Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. December 2, 2015 Issue

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards


As we get ready to head into a New Year, here's a round-up of career tips we've collected to help make 2016 the best year ever.

Adopt Mentors:

SITE Canada has put together a comprehensive Mentoring Program that welcomes new Young Leader members and matches them with experienced veterans to help them further their career. The program is scheduled to roll out in early 2016. No matter what organization you're affiliated with, reach out—on either side of the age divide—to always keep learning.

Wherever you are, be there:

We're surrounded by distractions, email notifications, mobile phones and Twitter feeds forcing us to multi-task our way through the day. Try to practise mono-tasking instead, starting one thing and taking it through to a logical conclusion. Sign up for monthly productivity tips at Think Productive Canada.

Tame email:

This article in the Huff Post suggests five ways to control your inbox. In order to slay the beast, suggestions include setting up filters to send non-essential reading to folders to peruse later and getting emails out of your inbox as quickly as possible by answering right away or filing in your to do list.

A New Year with Results:

Performance coach Dean Savoca is a firm believer in goals, in business and your personal life. His idea of planning with purpose uses the S.M.A.R.T. principle to write down goals with a specific plan on how to achieve them.

Top Ten:

This list from Forbes Magazine pinpoints ten career lessons from women which you should at least read, if not adopt. Number nine suggests cozying up to the word "No." Sometimes you'll have to hear it and sometimes you'll need to say it. It can be one of the most difficult words for a woman to say, but practise saying it. Being able to say no allows you to free up time for projects that align with your own goals and personal life.

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Editor's Choice

The Ultimate Recycler



Our digital guides are your go-to source for information on impressive meeting and conference venues and spectacular group experiences. Visit our Destination Collection to download your copy of these great destination guides, including Scottsdale, Niagara Falls, Whistler, Calgary and Halifax, full of insider tips to take the guesswork out of planning your next event.


Save the date

Destination Direct Canada
When: January 19 – 21, 2016
Where: Les Suites, Ottawa
Why go: A hosted buyer program open to association executive directors and association meeting planners wanting to attend three great events showcasing Canadian destinations—REVEAL Social 2016, CSAE's Tête-à-Tête and MPI Ottawa's Charity Auction & Dinner.

REVEAL 2016 Social!
When: January 20, 2016
Where: Horticulture Building, Ottawa
Why go: Bringing together the meeting industry's movers and shakers for a night of networking and entertainment with comedian James Mulinger as MC.

CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau's Tête-à-Tête
When: January 21, 2016
Where: Shaw Centre, Ottawa
Why go: Five-hundred delegates, 160 sponsors and exhibitors, and inspiring and educational speakers—the perfect place to connect!

Find other industry events on Ignite's What's On Calendar

Good to know

Meetings Forecast 2016
The fifth edition of the American Express Meetings & Events 2016 Forecast has just been released and global growth is anticipated for next year. Positive economic trends correlate to global expansion across various industry sectors, with the need for more training and internal meetings as a result. North American respondents predict an average of 80 meetings per program next year, and many are likely to have more attendees with an average of two to three days in duration. Planners can expect average group hotel rates to rise between 1.5 to 4.2 per cent, with North Americans anticipating the highest rise of any region. Click here to download your own copy of the 84-page report.

Travel Smarts
The GBTA Academy has a number of online webinars in the month of December to keep your travel management skills in tip-top shape and learn from industry experts. Most are free and cover topics such as the business travel outlook for Europe, BRIC and China, managing the balancing act between business goals and your travellers, and a case study of how Cisco deployed a Smartphone mobile solution that helped maintain policy controls while providing an elegant user experience.

Employee Reward Myths
This newly released study from the Incentive Research Foundation debunks some of the myths about employee rewards. The study found that rewards are so much more than just the physical reward itself. The entire experience must include personal recognition from senior management, how the reward is communicated and what kind of professional implications (special networking, mentors or special assignments) the reward has on the recipient. The study found that 65 – 85 per cent of employees would select a non-cash award if all other experiential elements were optimal. Of the 452 respondents, 99 per cent had a unique set of preferences for reward and recognition, so using personal interests to influence a reward makes the impact and expense worthwhile.

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

Job Board: Opportunities in the world of work

National Meetings and Incentive Groups Manager
Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the exclusive worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts is seeking an experienced National Meetings and Incentive Groups Manager. This exempt position will be remotely based, preferably near a major airport. The individual will be responsible for the meetings and incentive market on a national basis.
Conference Specialist
Under the direction of the Head of Client Conferences, BMO Capital Markets Marketing, you’ll be accountable for planning and delivering consistently great client experiences through the planning and execution of client conferences for BMO Capital Markets. As conference specialist, you’ll be managing budgets, logistics, engaging various lines of business, managing internal and external communications, executing, and measuring, tracking and reporting results. A University degree in Business, Communications or related field, and 4 to 6 years’ experience in event management are required.
Franchise Sales and Marketing Manager
If you have a background in hotel operations, a passion for the hospitality industry and demonstrated sales and marketing experience, join the InterContinental Hotel Group as a Franchise Sales and Marketing Manager for Western Canada. Based in either Calgary or Edmonton, you'll provide hands-on sales, marketing and sales consultation and develop strategies and objectives to drive measurable, incremental revenue. A Bachelors or Master's Degree in Hotel Management, Business or a relevant field, and 5+ years of progressive work-related experience is a great asset.

Check out Ignite's new Job Board for exciting career opportunities.

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