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  • New Event Centre to Energize, Revitalize Calgary Neighbourhood

    Calgary’s iconic yet ailing Scotiabank Saddledome is one step closer to meeting its demise with the naming of the team that will design and build a new event centre in one of the city’s oldest districts. Following a robust request for proposal process that began early this year, Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC), in conjunction with the City of Calgary and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. (CSEC), has selected local multi-disciplinary design firm, DIALOG, and global design, architecture, engineering and…

  • After Q1 2020, Digital Transformation Is No Longer An Option

    Why Sales and Marketing Can’t Go Back to Business As Usual The dramatic events of the first three months of 2020 have taught CEOs, CROs and CMOs that a digital strategy for Sales and Marketing is no longer a “nice-to-have” for global corporations. When the unthinkable happens, and the traditional modes of personal communication literally shut down, the very survival of the company could be at stake. Why is this? Why is it so critical to re-think everything about the…

  • Top 5 Best Event Planning Hacks for 2020

    Planning an event can be hectic and often leave the best event managers feeling overwhelmed. There’s always last-minute changes, cancellations, or requests. Here are some tips to make the event planning journey a bit easier. Know what your client wants Before event planning starts, a client should fill out a form with their ideas, budget, the estimated number of attendees and potential dates. This will give an initial picture of what the event goals are. If the team ever goes…

  • How to Host a Safe Conference Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

    As an event planner it is your responsibility to host a safe, enjoyable conference. Planning for any possible health and safety occurrence is just as important as booking the right vendors, food and entertainment. Large conferences, such as Mobile World Congress and Facebook’s F8, have been cancelled due to concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19). Event planners should consider these health risks when organization an occasion. There are some methods to make guests experience as comfortable as possible. How events are organized…

  • Shutting Up the Noisy Neighbours

    “No interference,” also known as “quiet enjoyment,” is a concept that exists in real estate and in tenant law that means an occupant has the right to be free from significant interference in the use and enjoyment of the occupied property. This means free of noise, distractions, disturbances and interruptions. Now you may be thinking, how does this concept relate to the events industry? The answer is simple — events are temporary tenants in venues! Therefore, the concept of no…

  • Trade Shows 101: Planning for the perfect floor presence

    The trade show game is a daunting one if you’re new to it. Your booth is your first impression with potentially thousands of people, so making it count is non-negotiable. You need show up with a goal, design your booth around it and tailor your brand’s message to each show and attendee list — you did check that out, right? Once you’ve got delegates in the door, you need to keep them there, too. There are a lot of variables to…

  • Wish list of items for a perfect event space

    By Jessica Symons and Sarah Stockton Before determining what the perfect event space is, you first need to understand your client’s needs, their demographic, and their expectations: Do they prefer downtown locations versus the suburbs? Do they need to be close to transit or the airport? Do they need to have off-site social locations close by? Where is the majority of their membership coming from? How many people are expected to attend this event? Are they mostly women, mostly men,…

  • Will market disruption make room blocks the next casualty?

    By Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM At a recent PCMA East Canada workshop in Ottawa, meeting professionals and business event suppliers came together to discuss room blocks. Consensus among the hotel sales representatives was that it is business as usual – if clients want the use of meeting space, they will be held to specific room blocks. These blocks will continue to be contracted with attrition clauses that mandate room and food & beverage revenue. Group business is the hotel’s base…

  • Planning accessible events for every body

    Chances are that if you are an event planner, you are able to move around quickly, you are agile and you are used to literally being on the run! It is a physically demanding job. This also means that because you are able-bodied, it might not occur to you to plan for people who are not as mobile. If this is not the case and you are always proactively planning for different abilities at your events, I congratulate you. This,…

  • Rights and remedies for event venue performance

    When an event host chooses a venue at which to hold their event, a number of considerations have been factored into the decision (see my earlier post on this topic here). Two of those key considerations include: the published and actual quality of the venue’s physical surroundings; and the venue’s published and actual standards of services or performance. If an event host is prepared to sign a venue contract well in advance of their event dates, it benefits and protects the…

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