People & Profiles

  • Four ways event planners can get ready for the spring conference season

    If you’re like many meeting planners that work in conference and professional development event management, your peak season is the spring. During this time you’ll see many multi-day conferences, award shows, annual general meetings, etc. While the timing of these events are convenient for attendees since they occur outside of other peak seasons such as summer holidays and year-end, this also means that as a planner, you can expect things to pick up well in advance. Part of the nature…

  • IACC-Americas Chapter names finalists for Global Copper Skillet Competition

    Four chefs from IACC-member properties representing the United States and Canada gathered recently to compete for the IACC Americas Chapter Cook-Off at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, where the winners secured their spot en route to the Global Copper Skillet Competition finale next month at IACC-Americas Connect in Los Angeles. Kent Phillips, executive chef at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, located in London, ON, Canada, took the “Senior Category Americas Cook-Off Award” for his winning dish of Smoked Paprika Petit…

  • Freeman Audio Visual wins Consumer Choice Award for fourth consecutive year

    Freeman Audio Visual Canada has been selected by London consumers and the local business community as the Consumer Choice Award (CCA) winner in the category of Audio Visual Services for four years in a row. CCA was established in 1987 and is considered the most distinguished award for business excellence in Canada. “This is truly a testament to the hard work and outstanding service Freeman Audio Visual has continued to provide over the past year,” said Marcel Sbrollini, President, CCA.…

  • Tips to network and find jobs online

    Prospecting for sales or promotional leads and hunting for career-related opportunities rank among today’s most popular online activities among meeting planners and suppliers in every field. But which rules of conduct should you be following when reaching out regarding potential business on social networks or electronic applying for a new job at a prospective employer? As we discovered while researching our new book, Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in an Online World, the answers may surprise you.…

  • Martin L. Leclerc named general manager of The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

    Marriott International has announced the appointment of Martin L. Leclerc as general manager for The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. A well-established leader with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Leclerc’s career began at the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta in 1991 where he worked in various positions in food and beverage.  In 1997, he joined Delta Hotels as the Director of Operations at the Delta Vancouver Airport, and in 2000, he was promoted to Acting General Manager at…

  • How to manage your online reputation

    Between the rise of social networks, cloud apps, and 24/7 wireless connected solutions, online reputation management is now an essential topic to keep in mind when managing a personal or professional online brand. Luckily for meeting planners and industry vendors, maintaining a positive and professional image needn’t be as difficult as it seems – even in an age where access to virtually anything you could want to know about anyone or anything is just a click or tap away. Below,…

  • IACC-Americas names champions in Canadian Copper Skillet competition

    Seven chefs from IACC-member properties across Canada gathered to compete for the coveted Canadian Copper Skillet at the NAV Centre, where the winners edged one step closer to the International Copper Skillet Competition finale to be held this April at IACC-Americas Connect. “The Canadian competition has previously been held in Toronto,” said Ian Bentley, the NAV Centre’s director of conference services and food and beverage. “This year we wanted to represent Cornwall and our region of Canada, though it’s a…

  • Daryl Kerr named Chef of the Year by the Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks

    The Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks, a branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation, is proud to honour Corporate Chef Daryl Kerr of Great Events Group with the coveted Chef of the Year award. Daryl Kerr receives the 2016 award based on exhibiting an inspiring passion for his craft, an unending pursuit of creativity and a commitment to promoting the local food industry in Calgary. For over ten years, Daryl has performed as the Corporate Chef for Great Events Group, a food and…

  • Seven basic business fears and how to overcome them

    Do you think the secret to succeeding in life is to take fewer risks and play it safe? Guess again. As new research by the creators of the bestselling book Make change work for you demonstrates, it actually pays to be bolder, more courageous, and more willing to put yourself out there on the personal and professional fronts – that risky is the new safe, so to speak. But as interviews with scores of leading business researchers, self-made successes, and…

  • MPI and GBTA Foundation recognize CMM recipients from Norfolk 2016 class, announce destinations for 2017 programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 37 meeting and travel professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. Also, the associations are planning to offer two programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year. “We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” said Paul Van…

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