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Who We Are

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the leading global community that is shaping and defining the future of the meeting and event industry. The Ottawa Chapter of MPI is the largest organization of conference planners and suppliers in Canada’s National Capital Region, with more than 300 members in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Why MPI Ottawa?

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s most vibrant global community, helps its members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.

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Upcoming Events

  • 26/09/2018

    Free CMP Information Session

    Free CMP Information Session

    Wednesday, September 26
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Join in person at 192 Bank Street (Ottawa, ON) or follow along live via Zoom meeting

    This is your chance to ask questions about earning the CMP designation!

    We will briefly go over the experience required, application process, recommended readings, and the exam itself. We will also discuss the benefits of earning your designation, available scholarships, and MPI Ottawa’s CMP candidate study programming.

    The information session is free and all are welcome – including members and non-members – so please invite a colleague!

    Date:Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Time:5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    (in person):

    AMMI Canada – Boardroom, 192 Bank Street (above the Royal Oak at Bank and Gloucester).

    Black wrought iron gate at entrance will be open – 192 is on the door with sign above for Elite Accounting – no street signage for AMMI Canada.

    Parking:Street parking on Bank, and surrounding streets, as well as small city lot on Gloucester (just west of Bank).
    Remote access:Zoom meeting info will be provided to all participants who RSVP for this option.
    Registration:RSVP NOW



    Click here to learn more about MPI Ottawa’s CMP Candidate Study Programming

  • 03/10/2018

    Accessibility Matters:  Meet Your Legal Obligations, Make Your Clients Happy and Get More Referrals

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    Accessibility Matters: 

    Meet Your Legal Obligations, Make Your Clients Happy and Get More Referrals

    MPI Ottawa is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential.  The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Course logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit

    Date:Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    Location:Casino Lac Leamy
    Salon Royal
    Time:12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch
    1:00-5:00 PM – Education Session
    5:00-6:00 PM – Networking Reception

    Event planners and suppliers are in the business of meeting their clients’ needs. As our population ages and the number of individuals with disabilities increases, those needs are rapidly changing. Did you know that only 30% of disabilities are visible? Most of the time you will not know if your clients have a disability and, consequently, you may not realize what limitations your programs and services have.

    In Ontario, as in several other provinces, all organizations with one or more employees must meet some minimum accessibility standards. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires you to, for instance, train all part-time, full-time, seasonal and contract staff on the AODA, as well as develop policies on the AODA standards.

    This session will clarify your legal obligations, provide you with guidance on how to become compliant with the law, and offer tips and best practices on how to become more inclusive, such as in your communications and marketing materials for events, way finding, etc. Hear what your peers are doing to make their businesses and events more inclusive and get suggestions from them on how to tackle the accessibility issues you are facing.

    Make accessibility a business advantage that matters!

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the workshop, participants will:

    • Understand their legal obligations for offering accessible events and services
    • Identify the work they need to do to meet, and exceed, existing accessibility laws
    • Get an opportunity ask to questions of an accessibility expert
    • Learn practical and easy to implement accessibility best practices
    • Receive assistance in resolving accessibility challenges/barriers
    • Identify how to gain an edge on competitors through increased accessibility
    • Network with peers to share success stories
    • Get resources and tips on how to create more inclusive meetings, conference and events


    Constance Exley, Accessibility Ontario

    Constance Exley is the CEO of Accessibility Ontario, an education and training organization that helps organizations of all types meet their provincial accessibility compliance requirements. Accessibility Ontario offers AODA online training, website accessibility audits, document remediation, and hands-on training on how to make accessible documents, websites, and mobile apps.

    Constance has worked in collaboration with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (Government of Ontario) for many years and is currently leading two year-long education initiatives – one with the  Ontario BIA Association and the other with the Ontario Camps Association. To learn more about Constance and Accessibility Ontario, visit

    Cost:Early Bird
    until September 4, 2018
    September 5, 2018 and later
    Non Membern/a$85

    Click Here to Register

  • 14/11/2018

    Lunch & Learn: Event Emergency Response Plan for the Meeting Professional

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    We have heard you loud and clear – let’s go back to having some informal lunch and learn sessions from MPI.

    On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, MPI Education Committee Member Patricia Gougeon has agreed to host a session in a boardoom at the Canadian Construction Association. The session will be led by VP Education Louise Gervais and is complimentary.  So bring your own lunch and gain some valuable information on this ever so important topic!

    We are limited to 25 spots – don’t delay registering or you may be disappointed!

    Event Emergency Response Plan for the Meeting Professional:
    As a meeting event manager, it is important to understand your role should an emergency occur when your organization is hosting the event. While some of the emergencies experienced during an event can be devastating, many are not, but can get out of control, if you are not prepared for it. Event managers need to understand their role and work with the venue to ensure that there is a communication strategy in place.

    After attending this lunch and learn, you will:

    • be able to identify potential emergencies that may occur during your event;
    • be able to identify roles and responsibilities of the meeting planner, the host organization and its staff, the venue, and emergency services;
    • be able to identify what to include in the emergency response plan for your events.

    Canadian Construction Association
    1900-275 Slater Street Ottawa ON K1P 5H9

    Click here to register

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