News & Articles - event

  • Engaging Attendees with Event Technology

    Q&A with Anthony Vade, Experience Architect at FMAV Events have always been about creating experiences. That, and ensuring attendees walk away with the brand messages and key takeaways intended by the event’s planners and stakeholders. This is a worthy goal on paper, but how does one do that effectively, and how can technology help create that lasting impression? Here to discuss the role technology plays in helping event professionals design better experiences is FMAV’s Anthony Vade. How can technological solutions be used…

    Industry Insights

  • What you need to know about shipping event materials

    By John Santini Like most people shipping to a trade show or conference, once your shipment leaves your premises you likely give little thought to its journey to your booth space in Canada. We’re just happy to see it there when we arrive! It is important, however, to understand what happens between points A and B to ensure your material makes it there, on time and during the move-in hours. Move-in day and labelling You would be surprised how many…

    Event Operations, Site Selection

  • First-Rate Event Security Starts with a Seamless Plan

    For event planners, it goes without saying that creating a memorable guest experience is a critical aspect of the job. But what about those “behind-the-scenes” components delegates can’t see or taste? While crisp acoustics and scrumptious cuisine, prominent guest speakers and dazzling party venues, are all part and parcel to what make an event successful, seamless security and risk preparedness are every bit as important—if not, more so. Gone are the days when a slippery floor or a loose guardrail…

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  • Centerplate chosen as exclusive food and beverage partner for St. John’s Convention Centre

    The Board of Directors of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. have announced the selection of event hospitality leader Centerplate as the exclusive catering partner for the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC), following a comprehensive bid process. Located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. John’s, SJCC offers state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, conferences and events. The 10-year contract will encompass all food and beverage services for events at SJCC, beginning June 1, 2018. “Centerplate has an excellent reputation for working…

    Breaking News, Food & Beverage, Meeting Community

  • Striving for sustainability in events

    By Daniella Bustamante The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability. Overhauling an event to make it “green” is not an easy nor appealing feat, but even through…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Meeting Checklists

  • How to plan events with food allergies in mind

    I would say that I have a lot of food preferences. I like healthy food: nothing fried, no white sugar or processed food. I often have a hard time when the only options at conferences are sugary breakfast items or processed meat sandwiches. The frustration! I thought I had it hard… until I spoke with a few colleagues who have serious food allergies and heard what it is like to be in their situation. I now have a sense of…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • When to walk away when planning an event

    As an event planner, you are only as good as your last event. If something does not seem right to you, it may be time to walk away. Early on in my career, I learned an important lesson. I had earned a reputation for producing great themed events. A third-party client approached me to plan a themed dinner offsite at an attraction. I sent a proposal and their client was thrilled and approved it as presented. Well, things began to…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • Push event boundaries with integrated technology

    Delegates are becoming more tech savvy every year and want to enhance their experience from the moment they decide to attend an event. Dynamic tools are disrupting old methods of planning in order to craft these new experiences and boost efficiency. In the past, Wi-Fi, mobile phones and apps were considered as stand-alone items, but they are now being used together to also address different workflows and help manage the unpredictability of events. In turn, planners are re-imaging the way…

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  • An important question to ask yourself when planning an event: Why?

    When designing any special event, there is a very important question that I keep constantly in my mind: Why? Everything I do and all elements must answer ‘the why’. For example, I spend my client’s money as if it were mine. If I would not spend the funds on something myself, then why would I expect the client to spend the funds? Case in point: I produced an incentive program for a client’s President’s Club. The budget was not limited.…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Special Events

  • Get the speaker you want, even if you can’t afford them

    When the perfect speaker is just out of reach, it’s time to get creative I’ve been there a few times before – you know of the best and most perfectly suited speaker for your event, but the event budget can’t afford them. Those situations can be disappointing and, sometimes, the quality of the event will suffer. But, over the years, I’ve learned that a lack of money doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get the speaker you want; you just have…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Speakers & Entertainment

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