Special Events & Conferences

  • How content management can extend the benefits of a conference after it’s over

    By Oliver Vadas Finding a way to provide ongoing support for professional development and information distribution are important considerations for a growing number of corporate and association meeting planners. Making conference content available to an entire audience or association membership — not only to registered conference delegates — is the best way to fulfill that mission. The first phase of the education process is to explain the benefits of preserving conference contents. The following article is intended to assist event…

  • SITE Global Education Week will celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

    SITE Global Education Week, 11-15 April 2016, is an annual initiative designed to create awareness and celebrate the impact that the global incentive travel industry has on business and economic growth. Throughout the week, SITE will offer webinars on topics specific to the incentive travel industry. In addition, SITE chapters around the world will host regional events to address the needs of their marketplace and showcase the rich expertise of the SITE member network. During Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)…

  • Is it time to end the office Christmas party?

    The other day I was listening to my favourite all-news radio station on which they ran a piece giving advice to employees about behavioural do’s and don’ts when attending the office Christmas party. The list was long: don’t be too familiar with corporate executives; be sure to spend time with employees who report to you; dress appropriately for the occasion; don’t consume too much alcohol – better yet don’t drink at all; be careful not to say something that could…

  • GBTA unveils speaker line-up for Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium in Calgary

    Conference sessions to take deep dive into navigating Canada’s oil, gas and energy sector GBTA, the leading voice of the business travel industry in Canada, is excited to host its second annual Energy, Resources & Marine (ERM) Symposium in Calgary on October 8, 2015 at the WestJet Campus. ERM Symposium 2015 Calgary will feature keynote speakers and education sessions focusing on Canada’s oil, gas and energy sector providing attendees insight into this unique sector along with creative ways to build…

  • MPI selects Toronto for World Education Congress in 2019

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the future locations and dates for its annual conference, the World Education Congress (WEC). WEC will be held in Las Vegas in 2017, followed by Indianapolis in 2018 and Toronto in 2019. WEC is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities in North America, attracting more than 2,000 attendees including corporate, third party, and association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more. MPI follows a competitive request for…

  • American Psychological Association Annual Convention returns to Toronto, generates $25.6 million boost to local economy

    For the seventh time in almost 40 years, the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States is returning to Toronto for their annual convention. The 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention is drawing approximately 9,000 people to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) for four days of education and networking opportunities, and the event is expected to boost the local economy with an estimated $25.6 million in hospitality spending. MTCC’s expansive meeting and exhibit space,…

  • Meetings industry advocates announce first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day

    On April 14, 2016, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). Led by the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB), GMID will showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. “GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, MMB co-chair and president of Maritz…

  • Why a special events professional should lead the Pan Am Games

    At last the Pan Am Games begin tomorrow. One can only hope that the Games themselves will be so entertaining and the drama so compelling that the residents of the Greater Toronto Area will remember them with pride. Regrettably, the lead-up to the Games has so far created anything but fond recollections. Indeed, the Games organizers seemed to have transitioned the population of the region from general indifference to outright hostility. The Pan Am Games are essentially a special event…

  • SITE joins industry leaders in support of North American Meetings Industry Day

    SITE Global Education Week planned for 13-17 April 2015 The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) announces their support and involvement in the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID). On April 16, 2015, SITE will join with Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and industry leaders, to spotlight the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions by connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent. MMB coalition members, in addition to…

  • Meetings and events industry joins together to launch the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day in 2015

    For the first time, the greater meetings and events industry across the United States, Canada and Mexico will join together to host the North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID). The event on Thursday, April 16, 2015 will bring together industry professionals and showcase the substantial value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. The industry supports driving positive business outcomes, creating personal relationships and building strong communities. Meetings industry organizations and chapters from the U.S., Canada and…

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