Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. August 6, 2014 Issue

AUGUST 6, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

It won't be long now before the dreaded "f" word—fall—will start. The summer vacays are over, the kids head back to class and event schedules begin to ramp up at a pace that doesn't stop until the "c" word—Christmas—hits. But before we all get ahead of ourselves, here are three nifty gadgets you might want to consider for your meeting/conference planner toolbox.

Your Vote Counts

Sli.do is essentially a voting and a Q&A application that can be used at live events. What you'll like is that it's very affordable, easy to use and it's completely web-based. To vote, all the audience has to do is go to the Sli.do webpage with the special URL for your event and vote. No downloads, apps or setting up an account. Audience members can be identified or can stay anonymous if they wish. The audience can also see a running list of potential questions to ask the speaker so that they can "like" or "dislike" which questions have top priority.


This mobile learning platform can be used for training sessions on smartphones and tablets. Administration can manage courses, exams and users with the content management system. The app provides detailed analytics such as user and performance history, plus course completion and examination statistics. A gamification element can be utilized to award performance leaders and incentivize the training process.

Speak to Me

This new web-based simultaneous translation service allows delegates from around the world to fully interact with your live meeting in a choice of languages. The language used on your conference floor is streamed live to pairs of interpreters in offices in London and Brussels. The languages required are then streamed to delegates on their computers, laptops or mobile devices. Whales on Waves is working with Eurosis, a London-based interpreter's company. Delegates are given a secure login to follow the meeting remotely.

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Save the date

Site Education Day

When: October 29th, 2014
Where: St. James Cathedral Centre, Toronto
Why go: A roster of top speakers provide insight into C-Suite decision making, an insider's intel on the hotel industry and how it relates to meetings and incentives and branding and creativity.
What's in it for you: A great opportunity to network with top incentive houses and industry suppliers in a day full of educational insight into the power of motivational travel experiences.

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Good to know

The Cineplex VIP theatres add a different twist to seeing stars with their sophisticated meeting space in various locations across the country. Luxe leather-like recliners in stadium formation, with armrests and individual tablet tables add another dimension to meetings, especially with state-of-the-art AV plugged into giant screens. Not only for meetings, the VIP complexes can be taken over for client or employee appreciation events. Licensed bar service and sophisticated appetizers can be served in the sleek lounge area before the movie starts. Even better, there's no lineups for popcorn!

Uber for Business
The popular ride-finding app, Uber, can now be used for business. With Uber for Business, employees link with a company credit card and bill directly to that account. Travel administrators can add employees to the system with just a name and an email address. With drivers in over 130 cities, in 42 countries worldwide, getting from Point A to B has never seemed easier. Travellers can add memos to their trip information for accounting purposes. No more taxi chits and one less item to fill out on an expense report.

Dreams Come True
The new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World is now open. There's lots for groups to discover, with an extensive full-service spa, rooftop dining at Capa Steakhouse (opening in September) with perfect views of nightly fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. The completely refurbished Tom Fazio-designed golf course will reopen in September as well. The hotel has 443 rooms and 68 suites. Dedicated function space at the south end of the resort features two ballrooms with soaring ceilings and natural light. Seven other meeting rooms some with outside terraces, and the large King Meadow outside area are perfect for larger group functions.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Your Time to Shine
Toronto based meeting site-selection company, established over 22 years, seeks partner/owner. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated salesperson with established clients who has peeked in the hotel/resort industry who now seeks independence and new challenges and is interested in owning their own business. Home office. Terms negotiable. Contact Fleurette Montpetit at 416-621-6261 or apply online Fleurette@montpetitmarketing.com
Marketing and Event Synergy
A fast-paced technology company in Markham is searching for a coordinator to handle marketing initiatives for vendor lines as well as planning events and conferences. You will plan, coordinate and execute trade shows, conferences and training road shows, as well as sports events and incentive trips. You will also maintain the marketing calendar for all sales programs. A post-secondary degree in marketing/communications is preferred with at least one year relevant working experience in an events department. For full details click here.
Strategic Planner
Manulife Financial is looking for a senior events coordinator to plan and execute meetings and events for the Canadian division including internal and advisor facing programs. You will oversee road shows in multiple cities, sales contests and medium to large meetings and conferences. One to three years of experience in the financial industry is preferred, with a minimum of five to seven years of event specific experience.
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