Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. January 6, 2016 Issue

JANUARY 6, 2016

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards


The Business Events Industry Coalition (BEICC) is starting the year off with a call to action. The Canadian Economic Impact Study 4.0 (CEIS 4.0) will be appearing in your inbox soon, and it's critically important for the industry to fill out the survey to reinforce how important the meetings and business events industry is to the Canadian economy.

This year, Professor Richard Wade and his graduating students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Ryerson University will manage the survey deployment, evaluation and write the report for the BEICC. Deployment is scheduled for the later part of February 2016 and the CEIS 4.0 is scheduled for delivery to the BEICC in April.

The research methodology will remain the same as in previous studies, but will have a greater emphasis on regional data. Data collected in this new study will validate opportunities at a regional and municipal level and provide important economic data on the industry's contribution to GDP.

The last CEIS was produced in July 2014, with in-depth survey input from venue managers, DMOs, meeting planners, exhibitors, delegates and speakers. Over 3,400 completed surveys were utilized for the report. National in scope, the survey shines a spotlight on business event activities and the financial impact it has on provincial, regional and municipal economies.

Until the new study is released, the current CEIS 3.0 can be downloaded on the BEICC website.

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Save the date

A Grand Cru, presented by MPI BC
When: January 9, 2016
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Vancouver
Why go: Enjoy a winemaker's style dinner with live and silent auctions in support of the MPI Foundation, with guest speakers Brian Stevens, CEO of ConferenceDirect and chair elect of MPI board of directors, and Stephen Revetria, senior vice president of Giants Enterprises and chair of the board of MPI Global board of trustees. Pre-bid on auction items now!


IMEX in Frankfurt
When: April 19 – 21, 2016
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
Why go: This year only, IMEX will be held in April instead of May. This major forum for meetings, events and incentive travel features almost 4,000 hosted buyers, ten different tracks for specialized education sessions, a gala dinner and SITE NITE Europe.


CanSPEP Kickstart 2016
When: February 4, 2016
Where: Springhill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan
Why go: Be creatively inspired by the experiential food, decor and entertainment as CanSPEP kicks off the New Year.


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

Good to know

Secure Charging Stations
Keeping mobile devices charged and ready for use at events and trade shows is always an underlying concern for delegates. Brightbox is a custom charging kiosk station that handles the charge with built-in security for expensive mobile devices. A personal credit card opens an individual chamber in the kiosk to charge your device. The chamber lights up when the phone is charged, and the same card opens the lock. Planners can provide the stations as a free amenity or users can swipe a payment card of choice for the service. The kiosk offers universal Smartphone charging with dedicated 30-pin, Lightning and MicroUSB charging cables.

A Traveller-Centric 2016
According to Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 2016 will be the year of the traveller. Based on a survey of 1,016 global clients, they have combined two publications into a single interactive website, with insights into the biggest impacts on business travel in 2016. Get the latest on 23 trending topics, from the sharing economy, enhanced travel services, car rental audits, real-time smart data and personalization, among others. Looking ahead, not surprisingly, over 80 per cent of surveyed travel managers say safety and security is by far the highest priority on the agenda for 2016.

Super Sound
For an incentive bound to make a lasting impression, why not consider the Bose gifting experience to liven up a program? Choose an event level that includes a range of Bose products such as headphones, speakers or entertainment units. The experience includes an elegant display table, professional staff and products.

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

Destination: Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta
Alive Business Development Tour 2016
Date: April 7 - 10, 2016

Destination: Niagara-on-the Lake, ON
White Oaks Resort & Spa
Date: January 22 - 24, 2016

For more information on upcoming familiarization tour opportunities, visit Ignite's Fabulous FAMs page.

New this month:

Fairmont Americas




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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Senior Event Manager
The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel is searching for a senior event manager to oversee all aspects of event planning with clients, and property and sales departments. You will be the event planner's primary contact on the property and be responsible for a consistent, high level of service throughout the pre-event, event and post-event phases of the program. You will need either a high school diploma and two years of experience in event management or a two-year degree from an accredited university in hotel and restaurant management or hospitality or business administration.
Sales and Event Coordinator
Toronto's Liberty Entertainment Group needs a sales and event coordinator to oversee a wide variety of client events. You will be responsible for meeting with prospective and existing clients to plan and coordinate food and beverage, menu design and on-site event and client management. You will have a minimum of two years of experience in event coordination. A hospitality degree is preferred.
Senior Manager, Event Services
Deloitte is looking for an experienced candidate with relevant knowledge in corporate meetings to lead a national events services team. Based in Toronto, you will report to the director, business service. You will liaise with partners, clients and supplier contacts to manage and oversee all firm-wide events. A minimum of 10 years of event planning experience is required, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. A CMP designation is preferred, and supervisory experience is mandatory.

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