Industry Profiles

  • CanSPEP update: Promoting professionalism, creating awareness

    Now in its 16th year, the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners began in 1996 as IMPAC (Independent Meeting Professionals Association of Canada). Its founder and first president, Joy Fox, CMP Emeritus, created the association out of a need to gather independent planning professionals as a strong group of entrepreneurs. The organization’s first meeting was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto where the 24 planners in attendance developed a mission to “promote, support and educate independent meeting and…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Jennifer Campbell, CMP, CMM, Director, Meetings and Conference Services, BDO

    Name: Jennifer Campbell, CMP, CMM Present: Director, Meetings and Conference Services, BDO Expertise: 26 years of providing meeting and event planning services to BDO’s internal clients (have been with BDO for almost 39 years). Specialty: Great attention to detail; providing the best experience possible on limited budgets. Tell us about yourself. I was born in England and also lived in Jamaica for five years as a child. We immigrated to Canada in the early 70’s. By the time we immigrated…

  • Meeting challenges, trends and solutions

    Independent planner Q & A with: Angela Zaltsman, CMP, A to Z Event Management Mary Mulligan, CMP, Mary Mulligan Event Management Heather Baker, Amaryllis Events What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an independent meeting and event planner in Canada? Angela Zaltsman: Budgets and a shorter turn-around time for meeting and events are my challenges. Budgets dictate the limits within which an event will be produced, forcing creativity with respect to how a planner delivers and solves…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Kim Pickering, Manager, Meeting and Conference Management for Manulife Financial, Canadian Division

    Present: Manager, Meeting and Conference Management for Manulife Financial, Canadian Division. Past: 20 years conference services and event management experience in the hospitality industry. Expertise: Customer service – understanding the goals and objectives of my clients and being able to deliver a program that meets and exceeds their expectations. Specialty: Creating unique and interesting experiences for the attendees. My team and I are always looking for that WOW factor – the one event that will have our attendees asking “How…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Emma Singh, CEO, Events by Emma Corporation

    As a professional full-service event planning company based in Winnipeg, Events by Emma specializes in corporate, non-profit, upscale private functions, social events and weddings. The Events by Emma team is proud of our ability to understand our clients’ vision and needs, and we introduce professional and experienced consultation combined with creative and fresh ideas, ultimately turning their concepts into realities.

  • King of desserts

    As the multitude of guests begins making its weekly pilgrimage to Winnipeg’s historic Fort Garry Hotel to partake of its epic Sunday brunch, Richard Warren is busy rallying his brigade of talented pastry chefs who will soon be serving their delectable creations to hundreds of hungry diners in search of the perfect dessert.

  • Chefs of the West: Neal Harkins, Executive Chef, Whistler Conference Centre

    Raised in a large family kitchen with European roots, Neal Harkins’ love of cooking started at about four years of age when he played sous chef to his grandmother and quickly learned the heart and soul of hearty home cooking, traditional recipes, and respect for market ingredients. Harkins understood that sitting around the table isn’t a meal – it’s an experience.

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Patricia Rekert, Owner and President of In Any Event Design Inc.

    Present: Owner and President of In Any Event Design Inc., Vancouver, B.C. Past: Professional photographer. Expertise: Developing event concepts and identifying innovative solutions. Specialty: Delivering sophisticated elegance in special event design and production. Tell us about yourself: I am a very private person. I have two grown sons whom I am most proud of. Family is the most important part of my life outside of work. …

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Brent Taylor, CMP, CMM

    Tell us about yourself: I am fascinated by ideas and the possibilities that they bring. I am driven to always look for better ways of doing things. I love to share ideas and knowledge with other people.

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