News & Articles - Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada

  • Meetings Mean Business Coalition goes global

    American-led coalition will work with international partners to unite the meetings industry around the world The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, is introducing a platform for industry professionals in every corner of the globe to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. A newly created licensing agreement will allow partners in countries and regions outside of the United States to use MMB branding, messaging and research to form one strong, cohesive voice for…

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  • Five hot-button items for the business events industry in 2015

    With 2014 squarely behind us and a clear view ahead to 2015, what can the business events industry look forward to in the months ahead? Will we be beating down old topics of debate or will we find valuable solutions and seek newer, hotter discussions? Here’s my take on a few things to keep a close eye on. 1. Mind the gap It seemed like everywhere you turned, conference content included a panel discussion on the topic of the generational…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Meeting Community, Social Media & Technology, The Business of Meetings

  • Canadian Economic Impact Study 3.0: Letting the numbers tell the story

    What do the forestry, agriculture and entertainment sectors have in common with meetings and events? The meetings industry is on par with all these sectors in terms of their impact on the Canadian economy as a whole. But as amazing as it may sound — almost unbelievable to many — the numbers do indeed tell the story. Earlier this year, the MPI Foundation Canada released the Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS) 3.0, a study produced by Maritz Research, Conference Board…

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  • The business meetings industry: Don’t bet against us, we’re much bigger than you think

    Is it any wonder why I sense a very small percentage of our friends and family actually know what “we” do for a living? When I say “we,” I’m referring to the droves of people in this country that are directly employed within the business meetings industry. On that very same note, very few people likely know what our economic contribution to the system is either, and that includes most of us that work in it. In a time of…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • In the face of change: A case study of how to handle a legislative curveball

    By Kristin Hosie TICO became somewhat of a bad word in the Ontario event planning industry over the last couple of years. It came as a surprise and shock to many planners that legislation was in place requiring them to become registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) in order to provide travel services to their clients, something that had been common practice for ages. But Ontario isn’t the only province that has this requirement – both Quebec…

    Career Development, People & Profiles

  • Open for business: Government focus is an opportunity for meetings and events

    By Bob Parker The current session of Parliament opened with a throne speech on October 16, 2013, and if you listened carefully to what was shared by Governor General David Johnston, you may have heard a reference to a proposed focus on increasing tourism within Canada. More specifically, this emphasis seems to be intended on bringing more people into Canada as visitors, rather than entirely encouraging Canadians to travel more at home. This past May, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)…

    Industry Research, Meeting Community

  • MPI Foundation Canada transitions Economic Impact Study to BEICC

    Plans to unveil preliminary findings of latest report on National Meetings Industry Day In the spirit of collaboration, the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation Canada announced today it will transfer ownership of the Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS) to the Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC). This strategic move will take effect on April 10, 2014, in connection with National Meetings Industry Day in Canada. “Our goal with this strategic effort is to position the CEIS as a broad…

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  • Under the microscope: Announcing the launch of the Canadian Economic Impact Study 3.0

    By Bob Parker, Chairperson, BEICC This spring marks the official kick-off of the production of the Canadian Economic Impact Study 3.0 and will commence a year-long study initiated by MPI Foundation Canada to measure the impact of meeting activity on Canada’s economy. Bringing together project partners Maritz Canada, The Conference Board of Canada, The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council and Greenfield Services, CEIS 3.0 will be the continuation of the benchmark Canadian Economic Impact study initiated in 2008 and updated…

    Industry Research, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • BEICC update: Preparing to take on today’s important meetings industry issues

    By Bob Parker, Chairperson BEICC As spring is on the doorstep, thoughts move to planting seeds for the much anticipated growing season. It is time to groom, fertilize, and prepare the fields for the opportunities ahead. The business meetings and events industry in Canada is perhaps one of the most diverse economies in this country, impacting many sectors, and deciding which seeds to plant and fields to nurture is a most challenging task. The foundation of the Business Events Industry…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Industry update: News and views from the BEICC

    BEICC held the first of many planned Town Halls at the InterContinental Hotel on October 3, 2012 and invited members of the various associations to attend. More than 30 people from a variety of associations attended to get an update on BEICC activities. On hand to discuss trends affecting the business events industry in Canada was Warren Evans, CSP, Hall of Fame, who advised that if associations continue to protect their turf, and don’t work with each other, their association…

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