Coaching Corner – 2017 Student of the Year Winner: Katherine Craig

Coaching Corner – 2017 Student of the Year Winner: Katherine Craig

The student liaison sub-committee couldn’t be more proud of the engagement of our student member in our chapter each year. The Prix Prestige Awards Gala gives the chapter a chance to see some of the shining stars highlighted that many members haven’t had a chance to connect with yet. We would like to again congratulate all the nominees for 2016-2017 for MPI Ottawa Student of the Year, Erin Bellwood, Jeanette Tachynsky and our winner...

Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

Committee Director: David Dugas, D.E. Systems Ltd. Immediate Past-President, pastpresident@mpiottawa.ca Committee Members Jennifer McAndrew, Mastermind Event Rentals Louise Gervais, CMP, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Heather Lockwood, CMP, HPL Meetings and Events Ryan Young, Brookstreet Hotel What are you currently working on in your committee? The committee is responsible for succession planning for the MPI Board of Directors.  This includes posting open positions for the coming year, defining the board application...

9 Effective Ways to Engage Millennials at Your Events

9 Effective Ways to Engage Millennials at Your Events

They may be young, but they know what they want from your meeting. Here are some practical ways to keep them tuned in and learning. Ask a bunch of baby boomers what they were like when they were 24 and you hear words like fresh, energetic, ambitious, open, naïve, passionate, and idealistic. Guess what? Today’s 24-year-olds, the Millennials, use those same words to describe themselves. All 20-somethings want to do something new and cool....

MPI Ottawa Community Outreach and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

MPI Ottawa Community Outreach and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Each year the MPI Ottawa Chapter contributes to local charities in two ways: raising funds and helping on site. Here is information on who and how we supported our charities for the past two years: Who we supported for 2015-2017: Ottawa Network for Education (School Breakfast Program) Ottawa Food Bank Snowsuit Fund Hopewell Moisson Outaouais Kiwanis Club of Ottawa (Christmas Basket Program) Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation How we contributed for 2015-2017: Financially: The proceeds...

Algonquin College Event Management Program Celebrates Milestones –25 Year Anniversary & Raising $1M and 100 Wishes for the Children’s Wish Foundation

Algonquin College Event Management Program Celebrates Milestones –25 Year Anniversary & Raising $1M and 100 Wishes for the Children’s Wish Foundation

Over the years, the Event Management program at Algonquin College has graduated many very innovative and involved meeting and event professionals, of which some have been very active and contributing members to the MPI Ottawa Chapter. On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the college’s Minto Hall, graduates, along with current students, and guests celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Event Management program and the amazing contributions made, while studying, to raise funds for various...

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Amelia Hagen Conference Assistant The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Joined MPI Ottawa in 2014 Contact information: Email: ahagen@afmc.ca About Amelia I was born in Toronto, but the Ottawa area has been home for over 15 years. I currently live in Russell, a small town south east of the city, with my husband and 7.5 month-old son. I have loved my time off with my new baby, baking, watching movies, and...

Insider Events – 2017 OTTAWA TOURISM AWARDS

Insider Events – 2017 OTTAWA TOURISM AWARDS

Article written by Christina Amos, Ottawa Tourism   Basic details of the event:   Title: 2017 Ottawa Tourism Awards  Date: April 27, 2017  City, Country: Ottawa, Ontario  Host Venue: Shaw Centre  Organizing Team: Karen Best Lizzy Low Number of Attendees: 290  Who was the target audience? Ottawa’s tourism industry professionals celebrating the excellence of their peers.  What was the main objective of your event? The primary objective of the 2017 Ottawa Tourism awards was...

News Around Town – June 2017

News Around Town – June 2017

Connect Association is proud to announce their 2017 40 Under 40 class, who they have officially dubbed “Artists of Assembly” for being able to artfully and perfectly piece all the components of an event together. Lydia Blanchard, Sales Manager at Fairmont Château Laurier and MPI Ottawa Chapter‘s Vice-President of Communications was one of four Canadians that were included in this list of young meeting professionals. Read about how Blanchard describes her passion for the events industry. Congratulations to our recent Volunteer of the Year, Brian...

President’s Message – June 2017

President’s Message – June 2017

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. By the MPI history books, come July 1st, yes I will be a former President of MPI Ottawa, but I will by no means be riding off into the proverbial sunset. As I make way for Jennifer McAndrew, Mastermind Event Rentals, to take the reins, I will step into in a Past President’s role, allowing me to ramp up my involvement with...

MPI Ottawa Prix Prestige Awards Gala 2017

MPI Ottawa Prix Prestige Awards Gala 2017

After days of rainy weather the sun finally came out to shine on the MPI Ottawa Prix Prestige Awards Gala on May 10th at the Canadian Museum of History. The Museum was the perfect location for the Canada 150 themed gala. The event is designed to recognize excellence in members active in our chapter over the course of the past year and this event reminds us annually what a great chapter we have here...