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a member and congratulations to all of the nominees!

Register now.

Save the Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. – Networking Reception / 6-8 p.m. – Awards Presentation

“Stronger, Safer and Connected” – GMID 2022

Come one, come all to the Chapter’s GMID event celebrating how we are “Stronger, Safer and Connected.”

We will kickoff the industry’s day of celebration on Wednesday April 6, 2022. This will let you join local/global events on April 7 without conflict.

Activities include Connect UP focused on our Students with engaging and relevant topics and speakers and networking; FOR ALL Main Session focused on celebrating and reconnecting safely with entertainment, food and drink.

More details will be shared as the agenda formalizes.

Mark your calendars to attend!!!


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Were You There?

Thank you to all our partners for their support and valuable contributions for a successful Annual Holiday Gala event "Festival of Reconnection" held on December 7, 2021. It was great to see everyone come together and celebrate. We truly appreciate your support in making this event a success!


It was lovely to see everyone in their holiday gear at Just Networking in December. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next one!

The Fall Fit Fundraiser that took place Nov. 5-Dec. 5 was a fun industry initiative that challenged participants to reach a daily average of 5,000 steps and 10,000 steps, respectively. The goal of the event was threefold:

  • Help promote healthy physical activity
  • Share scenic photos amongst each other
  • Support fundraising for the MPI Toronto Chapter and raise money for the Breakfast with Santa Foundation

Lead sponsor AV-CANADA provided prizes to the top participants, Alastair DeRozario, who won an Apple watch, and Christina Northcott, who took home the Raptors lower bowl tickets for the highest average steps. To encourage and include all participants, they also added some great prizes to the live draw at the annual MPI Holiday Gala.

Congrats to all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors. With their help, over $5,000 was raised.

A special thank you to everyone at AV-CANADA, Blue Mountain Resort, Hilton Hotels, D.E.Systems, and S&L Solutions Event Management for supporting this initiative. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Please join us later this year for our second event. Watch for details. 

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How Are You Feeling?


If there’s one thing the pandemic did, it was put a hard stop to planning events and doing things we’ve always done. Whether it’s following COVID-19 protocols or figuring out the numerous virtual platforms, things have changed. But how can we make our gatherings be more meaningful and purposeful no matter if it’s virtual, hybrid, or in-person? Enter Priya Parker’s "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters." This book is, “A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond,” and an absolute MUST READ for all!