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  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

    The Business of Meetings

  • 4 Steps to a Successful Virtual Brainstorming Session

    We’re now more than a year into the pandemic and many people continue to work from home. Unsurprisingly, companies are experiencing communication challenges and, in some instances, full-on breakdowns within their teams. Protocol-driven online meetings that were intended to improve the exchange of information and collaboration may actually be undermining those things. Now is the time to switch out unnecessary Zoom check-ins for powerful, synergistic sessions with your team members. Virtual brainstorming is critical for uncovering gold mines of inspirational solutions…

    HR Tips

  • 10 Ways to Improve your Nonverbal Communication during a Virtual Meeting

    At the start of the pandemic, businesses rushed to move their in-person meetings and events online. The transition was so abrupt that many organizations did so without understanding, acknowledging or discussing the ins and outs of virtual meeting etiquette with their teams. In our digital-friendly age, it may be hard to imagine virtual meetings require such formalities, especially when they can feel as natural as speaking to someone in the same room. But it’s important to treat virtual meetings with…

    Virtual Events

  • Best Practices for Onboarding New Employees Remotely

    From pet cameos on video calls to virtual office parties, the ‘new normal’ of remote work comes with some interesting realities. With many teams continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future, remote onboarding of new team members is becoming inevitable for growing companies. It’s no minor task considering the way you choose to welcome an employee can have a lasting impact on their job satisfaction and ability to excel. But without the usual in-person introductions, office tours and…

    Career Development

  • Three Lessons from Catching COVID-19 for Event Producers

    I caught COVID-19 in early October. It was considered a mild case and I have since recovered. I never experienced shortness of breath or worried about my long-term health, for which I am very grateful. Here’s where it gets interesting. My symptoms started exactly six days prior to the start of a three-day in-person client event — one with a need for high-touch execution across multiple venues on back-to-back days. I want to note that our client’s main focus through the…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning

  • Online Survey Gauges Event Organizers’ Interest in Diverse Speaker Database

    Developers of European database, Women Talk Real Estate, are exploring demand for a similar resource to help event organizers and journalists tap into more diverse expertise in the commercial real estate industry. All interested parties are invited to respond to an online survey gauging interest in a database of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) professionals who could serve as speakers, panellists and media sources. “The aim of the database would be to support both male and female BAME…

    Breaking News

  • Five corporate travel challenges meeting planners should prepare for

    By Dirk Baerts The year 2016 continues to bring unprecedented opportunities for the meetings and incentives industry in Canada. While new opportunities exist, meeting planners and travel organizers will also face increased challenges. Canada is an attractive destination for international business meetings thanks to its high level of service, easy access, business culture, as well as competitive pricing. According to ICCA, Canada ranked 9th in the world in 2014 for most international meetings held. Destinations like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal continue…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings, Travel Tips & News

  • Hiring for success: Important tips for making quality hires

    By Jenny Faucher Making quality hires is crucial to the success of any organization, and missing one step can lead to headaches down the road. Here are some tips to ensure you keep ahead and focused on hiring the best person for your organization. Take your time and cast a wide net Invest time into the process. Start the process with the right mindset, and know that you won’t have someone hired in a few weeks. The process, if done…

    HR Tips, People & Profiles

  • Soccer madness: Four ways businesses can prepare for media brand damage

    I recently published an article entitled Employee conduct outside the workplace: When should employers take action? In the article, I discussed how the NFL had managed two cases of family abuse involving their players and the extent to which employers had control and accountability for their employees’ words and deeds away from the work place. I acknowledged that as an employer the NFL did hold a very unique place in the public mind compared to most other employers but wondered…

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