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February 21, 2018
International Live Events Association Opens Nominations for Annual Esprit Awards®

Chicago—The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards® nominations are now open.

The ILEA Esprit Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that highlights the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership base, representing all facets of live events.

Nominations must be submitted by 18 April 2018 to be considered. The award recipients will be announced and recognized by their peers at the annual ILEA Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live 2018 in Denver, Colorado, 16-18 August 2018.

Live events professionals can submit their nominations in the following categories:

  •  Best Catered Event
  •  Best Culinary Innovation
  •  Best Corporate Event Categories
  •  Best Entertainment Production Categories
  •  Best Event Design/Décor Categories
  •  Best Event Filmmaking
  •  Best Events for Non-profit Organizations Categories
  •  Best Event Logistics and Support Services
  •  Best Event Photography
  •  Best Event Solution
  •  Best Event with a Legacy
  •  Best Industry Contribution
  •  Best Industry Innovation
  •  Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral
  •  Best Meeting/Conference Program Over $250,000 USD
  •  Best Public Event
  •  Best Social Event Categories
  •  Best Technical Production
  •  Best Wedding Categories
  •  Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration
  •  Best ILEA Team Effort Categories

“As a previous Esprit Award recipient, it has strengthened my personal brand while also earning company and client acknowledgement,” said ILEA President Ingrid Nagy, CSEP. “The opportunity to see your fellow live event professionals showcase their creative work and drive continued innovation is an unforgettable experience.”

This year's competition is open to any ILEA member in good standing, for events that occurred between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. ILEA is still accepting new members who can qualify to submit for the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards. Learn more about membership types and dues at

About the ILEA Esprit Awards® Program
The ILEA Esprit® Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that honors how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with ILEA’s Esprit Awards. For more than 20 years, the ILEA Esprit® Awards program has been one of the most dynamic multi-disciplinary events industry awards programs, attracting an exceptional range, depth and quality of entries.

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit

Ande Leslie
Marketing and Communications Manager
t: +1.312.673.5534

January 29, 2018
Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MIET 2018)

The Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament, an annual event which raises money for cancer research, is excited to announce the transition of the 7th Annual Tournament to CanSPEP, the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners. CanSPEP and MIET have signed a memorandum of understanding which supports the integrity of the event and ensures profits will support cancer research to find a cure through Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Founding member and Chair of MIET and BBW Vice President Sheila Wong states “It’s a win for our partners. By affiliating with a recognized industry association, sponsors and contributors will get in front of their target audience, while supporting a cause that will save lives.” Patricia Pearson of CanPlan and President of CanSPEP added “On behalf of the board and the membership of CanSPEP, we are thrilled to host this inclusive industry event. Our Past Presidents’ Council was searching for a marquee charity to support and fate played its hand. We trust our industry will continue to support MIET as it has in the past six years and we look forward to working with our partners and colleagues to support cancer research.”

Save the date as this event will take place at Beanfield Centre on April 26, 2018. It is open to all members of the Meetings Industry at the CanSPEP member rate with an option for friends and family to attend as a non-member. Beanfield Centre is returning as the venue sponsor. MIET thanks and recognizes Arlene Campbell, General Manager and Laura Purdy, Director of Sales and Marketing of Beanfield Centre who have supported MIET from the beginning and indeed, MIET may not have existed without their support.

New this year, from Eventmobi, a Trivia Game featuring sponsors and contributors on their versatile app, to add another layer of excitement to this amazing night. The trivia game will take place prior to the start of the Euchre Tournament so the diehards need not fear that this will take away from their tournament play.

Coming soon is a new sponsor prospectus reflecting the climate our sponsors want at affordable rates for continued ROI. Registration will open shortly!

For more information, contact:

Sheila Wong, CEM
Chair, MIET
T: 416-565-6692

Patricia Pearson, CMP
CanSPEP President
T: (613) 797-7766

January 26, 2018
ACTE-BCHA to Standardize Worldwide Hotel Rating System for Corporate Travellers

Alexandria, VA—ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) announced today the launch of a global hotel accreditation program tailored to business travellers in an effort to standardise lodging expectations worldwide.

While many hotels and conference centers around the world have leisure-travel industry recognized ratings, many more lack metrics for the business travel sector. The new program, ACTE-BCHA (Business Conference Hotel Accreditation), guides corporate travel buyers in selecting the most appropriate business-quality accommodations for their internal clients.

“More than 70 percent of hotels around the world are independently owned and operated. Even hotels that are part of a franchise system may not meet brand standards. This program will identify facilities that meet business travellers’ needs,” said Vadim Zelenski, CEO of ACTE-BCHA.

“There are all sorts of ratings out there--diamond ratings and star ratings and TripAdvisor's crowdsourcing. But they cater to leisure travellers, who are most interested in whether a venue is kid-friendly, offers perks or packages, or is close to local attractions. Business travellers, on the other hand, want well-stocked business centers, safes for laptops, conference centers, room service and a fitness center, along with a secure environment,'' said Greeley Koch, Executive Director  of ACTE Global and Head of Supervisory Board, ACTE-BCHA. “That's what this new rating system seeks to standardise.”

ACTE-BCHA plans to accredit more than 10,000 hotels globally by 2020. Facilities will pay an annual membership fee, and compliance will be verified by independent monitors. Among the first participants in the program, Dubai-based DNATA has been selected to inspect properties in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, effective September 2017. The program will rate other regions as it identifies and adds inspection partners.

“Business travellers want safe and productive experiences when they're on the road—no matter where they travel. This new collaboration will help ensure they get exactly what they expect when they're in the Middle East,” said Savio Vaz, DNATA's Vice President Government & Corporate Travel.

Winfried Barczaitis, a travel industry expert with more than 40 years in the business, has been named ACTE-BCHA’s chief operating officer. He will be based in Bad Honnef, Germany.

Established in 1959, Dubai-based DNATA provides air services in 84 countries, offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and catering. DNATA is a franchise partner of HRG in many countries of the region. The publicly held firm employs more than 38,000 employees. 

About ACTE Global
ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) has a 30-year reputation for leading the way corporate travel is conducted. As a global association comprised of executive-level members in more than 100 countries, ACTE pioneers educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward. ACTE advocacy and initiatives continue to support impactful changes in safety and security, privacy, duty of care and compliance along with traveller productivity that supports global commerce.
Learn more at

ACTE Global Press Contact:
Meghan Warren
Sloane & Company

January 23, 2018
The Local Connection: Calgarians Bring Local Expertise to Global Conferences

Calgary, AB—Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) honored five Calgarians with Champion of the Year Awards on January 17 at the 4th Annual Calgary Champion Awards. Presented by Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, the awards celebrate Calgarians who are leaders in their fields and work with MCC to bring their industry’s conference to Calgary. Over 60 Calgarians representing industries such as life sciences, transportation, education, and natural resources attended the event to share experiences and celebrate the 2017 honorees. Tying Calgary leaders into conferences brings local expertise to global conference programs, and leaves behind a legacy, sparking new ideas and programs in the community.

2017 Calgary Champion Honorees:

Rick Istead, 2017 North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) Conference

Rotarian, and Conference Champion, Rick Istead welcomed over 400 Rotary International members to Calgary for the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) Conference, from March 9-11, 2017. Representing 167 Rotary districts from Canada, Mexico and the United States the NAYEN Conference provides a forum for training youth exchange officers with overseas counterparts.

Dr. Jessica Theodor and Dr. Jason Anderson, 2017 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting

Bringing the conference back to Alberta for the first time in 29 years, Dr. Theodor and Dr. Anderson welcomed 1,000 of their international colleagues to Calgary. Each year, vertebrate paleontologists, preparators, writers, artists and enthusiasts convene to share the latest research, attend workshops and field trips. The Calgary program, held August 23-26, 2017 included field trips to the paleontologist bucket-list destination: Drumheller and the Canadian Badlands, which has a 100-year history of dinosaur and fossil exploration.

Heather Cowie, 2017 International Play Association Triennial Conference

This triennial conference brought together over 500 play advocates, educators, practitioners, and policymakers from 50 member countries to Calgary, September 13-16, 2017. Working with Calgarians who have a stake in play, from organizations such as the Calgary Zoo, TELUS Spark and the Calgary Board of Education, Cowie and the local organizing committee created original programming and a fostered a conference legacy benefiting the local community.

Liana Robberecht, 2017 Women Chefs and Restauranteurs Conference

A third-time Conference Champion honoree, Robberecht has positioned Calgary as the place to be for Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR). The 2017 Calgary WCR Educational Conference took place September 16, 2017, with the theme, People, Purpose, Passion. Joining Robberecht at Winsport Canada were 300 of the brightest minds in the culinary industry.

Nancy Chick, Anne Johnston and Michelle Yeo, 2017 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference (ISSOTL)

Co-hosted by the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, 500 attendees gathered in Calgary for the Annual Conference from October 11 to 14, 2017. The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work.

About Conference Champion Program: Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s (MCC) Champion Program matches local leaders with MCC’s team of experts who help research, plan and co-ordinate all aspects of the convention bid—from arranging meeting spaces, venues and accommodations to planning support and building attendance. The program results in competitive bids to bring national and international conferences to Calgary. In four years, it has celebrated twenty Calgary Champions who have brought international conferences to the city.

About Meetings + Conventions Calgary: Meetings + Conventions Calgary is a partnership between the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. It operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

For additional information, please contact
Carolyn Watson, Manager, Marketing + Communications
Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Phone: 403.261.8551

January 23, 2018
Nicola Kastner moves into new post with SAP Global Marketing as Senior Director, Event Strategy

On January, 15, 2018, Nicola Kastner moved into a new post with the SAP Global Marketing organization as Senior Director, Event Strategy, highlighting her depth of experience executing end-to-end event strategies, capturing new audiences and driving accelerated business growth.

Nicola joined SAP in 2016 as Senior Director, Event Marketing in the SAP Ariba line of business.  Prior to SAP, she was the Founder and President of Convergence Event Marketing, Inc. – a Toronto-based event consulting practice.  

In her new role, Nicola will oversee all business critical global event strategy for SAP, defining strategic direction in alignment with SAP’s 2020 Vision of becoming a Top Ten global brand.  Executing complex event strategies, integrating customer needs and meeting strategic financial objectives will be central to her newly created position.

Aimee Norman
Integrated Comms, SAP Canada

January 18, 2018
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Appoints Two Executive Team Members

TORONTO—Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, has announced the appointment of two new members to its executive management team – Todd Baril as Director of Food & Beverage and Jeff Park as Director of Rooms.

Mr. Park is a driven hotelier and strategic leader with 11 years of experience in the hospitality industry. From June 2016, he was Director of Rooms at the Lexington NYC Hotel (Marriott) Autograph Collection and prior to being in the US, he spent three years with the Sheraton Centre Toronto as Director of Front Office. Mr. Park is a graduate of Hotel Management at George Brown College.

An accomplished hospitality professional with expertise in the start-up of food and beverage, Mr. Baril came to the Chelsea from the University of Toronto, where he was Director of Business Operations Food Service. Prior to this, he held senior positions with Princess Cruise Line and in the US with Hotel Shangri-La, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Baril is a graduate of Hospitality Management from New Hampshire Colleage and has a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism from Southern New Hampshire University.

“We are delighted to welcome Todd and Jeff in their new leadership roles at our hotel,” said Josef Ebner, regional vice-president – Canada & managing director. “Their proven track record for delivering best in-class service with a reputation built on quality will be a tremendous asset to the hotel.”

For more information about the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, please visit or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

About the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
As Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 guest rooms, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is centrally located and just steps from the city's best shopping districts, world-class theatres, vibrant nightlife and exciting attractions. A full-service urban resort, the Chelsea Hotel has room types to suit everyone and the hotel offers three restaurants, separate adult and family recreation areas and pools – including the "Corkscrew" - downtown Toronto's only indoor waterslide. As a premier family destination, the hotel offers a full range of services including the Family Fun Zone, Kid Centre and Club 33 Teen Lounge. The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is an independent property as part of the Langham Hospitality Group’s international portfolio of hotels and resorts. For more information about the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, please log on to

Media contact:
Tracy Ford
Director of Public Relations
Tel: +1 416-585-4396

January 15, 2018
Renaissance of a Landmark Hotel

A beloved and iconic destination hotel in Atlantic Canada has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation designed to enhance guest experience down to the smallest detail.

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is proud to launch the official unveiling of its elegantly redone spaces.

As an historic landmark with an unmatched location overlooking the downtown Halifax Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson has hosted meetings, events and special gatherings for nearly 90 years. From corporate conferences to grand celebrations, each occasion has been added to the list of visitor’s fond memories of the hotel.

As a commitment to securing the Lord Nelson’s future and its art deco past, Mani Suissa, President & CEO of Universal Realty Group and owner of the hotel, turned to the renowned team at Design360 led by Keri Koch. The collaboration resulted in the perfect blend of heritage refinement and contemporary style.

All 12,500 square feet of event space encompassing the majestic ballrooms, meeting rooms and corporate boardrooms have undergone a total restoration utilizing sophisticated and stylish design elements while preserving irreplaceable historic charm. Swarovski chandeliers illuminate the elegance of the newly hand-crafted ceiling moldings, and rich marble borders the exquisite wool carpeting. A gleaming new grand piano adds to the resplendent ambiance of elegant space.

Each of the 262 guest rooms have been completely remodeled including modern new flooring, plush seating and custom-made furnishings. No detail has been overlooked. Decorated in serene colours, the hotel accommodations are bright, airy and comfortable. Each room offers premium linens, 55” flat screen televisions, convenient work desks equipped with charging stations, and Nespresso coffee makers.

One of the unique features of an historic landmark is the ability to offer guests a selection of room types and layouts beginning with the efficient ‘Petite’ guest room to the spacious ‘Park View Suite’ boasting panoramic views of Public Gardens. Even the ‘Victoria Suite’, known famously as being a home-away-from-home for media stars such as The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will be freshly transformed and available for VIP occasions.

So many people have a Lord Nelson connection. A story, a shared memory. One thing each of these guests have in common is an expectation of authentic Maritime hospitality in a uniquely beautiful space. Something the Lord Nelson has always offered but now, more so than ever.

For more information, please contact:
Lesa Griffin, General Manager 902-491-6137 |
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 | 800-565-2020 | Serving Excellence

January 10, 2018
PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists

NASHVILLE, TN—Fifteen individuals will be honored as Professional Excellence Award Finalists at the 2018 Visionary Awards on May 2nc, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. These awards annually celebrate exceptional individual contributions to the business events industry. The award winners will be announced live during the Awards Show. Registration will open this month to get a ticket for the Visionary Awards – the industry’s premier recognition event. 

Meeting Professional of the Year Finalists

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, President, Association for Women in Events
Carrie, described as passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable, has been a meeting professional for almost 15 years. She is the co-founder and current president of the Association for Women in Events, an organization dedicated to showcasing the professional advancement of women in all aspects of the events industry. Through monthly webinars and personal presentations at events, Carrie consistently helps event professionals to connect and share knowledge with each other. She is dedicated to shaking up the industry to ensure women are treated equally alongside their male colleagues.

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, Chief Program Officer, Endocrine Society
Wanda has contributed a huge amount to both the meeting management and healthcare industries, over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights, collaboration and capabilities. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking. Through her continual involvement with PCMA, she has utilized her platform to better the industry; bringing her personality and influence.

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP, Senior Director, Conferences and Events Management, Water Environment Federation
Stephanie is known for her helpful insights and tips on how to best handle a situation; she has been called a ‘beacon of light’ in the events industry by her peers. She freely shares her knowledge and experience, and is recognized by her team as someone who imparts excellent advice, though Stephanie finds it so natural to share, she’s unaware she’s doing it.

Supplier of the Year Finalists

Mary Beth Baluta, Regional Director of Sales – Washington DC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau
Mary is known for her vigorous efforts in liaising with potential clients, convention bureaus and suppliers. She has an infectious positive nature and is a great listener, taking in every detail before offering an idea or possible solution. Mary also shows her dedication to her local PCMA chapter through her volunteer efforts and desire to do whatever is asked of her.

Chris FJ Lynn, Vice President, North America & Emerging Markets – Business Tourism, London & Partners
Chris is incredibly knowledgeable in the hospitality market and goes the extra mile to ensure that his customers have a great experience. He dedicates time getting to know his customers wants and needs before presenting a bespoke creative solution. Chris also devotes his energy to help elevate PCMA’s New York Area chapter. Despite being its past president, he consistently provides support for the chapter, most recently sponsoring 40 meeting professionals for an event. 

April Williams, VP – Business Development, Freeman
April has more than 20 years’ industry experience in sales strategy and technology and regularly demonstrates her professional excellence and exceeds client expectations. She recently helped transform the Endocrine Society event branding from being city-specific, to more value-orientated; aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. She also actively advises her clients to share insights on trends shaping the future, including technology with a purpose, data analytics, personalization and brand experience.

Community Advocate of the Year Award Finalists

Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman
Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry. In 2017, he worked closely with the Consumer Technology Association to advance the organization’s sustainability goals for its annual CES event. Jeff developed and implemented a waste management program to encourage the event’s 3,600 exhibitors to contribute unused supplies, such as tote bags, pens and notepads, as well as reusable building material from the stands, such as furniture and flooring. The Exhibitor Program diverted 19 trailer loads of materials from landfill and donated them to local non-profit organizations, including Teacher Exchange, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity Village.

Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meetings and Conventions Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver
Rachael has made incredible fundraising achievements throughout 2017. She single-handedly organized a charity drive for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, within one week of these destructive events. She gained approval from the tourism board to match the funds that were raised, wrote a press release and issued it, all in one day. Earlier in the year, Rachael organized a charitable component at Global Meetings Industry day, which involved attendees from industry organizations packing 750 ‘clean-the-world’ kits and donating them to several Chicago charities.

Ken Sien, CMP, Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Ken helped oversee the Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee, building awareness of its course within Maritz and within the entire global events industry. He was involved in creating a town hall meeting where he introduced the company and key representatives to the app TraffickCam, which seeks to combat sex trafficking. Ken also works to identify deserving organizations in each city that hosts a company event, leading fundraising activities for each.

Event Designer of the Year Finalists
Supported by Maritz Global Events

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen
Phelps has impressive experience as an event designer, and has helped implement fresh ideas and experiential opportunities to meetings. Most recently, in October 2017, he redesigned the Girl Scouts Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which resulted in a shorter, more focused, event and a 50 percent increase in registrations.

Laura Metcalf Jelinek, CAE, Associate Vice President – Meetings and Travel, American Osteopathic Association
Laura is known for her creative and innovative approach to events. She recently created an event, which brought together members of the osteopathic industry. Laura used a mixture of music with arts and culture, to create an experiential environment for attendees. It was described as totally unforgettable.

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, FreemanXP
Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was most recently named in M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. Lisa, who is known for her innovative and immersive approach, is also a former TED speaker. Last year, she was responsible for leading a team that successfully organized each aspect of the Siebel Scholars 2017 Conference and in a post-event survey of attendees, 100 percent said they would attend another Siebel conference. 

Digital Event Strategist of the Year Finalists
Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

Nicole Armstrong, Vice President, Worldwide Events, MicroStrategy
Nicole is a champion for digital events, which she has demonstrated in her previous job roles as Sr Events Manager and Director of Stakeholder Relations at InternetSociety. This included overseeing the introduction and expansion of a series of digital event experiences for the company. Nicole will continue to utilize these skills in her new position at MicroStrategy.

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
Todd was one of the pioneering Meeting Professionals who saw the vision and value of Hybrid Live Events, launching the first AICPA Live Streaming Event in 2009. Over the past eight years he has grown the online program exponentially and has devoted a significant amount of time to providing thought leadership in this field. He gives speeches at leading meetings and takes part in industry panels and interviews.

Patrick McCrea, Senior Manager, Digital Events, HIMSS Media
Pat helps provide educational content and thought leadership programs to IT Healthcare Directors, Executives, Managers, and VPs. Through his work, HIMSS remains the leader in the IT Healthcare education space. He has created a solution that has ungated and gated content, a mix of content (editorial vs. sponsorship), and has collecting actionable data to help drive organic growth among subscribers. The solution is working, and makes the ROI valuable for participating sponsors.

About PCMA Education Foundation
The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at .

Please contact Davies Tanner for all PCMA Media Relations and press releases at or +44 1892 619100.

January 09, 2018
The International Live Events Association Recognizes Seven Certified Special Events Professionals (CSEP)

Chicago – The International Live Events Association (ILEA) proudly recognizes the following event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation.

Tim Altbaum, Vario Productions
Lindsey Hollingsworth, Atlassian
Marcus Jones, Arizona State University
William Rathwell, The City of Calgary
Virginia Schlitt, Travaasa Experiential Resorts
Tom Sibbald, Jones Lang LaSalle
Julie Weeks, Jobe & Associates

ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. The CSEP continues a remarkable progression as worldwide recognition of the live events industry continues to evolve. Now more than ever, professionals within the industry recognize the CSEP as an influential designation for the education and the promotion of professional ethics and standards. Earning the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance, and ILEA is honored to recognize each of these new recipients on earning this distinguished credential.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge another group of certified event professionals with the CSEP designation,” said Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, ILEA President. “By earning this prestigious credential, these live events professionals are contributing to the industry’s overall knowledge base, removing performance uncertainty from clients’ minds and opening up market opportunities.”

About the Certified Special Events Professional Credential
The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all components of a special event. The International Live Events Association (ILEA) endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. Learn more about the CSEP at

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit

Ande Leslie
Marketing and Communications Manager
t: +1.312.673.5534

January 04, 2018
Bermuda Tourism Authority names CWW Canada as Canadian Agency of Record

Year-round destination to target Canadians with #OutHere365 campaign

TORONTO, ON – Bermuda Tourism Authority selected Connect WorldWide Canada (CWW Canada) as their new integrated Public Relations, Tourism Trade Marketing and Business Groups representation agency in Canada.

CWW Canada will launch an integrated marketing campaign called #OutHere365 to highlight Bermuda’s year-round attractions and tourism promotions.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with CWW Canada, a well-respected and innovative leader in the industry in Bermuda’s second largest international market,” said Victoria Isley, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority. “Following on an increase in Canadian visitation to Bermuda in 2017, we are excited to launch this new partnership and are confident that CWW’s creativity will excite more and more Canadians to visit Bermuda.”

“We are honoured to work with the team at the Bermuda Tourism Authority,” says Charmaine Singh, President, CWW Canada. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell Bermuda’s story and showcase her unparalleled adventure and island life.”

Bermuda is easily accessible to Canadians with direct flights under three hours from both Air Canada and WestJet through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. To kick off 2018, Canadians can look forward to something special from Bermuda’s Pink Sale with over 10 hotels offering discounts up to 50% off until January 23, 2018.

For more information about Bermuda, visit:

Media Contact: Ashton Marcus | |416-341-0245

About Bermuda
Out here is closer than you think. Located in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina’s coast, the island of Bermuda is just a two-hour nonstop flight from most eastern U.S. airports. Attracting adventure seekers, explorers, romantics and originals, Bermuda is where people, cultures, and an alluring mystique swirl together, connecting visitors to a place far from everyday life. The island’s legendary pink-sand beaches, frozen-in-time historic towns, and pastel-coloured buildings stand out at first. But it’s Bermuda’s original, ever evolving take on island life that brings travelers out here again and again. The Bermuda experience is elegantly relaxed and genuinely warm, celebrating culture, reveling in nature and staying open to whatever is around the bend. Recently, the 35th America’s Cup, held in Bermuda May and June of 2017, brought a fresh energy to the destination, with new and redeveloped hotels, must-visit attractions and restaurants adding to the island spirit. and

About CWW Canada
CWW Canada is a full-service tourism marketing agency offering clients customized, integrated strategies. With over 10 years in the travel and tourism industry, our current portfolio includes NYC & Company, Visit North Carolina, Las Vegas, Arizona Office of Tourism, Visit New Hampshire, Experience Scottsdale, Choose Chicago and more.