News & Articles - conferences

  • Shifting from Physical to Online Events: Is it the Right Move?

    The meetings and events industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the social distancing measures aimed at reducing its spread. Companies and organizations have made changes to adapt during this unprecedented period, postponing, rescheduling or moving events online. But are all events suited to a virtual audience? Event coordinator Martha Feenstra says surprisingly yes. She even expects some may remain completely online on the other side of the pandemic. “I never thought I would enjoy a virtual music concert…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • CMEExpo Launches Free Webinar Series for Meeting, Event Professionals

    The largest and longest running trade show and conference for meeting and event professionals has launched a brand-new virtual learning program. Called Speaker Series, the webinars will feature exclusive interviews with top industry leaders and experts about topics that matter most to attendees. “Our live event is known for its gold star education. To be able to deliver the same level of content through webinars will allow us to inspire our community of meeting professionals in a new way,” says…

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  • Study Shows Increased Confidence in COVID-19 Business Restoration

    Most companies are planning COVID-19 recovery for 2020, with one-third preparing for it in the next three months, according to a new report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). “The global business travel industry remains at a standstill but we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel,” says GBTA CEO, Scott Solombrino. GBTA is a business travel and meetings trade organization with operations on six continents. It surveyed almost 1,600 member…

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  • Canadian Task Force to Tackle Exposition Industry Recovery

    A task force has been established to help with the resumption of trade and consumer shows. Created by the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM), the 24-person group will lay the groundwork for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of the exposition industry, which has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Business events serve as an immense driver of economic growth and innovation,” says CAEM president, Catherine MacNutt. “By uniting as an industry and collaborating with our strategic partners…

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  • Life sciences generate four conferences for Québec City

    The life sciences industry is booming in the Québec City area and features prominently in the economy. The city is an innovation hub brimming with expertise and development potential thanks to its key players, research centres, businesses, and investment. This vitality is also reflected in the growing number of Canadian, American, and international organizations in this field choosing Québec City and the Québec City Convention Centre for their events. Plus, more than 30 per cent of events held at the…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Montreal brings chemistry to life science events

    Advances in medical technology drive need for more multidisciplinary events Last summer, hundreds of professionals headed to Montreal for the world’s first International Congress on Personalized Health Care. A crowd of researchers and academics, economists and ethicists gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montréal to address key issues and updates facing the health and medical technology field. “We are at the dawn of a new era of medicine that will redefine healthcare management,” said Congress President, Dr. Pavel Hamet,…

    Industry Insights

  • Victoria, Saskatoon and St. John’s collaborate to boost conference tourism

    Cities in Sync is a landmark initiative to create an efficient tool for planners booking conferences and meetings in Canada Collaboration: two or more organizations working together to achieve shared goals. That’s the idea behind a landmark new initiative being launched today by tourism organizations in Victoria, B.C., Saskatoon, SK, and St. John’s, NL. Destination St. John’s, Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Victoria are providing a simple and effective way for meeting planners to book their meetings and conferences. Cities in…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • Conferences as your brand promise

    I recently had a browse through the January issue of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business and this article caught my eye: Canada’s Top 50 Brands by Steve Brearton. Brearton talks about your brand being the value of a promise that is consistently kept. Brearton breaks down his definition as follows: Value: What’s the actual dollar value of the company’s brand? Is this the old accounting ‘goodwill’ value of a company? To find out the mathematical value, read the…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • There’s a green app for that!

    By Joseph Lo Conferences and meetings can have significant carbon footprints. Power, ground transportation, air travel, paper and many aspects of an event can all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Knowledge is the key towards sustainability and increased social responsibility. More and more meeting planners are recognizing the importance of planning a green event and want to do their part in helping the environment. Whether your goal is to decrease CO2 emissions, travel-related fuel consumption or paper usage, the following…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Social Media & Technology

  • Eight tips and tricks from three experienced corporate meeting planners

    All corporate meeting planners are constantly drowning in details, trying to get things together for the next meeting and worrying about the meeting after that one! Working “smarter” and not “harder” on their meetings, conferences, events and tradeshows is paramount to doing a great job. We gathered some of AMI’s Certified Meeting Planners together and asked them for some quick tips. Here is what they had to say.

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