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  • Events Industry Council Launches New Virtual Event for 2020

    The Events Industry Council (EIC) will host a new virtual event this year. Held over three days, EIC Advance is slated to elevate, inspire and connect events industry professionals around the world. It will feature innovative education, peer-to-peer connection, on-demand programming and unique experiences for certified meeting professionals. “Through this global forum, EIC will bring us together as an industry to strengthen our global connections, learn from best practices in all parts of the world, enhance our collaboration and amplify…

  • How Businesses are Rising to the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has dealt the events industry a blow that far surpasses any other occurrence in modern history. No business has been left untouched but while some have crippled under the coronavirus outbreak, others have pivoted in ways they wouldn’t have imagined months ago when the outlook for 2020 was so bright. “Prior to the pandemic my team was planning hybrid events, which combines live in-person and virtual components. Now our offerings are primarily virtual-only,” explains Alicia Jenelle of her self-named…

  • Tourisme Montréal teams up with Prologue AI

    A North American leader in digital strategies, Tourisme Montréal has joined forces with Prologue AI to develop the prototype of The Voice of Montréal, the very first AI-driven hybrid (image and voice) assistant designed to help travellers discover Montréal. It is the first product of its kind in the global tourism industry. The partnership with Prologue AI started at MT Lab, the incubator for innovation in tourism, culture and entertainment co-founded by Tourisme Montréal in 2017. Prologue AI is part…

  • Swoop carries its one-millionth traveller

    Press Release Swoop celebrated its one-millionth traveller on a flight from Edmonton to Hamilton earlier this week. William and Emily Burchat were surprised to be selected as the lucky recipients of a round-trip for two on Swoop and a commemorative, Swoop branded, model aircraft. The pair were travelling to Hamilton with their twin infant daughters who were meeting their grandparents for the first time. “It was an awesome experience. They were all super helpful, every single one of them,” said…

  • The Air Canada Foundation makes every bit count for thousands of Canadian children

    Press Release The Air Canada Foundation is pleased to announce that, to further strengthen its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), all funds raised in 2019 on board Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights through the “Every Bit Counts” program will be remitted to the 14 CMN paediatric member hospitals in Canada. “Over the years, Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation have made a direct impact in local communities across Canada through a unique combination of grants to children’s hospitals, airline tickets and Aeroplan Miles donations. We are proud…

  • Trendsetting: Developing talent in event entertainment

    By Janice Cardinale Anticipation is what drives every one of us in the event industry. At The Idea Hunter, my corporate entertainment agency, we do our best work when we anticipate the future and craft ideas before our clients are aware they need it. Our work needs to inspire, resonate and, most importantly, add real value to our clients’ businesses. When we’re successful, it’s fulfilling not only for my clients and the talent I connect them with, but for me, too. To…

  • Ten reasons to choose Calgary for your next corporate event

    Calgary is one of Canada’s most energetic and diverse cities, ideally located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. With its beautiful surroundings, reliable sunshine, and warm, western hospitality, it’s no wonder more than four million visitors flock to the lively destination for corporate meetings and events each year. Although there are countless reasons to consider Calgary for your association’s next big meeting, here are the top 10 reasons to make it happen: 1. Calgary is for everyone. With its…

  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel announces completion of $120 million renovation

    Flagship property shows off fresh style and sleek technology enhancements for today’s modern traveller and convention attendees Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, recently announced the completion of an extensive $120 million renovation of a flagship property, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The two year refurbishment project includes a full overhaul of all 1,372 guest rooms and suites, as well as the completion of function space expansion and…

  • Group Germain announces first Alt Hotel in Saskatchewan, features 4,000 square feet of meeting space

    In collaboration with City of Saskatoon, new Alt Hotel to open in evolving River Landing area Group Germain Hotels is adding a new Alt Hotel to the dynamic River Landing area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. The stylish property will be a key feature of the city’s extensive River Landing development project, a new extension currently under construction in the south downtown business district. “We are pleased to be working closely with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., Victory Majors, Triovest and…

  • Freeman Audio Visual Canada achieves new milestone in sustainable event standards

    In partnership with Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Conference Centre, Freeman Audio Visual Canada has recently become the first AV company in the country to achieve Level 1 APEX/ASTM sustainability certification. APEX is spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council. Standards were developed in collaboration between APEX and ASTM (an ANSI-certified international standard development organization). The standards are referred to as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards. There are nine independent…

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