Purposeful Planning – Marketing Your Events with a Purpose

Purposeful Planning – Marketing Your Events with a Purpose

While attending an event for women entrepreneurs recently, I heard an interesting concept about marketing that I had never really considered. The speaker, Diana Lidstone, asserted that in an online world like ours, “people pay to remove pain more than they pay to get the dream.” This certainly made me pause. Coming from the hospitality industry, where all we do is “sell the dream,” (Beautiful destination! Elegant hotels! Delicious cuisine!) I never thought that...

Breaking the Ice: Conversation Starters for Event Profs

Breaking the Ice: Conversation Starters for Event Profs

Making the decision to register for a networking event can be the first step into moving outside of your comfort zone, but the battle doesn’t stop there. Actually showing up and networking with your fellow industry professionals is the next big step. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, networking doesn’t always come easy to everyone – it can make people feel stressed out, anxious, and self-conscious. What you have to remember is that...

Committee Profiles – Community Outreach & CSR Committee

Committee Profiles – Community Outreach & CSR Committee

Committee Director: Riccarda Galioto, Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI Canada) Director of Community Outreach & CSR: communityoutreach@mpiottawa.ca Committee Members: Julie Berube, Casino du Lac-Leamy Jessica Clifford, Canadian Nuclear Association Katherine Craig, Greensmere Golf & Country Club Stephanie Eikenberry, Opportunity Knocks Events Marc Forgette, Tourism London Allison Garrod, National Judicial Institute Cindy Gascon, Fairmont Hotels – Quebec Resorts Paul Glover CMP, Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada Rose-Marie Guerra...

Getting to Know…Our Supplier Member

Getting to Know…Our Supplier Member

Chantale Dégagné Sales Manager, Canada East – Conferences Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Joined MPI Ottawa in 2016, MPI Calgary in 2015 Find her on LinkedIn, or email at Chantale_degagne@banffcentre.ca About Chantale I was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, however my folks have since settled in Midland. I studied biotechnology at Canadore College. I have no formal education in hospitality or sales, but just worked my way up over the last...

MPI Foundation Update – May 2017

MPI Foundation Update – May 2017

The MPI Foundation has the primary goal of funding education and pan-industry research that drives the success of meeting professionals. With this as the backbone of the association, along with contributions from all the chapters, over 271 scholarships and awards were handed out, 55 chapter grants were presented and two major grants were awarded. You are probably thinking that these scholarships aren’t applicable to you, so why bother even applying. The fact is that...

Getting to Know…our Planner Member

Getting to Know…our Planner Member

Paul Glover Meetings and Membership Coordinator Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI Canada) Joined MPI in 2013 https://linkedin.com/in/pauldglover https://twitter.com/paul_glover paul@ammi.ca About Paul I was born in Toronto where I spent the first five years of my life. However for most of my childhood, I lived in Barrie, Ontario with my parents and three siblings. I moved to Ottawa in 2003 to pursue a bachelor degree at Carleton University in psychology and...

Insider Events –Ottawa’s Best New Restaurants Under One Roof

Insider Events –Ottawa’s Best New Restaurants Under One Roof

  January 26, 2017 Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall Organizers The organizing team consisted of Dianne Wing, publisher, and the creative staff of Ottawa Magazine, and myself, Heather Lockwood, as the event manager. Helping on-site during the event were Kim Wilson , Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, Riccarda Galioto, Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada, volunteers from Algonquin College’s culinary program, Donna Morrin and Winn Lambert.  Number of Attendees:...

News Around Town – May 2017

News Around Town – May 2017

Congratulations to Meg LaPlante on her new role with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation where she is excited to join the organization as its Meetings and Event Planner. Working in collaboration with the CTF Leadership Team, LaPlante is responsible for a variety of events including the annual meeting and the Canadian Forum on Public Education. You can reach LaPlante by email at mlaplante@ctf-fce.ca or at 613-232-9906. Scott Ventresca, Director, Canadian and International Congress at Tourism...

President’s Message

President’s Message

As I was growing up through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, a good leader was generally someone who had a high IQ and could determine what needed to be done, then had the gusto to tell people the what, when, why and how to do it. A successful leader was good at managing but not known so much for their soft skills Full disclosure: my year of birth technically denotes me as a Millennial,...