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  • Destination Canada Names Two New Hires

    Destination Canada has announced the addition of two members to its team. Gracen Chungath has been named senior vice-president of destination development. Beginning Aug. 30, she will lead the crown corporation’s pan-Canadian strategy for destination development, focusing on investment, strategic partnerships, stewardship and capacity building. Chungath brings exceptional experience in sustainable partnerships, business planning and operations to the role. As director of operations, planning and program management for the City of Vancouver since 2016, Chungath has led three divisions and…

  • ILEA Recognizes Outstanding Contributions with Awards Program

    The International Live Events Association (ILEA) has announced the recipients of its Volunteer Awards, which honour ILEA members who have made invaluable contributions to the association and live events industry. “Over this past year, we’ve seen how incredibly strong and resilient ILEA’s community of volunteers is,” says ILEA International president, Dana Macaulay. Award winners were honoured at ILEA’s 2021 annual general meeting July 28. At this time, the association also presented Spirit of Excellence Awards to members who have exemplified…

  • Global Live Events Company Announces Team Addition

    Jeff Stelmach has joined live events company GES as global president of brand experiences. With leadership experience in growing successful agencies in the event marketing space, GES says Stelmach’s appointment will significantly bolster its growing experiential practice. “(Jeff) has a proven track record in starting and building successful top-tier agencies with strong company cultures,” says Steve Moster, president and CEO of GES-owned Viad Corp. “His unique set of skills in building industry-leading teams and working alongside some of the world’s…

  • Experiential Agency Adopts Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Events

    Toronto experiential agency Event Circle has launched rapid COVID-19 testing for corporate and private events. The company says the goal of introducing the Health Canada approved testing is to help clients ease back into the world of events safely now that Ontario is in Stage 3 of its reopening plan. Trained on-site nurses will collect and complete SARS-CoV-2 viral nucleoprotein antigen tests for all staff and guests as they enter an event. The process consists of a painless, shallow nasal…

  • Winners of Canadian Event Awards Announced

    Event professionals from across Canada tuned in to watch the Canadian Event Awards July 7, while many others attended smaller viewing parties in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. Hosted by Jian and Page Magen in Toronto, and Dustin Westling and Lynn Fletcher in Calgary, this year’s gala was more than a celebration — it was a night filled with powerful stories and an opportunity to reconnect as an industry and get inspired for Canada’s reopening of live events. The event was…

  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

  • Restored Toronto Hotel to Reopen in Fall

    Park Hyatt Toronto will reopen this September, after undergoing major renovations that closed the hotel for almost four years. “Through the evolution and restoration of Park Hyatt Toronto, exceptional personalized service remains the heart of this remarkable transformation,” says the hotel’s general manager, Bonnie Strome. “We are proud to welcome guests back to the reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto with services from the hotel’s illustrious past, while proudly introducing new experiences for its much anticipated future.” The reimagined hotel will debut…

  • Federal Government Launches Tourism Relief Fund

    Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now apply for support to welcome back visitors. The federal government made the announcement July 12, as part of the launch of its new $500-million Tourism Relief Fund. “Our government has been there for the tourism sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and (this adds) another tool to the suite of COVID supports that will help it recover and prepare for future growth and create jobs,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic…

  • Events Industry Merger Solidifies Management Strength

    Two Canadian event management companies have merged. ProPlan Conferences and Events has joined forces with CanPlan Event and Conference Services Inc. In doing so, ProPlan founder Bettyanne Sherrer will become a member of the CanPlan executive team, which includes co-founders Ann Clemenson and Patricia Pearson, and Maria Montesinos who joined the corporation in 2017. “Bettyanne, who has received many industry awards, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, is the talent behind major international events, the successful launch…

  • New Luxury Hotel Opening Near Vancouver Airport

    Greater Vancouver’s first new luxury boutique hotel in years, Versante, will open to the public July 29, coinciding with the gradual lifting of public health measures and the anticipated restart of the travel industry. It is also the only hotel of its kind in Richmond — locally owned and operated. “In a region crowded with branded hotels, we’re proud to be Richmond’s independent boutique hotel,” says Versante’s general manager, David Curell. Located minutes from Vancouver International Airport, Versante touts itself…

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