• The show must go on: Making Mounties out of mishaps

    Most meeting planners are very familiar with the stress and frustration of last-minute changes, or even catastrophes, when organizing an event. I sometimes shudder at different last-minute challenges that have cropped up at some of my very early meetings and events and wonder how I didn’t end up in intensive care. “Keep it simple” is one bit of advice I do not take lightly. It never pays to complicate things. Also, delegation is a must. I now hire leads to…

  • The creativity factor

    The competitive advantage of a creative mindset in the corporate meetings and events industry In an era of shrinking budgets, dwindling timelines and an ever-expanding list of client and stakeholder demands, today’s corporate meeting and event planner is more stressed than ever before. To better cope with that stress, many planners strive to acquire the skills they need to stay at the top of their game and a step ahead of the competition. Despite a growing curriculum of post-graduate programs…

  • Experience of Ontario

    Ontario is a four-season destination whose varied regions offer outstanding outdoor, city and touring experiences. Its cities feature great entertainment, stylish hotels, exciting architecture, shopping and gourmet dining. Seasonal getaways range from dogsledding through a crisp winter forest to cycling through summer vineyards while adventuresome visitors can canoe or kayak along an unparalleled selection of rivers, lakes and even Hudson Bay’s saltwater coast. City experiences Ottawa, Canada’s capital, mingles its impressive architecture and Anglo-Gallic charm with parklands and rivers. The…

  • Green fatigue: Feeling blue in a world of green

    I am going to warn you right from the start: If you live in a world where unicorns roam, double rainbows are a daily occurrence and the air is scented with the smell of caramel corn….perhaps you shouldn’t read this. Things are not as rosy as they seem. Here it goes: “I am a Green Meeting Planner and I think/ am pretty sure/not officially diagnosed yet, that I might be suffering from green fatigue.” It’s true. Lately I have been…

  • The Westin Ottawa awarded highest Green Key Meetings rating

    Green Key Global, the largest international certification body evaluating sustainable hotel operations, has awarded the prestigious “5 Green Keys” rating to The Westin Ottawa for its Green Key Meetings Program. The hotel is the first Starwood Hotel to have received 5 Green Keys for both the Green Key Eco-Rating Program and Green Key Meetings Program. The Westin Ottawa has received the designation of 5 Keys as it exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility in relation to meetings…

  • GBTA and MPI join forces to create new education and training opportunities

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) – the meetings and events industry’s largest and most vibrant global community – are pleased to announce a new joint venture. The two organizations will work together to co-create new industry-leading education and training opportunities.

  • BC tourism industry to create 101,000 new job openings by 2020

    British Columbia’s tourism industry will be a leader in provincial job growth as businesses look to fill 101,000 new job openings by 2020, according to a study of labour demand and supply by go2, the BC tourism industry’s human resource association.

  • Ten tips for your next conference

    Conferences are hard work. From developing the creative treatments to establishing milestones and timelines, planning ahead can make all the difference in the world. When planning a conference, there are specific guidelines that you should always follow in order for it to run smoothly. Here are 10 tips that will help you plan and run a successful conference.

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