Event Operations

  • Helpful tips to answer event planning questions

    As an event planner, I wear many hats, mostly because of a bad hair day (already, I digress…). I manage a number of different areas within the events industry and work to provide exceptional service to my clients and build long lasting positive relationships with my suppliers. I have planned several large scale travel programs, and I tend to hear the same questions from my clients – the groups who are putting on the events. If you are a planner…

  • Celebrity chef catering trend gaining traction in Canada

    By Marian Staresinic For many up-and-coming event planners and promoters, the idea of highlighting the servings or in-house appearances of a celebrity chef has felt like somewhat of a pipe dream, something only the overly wealthy or elite could pull off. The logistics and key questions can be overwhelming, even when the overall budget is in favour of the initiative. “How can I access these busy chefs? Can we get them to cater our large-scale events? How can I see…

  • How to act with urgency to build trust with your clients

    Very early in my career as a planner, my boss had shared with me some harsh feedback from a client. The client had remarked that I did not appear to have a sense of urgency. I was surprised by this. I asked, “Did the events not go off well? Did I not deliver on deadline?” My boss confirmed that yes, I did all those things – but it was the pace in which I walked when we were on site…

  • Finding resourceful ways to stretch a small event budget

    Working with a frugal budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and class As economies ebb and flow, budgets for events will shrink and grow as a reflection of the times. A small budget should not be the reason why an event fails — success depends on ingenuity, resourcefulness and a little flair. The first step is to know what you have to work with. Make sure you have a budget prepared and approved by the appropriate board of…

  • Treat attendees to a day at the Bronx Zoo

    In 1967, the iconic New Yorkers Simon and Garfunkel released a song “At The Zoo” in which they sang “It’s all happening at the zoo.”  It is perhaps a little late, but I am happy to report that it is true for the Bronx Zoo in New York. I confess that for many years I did not know that there was a Bronx Zoo. Whenever I heard the Bronx Zoo mentioned, it was in reference to Yankee Stadium. It was…

  • 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…

  • Everything you need to know about professional speakers

    If you’re planning a corporate meeting or special event for your company, your choice of professional keynote speaker to kick off the itinerary can be every bit as important as the venue, theme and timing for the occasion. While not every conference may call for the services of these individuals, who typically take the form of subject matter experts, thought leaders or bestselling authors, many promise to enhance team-building exercises, training programs and executive summits. Typically, motivational speaking presenters are…

  • How a customs broker can add to the success of your next event

    By Diane Labbé Deegan Let’s say you’re planning a meeting in Canada featuring some international exhibitors. By holding your event in Canada you’re excited about the prospect of easily attracting worldwide attendees. You then think: “But my association is based in the United States. How do I get my registration and exhibitor material across the border?” More importantly, “how will my US sponsors and exhibitors” send their material? The good news is that the Canadian government, in an effort to…

  • Finding a creative solution to your meeting or event problem

    When faced with planning a meeting or event, get out – look for creative ideas and solutions everywhere. I actually found Jim Carrey in a Toronto comedy club and hired him for a corporate event for a few thousand dollars. I often wonder if the participants remember who entertained them after dinner! Do not necessarily take no for an answer. My client was a sponsor at a convention and she needed a great evening hospitality event for two nights. It…

  • Generation C: Those who create, connect, curate and build community in events

    Generation C (Gen C) is a generation identified by GoogleThink who are creating, connecting, curating their own content, and building community. This is not represented by an age, but by an attitude and mindset; not separated by location, but global. It is the “generation” attending our events who are sharing – with each other in the live environment and with their much wider digital, social audiences. They are spreading what they hear, see, learn and connect to much further and…

Venue & Supplier Profiles