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  • Hyatt Continues Brand Expansion amid COVID-19

    In a year when hotels are facing unprecedented challenges, Hyatt forged ahead to open a new hotel and convention centre in Mississauga, Ont. “We are excited to introduce Ontario’s first Hyatt Place hotel to the area,” says general manager, Celso Thompson. “With our smartly designed social spaces, including adaptable, state-of-the-art meetings and events spaces, and rooms with separate work and sleep areas, guests can easily multitask and accomplish what they need to do while on the road.” Located in the…

  • BCIT Centre for Ecocities Internationally Recognized for Impact of 2019 Event

    Ecocity Builders and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecocity Centre are the recipients of the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award in recognition of an event they hosted that excelled in areas such as sustainability, accessibility and ecology. The announcement was made Sept. 24, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the BestCities Global Alliance. “There’s never been a more important time to showcase the major milestones our industry can overcome, and we hope this year’s winners provide…

  • New Business Mentorship Program Offers Free Support to Event Professionals

    Event Leadership Institute (ELI) has partnered with McVeigh Global Meetings and Events (MGME) to launch a mentoring program for business owners and operators seeking strategic support and guidance to navigate the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Event business owners, agencies and third-party suppliers went from a banner year in 2019 to a full ground stop of work in March,” says ELI founder, Howard Givner. “Now they’re scrambling for survival and resources to help them chart a path to…

  • Quebec Hotel Achieves Carbon Neutrality with Help from Local University

    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is the first historic hotel in Canada to achieve carbon neutrality, thanks to a partnership with Université Laval. “As the owner of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, (we are) very proud,” says Charles-Antoine Lussier, senior vice-president, residential and hotels, at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to finding sustainable solutions to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing its positive impact in the communities where the company operates.” The agreement between the hotel and higher education institution…

  • Managing Matters Ranks Among Canada’s Top Growing Companies

    A Toronto-based association and event management company has made the Globe and Mail’s coveted list of the boldest businesses in the country. Managing Matters is among Canada’s top 400 growing companies, which encompasses various sectors. It placed 377 with a three-year growth of 75 per cent. This is the second year in a row the company has made the list. Launched in 2019, the program’s goal is to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada, by identifying and amplifying the success of…

  • Toronto Hotel Earns Five Stars for Eighth Year Running

    Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has again received five stars from Forbes Travel Guide. This is the eighth consecutive year the hotel has been recognized with the accolade. “We strive to achieve these coveted star ratings and it gives me immense pride in our team to receive these designations year over year,” says hotel general manager, Konrad Gstrein. “We are delighted to stand tall among the best in class.” The Four Seasons’ flagship is situated in the heart of Yorkville. Soaring…

  • First-Ever Hybrid Sanitizer Smartphone Combines Safety with Signage

    Event technology and digital solutions provider Giant iTab has launched the world’s first hybrid sanitizer smartphone to keep attendees of live events safe during the pandemic. The kiosk has health and safety features, including auto hand sanitizer and a temperature reader. Visitors offer their wrist to the infrared monitor and will be given a green or red indicator light to confirm they are safe to enter the premises. It also has analytics to show how, where and when it was…

  • Seasoned Hotelier Steps into New Role as Fairmont Regional Vice-President

    Hospitality industry veteran Gregor Resch has taken the reins of some of Canada’s most iconic hotels. Resch has been named regional vice-president of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts’ western mountain region. In this role, Resch will oversee Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Fairmont Banff Springs, where he also now serves as general manager. Resch first joined Fairmont in 1994, as assistant front office manager at the brand’s Vancouver hotel. He proceeded to hold successive…

  • Feds Announce Support for Black Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

    The federal government is creating a new national program to help Black Canadian entrepreneurs recover from the COVID-19 crisis and help grow their businesses. The prime minister announced the $221 million initiative Sept. 9, which will include both private and public funding. “The pandemic has shone a light on the inequalities that disproportionately hurt Black Canadians, and has underscored the need to restart our economy in a way that allows all Canadians an equal chance to succeed,” said Justin Trudeau…

  • Online Survey Gauges Event Organizers’ Interest in Diverse Speaker Database

    Developers of European database, Women Talk Real Estate, are exploring demand for a similar resource to help event organizers and journalists tap into more diverse expertise in the commercial real estate industry. All interested parties are invited to respond to an online survey gauging interest in a database of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) professionals who could serve as speakers, panellists and media sources. “The aim of the database would be to support both male and female BAME…

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