Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. November 5, 2014 Issue

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

Many meeting planners get dismayed when they see how much food at an event is left on the table. Sandra Wood, CMP, manager of the annual meeting for the Canadian Medical Association, decided to do something about it.

Know the Facts:

Any food that leaves the kitchen onto the event floor is discarded due to risk of contamination and compliance with health codes. Food held back in the kitchen is the only food that can be donated. Not all venues will donate food due to storage challenges and the ability to get the food to local shelters.

Make a Connection:

Find out if your venue has a program for food donation and encourage them to look into one if they don't. A sustainable food donation service offered by La Tablée des Chefs facilitates food donations to local charities.


Wood decided to ask the venues in Calgary she had hired for her annual conference to implement the program. The Marriott Calgary Downtown and the TELUS Convention Centre agreed and have since donated over 12,340 portions of food that would otherwise be wasted, to local drop-ins and a Rehab Centre in Calgary.


Know what items are popular with your attendees to prevent food waste in the first place. Reduce the number of courses served from four to three. Try to avoid buffets, but if you do use them, ask your culinary team to put vegetables and carbohydrates first, then meat items last.


At a recent NSB speaker showcase, the morning breakfast of fruit and a muffin was contained in a single serve container box, with coffee and tea stations to the outer limits of the room. At the end of the event, the leftover containers were donated to a street charity for distribution.

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Editor's Choice

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Save the date

Event Industry Kids Christmas Party

When: Dec. 14th
Where: Atlantis Pavilions at Ontario Place, Toronto
Why go: Kids of industry event planners get their "own" Christmas party, complete with a visit with Santa, live performances, a healthy buffet lunch and gifts!

Canadian Society for Training and Development Conference & Trade Show

When: Nov. 12 - 14
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
Why go: Learning and development professionals will meet to share ideas and solutions for workforce training.

More industry events at Ignitemag.ca

Good to know

For Steve Bova, executive director of the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, the biggest take-away from the latest IMEX show in Vegas was the increased awareness of the Meetings Mean Business campaign. In a video interview, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said "the pageantry associated with a great meeting enables people to aspire to a higher level. Without meetings and events you cannot inspire people to do great things." He said it would not have been possible for him to convey his message to his employees in a memo or via email. Face-to-face meetings propelled his business. McDermott also accepted the challenge to serve as a spokesperson for the meetings industry to convince other CEOs of the importance of face-to-face meetings.

New Canadian Partner for Concur Triplink
Concur, a provider of spend management solutions and services and Air Canada have announced a partnership to develop and enable a corporate travel booking functionality for the airline. Companies that leverage Concur Triplink will be able to capture direct Air Canada corporate bookings while still getting their corporate benefits and meeting corporate travel reporting requirements through Concur. Through TripLink, corporate travellers have more choice as the trip data will be sent automatically to Concur to populate travel and expense reports on related platforms. By capturing out of program bookings, companies know where their employees are travelling, to support their duty of care requirements.

Escape for the Holidays
Here's a different twist to a holiday office party. Escape Room Niagara Falls is offering reception and dinner events for groups of up to 200 people in its new Q Club location. The object of the evening is to use clues, codes, hidden objects and puzzles to help your team escape from a locked room. The original Escape Room is located across the street and is suitable for smaller groups. Themed scenarios like Trapped in the Carnival, The Bunker or The Attic are some of the events that the Escape Room features. Those events are usually booked for a 60-minute time frame.

Share your event news, case studies or story ideas with us here at ignitemag.ca.

Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

A Good Investment
Head West—where the Investors Group is looking for a senior planner to join the event marketing and corporate travel department. Your primary responsibilities will be to develop conferences and manage the budget, logistics and execution of events. You'll need at least four to seven years of experience in event management and a CMP designation is preferred.

Meeting Maestro
Delivering great client events and experiences will be your mandate as BMO Financial's new manager of corporate events. You will assist in the development and execution of annual event strategies to meet business objectives, assist senior executives with event schedules and briefing materials, and serve as contact for senior BMO executives and clients when they participate in events. You will have at least five years of work experience in event and project management, with a fundamental understanding of banking. A CMP designation is a definite asset.
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