AUGUST 4, 2016  

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With its first-ever research, the International Association of Conference Centres predicts the Meeting Rooms and Spaces of the Future and provides solutions on how to improve meeting dynamics. The downloadable PDF was written from insights from a number of global stakeholders and 200 meeting planners from five continents.

Here are some of the topline findings:


Access to Tech:

Over 77 per cent of respondents say access to interactive technologies to encourage audience participation is more important now than it was five years ago. Access to high quality and speedy broadband will remain important and are now a foundation piece in programs rather than a nice-to-have.


Experience Creation:

Meetings of the future will be more about the experience, showcasing a variety of different environments for collaboration. Natural light, good acoustics and walkability to local restaurants and attractions were high on the meeting planners' lists.


Space Shift:

Meeting planners cite a continuing trend to flexible meeting spaces that can be creatively configured in a variety of ways. Access to outdoor space and the creation of informal gathering spots or lounges for delegates figured high on the wish list.


Productive Breaks:

Food and beverage breaks are used for more than refueling. Now attendees use them to facilitate networking and relationship building, and check in with the office and family. WiFi service needs to accommodate these needs and menus need to be portioned to allow for optimum mingling opportunities. Think one-bite portions to alleviate using knives.


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It's soooooooooo hot outside! Cool down with this easy Ice Tea Press infuser from David's Tea. The corporate gift division of this popular retail tea shop will be happy to create the right package for your event. Choose from a variety of summer flavours like Quince Charming, Caribbean Crush or Tropicalia.


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Visit Whistler, BC

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Discover Lethbridge, AB

Experience Jamaica

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Virtually Being There
Virtual reality comes to IncentiveWorks this month at the Tourism Saskatoon booth. Head on over to be surrounded by the beauty of the Wanuskewin Heritage Park—where people have been gathering for 6,000 years—and feel the drumbeats and whirling dancers of an aboriginal ceremony. Or you can drink in the views on the Saskatoon River as you float downstream in a kayak surrounded by paddle boarders. Candace Schierling, director of national conventions and event marketing for Tourism Saskatoon, says she's hoping "this virtual reality experience will peak interest for a real visit so that planners will see how wonderful our city is."


Free Webinars
A full schedule of complimentary webinars, hosted by GBTA, offers a cost-effective way to learn from top industry colleagues. There are usually three webinars per month, lasting for about an hour. The webinars cover a range of topics from Single-Use Virtual Payments to Benchmarking your Risk Management program. Participants can interact through polling and live chat and access real-time answers with industry experts. GBTA members can earn GTP recertification credits by attending a webinar and also have access to the webinar archives.


JPdL Destination Management, based in Montreal, was one of the destination management company winners in Special Events magazine's 12th Annual Top 25 DMCs. The Montreal-based company, the only Canadian DMC of the bunch, has estimated revenue of $15 million and does 250-plus events a year. JPdL has offices in Quebec, Mont-Tremblant, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls. The low Canadian dollar and the value for incentive travel programs bode well for this home-grown destination management firm.

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August 16 - 17, 2016

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Why go:
Networking, education and one-on-one meetings with suppliers from around the globe.

FICP Summer Symposium

August 18 - 20, 2016

InterContinental Toronto Centre

Why go:
Financial and insurance planners can hear the keynote by Canadian writer and adventure photographer Bruce Kirkby and Dragons' Den entrepreneur Michele Romanow, and mingle at networking events.

National Speakers Bureau Engage Speaker Talks


Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary

Why go: These three events will showcase a wide variety of speakers ready to engage your audience at your next event.

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Events Coordinator
With this position at EventMobi, you will support the manager, events and partnerships to execute the overall marketing strategy through experiential events. You will work on planning trade shows, industry, social and sponsorship road shows and campaigns. You will need a Bachelor's Degree in business or marketing and a minimum of one year in an operational event capacity.

Event Coordinator
One of Canada's premium family owned estate wineries is looking for the right person to plan and manage events at Quail's Gate in the Okanagan Valley. Under the direction of the catering sales manager, you will work directly with clients to prepare proposals, gather all event details, and liaise with in-house employees to ensure the event progresses seamlessly. You will also distribute weekly function list and banquet orders. You will have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience, and education in event management or hospitality would be an asset.

Specialist, Shows and Events
This role will have you plan and flawlessly execute small to medium sized events, small regional trade shows, customer briefings and meetings and PR events. You'll provide on-site support for internal/external event attendees, create and communicate event information packages and support sponsorship opportunities at Bombardier events. You'll need 2-5 years' relevant experience, and university degree specializing in marketing or equivalent experience, and be bilingual with strong English skills.

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