Global Meetings Industry Day


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Join MPI Ottawa in recognition of Global Meetings Industry Day! We are going to have an amazing program on event security with a special focus on the impact of cyber-crime, credit card fraud, room pirates and physical security. What can you do to protect your organization, your attendees and yourself?  The first step is to find out about the threats you might be completely unaware of.

Chris Mathers will explain exactly who the bad guys are, what they’re trying to do, and how you can protect your organization and your event. Mathers retired after a 20-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  At the time of his retirement, he was the senior undercover operator at the RCMP Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses in Canada and the US, targeting Colombian, Russian, and Asian crime groups.  Mathers personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. A popular media commentator and speaker, Mathers has served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering.

Keynote Speaker and Moderator: Chris Mathers

Chantal Montpetit – Canadian Construction Association
Paul Askin – Director, Public Safety & Transportation – Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
Gord Jamieson, Senior Business Leader Canada Risk Services, Visa Canada

Learners Outcomes
Identify threats and risks for your event and organization.
Identify risk management steps to protect your event and organization.

Speaker’s Biography
Chris Mathers
Crime, Terrorism and Security Expert
Chris Mathers spent most of his life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Customs Service.  Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker, and even as a money launderer, Mathers has seen and done it all. In his extraordinary talks, Mathers takes audiences into the underworld that only he can describe, letting people in on the stunning stories and secrets harboured by terrorists and those involved in organized crime.

Click here to learn more about Chris Mathers

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Event Schedule

2:30 PM Registration
3:00 PM Plenary session featuring Chris Mathers followed by a Panel Discussion
4:50 PM Announcement of Influence Award Winner
5:00 PM Registration and Networking Reception
6:00 PM Dinner
8:10 PM EVENT Kickoff & Dessert Mixer


Attendee Pricing

  Member  Non-member Student
  Early bird
(ends Feb. 28, 2018)
Regular Regular   Early bird
(ends Feb. 28, 2018)
Afternoon program and dinner  $    75.00  $    90.00  $  110.00    $    50.00  $    65.00
Dinner Only  $    60.00  $    80.00  $    95.00    $    40.00  $    55.00


MPI Ottawa – Are you Ready for The Challenge?

Calling all MPI members, non-members, planners and suppliers to get your groove on. Have the chops to claim the title of our inaugural lip sync battle? Compete as an individual or a team and give it your best shot. Get your best industry pals together and rock-out to your favourite song or guilty pleasure.  Will you be crowned the MPI champion? C’mon, you know you wanna get down! Make it happen!

Complete an Application Form today!

The Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) Influence Award

This Award gives each Chapter an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of a person or organization who has contributed to the development of meetings and conventions or the development of policy and programs impacting the industry.

Although the recipient does not need to be an MPI member they do need to have contributed significantly to the development or success of the meetings industry in our community in the past year.

The deadline for submission is February 23, 2018.

The recipient of the award for the MPI Ottawa Chapter will be announced nationally and presented at the GMID education session in Ottawa as part of the overall program on April 12, 2018.




Our Partners

Registration Partner


Host Venue

Sponsorship Opportunities
Please contact Nancy Bradshaw at (613) 256-0597 or, if you are interested in being a sponsor.


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Date(s) - 12/04/2018
All Day

Brookstreet Hotel

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