Meetings + Events

The power of gathering people

room space calculator

Find out how many people will fit in your room or what size room you need for your number of attendees.

Step 1
Choose a Room Layout type:

Step 2
Enter one of the following to determine the other:

Room Size:



NOTE: This is a starting guideline only. Accuracy for your particular event cannot be guaranteed.


TICO, As I See It

Let’s deal with the problem, first. And then I promise, we’ll get to some solutions.

Here is the problem: The Ontario Court of Appeal, in the recent David Gray ruling, effectively interpreted the Travel Industry Act (TIA) in such a way that has deemed Ontario meeting planners as travel agents. 

Until the Court of Appeal ruling, it was uncertain as to whether meeting planners would be covered under the legislation which originally came about in 2002, but that was never deployed actively until roughly 2009.

However, now that the Court has spoken, there is no point in arguing whether meeting planners are classified as travel agents. They clearly are.

So what to do?

I have been actively involved in the legal end of the meeting planning industry for just over 30 years. I understand the issues and I’ve fought for the industry in a variety of forums. This particular issue requires a great deal of innovative action; and it also requires the industry to change.

Here are some possible solutions:

  • Smaller meeting planning companies could amalgamate and thereby share the TICO costs. Merging two or three companies together would be a good cost-cutting solution. Lawyers have done it and so have doctors, who now practice in groups. So why not meeting planners?
  • Planners could also hook up with a travel agency, but what would be the point of that? A loss of profits, a loss of identity. It makes more sense to for several companies to amalgamate.
  • The best solution, in my opinion, would be to have meeting planners join a giant industry group that would be the registered member of TICO. A separate designation for the meeting planning industry could bring about significantly reduced fees.

This final option is now being pursued through Business Event Industry Coalition of Canada—probably the best vehicle to bring this change about. 

I have been asked to be part of the delegation that will attempt to negotiate a satisfactory solution with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario. We will meet soon and explore every suitable alternative. Something is bound to stick, so stick around for more updates as they happen.

J. Frederick Sagel is a retired Bay Street lawyer with extensive experience in the meeting planning industry. He will be doing a follow-up report from the BEICC-TICO meeting, which is taking place on Monday, March 12 @ 2:30pm. Check our website for updates.

other articles in this section

Case Study: Canadian Event Industry Awards

Stress Busters

Case Study: 100-person virtual mentoring event

The Power of Story

Event spotlight: ConferenceDirect meets at Caesars Forum Las Vegas

By the Numbers: October 2020 Edition

A Whole New [Virtual] World

Level Up

The Time is Now

Grab the Mic, Grow Your Business

Should you give interns a turn?

Up for Interpretation

Balancing Act

Back to Business: Insights from the MTCC

Back to Business: Insights from byPeterandPauls Hospitality Group

Back to Business: Insights from Industry Associations

Hands Off

Must-haves for the New Reality

Back to Business: Insights from White Oaks Resort & Spa

Gotta Get It: Golf Edition

The Art of Communication

Back to Business: Insights from Casa Loma Escape Series

The Ignite Guide to Masks

Parting thoughts

Back to Business: Insights from JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka

The new reality for... Speakers

The new reality for... Caterers

Fight Right

The new reality for... Team Building

Virtual Sponsorship How-To

The new reality for... Hotels

CanSPEP Connext Conference Kit

The new reality for... DMCs

How to turn delegates into social media brand ambassadors

The new reality for… CONVENTION CENTRES

Job Hunting Today

Your Event Contract Questions Answered

The New Reality for… RESORTS

Hack Away

Beyond Talking Heads

Keeping Connected

Be a Part of the Solution

Time Wise

One Big Virtual Reunion

There's No 'i'solation in Team

New Direction in a Time of Need

Financial Smarts

On the Bright Side

Talk to Me

Food Forward

The Value of Employee Sustainability

All the Right Moves

The Real Cost of RFPs

Valuable Video

Meetings Forecast 2020

RFP Writing 101

Epic Flight

Events that Matter

Trade Show Secrets

Taking Good Care

Oh Canada

Canadian Teambuilding

The Dilemma

We’re All in This Together

Trend Update

Vision Quest

Turn Off that Phone!

Get Into WEC 2019

No Place Like Home

Get into the Tourney

Eating Cleaner

Marriott’s Bonvoy Launches

On the Quiet Side

Getting to Know You

Lifelong Learning

Dynamic Icebreakers

New Year, New You

The Next Step

Meeting Trends 2019

Dialled In

MPAHT Signs The Code

Holographic Magic

Light Touches

Screening Room

Attendee Survival Guide

Oh Canada!

Supporting Roles

Breaking Down the Barriers

Tour Guides

Happiness Matters

Deals on Meals

You need a ‘Workation’

Pop-Up Events

Green Event Trends

Risky Business

Tee Time!

On the Quiet Side

The Next Generation

First Aid Facts

How to Get your Productivity back