Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. November 20, 2013 Issue

NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

Get into the spirit of giving with these feel-good causes.

Having fun, connecting with colleagues and giving to those less fortunate will give your group a feel-good glow to last.

Breaking Bread:

Rubbing elbows in the kitchen requires focus, humour and a pound of trust, especially when chefs are many and time is ticking. Easily adapted for large numbers and different regions, Baking Bread for Community is a sure-fire winner. Co-workers not only knead up loaves to share together, they whip up plentiful donations for a local food shelter.

Wood for Good:

Niagara Parks' tree-planting program has been so successful with students that this year it's rolling out to corporate groups wanting to contribute to the well-being of Mother Earth. "With so many planners looking for teambuilding and socially responsible elements in their conference agenda, we realized our proximity to Toronto's downtown make the program an easy fit," says Brian Dec, director of sales, Niagara Parks Commission. While participants plant their seedlings, planners can request the Parks' staff do the heavy digging and prepare the initial hole. Tree planting takes place every spring and fall and is geared to groups of 20 to 50 per time slot.

Inspire Joy:

As a non-profit sidearm to Cirque du Soleil, La TOHU will unleash your group's creativity to bring light and joy to Saint-Michel, one of Montreal's most impoverished, inner-city neighbourhoods. For attendees of the 2012 GMIC Sustainable Meeting Conference, that meant turning used pop cans and discarded paper into beautiful lanterns and kites that were donated to La Falla, an important community-building event held every August. "GMIC is all about inspiring sustainability and TOHU's program did just that" notes Shawna McKinley, participant and director of sustainability, MeetGreen©. "Doing something creative like this was a great way to network and get to know new members."

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Save the date

MPI Holiday Fundraising Gala

When: December 5, 2013
Where: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa
Why go: This annual gathering is one of MPI Toronto Chapter's Signature events with over 500 guests in attendance.
What's in it for you: An array of silent and live auction items benefit two wonderful causes: The Breakfast with Santa Foundation and the MPI Toronto Chapter Educational Reserve Fund.

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Good to know

Onsite Medical Emergencies
The National Capital Region community of CanSPEP is hosting a first aid workshop on unexpected medical emergencies. As meeting planners, preparing for unpredictable situations is almost a given, but responding to an immediate medical emergency requires lightening fast reaction skills and specialized training. This full-day workshop is designed specifically to teach essential lifesaving first aid skills, until paramedics arrive on scene. Participants will learn cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, how to help someone who is choking, how to control severe bleeding and emergency scene management among other skills. Space is limited so reserve your spot.

Business Travel 2014 Forecast
North American business travel trends for the next year will see mixed price changes across travel categories, says the recently released American Express Global Business Travel Forecast. With minor exceptions, North American airfares are expected to decline as a result of heightened competition from low cost carriers—but pending consolidation among US carriers may offset those declines. Projected hotel rates are expected to be up overall, but major business centres, such as New York and Toronto, may see even further rate hikes. Secondary cities have become saturated with supply and will be more competitive. Car rentals may incur some cost increases as consolidation continues in this sector as well. Key car rental agencies may start to explore car sharing in specific regions to offer more flexibility and lower costs for corporate clients.

Hyatt's First All-Inclusive
Situated on the Sea of Cortes in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of its first all-inclusive resort. The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos features 619 rooms and suites, with Mexican-inspired decor and spa-styled bathrooms. Guests can upgrade to Premium Club with added personal services, such as butlers. In addition to specialty bars and lounges, the Ziva Los Cabos is the first to offer meeting and convention groups an all-inclusive experience under the Hyatt brand. With 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space the resort can accommodate up to 1,000 guests for an event.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Big Blue Student
Multiple student positions are available for the IBM Canada Global Business Learning & Knowledge team. You will be the project/event coordinator for seven educational events across the country. This position is only open to students registered in a Canadian university or college program and is based in Markham, Ont. This is an eight to 12 month work term.

Take This Out for a Test-drive
BMW corporate headquarters is looking for an event marketing co-op/intern student beginning on December 1, 2013. As a key member of the event marketing team, you will be responsible for the planning and execution of the BMW Golf Cup, Drive Events and other marketing initiatives. This position lasts for six months and you'll need a valid G driver's license, access to a vehicle and be willing to travel and work flexible hours, including weekends.
Take it Outside
The Distillery District is looking to hire an outdoor event coordinator to attract visitors and customers to this historic location. You'll have at least three years of outdoor event experience, with a passion for new festival concepts for the site. You'll be in charge from event design concept to execution, be responsible for licensing and permits, manage inquiries for commercial filming and assist with budget preparations, invoicing and reporting.
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