President’s Message – June 2017
Enough about what I’m up to… time to set the stage for your incoming President, and I must say, MPI Ottawa is in great hands. McAndrew was recently named one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40. She is no stranger to hard work, leadership, and rolling with the punches, taking her décor business from a garage start-up to a thriving and ever evolving Kanata success story. Fresh off our annual Board Retreat, she, alongside an impressive 2017-18 slate of Board of Directors, has plenty of great initiatives in the works.
Reflecting back on our 2016-17 year, I’m extremely pleased with the efforts of our entire Board and all of our amazing committee volunteers. Collectively we pushed the envelope and tried some unique event formats (think GMID: The Human Library, Event Canvas, Innovation Day, Jazz Festival), tried some new event venues (think: All Saints, Tasting Tour, Orange Art Gallery), and continued to grow our signature events (think: Awards Gala, Charity Auction Dinner). All while growing our local MPI membership and maintaining over 30% member volunteer engagement.
Congratulations again to all of our recent Prix Prestige Award winners and nominees. You are a large reason why MPI Ottawa is so successful!
Thanks MPI Ottawa, it’s been an honour and a pleasure. Enjoy your summer everyone.
Article Written By Ryan Young, MPI Ottawa Chapter President, Brookstreet Hotel
Article edited by Cynthia Beaudin, Canada Foundation for Innovation