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MPI Toronto Chapter Meeting Lite August 2022
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The Niagara Parks Commission
Are You Going?

October 20, 2022
Professional Development Event | Details to follow

December 2022
Holiday Gala | Details to follow

March 2022
Awards Gala | Details to follow

February 9, 2023
Professional Development Event – Details to be announced

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Sheraton Laval®
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Palais des congres de Montreal
Your Bucket List Conference Destination
Niagara Falls Business Events ®
Let us help you craft the perfect event experience and help your delegates conquer their bucket list. From the natural wonder of Niagara Falls to the breathtaking landscapes of Canada’s premier wine region, hosting events in Niagara Falls makes for a truly memorable experience. From intimate gatherings to large conferences, we’ve got the expertise to help you plan it, the unrivalled venues to help you host it and the backdrop to make it unforgettable.
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Were You There?

It was a super day on the course this year in support of our Chapter. What more can we say? Great people, great food, great golf! We hope you join us next year for our 25th Anniversary Celebration. It will be special indeed! Thank you to all of you who made this year possible, including our valuable sponsors:


Have Your Heard?

The MPI Toronto Chapter is pleased to introduce the 2022/2023 Board of Directors.

Wentworth Willock, CMP
Vice President of Strategic Accounts and venue Partnership Sales, Stagevision Inc.

Alissa Hurley, CMM, CED
Vice President, Canada, McVeigh Global Meetings & Events

Christina Northcott, CMP, CMM, DES
Immediate Past President
Director, Global Field Marketing, Keyfactor

Tammy Bradley, CMP, VEMM
Vice President, Finance & Special Projects
Senior Account Executive, AV-CANADA

Connie Cay-Santos, CMP, VEMM, SEPC
Vice President, Communications and Strategic Partnerships
Head of Strategic Partnership, Engamio

Zaman Ishaad, CMP, CED, DES
Vice President, Education & Events
Account Manager, AV-CANADA

Dwayne Rutherford, DES
Vice President, DE&I & Membership
Founder & Managing Director, Debonair Corporate Events

Darryl Andree
Director, Networking Events
Director of Business Development, BAMKO

Emilia Kim, DES
Director, Education
Event Coordinator, Canada Health Infoway

Leanne McCartney
Director, Marketing & Communications

Mandy Moon
Director, DE&I & Membership
Event Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre

Ryan Peddigrew
Director Strategic Partnership
Director Business Development, Quest Audio Visual

Leslie Wright
Executive Director

MPI Toronto is creating a recipe book comprised of delicious recipes from our event industry community. We are inviting all of our members with the opportunity to purchase a page and submit a recipe. This e-booklet will be distributed to our members in December. It will then also be sent out to new members until January 2024. The deadline to purchase and submit your page contents is due no later than Nov. 15, 2022.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the flavours of your region, venue or corporate family. We are encouraging you to be inclusive of dietary restrictions by including ingredient substitutions when possible. By purchasing a page, your logo will be included at the top as well as a paragraph explaining how that recipe relates to your product, service or company. Here is a sample of the page layout (see below).

To order your page or for more information on the costs, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Bradley at


We would like to introduce you to the 2022-23 committee (below), who are hard at work bringing you four exciting PD Sessions in the 2022/23 year! Our theme this year is Resilience. The events industry has suffered over the past two years and while we are seeing our industry slowly return, we are still facing a number of challenges. As a committee, we will provide four educational sessions that embrace our principles of diversity, equity and inclusivity that will provide our attendees an opportunity to connect to leaders in the industry, stakeholders and colleagues while receiving clock hours.

Mark your calendars and save the date of Oct. 20, 2022, for our first in-person PD event since 2020.

Please keep a look out on our social media channels and our newsletter for more information.

If you would like to volunteer, we welcome you to join, please complete the Volunteer Form.

Date Session
Oct. 20, 2022 PD Event #1
Feb. 9, 2023 PD Event #2
April 2023 the Event
April 2023 GMID
June 14, 2023 PD Event #3

Plan To Be Impressed
Niagara Falls Convention Centre®
Our convention centre happens to be steps away from a pretty famous waterfall, but we know your needs go way beyond that. With 300,000 square feet of convention space, a central location in the Fallsview Entertainment District, walking distance to 4,000 branded guestrooms and easy access to wine country, you can plan to be impressed by Niagara Falls Convention Centre –Niagara’s largest conventions and meeting facility.
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Our new MPI Toronto Chapter Just Networking Committee is just getting started with planning can't-miss events over the coming months. During this time when we are straddling the divide between working from home and revitalizing office cultures, we understand the importance of staying connected and building new relationships. We will be sharing tentative in-person and virtual dates to the MPI Toronto website shortly, so be sure to mark your calendars once they're available.

Our goal is to ensure our events facilitate true connections by being inclusive, relaxing, fun, and above all else, worth your time. Existing MPI members, you'll definitely want to include any industry friends who aren't yet members in the great times we have coming our way! We are a community of exceptional people who have persevered through exceptional times, and we look forward to celebrating each other, lifting each other up, and supporting our members in knocking off the dust as we move toward "peopling" again, in all its forms. Stay tuned!

Tourism Kingston®
Plan your business event in Kingston. Culturally vibrant, authentically hip, and centrally located. Discover activities designed to inspire, complemented by elegant accommodations, live entertainment, and an award-winning culinary scene. All backed by waterfront views and historic architecture. Contact our Business Events Specialist to create a custom itinerary tailored to your needs. 
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Are you curious and passionate about the DE&I space? Are you looking for an opportunity to grow and get involved with an amazing group of event professionals? Look no further! MPI Toronto Chapter’s first ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and membership Committee needs YOU to volunteer to make our first year a success. Please sign up at

DE&I and Membership go hand in hand because it is a journey. There is no one manual or secret formula in finding success it takes real commitment and passion from our members, volunteers and leadership.

So, if you are excited to take your first steps into your own journey, let’s talk. Think “choose your own adventure” with MPI.

Catch up on the latest MPI Toronto Blog postings!

Thank you to the MPI Toronto 2021-22 Board of Directors

As a cycle closes, a new one begins. We are very grateful to our 2021-2022 Board of Directors for their tireless work and efforts to continue strengthening our chapter and its role in the event industry. We asked them to give us their thoughts and insights on their experiences in the past year and this is what they had to say.

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Member Spotlight – Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM, DES, HCMM

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Anita Carlyle has been a member of MPI Toronto for 30 years. To continue a conversation with Anita, email her at

Job Seekers are in the Driver’s Seat

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As the city, province and country re-open, employees furloughed due to the pandemic have moved on to other opportunities, leaving a staff shortage. Jobs are being posted at a rapid pace and employers are eager to hire. But should you take the first offer? How do you navigate all the potential opportunities?

Contracts and RFP’s During COVID

What we have learned and where we go from here.

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