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President’s Message – June 2017

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. By the MPI history books, come July 1st, yes I will be a former President of MPI Ottawa, but I will by no means be riding off into the proverbial sunset. As I make way for Jennifer McAndrew, Mastermind Event Rentals, to take the reins, I will step into in a Past President’s role, allowing me to ramp up my involvement with the inaugural EVENT. Which if you haven’t heard or been following my previous President’s message, the EVENT is a MPI Toronto, MPI Montreal & Quebec, and MPI Ottawa joint initiative that will combine the resources of all three chapters to offer a highly innovative and experiential two-day education program. As one of six Advisory Executives setting the tone and direction for the EVENT, I am committing myself and all involved to push the bar and make it the Canadian meetings industry event to attend in 2018. We are pleased to have now confirmed a venue, the expanding Brookstreet Hotel, and dates, April 12-14, 2018. So, if you haven’t already, mark your calendars now.

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.

Ryan Young Headshot_200x200 Article Written By Ryan Young, MPI Ottawa Chapter President, Brookstreet Hotel

Article edited by Cynthia Beaudin, Canada Foundation for Innovation