Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. June 18, 2014 Issue

JUNE 18, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

Just in advance of our national Canada Day celebrations, some inspiration for you to take advantage of in our own backyard. Here's a roundup of quintessentially Canadian experiences that make us who we are.

Maple Leaf Forever

At the recent Québec Cup, Pierre Faucher shared the sweet maple sugar syrup from Sucrerie de la Montagne, his family's 120-acre rural homestead and sugar shack. This Quebec Heritage site just west of Montreal in Rigaud, Quebec is open year round. Be transported back in time with a horse drawn carriage ride among the period buildings and the glorious maple trees. Enjoy authentic Québecois cuisine and take home a taste of Canada.

Hidden Symbols

Manitoba's Legislature Building is a treasure trove of ancient hieroglyphics, occult symbols and numerological clues. Join local Manitoba scholar Dr. Frank Albo, an architectural historian, as he unlocks the Masonic secrets hidden in plain sight in the legislature, what he calls the most sophisticated designed hermetic building in the world.

Sunset-Retreat Ceremony

This 90 minute ceremony takes place every Tuesday from July 1 to mid-August in Regina, at the RCMP Academy Depot Division, where cadets— who will eventually serve all over the country—are trained. To military music, the cadets lower the Canadian flag, do a March Past and a troop drill, all dressed in the famous iconic red serge of our national police force.

Beach Lobster Supper

Each Atlantic province proclaims they have the best lobster—and believe me, they all do—but the folks in PEI just seem to have perfected the best way to eat it. Try it on the north shore dunes at The Links of Crowbush Cove in an open-air tent with plenty of napkins and melted butter. Of course there will be colourful chairs close by surrounding a beach fire, while the haunting lilt of bagpipes comes from afar.

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GBTA Convention 2014

When: July 26 – 30, 2014
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Why go: You can write the GTP exam, take a GLP leadership course, or explore industry related education such as sustainable travel, travel management in China or forecasting supplier prices for 2015.
What's in it for you: Plenty of educational sessions, networking options (golf and spa!) and an exhibitor trade show round out the offerings at the annual convention.

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Good to know

Inspired Fare
Mark McEwan—the chef behind perennial favourites North 44, Bymark and Fabricca, not to mention his star turns on the Food Network and Top Chef Canada—wants us to rethink the buffet. While the practical format is conducive to a meeting setting, the content is often, at best, uninspired. Toronto's Hazelton Hotel's newly launched Meetings by McEwan turns that notion on its head. You'll find the same quality and attention to detail as you do at One, his restaurant in the hotel (located in the swanky Yorkville area). A recent sampling showcased succulent salmon, a salad of roasted heirloom veggies, homemade gnocchi and decadent chocolate chip cookies. "It's a simple but luxurious approach," says McEwan. The fare includes healthy options, many of which cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets. The new venture also offers breakfasts, working lunches, bespoke dinners and breaks, all of which can be served in the hotel's meeting spaces and signature suites.

It's Official
HRH Queen Elizabeth is set to officially open the eponymous Terminal 2 The Queen's Teminal at Heathrow Airport next week. The soft opening of the new terminal took place earlier this month, with 17 United Airlines flights bringing the first 6,000 passengers through the building, almost 60 years after the airport first opened in 1955. Terminal 2 will eventually house 23 members of Star Alliance as well as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red; these companies will move in gradually over the next six months. The terminal features 33 new retailers as well as Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant, The Perfectionists' Café. Terminal 2 is part of an £11 billion renovation and new builds to the airport.

Canadian Connection
The Glencoe House is an exclusive spot in the Scottish Highlands with ties that bind to our own Canadian turf. The former vacation home of Lord Strathcona and his wife, now welcomes visitors from around the world. Lord Strathcona, history buffs will know, was the uber-overachiever—a Scottish immigrant to Canada who worked his way up from a clerk's position at the Hudson's Bay Company to become Canada's High Commissioner to London. Glencoe House has been lovingly restored, with seven suites in total, including the former private rooms of Lord Strathcona, overlooking Loch Leven.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Your Chance to Give Back
Doreen Pashkoff, coordinator, externships and career support for The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College (GBC) is looking for placement companies for about 150 special event planning students, in the GTA and surrounding areas. Companies would be expected to mentor students in the workplace for 24 hours per week during a seven-week internship. The first internships start in January 2015, with another session starting in March 2015. The internships are unpaid, and GBC provides workers' compensation coverage for the students. If you think you can help out, please contact Doreen Pashkoff directly. She will send you an Employer Externship Manual that explains the program in full detail.

Foundations for Success
Your planning acumen and organizational skills will be front and centre as the events coordinator for the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. You will assist the director of events in the execution of the signature fundraising for the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. You have a diploma in a relevant field and a minimum of two years of related experience, with a not-for-profit environment preferred.
Grab the Brass Ring
If you're ready to take your career to the next level, Softchoice is searching for a corporate events manager to create high quality event experiences for staff and clients. As such, you will be responsible for the three-day annual conference, sales training seminars, oversee the incentive trip strategies and develop new event programs to drive vendor sponsorships. This senior position requires management experience, a university degree in marketing, communications or business administration and several years of experience in the events industry.
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