People & Profiles

  • A New Chapter at Centre Mont-Royal

    Q&A with the Montreal venues new general manager 19 years after joining Centre Mont-Royal’s founding team, Luis Ribeiro is now general manager of the iconic Montreal venue. We reached out to learn his plans and discover what’s next for the city’s premier event destination. Now that you’ve had a few months to settle into your new role, what’s on your radar? My priority as general manager is to keep the Centre steady and moving in the right direction, which our…

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Fresh Perspectives

    Excerpt from Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity As we see movement of our stakeholder expectations from event to experience in a world where global migration and ease of travel ensures a diverse mix of participants will be in attendance, we require a rethink of our traditional skill sets. While all the basic skills from budgeting, site selection, contracting, logistics and design must be solid, there is so much more. Building Experience Delivery Teams Who are the right people to…

  • Meetings Industry Profile: Leanne Calderwood, CMP

    Present: HelmsBriscoe Expertise: Site Selection Specialty: Research, Strategic Meetings Management, Social Media, Corporate Meetings Network: Tell us about yourself. Leanne Calderwood: I’m a busy-body go-getter and I love projects, whether at work or in my home. I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing. I thrive on connecting people to resources that help them in their work and their career, and I love seeing people reach their full potential. An early adopter of social media in events, I actively share…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Maddy Marchildon

    Profile Particulars Present: Redstone Agency Inc. Past: Managing Matters Inc., University of Ottawa (Marketing Team, Faculty of Social Sciences) Expertise: Association and not-for-profit management Specialty: Board and committee management, volunteer and member engagement, CMS and website platforms, systems and processes management, change management CMN: Tell us about yourself. Maddy Marchildon: Since graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2010, I’ve worked with over 25 not-for-profit organizations located in Canada and internationally in industries ranging from arts, to education and to…

  • Smart hiring managers invest in getting to know candidates

    By Sheila Wong Common courtesy is not just something we remember from the past – it can be an asset in recruiting today. How you treat your candidates before, during and after the interview process is very telling of the type of manager you are perceived to be. It is instrumental in attracting the kind of candidate you need in our service-based industry. How does this apply? It’s a lot like dating. After talking to a classmate from his MBA…

  • Edmontonian wins national event industry award

    Local businessman Brent Taylor bestowed with Canada’s highest honour at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards. Timewise Event Management’s managing partner Brent Taylor received national recognition at the 21st Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards hosted in Toronto on March 21, 2018. He was selected from among numerous nominations and five finalists in the Event Professional of the Year category, the most prestigious and coveted of the awards. Taylor was recognized for his contributions to the meeting and event industry. Working…

  • Four reasons why you should attend professional association meetings

    As an association manager, I’m regularly coming up reasons why professionals should join their industry associations, and different ways to market and share their value propositions – and yet, there is still work to do around awareness in our own meeting planning industry! How do you get your professional development? What networks have you joined? Is it time to start being more active in your industry’s association? Or, maybe you’ve already had a full career and it’s time to give…

  • Acquis Consulting Group adds Shimon Avish to expand Meetings Management practice

    Acquis Consulting Group is pleased to announce Shimon Avish has joined the firm as Principal and Head of the Strategic Meetings Management practice. In this role, Avish will oversee the expansion of Acquis Consulting Group’s offerings in the area of meetings management. Avish has been in the industry for over 20 years, holding roles with American Express Consulting, American Express Meetings & Events, BCD Meetings & Events, and his own firm, Shimon Avish Consulting. Avish has led major initiatives to design and build…

  • New president and CEO of RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg announced

    Convention Centre Corporation Board of Directors announce the appointment of new president and CEO After 25 years at the helm of the RBC Convention Centre, President and CEO Klaus Lahr will be retiring this spring. Following a lengthy search, Crystal Laborero, Board Chair, and Search Committee Chair Danny Akman have announced that Drew Fisher will be appointed to the position effective March 15, 2018. Fisher will join the convention centre with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and…

  • MPI commences 2018 with vice president of community appointment

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Nicole Edmund to lead the association’s membership and chapter operations teams as vice president of community, effective January 8, 2018. In this newly created position, Edmund will be responsible for the engagement, growth and overall satisfaction of MPI’s global chapter network and membership community. Edmund has more than 20 years of experience as an association management professional. She most recently served as the associate vice president of membership and chapter relations for Women in…

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