APRIL 5, 2017  

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Starting a simple conversation about a difficult worldwide problem is the goal for an upcoming session on human trafficking in Toronto.

Organized by a group of Toronto event planners spearheaded by Sandy Biback, CMP Emeritus, CMM, Human Trafficking in our Backyard is an early morning meeting that will bring together local experts to open a dialogue with industry colleagues to discover how they can work together on this serious issue.
“We need to start the dialogue with our industry about this topic,” says Biback, “just like we did with sustainability in the 90s and security risks after 9/11.”

The meeting at St. James Cathedral Centre in Toronto on April 19th will utilize a roundtable discussion format, with several experts offering their expertise and insights on what is happening in many hotels, conferences and sporting events in every city around the world.

Event speakers include: Jennifer Richardson, director, Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office, Community and Development Division, Ministry of Community and Social Services; Nikki Dube, crisis intervention worker, Women’s Support Network of York Region; Laurie Scott, MPP, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock; Kevin Porter, general manager, Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites; and a representative from Covenant House.

ECPAT International is a global network of organizations working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. In the US, The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is a voluntary set of business principles that travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism.

SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) is a member of the Code and has a number of resources, including articles videos and checklists on their website.

Biback hopes that by bringing the discussion to our own backyard, Canadians can begin the conversation between planners, hoteliers, venues and others that provide goods and services for conference or events. All participants will receive an electronic list of resources that will enable them to learn and do more post-event.

Anyone interested in attending the event can fill in a registration form by connecting with Sandy Biback.



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Joint SITE + MPI Global Forum
SITE and Meeting Professionals International have announced a joint forum for January 2018 in Rome. The crossover between industries and members sparked the idea for a co-located event, which will feature joint activities, a collaborative environment for networking, focused education tracks and customized experiences.


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Human Trafficking in the Meetings Industry

April 19, 2017

St. James Cathedral Centre, Snell Room, Toronto  

Why go: An industry-wide discussion on human trafficking in our own backyard.


ILEA Edmonton Tech Showcase

April 19, 2017

Fort Edmonton Park

Why go: Discover the latest and greatest technology for the event industry.


6th Annual Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament

April 27, 2017

Beanfield Centre, Toronto 

Why go: Make the deal with your industry colleagues to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


MPI Toronto’s Education Conference (TEC)

May 7 – 9, 2017    

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka

Why go: Need to recharge? Escape to Muskoka for an opportunity to refresh your mind while challenging and influencing your views on the industry’s hot topics.

MPI Ottawa’s Prix Prestige Awards Gala

May 10, 2017      

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa

Why go: Meet and network with industry colleagues while celebrating excellence in our industry!

GBTA Conference

May 23 – 25, 2017  

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Why go: Visit the third largest business travel event in Canada for the latest corporate travel innovations, a trade show, insightful speakers and exclusive networking opportunities.



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