MPI Foundation Update

MPI Foundation Update

The MPI Foundation has always been something that I have felt a little guilty about whenever I have heard the name. This was primarily because I felt that I should know more about it than I actually did! In my new role this year as your MPI Ottawa President Elect, I will act as your liaison between our Chapter and the Foundation. My goal will be to help create awareness and understanding of the...

Insider Events – C2 Montréal

Insider Events – C2 Montréal

May 24-26, 2017 Arsenal Contemporary Art Montréal, Canada  Organizing Team: Jean-François Bouchard, Founder and Chairman Richard St-Pierre, President Martin Enault, Chief Operating Officer Chloe Langevin, Vice-President, Partnerships Génifère Legrand, Vice-President, Content and Creation Duncan Fisher, Vice-President, Operations Martin Vallée, Vice-President, Finance Coupled with a full team of 50 year-round employees and more than 600 dedicated volunteers and concierges.  Number of Attendees: 6,500 participants from more than 60 countries and 25 different industries  Target Audience...

News Around Town – July 2017

News Around Town – July 2017

Congratulations to Diane Fowles, CMP, on her new position with the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). NUPGE is a family of 14 component unions which makes it one of the largest unions in Canada. Fowles will be responsible for the arrangement of numerous meetings and events, including the triennial convention. She can be reached at (613)-228-9800 or dfowles@nupge.ca. Algonquin College presented Brian Henry, President of Quality Entertainment, with a well-deserved honorary...

President’s Message

President’s Message

I can’t believe this day is finally here. It was almost two years ago that I first entertained the idea of submitting an application for the position of President-Elect. I may be repeating myself, but I am humbled and excited to start this new adventure. It is pushing me out of my comfort zone and I hope that I can help the MPI Ottawa Chapter continue on the path that has been established by...

Purposeful Planning – Measuring Success at your Events

Purposeful Planning – Measuring Success at your Events

This column started back in October 2015 with a post on the 7 Purposes of a Meeting. Essentially, I had argued, with the cost and effort for any meeting to be organized, it behooves us as professional planners to ensure the purposes behind bringing people together remain at the forefront of all we do. Recently I had opportunity to revisit this concept during a session I was facilitating for MPI Montreal/Quebec called “An Introduction...

Membership DID YOU KNOW?

Membership DID YOU KNOW?

There are a lot of really great resources available to MPI Members that are often underused 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 members have free access to reports and...

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...