DECEMBER 7, 2016  

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The holiday season is in full swing! We’ve rounded up some last-minute ideas to add some sparkle to your holiday gatherings.





At our house, just try fooling around with the stuffing recipe and howls of protest erupt. Michael Jensen, director of food & beverage at the Sheraton Toronto Airport & Conference Centre says it’s pretty much the same with holiday menus at the hotel. “People tend to stay with the tried and true, roast turkey or prime rib. People want to be reminded of traditions that feel comforting to them. We do have other choices on the menu, but clients consistently pick the traditional items.”


Stay Put:

Chicago-based Inspired Catering has noticed a trend from restaurant venues to scaled back events held at the office. Bad weather and traffic jams can be deal-breakers for turn-out, added to the pressures of holiday family events and shopping. At the office, parking is usually free and the party can start right at 5:00 pm.


Theme It:

Have some fun and create a get-together based on a theme. Christmas around the World could include your employee’s own Christmas traditions. A Santa’s Workshop theme brings a little CSR into the mix, like wrapping gifts for a local charity, or creating gift packs for those less fortunate.


Mix and Mingle:

Did you know that DJs are three times more popular than live music? Or that photo booths are three times more popular than a roving photographer? Keep guests moving with stand up food stations, and more than one bar if numbers require it. DIY food bars encourage guests to customize their plates and interact.


Grill & Chill:

We the North like to use our BBQs all year. Why not gather around the Q for a custom experience with Weber Grill Academy celebrity chef, Michael P. Clive? Up to 28 people can enjoy the three-hour experience and prepare a menu under the watchful eye of grill specialists.



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Last Minute Crunch
Still looking for those last few hours to complete your continuing education credits for your CMP renewal? Check out these titles on the CIC online webinar series to fill up your quota. Planners can access quality education 24/7 and earn up to 21.25 CEs towards your certification or recertification. Up to 17 recorded sessions from the 2016 Conclave can be purchased from the CIC on Demand Learning Centre.


Expense Pain Points
Anyone who has scrambled to get expenses done right—and on time—knows what a hassle it can be. Now imagine that multiplied. This recent study from GBTA and HRS Global Hotel Solutions reports that companies around the globe spend about half a million dollars and nearly 3,000 hours correcting errors in expense reports. Almost 20 per cent of expense reports have errors and it takes about 20 minutes to correct one report. Travel buyers in North America typically use expense-reporting software. The study was commissioned to identify pain points and evaluate existing practices. The study says often travel managers are focused solely on price for flights and accommodation. Optimizing expense reporting is a huge potential for savings.


Interactive Gifting
What could be better than a gift? How about choosing it for yourself? The Idea Hunter suggests an interactive gift station for your holiday event—but notes it’s a great idea year-round. Why not try a fragrant soap station where guests can choose from an array of scented soaps, from lavender to mint chocolate? The artisanal soap maker cuts a slice and hand wraps it for you to take home. Another choice is hand-painted gift cards done right before your eyes. 


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ILEA Toronto Seasonal Soiree

December 20, 2016

Cambria Gallery, Toronto 

Why go:
Join the upscale kitchen party, where 100 per cent of proceeds go to The Search Foundation to help event professionals in need.


Fresh Minds Sales Lab workshop presented by CanSPEP and CSAE Trillium chapter

January 13, 2017

Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale

Why go:
As part of the CanSPEP Business Summit, an inaugural strategic partnership between their two associations, CanSPEP and CSAE Trillium chapter will share an industry education session, featuring Jill Harrington, President, salesSHIFT, who will discuss prospecting, proposals, overcoming objections and more.


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Travel and Event Coordinator

In this position for the Toronto-based Flynn Group of Companies you will organize and provide logistics support for a variety of company events. You will oversee the complete process for the scheduling and execution of events from offsite meetings to workshops. You will book hotel, travel and meeting space and schedule pre- and post-event activities. Training as an event planner is an asset. Some travel may be required.  

Catering Sales Manager

The Omni King Edward will relaunch the iconic Crystal Ballroom in 2017 and is searching for a catering sales manager to prospect and secure business for the property. You will need at least three years of catering sales experience, strong written and verbal communication skills and manage and service key clients. You will also prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as required. 

National Events Manager

In this role, you’ll work with all office and business leadership to develop and manage all facets of Mercer’s branded event marketing activities. You’ll consult with leadership to evaluate, design, and optimize these initiatives to differentiate and advance the brand and coordinate with the broader marketing organization to integrate events and sponsorships into the marketing mix. An undergraduate degree is required; MBA an asset, plus 8-10 years of experience in marketing or events management.

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