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  • PRA Partners with SafeAccess

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    PRA is partnering with SafeAccess, a secure, cloud-based health and safety screening platform designed to help event organizers create, maintain, and communicate health and safety policies and procedures. The partnership enables PRA to provide best-in-class solutions to its clients for approaching events of today and in the future. Coupled with a comprehensive risk-mitigation solution suite, the SafeAccess health and safety platform helps provide safe in-person experiences while effectively addressing risk, liabilities, and compliance needs. Event attendees, staff, and vendors can…

  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

  • Calgary Convention Centre Expansion Project Construction Now Underway

    Crews have broken ground on the $500 million BMO Centre expansion at Calgary’s Stampede Park in the city’s developing culture and entertainment district. “We are thrilled to see this project move into the construction phase on schedule,” said Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “I believe it’s just the beginning of big, positive change for this district and downtown Calgary as a whole — something that’s going to be galvanizing for our city, which, as…

  • CIHP Trade Show Veteran to Retire

    Elizabeth McCullough is retiring as general manager of trade shows at the Canadian Institute of Heating and Plumbing (CIHP), effective June 30. “On behalf of the CIPH board, her teammates and the general membership, we salute the 24 years of service Elizabeth has provided to CIPH,” says CIPH president and general manager, Ralph Suppa. “We wish her good luck on her retirement as she steps into this new and exciting phase of her life.” McCullough first joined CIPH in 1992,…

  • Winners of VEI’s Virtual and Hybrid Event Awards Announced

    Event professionals from around the world tuned in to watch the Virtual Events Institute’s (VEI) first-ever Virtual and Hybrid Events Awards on April 22. Broadcasted from ExCeL London and Anna Valley’s hybrid event studio, accolades were presented across 15 categories. Awards’ entries were judged by a panel of 47 industry leaders, comprised of a diverse mix of corporations, associations, exhibition organizers and agencies. The judges came together for a combined total of 200-plus hours to determine the winners, runners-up and…

  • GBTA Revises Dates for ‘Back to Business’ Travel Event

    The world’s largest business travel association has pushed back its annual convention to late fall. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) decided to change the dates to Nov. 17-19, after taking into consideration feedback from members, exhibitors and sponsors, and in recognition of the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global travel sector. It will still take place in Orlando, Fla. “This shift allows us to better accommodate all our members, especially those travelling from outside the U.S.,…

  • UFI Launches New Certification Program for Trade Show Professionals

    The Global Association of the Exhibitions Industry, UFI, has launched a new accredited designation for trade show professionals. The UFI Certified Professional (UCP) is a self-paced, fully customizable program offered to both members and non-members. It includes existing UFI programs as well as modules offered by a network of global educational partners. Additional benefits beyond the classroom include networking, specialization and career development. “Our members have been requesting a UFI endorsement of our education, so they can signal to employers…

  • Whistler Resort Revamps Meetings, Events Offerings

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has reinvented its meetings and events services. The luxury hotel is offering enhanced hybrid meeting solutions and the option to run meetings concurrently at the same venue. The in-person audience can participate with any number of virtual attendees, thanks to state-of-the art technology and health and safety measures. “Our mission is to create a bespoke experience for all participants, whether attending an event physically or virtually,” says general manager, Ali Mohammed. Attendees can experience…

  • PMIC Partners with MediaEdge on New Building Operator Designation Program

    The Property Management Institute of Canada (PMIC) and MediaEdge Communications are partnering to develop a series of certificates that will lead to a new Canadian building operator designation. Real estate industry professionals across Canada helped to shape the program and will continue doing so based on concerns about existing skills gaps, industry shortages of skilled building operators, and the need to create a career path to support both the advancement and recognition of building operation as an occupation. “We are…

  • New Virtual Tool Helps with Event Planning in Ottawa

    Ottawa Tourism has launched an interactive tool, Virtually Ottawa, with the goal of inspiring conference planners from around the world to consider Canada’s capital for future events. “Ottawa Tourism’s business events team is proud to launch this tool, which allows them to show-off Ottawa’s assets in a safe and secure, accessible way to meeting planners both near and far,” says Ottawa Tourism president and CEO, Michael Crockatt. “Given that many meetings are booked years in advance, this allows our staff…

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