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September 11, 2018
MCI Group Canada expands offerings with the acquisition of Conferences, Groups & Incentives (CG&I)

Toronto, ON.  MCI Group Canada Ltd., a branch of MCI Group -- the global leader in engaging and activating audiences with impactful meetings, events and experiences -- announces the acquisition of Montreal-based events planning firm Conferences, Groups & Incentives (CG&I).

“We have a strong commitment to support cities in which we have offices,” explained Sébastien Tondeur, CEO, MCI Group.  “It’s our goal to focus on expanding our growth in Montreal, which represents a significant part of the business in Canada and also support the city on getting in the spotlight of the global events stage.”

“MCI is committed to growing in Canada and showcasing it as a destination to attract more international conferences, while supporting local clients,” added Juliano Lissoni, managing director, MCI Group Canada Ltd.  “Our presence in Montreal is a significant opportunity for us to achieve our objectives.  We intend to augment the local market presence by adding new services, which will allow us to challenge both local and international competition even more successfully,” he said.

Founded in 2001, Conferences, Groups & Incentives (CG&I) boasts a successful history having been awarded its first international congress with more than 12,000 delegates within months of its inception.  It has proudly maintained an impressive list of both corporate and association international clients managed by a solid team of expert talent who provide support for any type of meeting and event needs.  The company’s co-owner, Carolyn Bourke will assume the directorship of the MCI Montreal office and lead the expansion of the business in Quebec.

“As they say, when people come together, magic happens!” said Ms. Bourke.  “We cannot envision a better fit for Conferences, Groups & Incentives (CG&I) than joining the MCI Group, a true global leader in our industry.  Under the brand we can offer greater value to both employees and customers, and the additional capabilities this union brings will extend our complete solutions approach in offering a broader range of services.”

This significant move underscores the company’s mission to contribute to the strengthening of the sector as part of its growth plans for North America and boosts MCI’s scale by adding to the current operations in Vancouver and Toronto.  MCI continues to build and reinforce its local market capabilities, keeping innovation at the forefront of building communities for helping brands and organizations achieve better business results.

Montreal: a raison d’etre

Montreal ranked first among the top cities in the Americas where international conferences are planned, according to a report issued by the Union of International Associations (UIA) for 2017.  The city hosted 149 international conferences, ahead of cities including Washington, New York, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Toronto.  Overall, Montreal accounted for 61 per cent of all international events held in Canada.* The city has a strategic plan to become a Ville Culturel focusing on arts, heritage and design, as well as supporting international events, including Destination International’s Annual Convention and the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships; in addition, the city celebrated its 375th anniversary to revive its tourism pull.

About Conferences, Groups & Incentives (CG&I)

Conferences, Groups & Incentives is a full-service event management company focused on adapting its services, delivery model, expertise, and costs to the benefit of clients.  CG&I holds a unique position in the industry, competing both on a Canadian and international level.  Our solid client base is diversified, enabling an open mind when it comes to creative solutions and expected outcomes. Having to adapt and respond to a variety of dynamics, environments, cultures and needs has built a solid base of cross-disciplinary experience used to translate our clients’ objectives into innovative results.  Through a mix of industry best practices and proprietary concepts, our team will guide and assist clients through all major areas of event planning and execution.  Our strength lies in our ability to integrate industry trends, participants’ expectations and association objectives into key success factors aimed at raising your event profile and attendees’ take-away.

About MCI

MCI is the global leader in engaging and activating audiences.  Our business is founded on a simple human insight:  When people come together, magic happens. This magic is called community.  Since 1987 we have been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association management.  MCI helps organizations harness the power of community by applying our strategic engagement and activation solutions to build unforgettable online and offline experiences that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance. MCI is an independently owned company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and boasts a global presence with +2,300 professionals in 60 offices and 31 countries, who work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa.  Find out more at

For more information, please contact

Juliano Lissoni

Managing Director

MCI Group Canada/Toronto

+1 416 481-7776

September 04, 2018
It All Started On A Bet! Nottawasaga Resort Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Alliston, Ontario—This year marks the Nottawasaga Resort’s 50th anniversary.  What started as a friendly wager over a bottle of Canadian Club resulted in the opening of the Nottawasaga Inn in 1968. 

“It all started with a dream and a bet, and for 50 years the Nottawasaga Resort has continued to grow and expand based on that very dream. We continue to welcome guests with the same enthusiasm and spirit as the first day we opened the doors.” quotes Lou Biffis, founder of the popular all season resort. 

Lou Biffis, a once poor Italian farm boy, immigrated to Canada wearing old patched shoes and with only $8.00 ($3 of this was from selling his newer pair of shoes) in his pocket.  As a young cabinet maker living in Toronto, he worked endless hours in construction and woodworking jobs and eventually started his first business of a small multi-trade construction operation in Toronto.  Through contacts in construction, Lou learned of property for sale 75 km North West of the city in Alliston. Growing up in a small rural town and uneasy with the fast paced life in the big city, he visited the property and was immediately intrigued with the landscape, River and valley which reminded him of his hometown in northern Italy.  He acquired the piece of land, originally used by Mr. William Ruthven to produce the first nursery-grown sod in Ontario and continued to grow sod to supply Toronto builders in 1972.  

With a vision of building a motel on this land that would take advantage of the picturesque river location and the beautiful rolling hills of the Nottawasaga Valley, Lou began draining the marshy area to form parkland and build a 120 ft. long, 4ft. wide bridge supported by cables over the Nottawasaga River that ran through the property. A friend, impressed with Lou’s work thus far but skeptical of his vision, bet him a bottle of Canadian Club Whiskey that he would not be able to obtain a liquor license needed to operate an Inn, in the township that had been dry since 1907. Not one to shy away from a bet, Lou went against all odds, winning a municipal plebiscite with 87% in favor to allow liquor licenses in Tecumseth Township in 1967. In a mere 8 months, the construction of the Nottawasaga Inn was completed and opens for business.  . 

Since opening its doors in 1968, The Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre has experienced numerous expansions and developments, evolving from a 40 room motel with only one restaurant, a banquet room and café, to boasting 269 guestrooms including 34 luxurious suites, 3 dining facilities, a lounge and 36 banquet/meeting rooms, an onsite chapel, an outdoor wedding garden, 45 holes of golf, 2 international soccer pitches, 2 NHL ice pads and a multi-faceted Sports & LeisureDome, providing an multitude of amenities for families, special celebrations, sports training and business functions. 

The Nottawasaga Inn Resort remains a family owned and operated all season resort.   Lou’s vision, leadership and business philosophy of friendly, professional, service continues to this day.  The Resort’s rich and vibrant history serves as a reminder of how a dream and hard work can become a reality.

September 04, 2018
ILEA Recognizes Exceptional Creative Achievements with 2018 Esprit® Awards at ILEA Live

Denver, Colorado—Live events professionals from around the globe gathered in Denver Aug. 16-18 to attend the much-anticipated ILEA Live 2018 conference. Organized by members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live boasted a turnout of 505 live events professionals.

“ILEA Live 2018 had a terrific turnout with a wide variety of live events professionals from around the globe,” said Sara Grauf, CSEP, ILEA International President. “For the first time ever, ILEA Live offered pre-conference workshops to allow attendees to dive deep on certain topics. The event continues to be a rich setting for live event professionals to exchange ideas about managing their event business, build relationships and learn from education sessions addressing relevant industry trends and the business of creativity.”

In addition, ILEA recognized how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with the annual Esprit® Awards.

2018 ILEA Esprit® Award Recipients

Best Catered Event
Venkataraman Indian Wedding Celebration
Erin Greene, Two Caterers

Best Culinary Innovation
The Kitchen Community – Living Salad
Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Catering by Design

Best Event Filmmaking (Videography)
Dawn & Steve's Rustic Mountain Wedding
Chris Orwat, Pure Cinematography

Best Event Photography
Triangle Wine: A Food and Wine Experience
Kate Pope, Kate Pope Photography

Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral
Pure Imagination
Laney Hall, Platypus Papers

Best Industry Contribution
The Real, "UnReal" Wedding
Dona Liston, Lambermont Events

Best Industry Innovation
Raining Cats and Dogs
Rocky & Terry Toomey, Future Affairs Productions

Best Event Logistics and Support Services
San Francisco Giant Race and Health and Wellness Expo
Giants Enterprises

Best Event Solution
Lenny Talarico, CSEP, MGM Resorts Event Productions

Best Technical Production
Raining Cats and Dogs
Terry & Rocky Toomey, Future Affairs Productions

Best Event Design/Décor (Under $25,000 USD)
The Food You Bake Is Equal To The Love You Make
Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, Brass Tacks Events
Marcela Bogado Dhar, TMFA, Malleret Designs

Best Event Design/Décor ($25,000- $75,000 USD)
A Christmas Carol Celebration
Sharon Bonner, Bright Ideas Events

Best Event Design/Décor (Over $75,000 USD)
Lenny Talarico, CSEP, MGM Resorts Event Productions

Best Entertainment Production (Under $25,000 USD)
Justen Pohl, Enticing Entertainment

Best Entertainment Production ($25,000 - $75,000 USD)
Give Kids the World Gala - A Night of Dreams
Cameron Rust, Hello! Destination Management
Janice Dowling, Hello! Destination Management

Best Entertainment Production (Over $75,000 USD)
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Grand Opening
David Merrell, AOO Events

Best Corporate Event (Under $75,000 USD)
Race Against the Clock: A Secret IPO Celebration
Jason Sick, CMP, Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner

Best Corporate Event ($75,000 - $150,000 USD)
A Christmas Carol Celebration
Sharon Bonner, Bright Ideas Events

Best Corporate Event (Over $150,000 USD)
A Night at Star Hill Ranch
Lauran Grimes, Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization (Under $75,000 USD)
Celebrate: A Festive Evening Toasting 25 Years of Saving Lives
Deborah Hermann, GhostLight Productions, LLC

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization ($75,000 - $150,000 USD)
Hearts Out 2017
Jessica Tkachuk, Boom Goes The Drum Inc.

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization (Over $150,000 USD)
Beauty Changes Lives
Kathy Miller, Total Event Resources

Best Event with a Legacy
Give Kids the World Gala - A Night of Dreams
Cameron Rust, Hello! Destination Management

Best Public Event
UNVEILED - The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
The Wedding Guys

Best Social Event (non-wedding) (Under $25,000 USD)
Great Gatsby Surprise 60th Birthday
Erin Bjorkstedt, Eventful Planning

Best Social Event (non-wedding) ($25,000 - $75,000 USD)
The Last Dance
Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, Brass Tacks Events

Best Social Event (non-wedding) (Over $75,000 USD)
50th Birthday Celebration
Cassie Brown, CSEP, TCG Events

Best Wedding (Under $75,000)
Capturing Romance in Lake Louise
Amy Nelson, Lynn Fletcher Weddings

Best Wedding ($75,000 - $150,000 USD)
Boho Meets Soho
Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events

Best Wedding (Over $150,000)
Lynn Fletcher, Lynn Fletcher Weddings

Best Meeting/Conference Program
A Masterful Reward in Music City
Marie Mitchell, Maple Ridge Events

Best ILEA Team Effort (Under $75,000 USD)
The Food You Bake Is Equal To The Love You Make
Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, Brass Tacks Events
Marcela Bogado Dhar, TMFA, Malleret Designs
Delores Crum, CERP, Premiere Events
Shannon Ferguson, The Inviting Pear
Lisa Hause, Lisa Hause Photography

Best ILEA Team Effort (Over $150,000 USD)
Home Sweet Home
Gretchen Culver, Rocket Science Events
Elizabeth Partyka, Avant Décor
Josh Reitan, AV For You
Carly Van Veldhuizen, Girl Friday
Michelle Smith, Rudy's Event Rental

Best ILEA Volunteer Collaboration
Through the Wardrobe: The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party
Corinne Kessel, CSEP, Greenscape Design & Decor
Alex Bickers, Elizabeth Stanley Event Design
Mark Happeney, ShowKraft Production Services Limited
Rob Porter, Elizabeth Stanley Event Design
Gemma Scott, Go2 Productions
Todd Skinner, Production Canada
Anthony Vade, FMAV
Steve Matthews, Innovation Lighting
Jennifer Winter, Rebelux Creative


ILEA Live 2018 sponsors:

From your largest events to premier clients, CORT Events is your trusted partner for high quality stylish rental furnishings, 3-D product renderings, and seamless delivery. Our experienced professionals will help turn your next event into one that engages, excites and brings your vision to life. Style & Service, Delivered.

ATOMIC! Events
Catering by Design
Jordan Kahn Orchestra
The Brand Booth

Go2 Productions

CORT Giants Enterprises

For a full list of ILEA Live 2018 sponsors, visit

ILEA Live 2019 will be held Aug. 8-10, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn. Learn more at

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit

About ILEA Live
roduced by members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live is about the business of creativity. It is an educational and collaborative experience for creative event professionals to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration along the event horizon. For more information, visit

Ande Leslie
Marketing and Communications Manager
t: +1.312.673.5534

August 30, 2018
IACC Names Canadian Copper Skillet Winners at IncentiveWorks

(Toronto - Canada) 22 August 2018 – Seven chefs from IACC member venues across Canada gathered at event industry show, IncentiveWorks, at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Wednesday 15 August, to compete for the coveted Copper Skillet. The winners have secured their place in stage 2 of the competition, the Americas Chapter, which will take place January 2019 (location TBD), where they will compete against the winners of the United States Copper Skillet Cook-Off, taking place December 13, 2018 at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Texas.

The chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" containing a selection of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given 30-minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to the judges.

For the fifth year in the 16-year history of the Copper Skillet competition, IACC introduced a Junior Chef category where IACC conference venue chefs under the age of 26 competed in the cook-off.

Canadian Copper Skillet winners were:

Senior champion: Chef Kyle McClure from Vantage Venues, who served a dish of cumin and curry quail, with citrus potato hash and coconut curried mussels.

Junior champion: Chef Hannah Glinz from Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, who served a dish of mussels steamed in a white wine and garlic sauce with honey-caramelised pork belly and bacon, plated on top of mini red potato coins and baby carrots, with a blueberry cream relish.

Commenting on his victory, Kyle McClure said: “I’m thrilled to have won the senior champion stage of the Canadian Copper Skillet, it’s a fantastic achievement not just personally but also for the catering team at Vantage Venues.” Hannah Glinz added: “Winning the junior champion award is a fantastic accolade and I look forward to competing in the next stage of the competition in January 2019”

The winners of the Americas cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete against other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the Global Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC Americas Connect Annual Meeting in April 2019 in Toronto, Canada, where the 16th Global Copper Skillet Champion will be named.

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC said: “Each chef who was chosen to compete at the Canadian Copper Skillet should be proud of their achievements, they are cooking among some of the most talented chefs in Canada. We’re incredibly proud that the IACC Copper Skillet competition continues to grow in strength and is one of the most sought-after culinary awards in the events industry.”

The popular Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience. 

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About IACC

Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe.  IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally.  IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry.  This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and results-driven meeting venues globally.   

August 27, 2018
WestJet becomes first Canadian airline to launch an AI Chatbot

"Juliet" on Facebook Messenger enables guests to discover destinations, book trips and receive instant support

Calgary/CNW/ - WestJet today is offering its guests more convenience with the launch of the first ever artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbot from a Canadian airline.

The chatbot, named Juliet, is available in English and French through Facebook Messenger, and enables travellers to easily manage many aspects of their trip including destination inspiration and discovery, flight booking and day-of travel information. To chat with Juliet, please visit:

"Juliet is the first of many ways WestJet will be raising the bar using digital to improve the guest experience, and make the travel journey easier and more enjoyable," said Alfredo C. Tan, WestJet Chief Digital and Innovation Officer. "A majority of internet users are already using a messenger platform, including Facebook Messenger. Launching Juliet gives even more access to quick, simple support on a platform that a majority of our guests already have at hand."

Juliet, named after one of WestJet's original aircraft, uses reinforcement learning allowing the chatbot to learn the way humans do, with a combination of instruction, examples, and experience, leading to better responses over time. WestJet will continue to add more functionality, features and capabilities to Juliet including availability on different platforms and voice interaction.

About WestJet
Together with WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized as Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice winner – North America for 2017 and 2018 in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines. The airline was also named the Travellers' Choice Winner – Economy, North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit  

Recent recognition includes:
2018 North America's Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)
2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice Winner Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Travellers' Choice Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018/2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)
2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)
2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)

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August 23, 2018
Stronco Appoints General Manager

Toronto—J.Ralph Strachan, President & CEO of Stronco is pleased to announce the appointment of Saira Beig to General Manager of Stronco effective August 1, 2018.  

Saira’s background in the convention and trade show industry started over twenty years ago as an owner of a trade show and publication.  She has held various positions since joining Stronco including the most recent as Assistant General Manager.

Founded in 1952, Stronco is Canada’s largest privately owned General Service Contractor.                                                     

August 03, 2018
New Chief Operating Officer at the IMEX Group Former Organising Director, Nalan Emre, promoted

The IMEX Group has a new Chief Operating Officer. Nalan Emre has been promoted from Organising Director to the newly created position at the company which organises industry-leading trade shows IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America. 

As Chief Operating Officer, Nalan has responsibility for managing the Operations (formerly the Organising team), Office Management, Event Tech and HR teams at the company, headquartered in Hove, UK. She will plan and direct IMEX’s operational policies, structures, procedures and initiatives and collaborate with the Chairman, CEO and FD to set company strategy, forecasts and plans. 

Her new appointment will support and direct the future of the IMEX Group, a highly successful, privately owned company which has grown to 60 employees. 

Nalan has worked for the company for over 16 years, since the first IMEX in Frankfurt show, and was a key member of the launch team for IMEX America in 2012.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, says: “Nalan is a highly knowledgeable and respected member of the team with a deep understanding of the meetings and events industry and the professionals who are part of it. During the 16+ years she’s worked with us, she’s built a strong level of expertise and a supportive network of colleagues and friends. We congratulate Nalan on this next chapter with the IMEX family, where her skills and leadership will help to develop the future of the business, building on our company core values and culture.”

Nalan Emre, Chief Operating Officer at the IMEX Group, adds: “I’m delighted to become Chief Operating Officer, leading our high calibre team to help them continue to deliver events that are creative, fun and business-focused. I’m passionate about sustainability and its increasing importance in the meetings and events sector. Sustainability is a long-held value of the IMEX Group and our shows, and I hope to develop this further in my new role.”

Nalan, born and raised in Germany, has over 20 years’ experience in the meeting and event industry, ranging from organising large-scale consumer shows, rock concerts to hot air balloon festivals. She began her career as Project Manager for a trade show and special events company based in Munich before moving to Chicago, USA, to work for Hall-Erickson supporting the organisation of The Motivation Show – at the time, the world's largest incentive merchandise and travel show. She joined the IMEX Group in 2002 and was an integral part of the team launching the first IMEX in Frankfurt show in 2003.  Nalan lives in Hove with her husband and two daughters.

Mark Mulligan, who has worked for IMEX since 2011, steps into Nalan’s former role to become Director of Operations.  He will be responsible for directing all operational processes for both shows with a firm focus on continuous improvement to raise the quality of the experience for exhibitors and attendees. Together, Mark and Nalan have worked with the Operations team to plan, deliver and develop both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America. 

July 20, 2018
Blue Mountain Resorts Finds The ‘Wright’ Solution

Toronto-based company signs on as official destination management company for Blue Mountain Resorts

TORONTO, ONWith over fifteen years’ experience in the planning and execution of innovative events for clients from around the world, The Wright Solution (Event Management Inc.) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the exclusive provider of décor and destination management services for Blue Mountain Resorts LP – Ontario’s largest four-season conference resort.

As official destination management company (DMC) for Blue Mountain, The Wright Solution will oversee the strategic design and execution of events for the resorts’ corporate and association clients which include such services as creative décor, transportation, entertainment, speaker procurement, on-site staffing, promotional items, group event coordination and management.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as the exclusive DMC for Blue Mountain Resorts,” says Katherine Wright, CMP, CMM, President, The Wright Solution.  “Our team of experts is committed to executing flawless events on behalf of our clients and we’re excited to continue the relationship we’ve established with Blue Mountain Resorts over the past ten years,” she says. 

The Wright Solution will assume responsibility effective immediately and will rely on a team of both local and Toronto-based professionals to execute events within the resorts’ more than 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

For more information, contact Katherine Wright at 416-778-8962 or

About The Wright Solution (Event Management Inc.)
From advisory boards to tradeshows, gala dinners to product launches, The Wright Solution is a boutique-style firm specializing in strategic event management services for clients throughout Canada and across the globe. Owned and operated by industry veteran, Katherine Wright, CMP, CMM, The Wright Solution offers a personalized approach to event planning whether for intimate gatherings of 20, or multi-faceted conferences for 600+.

July 19, 2018
Potential Labour Disruption at Exhibition Place

Toronto, ON – Despite bargaining efforts by Exhibition Place to negotiate a ‘stand-down’ period for the beloved CNE Fair; the union representing stagehands, IATSE Local 58 refused to engage in discussions to mitigate impact on the event. Exhibition Place has advised that unless the union will come back to the table to reach an agreement, that the union will be locked out effective Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:01am.

This action follows negotiations between the Board of Governors and the union, including meetings with the assistance of a provincially appointed mediator.

Exhibition Place has a full contingency plan in place and remains open for business including venue and site operations.

Exhibition Place will continue work towards negotiating a collective agreement that is fair to our employees but also allows us to have sustainable operations and remain competitive locally, nationally and internationally.

About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest business and entertainment venue, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Located at Exhibition Place are the award-winning Enercare Centre, Canada’s largest LEED Gold exhibition and convention Centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.

For more information contact:
Dianne Young
Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition Place

July 19, 2018
Palais des congrès de Montréal : Among the world’s best convention centres

Montréal—The Palais des congrès de Montréal emerged as the runner-up for the APEX Award in Recognition of the Highest Client Rating Received by a Convention Centre. The Palais earned the prestigious international accolade, presented on July 3 in London, on the strength of an exceptional score.

The AIPC APEX Award honours the world’s convention centre with the best customer satisfaction rating for quality. This comes on the heels of the AIPC having recently Gold Quality Standard certified the Palais des congrès, meaning the Montréal venue now joins a very small group of convention centres having both received that certification and also been shortlisted for the APEX Award in recognition of their customer service excellence. “We are very proud of this distinction, which reflects how passionate our teams are about satisfying our clients,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “When you combine our employees’ knowhow with the excellent quality of our offering, this allows us to deliver the very best to our customers, as we continually strive to exceed their expectations,” he added. AIPC Apex Award

The AIPC Apex Award is a bi-annual recognition of excellence in convention centre customer service quality. The winner and the two runners-up are determined on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of centre performance in a wide range of areas based on customer satisfaction surveys. A separate independent evaluation process carried out by Ipsos ensures a review of factors such as project management quality, as well as catering and technical capacity.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. It generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to the international reputation of Montréal, the top host city in the Americas for international events. For more information, visit

About the AIPC
The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) represents convention and exhibition centre professionals and managers from all over the world. In addition to recognizing convention centre management excellence, the AIPC also provides resources and programs that foster striving for the highest industry standards through research, networking and training.

For information:
Chrystine Loriaux, Fellow Adm. A., B.A.A.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-3108 Marianne de Raay AIPC Secretariat Phone: (32) (2) 534 59 53