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May 19, 2016
Caesars Windsor is raising expectations with new world-class amenities!

Windsor, ON—An exclusive experience is now within your reach. Caesars Windsor unveiled plans today for two exciting new development projects to their resort that includes a new upscale venue, named Augustus 27, which will be the region’s premier destination for weddings, social and corporate events. Located at the highest point in the city, Augustus 27 has the most breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the Detroit skyline and waterfront.

A new dining experience was also announced; Upfront at Neros will be located adjacent to Neros Steakhouse and will offer a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere and a variety of seating areas from traditional dining spaces to more social and bar-centric seating for a casual evening.

Mary Riley, Vice-President of Marketing of Caesars Windsor, said “Both of these world-class amenities will further enhance our commitment to ensure Caesars Windsor remains a premier destination for tourism, special events, and entertainment at our AAA and Four Diamond resort.”

Caesars Windsor is proud to make this announcement as these amenities will continue to enhance the resort to further enrich guest experiences. Caesars Windsor continues to lead the market in offering world class amenities that provide guests with an unmatched experience.

Stay tuned for updates and grand opening news in the months to come. Follow Caesars Windsor on their social media accounts for all the latest developments.

About Augustus 27
With over 10,000 square feet of prime indoor and outdoor space featuring the most breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the Detroit skyline and waterfront, Augustus 27 will be transformed into the region’s premiere destination for special events.  This industrial-chic themed space will feature elegant finishes with hand-rubbed leather, concrete flooring with textured suede, steel paneled walls and dramatic tiered lighting to give an unmatched feel of luxury and craftsmanship for any occasion. The room will accommodate up to 250 people with modern sophistication, richly coloured porcelain wall tiles and controlled lighting that captures the exposed infrastructure and accentuates the height of the tallest building in the City of Windsor.

About Up Front at Neros
Upfront at Neros
will be located adjacent to Neros Steakhouse and will feature a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere with enhanced décor and a variety of seating areas. Guests will savour the tantalizing small plates from the featured Sous Vide Bar, sample the wines, and share their passion for good food and good times. Upfront at Neros, will be the perfect spot to gather with friends and overlook the glittering Detroit skyline.

About Caesars Windsor
Caesars Windsor is the largest casino resort in Canada and the first of its kind outside of the U.S. to be branded with this legendary, world-renowned name. Proud recipient of the CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel award for 15 consecutive years, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence (COE) for five consecutive years, a member of the COE Hall of Fame and is 4-Green Keycertified from the world recognized Green Key Eco-Rating program for its outstanding environmental efforts. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years for its gourmet steakhouse, Neros.Voted “Best Hotel” for 15 consecutive years by Casino Player Magazine. Since 2011, the Colosseumhas been ranked in the Top 25 in Canada for Theatre Venues in Canada by Pollstar®

May 19, 2016
Living Water Resort Owner and CEO Larry Law Awarded 2016 Industry Recognition for Longstanding Hospitality Commitment

Collingwood, ON/CNW/—Living Water Resort & Spa a year-round resort, recreation and tourist destination situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay and less than a two hour drive from Toronto, is proud to announce that Larry Law, the Resort President and CEO, has received the 2016 Industry Recognition for longstanding contributions to the accommodations industry. Even though many people and companies were nominated, there were only 4 finalists.

This award was given by the Simcoe Region of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association to an organization or an individual with the following criteria:

  • Has made a longstanding contribution to the restaurant or accommodations industry;
  • Is a leader in positioning and supporting Simcoe's Hospitality and Tourism industry in the national and / or international arena;
  • Is employed by a restaurant or hotel currently operating in the region OR is an independent owner/operator.

Whether it's for the community or hospitality industry, Larry Law has strived to build community presence and further through God's work. Larry feels very honored to be in a position to do many things for the community in Collingwood including feeding Christmas dinners each year to over 300 needy people in the community, donating $100,000 to Georgian College and the Library, and getting involved with many charities local and overseas.

From an industry prospective, Larry has created and built a community of over 450 staff and has grown the Cranberry Village brand from an existing Inn that was on the property into an entire village made up of multiple types of accommodation including hotel, vacation membership, homes, multiple restaurants, a championship golf course, marina, a wedding and conference center, and one-of-a-kind spa. Larry looks to continue to help grow the tourism sector and community of Collingwood even further. 

The award was presented at the annual Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA) Simcoe County Hospitality Awards event. Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper was on hand to present the award to Warren Smith on behalf of Larry Law, who was on his yearly missionary trip to Kenya.

"I am truly humbled and honoured to receive this respected industry recognition, and would like to share this with the dedicated staff", said Larry Law, Owner and CEO of Living Water Resort & Residences. "I thank them for all they do – we are all passionate about Collingwood, the hospitality industry, and about caring for people. Our successful unique business model is to take business as a mission, a mission to serve with a loving heart"

The Resort recently launched Phase 3 developments, which included:

  • 100 new luxurious 1-bedroom and two bedroom suites;
  • Additions to the 5,000 sq. ft. onsite spa with an exclusive Aquapath, the only one of its kind in Ontario, for wellness experiences and re-energizing retreats;
  • A 5,000 sq. ft. new waterfront restaurant exclusive to the region offering culinary classes, raw seafood bar and something for all tastes.

About Living Water Resort & Residences
Located in Simcoe County at the southern tip of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, Living Water Resort & Residences is the only resort in the area situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay. With 91 luxurious 1-bedroom and two-bedroom suites equipped with living/dining room and kitchen areas perfect for extended stays and a five-star rating from Interval International, the interior of each unit reflects a combination of elegance and comfort. Each room and its accompanying amenities use the highest quality products with great care taken for personal space and well-being. For further information, please call (705) 446-3282 or visit


May 17, 2016
SITE Global Conference will be ‘Connecting Worlds’ in Panama

Registration is now open

Each year, incentive travel professionals from around the world gather at the SITE Global Conference for three days of premier educational sessions, business networking, and cultural exploration in one of the world's most dynamic incentive travel destinations. This year SITE will be ‘Connecting Worlds’, in the colorful and richly historic country of Panama.

Taking place 5-7 November at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, the conference will feature educational and experiential learning opportunities for incentive travel professionals at every stage of their careers. Sessions include topics like adventure travel, sustainability, partnerships, event technology, return on investment and more. Delegates can also discover first hand Panama’s potential as an incentive travel destination through experiential learning and illuminating pre and post tours.

“Hosting the SITE Global Conference in Panama is a great honor and an important opportunity for Panamanian professionals to showcase what our country has to offer the global MICE sector,“ commented Jennifer Champsaur, Panama Deputy Minister of Tourism. “An important trade and logistics hub connecting the Americas, Panama is the perfect destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. We are the main connectivity center in the region with more than 80 direct flights to 35 countries providing easy access from around the world. We are also building a new convention center, the largest in the region, to support our existing convention center, which was renovated in 2015.”

Although a small country, Panama provides a wide variety of world-class attractions, exotic tropical settings, stunning mountain refuges, a Caribbean and Pacific Coast with 1500 islands, seven living Indigenous cultures, a sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, Spanish colonial historical sites, world class golfing, diving, sport fishing, and surfing - not to mention the 8th wonder of the world the Panama Canal.

Champsaur shared what delegates can look forward to at the conference. “Delegates will be able to enjoy their stay in a beautiful, private beach resort while getting the opportunity to visit different major attractions within the city such as the Old Quarter, the Biodiversity Museum and the Panama Canal together with its expansion, which is opening on 26 June. Pre and post tours will also be available for delegates who want to discover more of what Panama has to offer such as the paradisiac beaches in San Blas and Bocas del Toro, the highlands and mountains in Boquete and El Valle de Anton, a cultural experience with the Embera indigenous tribe, or a more relaxed, city experience while visiting the ruins of the old towns or shopping in one of our luxurious malls.”

Rajeev Kohli, SITE President 2016 attended his first SITE Conference 11 years ago in Toronto. “Ever since then I've been hooked, and the SITE Global Conference is now an integral part of my annual travel plan. Of all the things I do in a year, the conference has always given me the most satisfying return on investment. I have very clear objectives to attending - networking and meeting prospective clients and partners is one objective; meeting and learning from peers from around the world is another. And, a third, very valuable benefit, is to discover first hand how other destinations handle incentive events. You learn the most by first hand experiences and there is no better platform than the SITE Global Conference. I strongly encourage everyone to join us in Panama to experience how SITE is ‘connecting worlds’ and making the global incentive travel industry truly come alive.”

Register early and receive a $200US discount off the conference registration fee.

About SITE
SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, is the only global organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting the incentive travel industry. We connect incentive travel to business results. For our members we provide professional development, certification and business connections. SITE members help companies maximize workforce output by creating and delivering incentive travel programs that inspire people to exceed expectations and transcend their goals. Our research proves the ROI for incentive travel, which is a powerful business tool that strengthens employee retention, improves performance and fosters a culture of thoughtful motivation and sustained success. Over the last 40 years, SITE has grown to over 2,000 members in 90 countries with 29 local and regional chapters. Incentive travel is not a luxury — it’s a necessity.
We also fund and conduct research through the SITE Foundation, whose fundraising initiatives facilitate vital industry research, trend analysis, and educational program support for incentive travel professionals. Our multi-tiered approach builds awareness and strengthens the effectiveness of incentive travel. For more information, please visit

May 04, 2016
Introducing Nasco Productions

Vancouver, BC—Nasco Staffing Solutions and SLJ Productions, two seasoned event production firms, are pleased to announce the launch of Nasco Productions in addition to Nasco Staffing Solutions. Nasco Staffing Solutions remains as the North American Temporary Staffing Division.

Shelley Johnson, CSEP of SLJ Productions is merging forces with David James, Managing Director/CEO of Nasco Staffing Solutions. With decades of industry experience between them, Nasco Productions will produce high impact events that bring magic to function, creating connection and causing results. With over twenty years of producing successful and memorable events, their strengths are in creativity, diplomacy, relationships, communication, logistics, administration and execution. Their backgrounds combine success in fundraising galas, large-scale productions and tours, national arena shows, conferences and festivals.

About Nasco Staffing Solutions and Nasco Productions
Nasco Staffing Solutions is the largest, full-service, temporary event staffing company in North America, offering qualified conference, event, promotional, food & beverage and production technical staff. 

Nasco Productions is a producer of high impact events that bring magic to function creating connection and causing results. With over twenty years of producing successful and memorable events, their strengths are in creativity, diplomacy, relationships, communication, logistics, administration and execution.

Media Contact
Alex Bickers
Director of Sales and Marketing
604 683 2512

May 04, 2016
Engaging Associations Forum Scholarship Winners Announced

Greenfield Services Inc & Marriott International to welcome six association executives to annual thought-leadership event

Alexandria, Ontario, Canada: Marriott International partnered with The Engaging Associations Forum (and its hosts, Greenfield Services Inc.) to provide six association executives with the opportunity to participate in the July 20-22, 2016 Forum under a Scholarship Program. This initiative exemplified both organizations’ belief that professional development is vital to keep the non-profit sector healthy, and to support association executives who could not afford to participate due to shrinking budgets.

Association professionals were asked to apply before April 15, 2016. Many more applications were received than the six scholarships that were available.  Following a thorough review, the following recipients have been selected:

“Since its inception in 2014, the Engaging Associations Forum’s primary goal is to create change and provide the platform for in-depth conversations that association executives need to have to stay at the forefront of innovation,” says Doreen Ashton Wagner, Greenfield’s Organizational Catalyst, and Co-Producer of the Engaging Associations Forum. “With partners like Marriott International, we are able to extend our reach to those who WANT to create change, but may not have the budget for the professional development opportunities that exist.  We are THRILLED to have Marriott International on board, and look forward to welcoming the six recipients this summer!”

“We are always looking for unique ways to connect with current (and potential) clients.” says Susan Saganski, CMP, Global Account Executive with Marriott International. “We have partnered with the Engaging Associations Forum since the beginning, and when they discussed the Scholarship Program with us, it really was a win-win.  Our commitment to the success of Canadian Associations is strong, and being able to host six executives during the Engaging Associations Forum truly demonstrates that.” 

About the Engaging Associations Forum: Taking place July 20-22, 2016 at the Ottawa Marriott, the Engaging Associations Forum is THE event for innovative association and not-for-profit executives. With a heavy emphasis on peer-to-peer exchange, thought-leadership and dynamic education, this conference aims to build a stronger, more vibrant association sector in Canada. If you want to experience a uniquely engaging conference, this is the place to be.

About Marriott International: Marriott International, Inc., is a global leading lodging company with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for nearly 90 years, the company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Media Contacts:
Meagan Rockett
Association Ambassador, Greenfield Services Inc.
Co-Producer, Engaging Associations Forum

May 03, 2016
Alt Hotel Ottawa is now open - Group Germain Hotels' first property in the nation's capital is now welcoming guests

Ottawa/CNW Telbec/—Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels inaugurated today its first property in the nation's capital with the opening of the new Alt Hotel Ottawa.  Conveniently located on Slater Street in the business district, the Alt Hotel Ottawa is the Group's seventh property under the Alt banner to combine intelligent design, comfort and attentive service at an affordable price.

"Group Germain Hotels is a proud Canadian company and as such, it's an extra-special honour to announce the opening our first hotel in Ottawa," states Jean-Yves Germain, Co-President of Group Germain Hotels. "It feels as though we are taking one giant step towards becoming the first independent Canadian hotelier to have properties from coast to coast. We are now even more energized to continue expanding until we achieve our goal of 20 hotels across the country by 2020."

Christiane Germain, Co-President of Group Germain Hotels, adds, "We are very much looking forward to welcoming guests from across the country at our first property in the nation's capital. As such, we selected the best design elements from each of our Alt Hotels in Canada and integrated original works of art to create the ultimate guest experience. Plus, this is only the beginning as the property will soon have company: we will be opening a new Le Germain Hotel here in Ottawa in 2017."

Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design and Chmiel Architects, the 14-floor, 148-room Alt Hotel Ottawa boasts a wide array of features that range from thoughtful and practical to pleasantly surprising.

It offers a fully equipped fitness room as well as almost 4000 square feet of meeting space furnished with large format televisions, projection screens and equipment featuring the latest technology. Special touches in every room, such as ultra-comfortable beds and spa-inspired bathrooms all lend the hotel a decidedly upscale feel that defies its affordable year-round nightly flat rate.

Like all Group Germain Hotels properties, Alt Hotel Ottawa also features a host of eco-responsible components such as geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting in all rooms, a heat recovery system and much more. 

"This dynamic accommodations and meeting space is a great addition to our city," says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "Alt Hotel Ottawa is conveniently located in the city's downtown core and will offer a delightful new lodging alternative to visitors and tourists, particularly during the upcoming Ottawa 2017 celebrations."

Altexpo: a collective work of art
Always striving to surprise and delight its guests, Group Germain Hotels is unveiling Altexpo: an original photographic installation created from the images of Canadian photographer and Instagrammer Jean-François Frenette (@Dezjeff). Adorning the lobby of the Alt Hotel Ottawa, the impressive mural is composed of 9000 colourful photographs featuring famous Canadian landscapes and hidden treasures. The eye-catching installation brings a unique flair to the property that instills feelings both personal and patriotic. Altexpo also features photos by Ottawa-based Instagrammers Zara Ansar (@Xoveloxo), Christopher Ryan (@ChrisArrrrr), Julia Leal (@LittleMissOttawa) and Katie Hession (@YowCityStyle), as well as LCD screens that display photos in real-time snapped by visitors who use the #Altexpo hashtag on Instagram.

Bringing the personal aspect of public art to a new and unexpected level, some guest rooms also boast a special interactive installation on the windows. Created by Canadian design studio Daily Tous les Jours, the innovative feature entitled « Up Down » encourages guests to touch and become part of the artistic experience. 

Altcetera Café
Located in the lobby of the Alt Hotel Ottawa, the Altcetera Café is the perfect place for guests and locals looking for a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The café offers a variety of simple, delicious food prepared with love by local caterer Epicuria, to enjoy on site or on the go. Hot beverages including fine espressos, delectable lattes and comforting teas by DAVIDsTEA are also on offer.

About Alt Hotels
Alt Hotels enjoy prime locations in Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Brossard, Quebec City and Halifax. In addition to signature "basic luxuries" such as complimentary Wi-Fi, ultra-comfortable beds and helpful staff, all Alt Hotels boast a series of energy-saving features: geothermal heating and cooling; heat recovery from indoor air that is vented outside and from the water used in commercial washers; energy efficient lighting, and a direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling. For more information please visit: Twitter and Instagram: @AltHotel / Facebook: Alt Hotels

About Group Germain Hotels
Group Germain Hotels is a family-run Canadian company that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels across Canada. Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best-managed companies, the company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Since the first Group Germain Hotel property welcomed its first guest in 1998, the company's 800 employees have now hosted close to 4 million overnight stays. For more information please visit:

May 02, 2016
ISES Re-brands to International Live Events Association

Chicago, ILThe International Special Events Society has officially changed its name to the International Live Events Association (ILEA) which was announced today (2nd May) via a video broadcast, presented by international president Jodi Collen CSEP.

The name change reflects the now fully global nature of the association and the more relevant term of ‘live’ used by its members to describe the wide range of events delivered. It was announced via the ILEA YouTube channel HERE and will begin with immediate effect.

A wider roll out of the brand will be carried out over the coming months to encompass a new logo, website and other marketing collateral. In addition, the association will be transitioning its existing social media presence to create new names and pages where necessary. 

Jodi Collen explained; “The world has changed phenomenally since the International Special Events Society was founded in 1987 and our industry has always kept up and changed with it. This is the culmination of a process that began several years ago and that will continue as our association continues to evolve.

“We are known by our global members and partners as the live events industry. ‘Live’ is quite simply the best way to express and communicate in one powerful word the fantastic energy and clarity that live events, no matter what kind, bring to human communication.”

“She added; “The change from ‘Society’ to ‘Association’ is equally as important– it is the crux of what ILEA is about. We’re more than a ‘Society’, we’re a close-knit ‘Association’ of like-minded people working together through trust and commitment to purpose.

“This is a massive opportunity for us as an association and the beginning of a very exciting time in our history.”

The new ILEA website is now live

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
ILEA (formally the International Special Events Association) was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ILEA has grown to involve more than 5,500 members active in 52 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues. Learn more about ILEA at

April 29, 2016
IACC Unveils New Conference Format and Recognizes Excellence in Key Award Recipients at IACC-America’s Connect Annual Conference

ChicagoCapping another year of unprecedented innovation and achievement, IACC introduced a ground-breaking new conference format, which attracted record attendance and was the first centralized New York City conference in the association’s 35-year history. The IACC America's Connect annual conference took place earlier this month, using multiple city locations, a new shorter duration and significant new educational content.

Said IACC’s CEO, Mark Cooper, “At the end of last year’s annual members conference, we promised radical change to this much-loved event and we were delighted with the attendance and feedback we received from our delegates who attended from throughout the Americas and globally. Our goals were to stage an affordable event, in an innovative and accessible destination, offering education that is relevant to the needs of our members today.  Our chapter board, our annual conference planning committee and the IACC staff took this to heart from day one in planning this year’s members meeting.”

Keynote and educational workshops took place over three locations, all in Midtown Manhattan, at Convene Midtown East, Convene 101 Park Ave and Davios Restaurant. The final awards presentation event took place at Current, Pier 59, on the Hudson River.

A number of IACC members took advantage of the location and combined business appointments while in the city and some took advantage of the new 1-day registration option if time or budget constrained attendance for the shorter 2-day event. In previous years the conference took place over 3 days.

The educational sessions, panel discussions and new campfire workshops, were aligned to the conference theme of ‘What it takes to deliver an exceptional meeting experience’ and a 100% increase in first-time attendees was reported.

TJ Fimmano, IACC-Americas president commented, “Everybody involved in this event proved that they are not only the best at hosting meetings at their own venues, but that they can come together and organize an exceptional conference for their peers in the industry. The sun shone and the ideas flowed last week and being a native New Yorker, I was proud to welcome the IACC family to my home city. I am confident that many ideas were exchanged and powerful connections made from our time together.”

The well attended panel discussion on Wednesday morning looked at all of the influencing factors in delivering exceptional meeting experiences. The panel was Introduced to the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ transformative research produced by a global collaboration of leaders in meeting and conference space design, audio/visual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.  The project combines innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals and planners. The panel was made up of Terry Bickham, Deloitte Learning; Chris Kelly, Convene; Tessa Horovitz, Chateauform’; Anthony Kinney, Microsoft and David Adler, Biz Bash. Research was introduced by Robyn Domber of Development Councillors International and panel facilitator for the session was Dianne Devitt of DND Group.

The research highlights that the meetings industry is transitioning at a rapid pace. As the meetings industry landscape continues to evolve and expand, meeting planners must continually evaluate all elements of the meeting experience in order to ensure they are providing the most relevant environments to foster collaboration, ideas exchange and relationship building among attendees. A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the IACC website here.

The conference’s awards segment also paid homage to important industry leaders whose dedication, expertise and vision have defined IACC’s past and formed its future. 

The 2016 IACC Awards and their Recipients include:

Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service
IACC-Americas presented its most prestigious honor, the coveted Mel Hosansky Award for Distinguished Service to IACC and the meetings industry, to the late James Mahon, IACC’s Director of Public Relations.  Over 20 years, James strategically and successfully built IACC’scommunications strategy and media outreach, using his outstanding writing and interpersonal skills and in-depth knowledge of the meetings industry. This was a well-deserved honor for James, and an homage to IACC’s immense appreciation for his service and contributions. James’ wife, Mary, and his daughter, Kathleen, were present to receive the award.

Pyramid Award
The IACC Pyramid Award, established in 2000 to recognize members who show a true and long-lasting commitment to IACC education, was presented to Dan Techman, director of sales and marketing for Doubletree Suites by Hilton Conference Center, Chicago, Downers Grove. A member of the IACC Americas Board of Directors, Techman served on IACC's conference planning committee over many years and recently worked tirelessly to generate sponsorships to support the conference. 

Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence was established 16 years ago to underscore IACC’s commitment to education, and to recognize those who give of their time, talent and resources to expand and enhance IACC’s educational offerings. This year’s two winners were Mark Woodworth, senior managing director of CBRE Hotels | Americas Research, and Ron Stoddard, executive chef, The Summits Executive Centres, Chicago. Under Mark Woodworth’s direction, IACC’s annual conference center trends report has developed successfully over the last 19 years. RonStoddard was honored for his leadership and contributions to the popular Copper Skillet competitions and his role in promoting IACC’s food & beverage programs.

IACC concluded the 2016 Connect event with a unique gathering of past Global and Chapter Presidents, an event that had not occurred in decades.  The past leaders represent the historic evolution of IACC, and they gathered to lend their support, experience and expertise to the new generation of organizational leaders as they further IACC’s growth and evolution to maintain strategic relevance and significance in the small-to-medium-sized meetings industry.

The IACC Mission Statement: IACC is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities.

The IACC Vision: “IACC is a community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.”

Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference centre industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines. For more information, visit the website at “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”

April 29, 2016
CanSPEP Completes Comprehensive Membership Survey

First survey in five years outlines key association statistics

Ontario, CanadaDuring the month of March 2016, CanSPEP undertook the significant task of updating their membership statistics in their first comprehensive membership survey in five years.  This survey sought to understand our member’s years of business, spend influence, and issues that entrepreneurial event professionals are facing today. 

“We instinctively knew that our membership demographic and influence was changing, but we did not have the data to back it up.  We were THRILLED to see that after outreach to members, we saw a response rate exceeding 60%.  At a time where there were several other surveys (both internal and external) in the field, this was a fantastic achievement.” says Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM.  “The data we obtained will help us shape the future of our association, and solidify our relationships with our partners.  I am thrilled to personally announce one figure – CanSPEP’s annual spend influence has grown – we are at over $58 million accounting for only 60% of our membership.  It’s a number that can only grow from here.” 

What else has the data produced?

  • CanSPEP’s membership is rejuvenated: 57.54% of CanSPEP members have retained their membership for under five years to date;
  • CanSPEP has an established skill set within the membership: 74.24% of members have been in operation for more than five years;
  • Our members are busy!  66.67% of respondents plan 7 or more meetings per year;
  • Many you will not find elsewhere: Just over one-third of our members ONLY hold memberships with CanSPEP. 

I am very impressed with the results of the survey.  We suspected that we had a seasoned membership, and the results show this to be true.” says Joe Orecchio, CanSPEP’s VP of Membership.  “There are so many good pieces of information in these results that the board will have many opportunities to improve the membership experience. CanSPEP is well positioned to provide valuable support to small business owners in the business event space.” 

About CanSPEP: The Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) is a dynamic, diverse and innovative society of Independent Event Professionals with a leading national voice in the event industry and is the only association in Canada that offers exclusive membership to independent event planner entrepreneurs. 

Formed in 1996, the association provides forums in which members exchange ideas, develop skills through educational programs and create a public awareness around the profession of event planners.

Media Contacts:
Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM
2015-2016 President
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
613-288-4539 (Association Office)

April 28, 2016
Meeting Encore Welcomes New Regional Director

Port Hope, ON—Meeting Encore Ltd. is pleased to announce that Patrick Guidote will be joining the Meeting Encore family as Regional Director beginning Monday May 2nd.

Meeting Encore has worked hard to establish itself as a leader in the site selection industry. “We pride ourselves on building a team that has extensive industry experience. Patrick is a great addition to our team and brings with him a breadth of knowledge within the international marketplace.” states Jenn Glynn, Managing Partner.

Patrick is a seasoned, multilingual sales professional with 20+ years of hotel and international destination marketing experience. His previous experience includes sales roles at Delta Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, and Tourism Montreal.

“We are excited that our Meeting Encore family is growing once again. We know that Patrick will be a perfect complement to our team.” says Joe Nishi, Managing Partner. “He believes in building long-term relationships on both the customer and supplier side, which is core to our team’s beliefs.”

“In today’s work environment, we are asked to do more with less. It is such a burden to bear. I love the feeling of offering my industry networks and expertise to lift that weight off my clients’ shoulders “states Patrick.

An avid traveller and cook, he enjoys running and being a baseball coach. Together with his wife of 25 years, Gayle, they have 3 wonderful teens - Simon, Gabrielle, and Sophia.

Patrick will officially join the team on Monday May 2nd. He can be reached or phone 514-225-2239.

The entire Meeting Encore team welcomes Patrick and his family to our family and wish him great future success in his new role.

Meeting Encore Ltd. is Canada’s first and finest strategic sourcing company. They provide hotel consulting, site location services and contracting for their valued clients. They are happy to be celebrating their 26th year in business. They can be reached at 905-403-9646, contacted via their website at and followed on Twitter at @Meeting_Encore