Getting to know our Supplier Member

Getting to know our Supplier Member

Desmond Lomas, CMP Director of Global Accounts Self-employed as an associate of The Howe’s Group https://thehowesgroup.com/ Originally joined in 2003 @desmondlomas https://www.linkedin.com/in/desmondlomas/ desmond@thehowesgroup.com Tell us a bit about yourself I was born in Ottawa, but never actually lived in Ottawa. I was raised in Aylmer Quebec (now the west end of Gatineau) and I now live about 10KM east in the Hull sector of Gatineau. I attended Philemon Wright Regional High School and for...

Insider Events – 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Overseas

Insider Events – 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Overseas

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Overseas Event April 9, 2017 Canadian Memorial of Vimy, Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France  Organizing team The client’s organizing team and support included more than 100 people. Below is the event’s subcontracted group only. Maria Montesinos, Event Manager and Project Lead Marie-Claude Bureau, CMP, Event Coordinator, Site Logistics Desmond Lomas, CMP, Event Coordinator, Site Logistics Patricia Pearson, CMP, Event Manager – Accommodations, Transportation and Meals (ATM) Kathryn Cyr, Event...

Hopewell

Hopewell

Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre offers services and support to those who struggle with an eating disorder and to the family and friends who walk with them on their long and difficult recovery journey. This includes three unique support groups, offered in eight-week sessions throughout the year: a closed group for individuals who are new to recovery or who may need a more structured setting; an open group for individuals who are more established in...

Town Halls with a Difference: An Inside Look at an Association’s Successful Path to Creating Accessible Events

Town Halls with a Difference: An Inside Look at an Association’s Successful Path to Creating Accessible Events

Organizing meetings that deal with sensitive topics and involve potentially vulnerable people can be a challenge. The National Association of Federal Retirees recently held a series of 12 town halls across the country that did just that. By putting the needs of its members first, the Association managed to collect valuable feedback to help improve their lives. The people we are talking about are veterans of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted...

News Around Town – January 2018

News Around Town – January 2018

Long-time MPI member and former Ottawa chapter board member Ruta Klicius is stepping into semi-retirement. In the meantime, she will be coaching and mentoring the new Manager, Conventions at the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Sarah Cunningham. While minimizing working hours, Klicius is still interested in opportunities where temporary help of a meeting planner may be needed. You can connect with Klicius at kliciusruta@gmail.com. The chic & swell and LouLou Lounge teams are coming off the high of what...

January President’s Message

January President’s Message

Wow, it’s a new year, a new day and a new chance to make your mark! I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions; I hate the self-imposed stress. Combine that with the fact that I am a New Year’s baby. and the pressure for New Years to be significant is too much. Instead of deciding that on this one day everything will change, I find myself taking a Google Earth approach these...

A Taste of MPI Holiday Cheer

A Taste of MPI Holiday Cheer

On Thursday November 30, the MPI Ottawa Chapter descended to the lower lobby of the stunning host venue, Hilton Lac-Leamy to join their friends for an evening of festive fun emceed by Brian Henry (Quality Entertainment). Encouraged to dress as festive or fancy as they wanted; guests donned everything from ball gowns and Christmas suits to casual attire and ugly sweaters to show their holiday spirit. As always, the Community Outreach Committee was hard...

Purposeful Planning – Find Your Blue Ocean in the Hyper-Competitive World of Business Events

Purposeful Planning – Find Your Blue Ocean in the Hyper-Competitive World of Business Events

One of the greatest challenges I see in the event space these days is the proliferation of events and the resulting hyper-competitive landscape. Just in the area of female entrepreneurship, my “new space,” there are at least 3 networking events on any given day in Ottawa. And more and more “women in business” conferences at every turn. The same holds for most associations. Just a few weeks ago one of my industry colleagues was...

MPI Foundation Update – The Biggest Shame

MPI Foundation Update – The Biggest Shame

I was on a conference call recently as the MPI Ottawa Chapter Ambassador to the MPI Foundation. There was something that was said that really stuck with me.  With all of the incredible work and success that has gone into fundraising for the MPI Foundation; the biggest shame would be to have the scholarships and grants that are made available not be used. In my previous job, we had a fantastic referral program in...

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Getting to Know…Our Planner Member

Ted Halmos Air Canada Joined MPI in 2014 Contact information: Email: ted.halmos@gmail.com About Ted I was born and raised in Montreal. I went to McGill University (B.Sc. ‘81), John Abbott College in 2014 and married my lovely wife Maryse Lesperance also in 2014. My step daughter is an employee of Air Canada and she is currently training to become a flight director. We have four cats, two dogs and a horse. Our family loves...