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  • Caitlin McElhone

    Industry Profile: Caitlin McElhone

      Edmonton event planner Caitlin McElhone is passionate about events. While studying clothing and textile design at the University of Alberta, she was introduced to the events industry and never looked back. “I hadn’t even considered event planning as a profession – nor did I understand that it could be a career option, but I was naturally suited for the work and loved the rush of set up and putting on something so special for someone,” says McElhone, who began…

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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…


  • Planner profile: Arlene Schilke, CMP

    Present: Timewise Event Management Inc. Expertise: Meeting and Convention Management Specialty:  Social Media, Leadership, Trends Tell us about yourself. #girlboss, #eventprof, #entrepreneur, #workingmom #snapchatter #foodie — Needless to say, I love social media almost as much as I love face-to-face meetings. I grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba so to live in an era of technology and live streaming where we are able to connect virtually to anyone anywhere, is fascinating to me. After studying English and…

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  • The Events Industry Council recognizes new Certified Meeting Professionals

    Announcing the latest class of new CMP and CMP-HC designees The Events Industry Council recently announced 234 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination. Furthermore, an additional professional succeeded in achieving the Certified Meeting Professional – Health Care (CMP-HC) designation by passing an additional examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the events, meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession.  View the full list of new…

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  • Meeting planner profile: Mariella Irivarren, CMP, BMO Financial Group

    Present: BMO Financial Group Past: JPdL Destination Management, Toronto | Acuren Group Inc. Expertise: Corporate events, client seminars and road shows, external client-facing events Specialty: Client-focused corporate events Tell us about yourself I graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing. Upon returning to Canada I started working as a receptionist while looking for a job in the events industry. During this time I decided to go to George…

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  • QuickMobile introduces first mobile app certificate program for meeting industry professionals

    Meeting professionals can earn up to 10 continuing education credits towards CMP accreditation and recertification requirements QuickMobile, the global leader in mobile enterprise meeting and event apps, today announced the meeting industry’s first mobile app certificate program to award up to 10 continuing education units (CEs) towards Certified Meeting Professional (CMP and CMP-HS) accreditation and recertification requirements. The program is the first to focus solely on mobile technology and how it can be used to build and measure success points…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Top meeting mistakes: Five items you may be forgetting

    Frantic as CMPs and corporate meeting specialists often find themselves planning engaging programs and plotting event logistics, it’s all too easy to overlook simple value-adds that can radically enhance any gathering’s impact. But if properly leveraged, these cost-affordable and easily-implemented initiatives can help maximize attendance, boost audience learning and takeaway, and dramatically improve return on investment. Following are several ways to get more from your conferences and executive summits, none of which require huge added expenditures, yet all of which…

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