MAY 4, 2016  

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Planners take many considerations into account when it comes to choosing a venue, such as area location, physical space and ambience to name just a few. We’ve added another dimension to the mix—when you rent these venues, proceeds from events are used to support ongoing good works and charity.


Inner Peace

A beautiful blend of historic and contemporary architecture, the St. James Cathedral Centre is conveniently located in the vibrant St. Lawrence neighbourhood, in Toronto. Snell Hall is a glass enclosed, light-filled function room that overlooks the ornate St. James Cathedral and adjoining park. The Deanery on the third floor is actually the living quarters for the Dean of the Anglican Church in Canada. The new Dean will take up residence in October 2016, so you only have a few months left to book the open concept space which includes a reception area for up to 56 people, a terrace and an intimate courtyard. All proceeds from St. James Cathedral Centre go to support St. James.


Walk on the Wild Side

From perky penguins to sleek jungle cats, the Calgary Zoo has been delighting guests for over 80 years. At the eastern edge of the city, near the Inglewood and East Village neighbourhoods, the zoo has various event venues for groups from the Enmax Conservatory building to Safari Lodge. Money from venue rental is used to fund world-renowned researchers at the Calgary Zoo in species recovery and re-introduction. Funds are also used to care for the zoo’s animal residents. The prestigious science journal Nature rates the Calgary Zoo as one of the top five zoos in the world for conservation research.


A New Vision

Looking for a cool incentive giveaway for a group? Why not consider REVO sunglasses—the eyewear that protects the vision of U2 frontman Bono. For each pair of REVO sunglasses sold, the company donates $10 to prevent vision impairment and blindness. Revo, Bono and The Brien Holden Vision Institute are committed to help more than five million children and adults by 2020.


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All for a Good Cause

Events Fuel Good Work

Name Game

Global Name Change for ISES
BEICC Survey

Terror and Travel

New Study on Perceptions

Los Cabos Player

Grand Velas Coming to Los Cabos

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Name Game
The International Special Events Society (ISES) will now be known as the International Live Events Association, ILEA. The global name change has been evolving across a three-year period for the group. In other association news, the BEICC needs meeting and event planners to input information to refresh the data on the Canadian Economic Impact Survey 4.0. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and your input is essential for a complete picture of the economic impact of business events in Canada.


Terror and Travel
In the recently released study by Business Traveller Magazine, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and American Express Business Travel focus on the effect of terrorism on a business traveller’s behaviour and the perception of corporate travel managers. While there have been destinations that have been unsafe for years, recent events have erupted in safe, stable countries. The study looks at terrorism’s effect on travel, destination concerns, psychological effects and traveller tracking and communication. To read the full study, click here.


Los Cabos Player
Fans of the Grand Velas group of hotels will soon be able to book into their latest property in Los Cabos, Mexico. Coming in November 2016, the resort is just 35 minutes away from the Los Cabos International Airport. The resort will feature an onsite 16,370- sq.-ft. convention centre. The guestrooms vary from one- to three-bedroom suites and all feature oceanfront views. Haute cuisine is a hallmark of these properties, and a two-level spa will have 20 treatment rooms.

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Engaging Associations Forum

July 20 – 22, 2016

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Why go:
Association planners and association executives are invited to this peer-to-peer learning event providing unique thought-leadership sessions.

MPI Toronto Education Conference

May 15 – 17, 2016

Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Why go:
Branding, change management, time management, adapting new technologies and AV education are just some of the educational tracks at the Toronto MPI Education Conference.

CHMSE May Meeting Planner Matinee

May 19, 2016

Old Mill Toronto

Why go:
Fifth Element Group president, Aaron Kaufman, will deliver the keynote at the CHMSE event for hotel sales and marketing executives. A tabletop trade show and networking lunch completes the half-day event.

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National Meetings and Incentive Group Manager
Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of the exclusive worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts seeks an experienced meetings and incentive executive based in Toronto. Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts offer an extraordinary collection of 23 all-inclusive luxury resorts in seven countries throughout the Caribbean.

Manager, Event Services
A Toronto–based position is open for a corporate events manager for Deloitte. Reporting to the senior manager, event services, you will handle national conferences, meetings and special events for this professional services firm. You will liaise with partners, suppliers and clients and manage and advise on all logistical aspects of meetings. You will also act as performance manager for at least one direct report. You will have a minimum of seven years’ experience in event planning, and a CMP designation is preferred. Supervisory experience and bilingualism is an asset.

Conference Services Manager
A 16-month contract is open for a conference services manager at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites at Stanley Park in Vancouver. Working with the regional sales and catering team, you will provide customer service and sell hotel products to maximize revenues. You will monitor and follow-through with all conference details including catering, rooming lists, meeting space and AV requirements. A diploma in Hospitality or Hotel Management is preferred, with a minimum of three years experience in catering or banquet management.

Event Coordinator
The Softchoice IT company, based in Toronto, is hiring for an event coordinator to work with the corporate events team planning training programs, event reporting and event logistics. You will provide on-site support at local events and you will also budget, plan and execute the annual holiday party. You will have at least one year of event experience in marketing, events or sales, a college or university degree and excellent time management skills. Event planning experience is preferred.

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