Will market disruption make room blocks the next casualty?

By Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM At a recent PCMA East Canada workshop in Ottawa, meeting professionals and business event suppliers came together to discuss room blocks. Consensus among the hotel sales representatives was that it is business as usual – … Continue reading

The Events Industry Council recognizes new Certified Meeting Professionals

Announcing the latest class of new CMP and CMP-HC designees The Events Industry Council recently announced 234 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination. Furthermore, an additional professional succeeded in achieving the Certified Meeting Professional – Health Care … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

Meeting the challenge: Three Canadian corporate planners weigh in on the top industry issues

From shrinking budgets to the social media revolution, today’s corporate meeting and event planners are faced with a multitude of constantly shifting priorities and unique challenges. How are some of Canada’s top corporate planners meeting these challenges and devising solutions … Continue reading

MPI releases the annual Business Barometer: A comprehensive, international report with industry insights and tools for 2013

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) released today the annual Business Barometer, which provides valuable, cutting-edge industry insights for senior executives, meeting planners and suppliers to plan for the upcoming year. Continue reading

Sheraton Gateway Toronto offers meeting planners great venue and value add savings for events at the airport

The Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport is the only hotel directly connected to the airport offering a unique and convenient place to hold meetings. This fall the hotel offers meeting planners five great reasons to book their next event at the Sheraton Gateway. Continue reading

Sustainable event planning

Sustainability is a powerful conversation within major corporations and the corporate meetings marketplace. According to the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project Canadian report, the top 200 largest Canadian companies report that the three main drivers for increased transparency related to sustainability impact monitoring are: 1) new revenue streams, 2) an increase in brand value, and 3) reducing cost and mitigating the risk of rising oil prices. The CDP Canadian report notes: “In short, the majority of companies see a clear economic benefit in implementing efficiency initiatives that replace emissions-intensive technologies and processes with cleaner and cheaper alternatives.” Continue reading