SEPTEMBER 6, 2017  

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In the recent IACC Meeting Room of the Future 2017 report, client experience is noted as one of the building blocks for successful events. With millennials and later generations entering the workforce in greater numbers, the way conferences are designed is undergoing a subtle shift. The way this demographic learns, interacts and chooses to work will require conference organizers to change the meeting space to create opportunities for deeper learning. A recent web post by Velvet Chainsaw Consulting notes that just changing the room design won’t foster learning. The firm suggests that planners think about the learning experience to create change.  



Guests or Collaborators:

Conference delegates need to own and participate in their learning, not just passively consume it. They need to collaborate with others to co-create a learning experience.  


You’ve Got to Move it:

Conference planners need to get their participants moving, not sitting quietly for panel discussions or lectures. Try changing about 20 per cent of your sessions to start. Motion helps recall and understanding of a subject.


Transformative Learning:

There is a need to create conference opportunities that change attitudes, behaviours and skills.


Allow Space for Creativity:

Think about surfaces that support more collaboration such as idea walls, whiteboards, moveable desks, bar-height tables and a variety of seats and layouts.


Show it Off:

Use walls to display the learning process, show the progression of an idea and share it. The walls become interactive and interpretive. Plan who is responsible for showcasing an idea and how it will be displayed (think magnets, digital portfolios or hanging ideas from the ceiling).



Just as important, create a quiet space for peaceful thought and reflection. 


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Bisha Hotel
Just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Bisha Hotel Toronto is right where the action plays out during the first week of September. The hotel features a stunner of a rooftop terrace—think 180° views from East to West, catching both sunrise and sunset and the gorgeous Lake Ontario horizons. An infinity pool and adjacent KOST restaurant and bar featuring the flavours of Baja-Mexican cuisine adds to the atmosphere. The first few floors are all booked for TIFF, but the entire hotel is expected to be ready for October. The 43rd floor Salvador meeting room covers the entire east wall of the hotel, with the same great views as the terrace. The rooms seats 130, and is divisible by three.


Staying Connected
Business travellers are more connected than ever before, with many carrying an average of four devices with them on the road. According to the CWT Connected Traveler Study, more than 80 per cent of the 1,900 respondents say their smartphone is the one travel tool they can’t live without. The majority of Canadian business travel is to attend conferences or industry events (57 per cent), to do presentations or face-to-face meetings (48 per cent) and to meet or work with clients (47 per cent).


Rejuvenation in the Swiss Alps
The new Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa is now officially open after a spectacular renovation. Situated high in an alpine meadow, with 180° views of Lake Lucerne, the 148-acre complex features an extravagant spa, golf course, tennis courts and private cinema. Guests arrive by high-speed catamaran and are whisked into the hotel lobby by private funicular. All 102 guestrooms have fireplaces and enormous windows in the living area and bathroom overlooking the lake and the snow-covered Alps beyond. The spa is the largest in Switzerland, wrapped on two sides with a heated infinity pool.


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MPI Toronto Annual General Meeting & Volunteer Recognition

September 20, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Why go: Show your appreciation for the volunteers of the Toronto MPI Chapter and learn what your Chapter is planning for 2018.


PCMA Canada East Chapter Canadian Innovation Conference

November 19 – 21, 2017

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Why go: Experience high caliber educational content, earn Continuing Education Clock Hours and expand your peer network.


SITE + MPI Global Forum

January 12 – 14, 2018

Rome Cavalieri – Waldorf Astoria, Rome  

Why go: Join meeting and incentive travel colleagues in this one-time collaboration of education, connection and destination exploration.


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Someone with event planning and coordination experience is needed for this dual role of event coordination within the sales and marketing department with a social media component for the SSI company. You’ll need excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and coordinate multiple initiatives at one time. You’ll ensure the successful organization of multiple annual events all around the world and coordinate internal marketing and PR resources as well as the activities of SSI representatives abroad.

Event Sales Coordinator

Arts Commons is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced team player to strategically book the facilities and related services to maximize revenues, and to coordinate events at Arts Commons in a professional manner. Reporting to the manager, customer service & events, you will provide support to both staff and management teams. Applicants should have a certificate or diploma in Event Planning or a related field, and two - three years’ experience in an event planning or sales coordination role.

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