Meeting planner profile: Roberta Dexter, Plan Ahead Events

Present: Plan Ahead Events Past: Credit Union Atlantic, The Globe and Mail Expertise:  Strategic Design, Conference Management, Financial Management Specialty: Academic, medical and association conferences Tell us about yourself. I have been in the events industry for over 10 years … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Meeting Planner Profile: Kristin Hosie, Senior Account Manager, Ruby Sky Event Planning Inc.

Name: Kristin Hosie Present: Senior Account Manager, Ruby Sky Event Planning Inc., Barrie, Ontario Past: Senior Summit Producer, Marcus Evans, Barbados Specialty: Strategic client relationship management, copyediting, creativity, managing the details, delivering the “WOW” Tell us about yourself: I’m a … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Helping stakeholders see the big picture of meetings value

Amid today’s challenging climate of economic uncertainty, more and more discussion about meetings and events is taking place in the corporate boardroom, where senior management teams are assessing the value those meetings bring to their business. For a professional meeting planner, knowing how to prove the value of tangible and intangible returns on a stakeholder’s investment is an enviable skill. Establishing the inherent value of meetings and how they tie in to corporate objectives is a critical component of the planning process, giving you the power to leverage that information with senior management and helping to justify their meetings investment. Continue reading

Taste the four seasons: how food preservation can add local flavour to your event menus year-round

If you are a sustainable meeting planner who has an event (large or small) happening in the very early spring, you should be thinking about winter and how it might effect your “locally grown” menu selection. There will be minimal quantities of local, fresh produce available in the early spring, and that presents a bit of a problem for those who want to showcase regional, seasonal items. Continue reading

The business case for sustainability at your events

The research tracked 184 companies between 2003 and 2010 and identified seven key benefits that companies reported experiencing as a result of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. It was immediately apparent to me how this research could make an excellent basis for any meeting planner looking to promote change within their organization by incorporating sustainability and CSR to their events. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain High: Whistler, B.C.

Nestled in British Columbia’s magnificent Coast Mountains and distinguished by its impressive twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb, Whistler is rated as one of the world’s top destination resorts year after year. Surrounded by forested valleys, rivers and lakes, this mountain paradise offers meeting and event planners a spectacular variety of venues to choose from. Continue reading

Meeting Planner Profile: Patricia Rekert, Owner and President of In Any Event Design Inc.

Present: Owner and President of In Any Event Design Inc., Vancouver, B.C. Past: Professional photographer. Expertise: Developing event concepts and identifying innovative solutions. Specialty: Delivering sophisticated elegance in special event design and production. Tell us about yourself: I am a very private person. I have two grown sons whom I am most proud of. Family is the most important part of my life outside of work. … Continue reading