News & Articles - event management

  • Events Industry Merger Solidifies Management Strength

    Two Canadian event management companies have merged. ProPlan Conferences and Events has joined forces with CanPlan Event and Conference Services Inc. In doing so, ProPlan founder Bettyanne Sherrer will become a member of the CanPlan executive team, which includes co-founders Ann Clemenson and Patricia Pearson, and Maria Montesinos who joined the corporation in 2017. “Bettyanne, who has received many industry awards, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, is the talent behind major international events, the successful launch…

    Breaking News

  • 7 Reasons Why Virtual Events Can Be Better Than Traditional Face-to-Face Events

    There are ongoing debates around the efficiency of virtual events. However, a great number of event planners are reinventing themselves and suggesting that their clients convert their conferences to an online platform. It’s true that face to face (F2F) interactions and networking is different than a virtual experience. But many virtual events can be just as good, if not better, than being in person. Below are top seven reasons why virtual events can be better than F2F events: Cost efficiency:…

    Event Operations

  • Managing Matters Ranks Among Canada’s Top Growing Companies

    A Toronto-based association and event management company has made the Globe and Mail’s coveted list of the boldest businesses in the country. Managing Matters is among Canada’s top 400 growing companies, which encompasses various sectors. It placed 377 with a three-year growth of 75 per cent. This is the second year in a row the company has made the list. Launched in 2019, the program’s goal is to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada, by identifying and amplifying the success of…

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  • Organizers, Venues take Meaningful Steps to Bring Events Industry Back

    The events industry is getting ready for a new landscape as provincial and local governments country-wide lift pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and group gatherings. Recognizing people may be uneasy and even anxious about attending larger exhibitions like conferences and trade shows when they are allowed to resume, organizers and venues are taking steps now to impart consumer confidence. “We have been preparing for a return of events by building a list of potential measures that sit under the cornerstones of…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • 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

  • Mindful meeting choices: The details that make the difference

    Logistics are the bread and butter of a meeting planner’s diet. It’s easy to get distracted by the shiny objects of 21st-century planning – event apps, virtual reality, meditation breaks – but it’s well-executed basics and details that allow those elements to augment the show. Having attended my fair share of conferences, I can attest that it’s the little things that make or break an individual participant’s experience. Request a vegetarian meal and receive a surf-and-turf plate instead, pick up your name…

    Event Operations

  • Legacy-building events: Excerpts from “Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity”

    Hope is a great motivator. When we deliver a mindful experience and positively benefit others, we have a win for participants and organizations. Designing events that foster exchanges is critical to moving society forward, and always has been. Event professionals are developing rich corporate social responsibility programs that make a difference in the lives of those living in the local cultures we touch with our events. These moments are often the pieces with the emotional power to take your programs…

    Event Operations, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • MPI and San Diego State University partner to develop meeting and event management graduate degree, certificate programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU) have announced they will collaborate to create the first graduate-level degree program offered in the United States focused on meeting and event management for mid and senior-level professionals. In addition, they plan to develop a related academic certificate program for non-traditional students. Scheduled to launch in 2019, the master’s degree program will incorporate experiential learning, simulations, and industry partner…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • American Express GBT acquires leading meetings and events specialist

    American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has signed an agreement to acquire Banks Sadler, an international event management agency headquartered in London. The company will operate as part of American Express Meetings & Events, a division of GBT. When the transaction completes, expected in Q3, the company and its staff will formally become part of the GBT family. Issa Jouaneh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Meetings & Events, says the acquisition is strategic for his organization…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • How a rain event and late speaker arrival were overcome – and guests thrilled – at an outdoor event

    By Jane Davies As a long-time events planner, I know there is no such thing as a perfectly planned event – but I do my best to ensure that clients and their guests have a perfect experience, every time. Our firm, ZedEvents, draws upon a large roster of suppliers, venues, artists and performers to ensure that every one of the events we manage is produced with the best that the available time, client’s budget and our creativity will allow. We…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

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