Debbie van der Beek
Debbie began her career 13 years ago with Meetings & Incentive Travel™ magazine as Production and Event Manager of the Canadian Meetings & Incentive Travel Symposium and Tradeshow (CMITS, now Incentiveworks™), and the Executive Travel & Corporate Meeting Planners Tradeshow. Most recently, Debbie spent four years as account manager with Marketing™ magazine - the foremost business publication for the advertising and promotional market. It was here Debbie realized the enormous synergies among meetings, events, corporate travel, incentive programs, corporate gift and reward merchandise.
Laura brings 20 years of editorial experience to Ignite magazine. She’s been the managing editor at Glow and Today’s Parent and her articles have appeared in Chatelaine, Best Health, Cottage Life, Fresh Juice and Professionally Speaking. As a writer and editor, her passion is telling informative, entertaining stories that connect to the interests and concerns of her readers.
A vivacious and creative sales leader, Vicki was National Director of Group Sales for Atlific Hotels and Resorts, Corporate Sales Manager at the Delta Chelsea and Area Sales Manager at Discover the World Marketing. A member of MPI's Toronto Chapter, she's held several Board positions and won numerous awards for her commitment to the association and the industry. Staying on top of the latest trends and standards, this Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) always keeps a finger on the pulse of the industry.
Melaya Horsten, CMP
Marketing, Communications & Project Director
With years of experience as a third party corporate planner at both Donovan by design inc. and Moore Carlyle Consulting, Melaya has built a diverse portfolio of incredible events and secured her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. Driver by her background in media and public relations, Melaya is committed to seeing Ignite grow and flourish as the go-to place for every planner. Melaya is an active member of SITE, serving on both national and international committees of SITE as a Young Leader.
Ignitemag.ca is the online face of Ignite magazine, a fresh, new resource for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs.
Our mission, in print and online, is to provide you with information, inspiration, guidance and great ideas you can apply to your job today in your role as a motivator, organizer, buzz-maker, style-setter and all-around miracle-worker in support of your workforce.
Ignite's entrepreneurial team conveys an insider's insight on what you do, bringing together hands-on veteran industry expertise in meetings, promotions, event marketing, communications, incentives and corporate travel.
We come from the trenches, having managed strategy, budgets, deadlines and corporate expectations, with an understanding of the all-important return on investment for your dollar.
Most of all, the design and content of our pages reflect our commitment to delivering information you can use to do your job efficiently, effectively - and with a sense of fun.
Richard spent 20 years as publisher/group publisher of Meetings & Incentive Travel™ (M&IT) magazine and Marketing™ magazine. He established M&IT's online business in the early 1990's, initiated the purchase of the Conventions & Meetings Canada (CMC) directory and The Executive Travel & Corporate Meeting Planners Trade Shows. He was also the founder and General Manager of the Canadian Meetings & Incentive Travel Symposium and Tradeshow (CMITS, now Incentiveworks™). He was also founder of Corporate Travel Management magazine and received MPI Toronto Chapter's President's Award.
After her formal schooling, Jennifer gained experience as promotion manager for a luxury car dealer followed by a successful account management position on Marketing™ magazine where she also developed a passion for the meeting and incentive business while promoting exhibit sales in the IncentiveWorks™ show. Jennifer joined the team at the onset when she saw Ignite's vision and commitment to customer service excellence.
Sales & Editorial Coordinator
With seven years of experience working in the publishing industry as an editor for CCH Canadian Ltd., Rose ventured away from her office position in 2007 to begin a freelance career from her home in Oakville, Ont. She has since worked on numerous publications, writing and editing for a variety of print and online media.
Editor, Digital & Special Projects
Sandra's insight about our industry was honed as the former director of content for Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, where she was responsible for editorial direction and education at the IncentiveWorks show. Her 15+ years in the publishing industry included editorial management positions at Food in Canada and Corporate Meetings & Events. Sandra serves on the SITE Canada board as a director, chapter meetings.