AUGUST 2, 2017  

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Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

The days of sending an employee into retirement with a big banquet and a gold watch on their wrist are gone. While companies still want to recognize people for their years of service, there is no one-size-fits-all celebration. Camille Jocsak, president of Planned 2 Perfection Limited, an event planning company based in Mississauga, has some tips to create the perfect send-off.



Hone the Guest List:

A party for an executive will often include clients, global partners and other executives. If the event is for someone in management or support staff, it may include that person’s department and their family, says Jocsak.  


Make it Personal:

Learning the celebrant’s interests is key. If the company prefers to present a gift, talk to coworkers. “We’ve done a $1,000 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops for an executive who loved to hunt and fish.”


Choose Quality over Quantity:

Companies are scaling back on the size of an event and focusing more on the quality of the party, according to Jocsak. For support staff, an on-site barbecue lunch, sandwiches and a cake served in the boardroom or a department lunch at a restaurant are good options. For an executive, dinner in a restaurant’s private dining room strikes the right tone.


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Meetings Forecast 2017
The latest edition of Meetings Outlook Summer 2017 says the current seller’s market is here to stay—well into 2018. There are some signs of the slowing business environment, with growth predictions being scaled back to 1.6% from 3% last quarter. The report also says that the ongoing travel ban uncertainty has moved a number of events from the US to Canada.


Treadmill Power
Travellers tired of the endless waiting times at airports can relieve some of their frustrations at a full-service gym at Roam Fitness at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The company plans to have 20 gyms worldwide in five years and is hot after the millennial market, who want to maintain their fitness routines on the road.


“Out There” Teambuilding
These wild and wonderful ideas for corporate teambuilding will make the eye-rollers on your team sit up and take notice. From shark dives to spelunking, a half-day Spy School program or surviving a crash at sea, these tests of team spirit will hone group dynamics like never before.  


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Search Foundation Reception

August 9, 2017

The Foundry, Calgary, Alberta

Why go: This fundraiser kicks off the ILEA Live 2017 conference, in support of the SEARCH Foundation that supports event professionals in crisis, due to illness or natural disasters.


ILEA Live 2017

August 10 – 12, 2017

Calgary, Alberta

Why go: Maximize your potential for creating experiential events at the 30th anniversary edition of ILEA Live.


ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

August 12 – 15, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre  

Why go: Back again in Canada’s downtown, #ASAE17 brings thousands of association professionals and industry partners together to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions and more.


PCMA Canada East Chapter Social

August 21, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
South Building, Room 401

Why go: Summer is the time to meet up, have fun, kick back and relax. Join PCMA Canada East Chapter for their August Social. Connect with old colleagues, make new connections and share your industry stories.



August 22 – 23, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Why go: Canada’s annual trade show for the meetings and incentive industry brings together education, keynotes and the eagerly anticipated reveal for the Canadian Hall of Fame.


FICP Summer Symposium

August 24 – 25, 2017

Sheraton Centre, Toronto  

Why go: The insurance and financial planners symposium includes education, networking and on-trend sessions impacting industry best practices.



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