Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. June 4, 2014 Issue

JUNE 4, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

The corridor between Toronto and Niagara bypasses the city of Hamilton, which usually occasions a surreptitious glance westward as your car climbs over the Burlington Bay Skyway bridge. But the "City of Waterfalls" is worthy of a second look in terms of meetings and events. The downtown core is bustling with new builds: "renovation, revitalization and rejuvenation" come to mind when making Hamilton part of your planning repertoire. Check out some of these fabulous finds:


The former Canadian Pacific Railway Station is now home to Liuna Station, a grand venue for gala receptions or corporate events. The impressive façade of the historical building and manicured grounds lead into the restored Grand Lobby—perfect for cocktail receptions. Two ballrooms: the Grand Central and the King George showcase the same historical railway fretwork and grand woodwork and sumptuous details from a bygone era.

Hidden Gem:

Movie star Charlie Hunnam just wrapped up filming at The Scottish Rite Club, a magnificent stately home to The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. Surrounded by lovely grounds and a de rigueur wrought iron fence, the former residence to the Tuckett family of Hamilton boasts a two-story banquet space for up to 270 guests, a cathedral with 50 ft. high vaulted ceilings (complete with jaw-dropping historical theatrical backdrops) and a Casavant Frères pipe organ.

Further Afield:

Set amongst a waterfall and seemingly chiseled into the Niagara escarpment, the soothing ambiance of the Ancaster Old Mill ensures that a board retreat moves into another level. Five unique rooms and the skills of the Mill's top-rated chefs make this an elegant location for senior executives.

Core developments:

In the heart of downtown, two new hotel builds Homewood Suites by Hilton and Staybridge Suites bring the total room capacity in the city to 1,485 while the Hamilton Convention Centre continues to renovate and rejuvenate with over $1 million in upgrades in the past year.

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A Capital Idea


Save the date

MPI TEC Toronto Education Conference

When: June 15 – 17, 2014
Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Why go: Great keynote speakers and concurrent sessions encourage learning about leadership at the annual educational conference. Learn how to compare AV quotes, explore your personal branding message, and how to become a "Black Belt" at social selling, while earning CE credits.
What's in it for you: Come for the networking, meeting new suppliers and to enjoy the summer ambience of Niagara and the surrounding countryside.

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Good to know

Chinese Connection
A tour operating license has been awarded to CWT Meetings & Events that will allow the company to execute inbound and domestic meetings and events in China for its clients. This is the first global travel management company to provide both operations and travel management in-house. Organizations looking for support with their meetings activities in China will have access to the full range of products and services offered by the company to its clients around the world. China's business travel market has grown to be the second largest in the world, with ensuing business meetings and events.

Riding the Rails
Making it easier to take the train, VIA Rail has enhanced its business class on the busy corridor route from Montreal to Windsor. All business lounges have been completely refurbished, with workstations and free Wi-Fi. In Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, a full business centre provides PC and Apple computers with a colour laser printer. In Toronto, business class travellers even have access to a separate area for meetings on the go. Once on the train, guests will notice a new seat layout offering more room, sight lines to the windows and upgraded ergonomic seating with strong lumbar support.

If Only
Billed as a company that creates "extraordinary experiences for good," IfOnly offers their members memorable experiences with some of the world's top stars in sports, music, entertainment, food or lifestyles. For every item or experience sold, a donation will be made to the charity. You can browse their website for ideas or luxurious gifts, you can even create your own dream experience.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Play Ball
Bring your event specialist talents to the plate as you hit the ball out of the park for fundraising events for the Toronto Blue Jays organization. You will plan and execute major events including the annual gala and golf tournament, auctions and home run challenges with other cities. You will have a minimum of two to three years of planning and fundraising experience and excellent organizational skills.

Stand Tall
Be the on-site event coordinator when the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors this coming fall in Winnipeg. As the key access point for all events at the museum, you will work closely with groups and internal departments to ensure guest expectations are met in the new venue. You will report to the manager, special events and facility rentals and will need to be fully bilingual in English and French—both written and verbal—and have at least three to five years of previous special events experience (hospitality diploma or certificate is preferred).
In the Club
An entry-level events position is available at the Granite Club in Toronto. You will assist the senior events manager with member-sponsored corporate and social functions at the club. At least two to three years of catering or hotel/event planning experience is required with a college or university degree in a related field. Excellent public relations, communications and marketing skills are an asset.
Contract Planner
An 8-month contract position is open at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Mississauga. You will coordinate smaller programs and provide an assistance role in larger programs, assist with the meeting and event planning process, financial and contract management and logistics. You will need a college diploma or degree in a related field and have at least one to two years of planning experience.
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