Getting to know our Supplier Member

Getting to know our Supplier Member

Mark Millar Director of Sales Bespoke Audio Visual Joined MPI in 2017 Contact information: mark.millar@bespokeav.ca About Mark I was born in Oakville Ontario and grew up in Maniwaki Quebec. I received my University degree with Honors in Communication from the University of Ottawa in 1986. I admit I was an AV geek then as I worked as a TA in the Radio and Television studios at the University. I then received my degree in...

Insider Events – Calgary impresses to win over Rotary International

Insider Events – Calgary impresses to win over Rotary International

2025 Rotary International Convention June 21-25, 2025 Calgary Stampede Park Number of Attendees: 20,000 to 40,000 Objective of the bid To bring the Rotary International Convention to Calgary What was unique about your city’s offer? Meetings + Conventions Calgary worked with local Rotary members who volunteered for the Host Organization Committee and championed the bid for Calgary. Rotarians represent a large global community, so it is fitting that it took a community to secure...

News Around Town – November 2017

Infinity Convention Centre (ICC) is celebrating its first anniversary and is expanding its team! The ICC is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned Chef Tim Wasylko as the new Director of Food and Beverage. Wasylko brings his experience catering to heads of state and royalty as the Executive Chef at 24 Sussex Drive for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and, most recently, working at the Fairmont Château Montebello. Bold, modern design, flexible function spaces, unmatched in-house...

November President’s Message

November President’s Message

Let’s be honest here. November is probably my least favourite month of the year. The days are shorter; we are waking up in the dark and coming home from work in the dark. Some days it’s hard to be motivated. A couple weekends ago, I got to see my son and his hockey team succeed. I saw this group of boys who, on their own are good players, but when they come together, create...

Purposeful Planning – Something Off-Topic…

Purposeful Planning – Something Off-Topic…

Forgive me, dear MPI Ottawa friends, but this instalment of Purposeful Planning is going a bit off-topic this month. This column is about a subject that most meeting industry professionals encounter or likely have encountered in their career – but we never talk about: the lines that can and do get crossed when a client or business colleague becomes a friend. First, a bit of background: Years ago when my husband Heinz and I...

The Students’ Corner:  A Business Solution: Get yourself a Student TODAY!

The Students’ Corner: A Business Solution: Get yourself a Student TODAY!

The Scenario: What started off as just an idea, is now a thriving business or a major project. Your client-base and responsibilities are rapidly growing and you need employees. You are looking for the ideal candidate; an individual who is passionate about events and the industry and one who possesses high quality and relevant skills with an amazing work ethic. Isn’t that what we are all looking for? The Problem: The search for the...

Membership DID YOU KNOW?

Membership DID YOU KNOW?

There are a lot of really great resources available to MPI Members that are often under-used because we simply don’t know about them. This new ‘Did You Know’ series will be featured monthly and will help shed some light on the many resources available to you! Have a specific question about your MPI Membership? Reach out to the membership team at member-care@mpiottawa.ca Did you know that MPI Ottawa has revamped www.mpiottawa.ca to include a...

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Daria Cohen Event Assistant – Registration, Membership and Administration Golden Planners Inc. Joined MPI in 2017 Contact information: Email: cohen@goldenplanners.ca LinkedIn: Daria Cohen  About Daria I was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario (Toronto area). I went to the University of Waterloo for history and communications, and after graduation I did a two-year journalism diploma at Humber College in Toronto. I was looking for a summer job through college and found one with the...

Insider Events – CANSEC 2017

Insider Events – CANSEC 2017

  Article written by Lesley Jane Musker, Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries Basic details of the event: Title: CANSEC 2017 – produced by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) Date: MAY 31-JUNE 1 2017 City, Country: Ottawa, Canada Host Venue: EY Centre (EYC) Organizing Team: CANSEC is produced by CADSI – every member of our organization plays a critical role in assembling this production. The Event Operations team at...

News Around Town – October 2017

News Around Town – October 2017

  Formally with Westbury National, Rosemary Vaughan, CEM, has recently launched her own company which focuses on destination VIP gifting for events and conferences, as well as promoting and supporting local artisans. Gift Revel, your destination gift guide, offers VIP gifting delivered right to your event venue! For more information, you can reach out to Vaughan with any inquiries at 613-301-7117 or rosemary@giftrevel.com.  Article compiled by Katherine Craig, The War Amps of Canada Article Edited By Cynthia Beaudin, Canada...