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August 19, 2019
NFBE & SCCN welcome two new Account Directors

Niagara Falls—Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) and Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN) are pleased to welcome Sonja Turek and Amanda Munroe to their team of Account Directors.

Sonja brings more than 20 years of experience working with some of today’s leading brands, like Tourism Toronto and Xerox Canada. Well known to industry and meeting professionals across the country, Sonja is excited to expand the destination’s client base in the corporate market.

“I look forward to promoting the Niagara experience, which to me is a key differentiator from any other experience in Canada,” said Turek.

Amanda takes on her new role after three years at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, where she focused on the association market. With over 15 years of sales exp-erience, Amanda will continue to serve this market and maintain her commitment to the highest standards in customer service.

“I’m thrilled to be representing Niagara Falls alongside such a passionate and com-mitted team. Famous for its beautiful wineries, not to mention one of the most magical views in Canada, it’s truly the people that set this destination apart,” said Munroe.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Mahoney, Vice President Sales & Marketing
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Canada L2G 3Y9
t. 905-357-7003 e.

About Niagara Falls Business Events |
Niagara Falls Business Events is an affiliate program of Niagara Falls Tourism operating with a mission to make the destination a top-of-mind choice for meetings, conventions and events. Representing a network of industry partners, we take an active role in raising Niagara Falls’ profile and showcasing its unique power to create great meeting experiences.

About Scotiabank Convention Centre |
Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada, is the region’s largest meetings and events facility. Steps away from the famous waterfall, this state-of-the-art venue boasts more than 300,000 sq. ft. of open, flexible space. With close proximity to three international airports, world-renowned wineries and over 4,000 branded guest rooms, we make doing business easy.

August 19, 2019
InterContinental Toronto Centre Unveils Remodeled Presidential Suite

Toronto—InterContinental Toronto Centre has unveiled its newly renovated Presidential Suite. The famed $5,000-per-night suite — which has hosted famous politicians, dignitaries and celebrities — has been upgraded with sleek decor and modern technology.

Located on the 18th floor, the 2,200-sq.-ft. suite includes a living and dining area with a built-in kitchenette, a master bedroom with a lavish bathroom and tub and a second bedroom with an en suite. The suite also includes a media room with full surround sound and Amazon Alexa in the bedroom to help guests stay connected.

In addition, the Presidential Suite boasts a wraparound terrace, affording a south-east/west view of the downtown cityscape and waterfront. Those staying in the suite will also have access to the exclusive Club InterContinental Lounge, which features benefits such as complimentary deluxe breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres.

“For years, the InterContinental Toronto Centre’s Presidential Suite has been the choice of accommodations for a who’s who of notable names, including Barbara Walters, Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton,” says Mary Ann Gamboa, director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Toronto Centre. “With this renovation and the new technology upgrades, we’re confident it will stay their choice for years to come. This suite is the ultimate reflection of our commitment to providing luxurious and memorable experiences to all our guests.”

August 14, 2019
1 Hotel Toronto To Open Summer 2020, Debuting First-Ever Location In Canada

1 Hotel Toronto to be a newly designed, sustainable-living city retreat

New York/PRNewswire/—Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group, announced plans today for its newest property, 1 Hotel Toronto, inspired by Canada's natural beauty, the vibrant character of King Street West and the Toronto marketplace. The hotel is being developed in partnership with Mohari Hospitality, a global real estate investment company and owner of the building which is currently operated as the Thompson Toronto. The downtown property will undergo an extensive transformation into a relaxing luxury sustainable 1 retreat.

1 Hotels brings its sustainable vision to life by incorporating nature in its design and culinary collaborations, connecting with the local community to make a meaningful impact in the way people travel, eat, live and work. 1 Hotels purposefully reuses existing structural and reclaimed materials gathered from the local community, including timber, driftwood and local limestone. The hotel's design balances refined elements with a comfortably curated atmosphere, inspired by the creativity and craftsmanship of local artists, builders, chefs, and others. Our operating philosophy reflects our commitment to sustainability. 1 Toronto is not just a place to stay; it's a place to get inspired, focus, grow, connect and recharge.

"1 Hotel Toronto will introduce the city to a new standard for an eco-conscious luxury experience, and is the first of its kind in Canada," said Sternlicht. We look forward to sharing our mission to inspire conscious consumption with guests from across the globe as well as the local community. Our partnership with Mohari is key to the re-development of the project, and we are pleased to be collaborating with them."

Mark Scheinberg, founder of Mohari Hospitality, said: "We're excited to be partnering with 1 Hotels to open this luxury hotel and brand in the heart of Toronto. At Mohari, we look for innovative projects that are changing the hospitality market and 1 Hotel Toronto perfectly fits that mould."

1 Toronto will be enhanced by a level of luxury and personalization that puts guests in an urban oasis. It's a place to unwind, connect, eat well, and discover warmth and community in an environment which embraces nature, making it a luxurious and welcome respite for business travelers and world wanderers alike.

The hotel will remain open and operating as the Thompson until the renovation begins.

About 1 Hotels
As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of sustainable design and architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, which launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami's South beach and Manhattan's Central Park, followed by Brooklyn, located on Pier 1, in February 2017, and 1 West Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard, in June 2019, is inspired by a simple idea: those that travel the world also care about it. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design and culinary partnerships, while connecting with the local community and taking sustainable steps to make a big difference. 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge claimed Conde Nast Traveler's #2 and #13 spots respectively in the Top 50 Hotels in New York City and 1 Hotel South Beach was awarded #7 in the top 10 Hotels in the United States. The brand is set to expand with properties under development in Nashville, Sunnyvale, Hanalei Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Paris, Haitang Bay, and Melbourne. Additional information can be found at

About Mohari Hospitality
Mohari Hospitality, founded in 2017 by entrepreneurial investor Mark Scheinberg, is a global investment company that engages in a broad range of real estate investment activities, with emphasis on luxury hospitality in prime urban and resort markets. Mohari's investments include equity and debt in both development and operating assets and Mohari invests both independently and with partners. Mohari's existing investments include Peninsula Papagayo, a 2,200-acre sustainable master development, located in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province and anchored by a Four Seasons luxury resort; The  Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new ultra-luxury cruise line launching in 2020 and; Centro Canalejas, a group of seven adjoining historical buildings in the center of Madrid, currently undergoing a major redevelopment to include the first Four Seasons branded hotel in Spain. Mohari seeks to protect the cultural heritage and natural environments of all areas related to its projects and is committed to identifying and contributing to philanthropic projects in each location where it does business.

For further information: Elizabeth Traub, 212-518-4117 x 105,,

August 12, 2019
Palais des congrès de Montréal posts new attendance record with 909,000 event participants

Montréal—The Palais des congrès de Montréal’s bold new vision set the tone for a year packed with events and innovation. Venue operations between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 generated economic spinoffs estimated at more than $215,000,000 for Montréal and the province of Québec—a remarkable 11% gain on the annual average recorded since the facility’s expansion in 2002. Over the course of the fiscal year, 353 events brought in a record 909,000 attendees, who booked more than 142,000 hotel nights in Greater Montréal. This new attendance record is 2.8% higher than the previous one, while the number of hotel nights number is a 17.4% increase over last year.

“The Palais’s outstanding performance for 2018–2019 is due to the incredible work of our staff and key suppliers—Capital Traiteur, Freeman Audio Visual, GES, GDI, and Bee-Clean—as well as industry partners such as Tourisme Montréal, our Ambassadors, and Association des hôtels du grand Montréal,” said Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “Montréal has real drawing power and we are proud to offer a venue that is perfectly suited to large business gatherings,” he added.

The Palais: A vehicle for local creativity and convention centre of the future
Its eye firmly set on creating exciting, unforgettable experiences for convention-goers, the Palais founded its new vision on the creativity and know-how Montréal is famous for. The year was marked by partnerships with local startups and new initiatives designed to breathe life into the Palais’s public spaces.

“This industry is extremely competitive. So to exceed our clients’ expectations we’ve introduced a whole series of innovative ideas to help position us as a leading global player while showing off our fine city,” added Mercure. “The Palais is a true showcase for Montréal’s creativity. We want to make this the new standard for the future,” he said.

Host of major conventions
In all, 36 national and international conventions were held at the Palais this year. Some of the most notable include:  


Number of attendees

Economic benefits

Thirty-second Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems

Nearly 9,000

$6.0 million

22nd Annual RoboCup International Symposium


$11.9 million

American Society for Bone & Mineral Research Annual Meeting


$7.7 million

29th International Congress of Applied Psychology


$7.5 million

2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


$6.4 million

Substantial contributions from our Ambassadors
Many of the conferences held at the Palais in 2018–2019 were made possible through the invaluable support of Ambassadors Club members. They include:



International Society for Cellular Therapy 2018 Annual Meeting

Dr. Denis-Claude Roy

Global Power & Propulsion Society Conference – GPPS 2018

Prof. Hany Moustapha

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

Prof. Philippe Archambault

22nd Annual RoboCup International Symposium

Ms. Sara Iatauro

2018 World Congress of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Hon. Denis Coderre

29th International Congress of Applied Psychology

Dr. Karen R. Cohen

18th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition

Prof. Nicolas Moitessier

XXI World Congress of Medical & Clinical Hypnosis

Mr. Michel Landry
Dr. Claude Verreault

9th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery

Dr. Ali Hafez

11th World Stroke Congress

Dr.Sylvain Lanthier
Dr. Alexander Thiel


Together the events our eminent Ambassadors helped secure generated nearly $35,000,000 in economic spinoffs for Montréal and Québec.

Focus on sustainability
The Palais’s social and environmental commitments were at the forefront this past fiscal year, and promise to have a noteworthy impact on both the Palais and, more importantly, the planet. The Palais recently announced it was adopting the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as an international framework to guide its actions. Some of its most recent environmental initiatives of note are:

  • Achieving carbon neutrality for the building, establishing the Palais as one of the first convention centres in the Americas to make such a commitment
  • Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions associated with sales representative travel
  • Supporting the Scol’ERE carbon exchange and its awareness activities in Montréal primary schools
  • Creating the Sustainable Development Innovation Committee with experts from ten Québec universities
  • Announcing an innovative carbon offset program that will soon be available to Palais clients looking to reduce their attendees’ environmental footprint

New heights of client satisfaction
The Palais, with the support of its official and exclusive suppliers, set new records for service quality this year, making the finalist selection for the prestigious AIPC Apex Award recognizing the convention centre with the highest client rating. The venue’s outstanding 92% satisfaction rating was its strongest score in the past decade.

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. Buoyed by a team of creative professionals with one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the world, 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. To learn more, visit

Renaud Martel-Théorêt
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-5897

August 08, 2019
The International Live Events Association Launches On-Demand Education Program For ILEA Menbers in Partnership with Meeting Professionals International

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced today a collaborative partnership that will bring a new education platform offering over 60 curated sessions based on the ILEA core curriculum to ILEA members. The online platform offers an extensive library of insightful education to meet the evolving needs of live event professionals.

“This strategic partnership enables ILEA to deliver carefully curated content to enhance members’ personal and professional development opportunities. We are proud to collaborate with MPI, a recognized leader in the field of education in the meetings and events industry, and to further enhance the value that ILEA provides our community,” said Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, President, International Live Events Association.

Focusing on the commitment by both associations to providing unparalleled education and enhancing professional development, the content aligns with the associations’ core mission and focuses on key areas that matter most to ILEA members.  The extensive list of educational opportunities includes topics such as finance, business, risk management, safety and security and more.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with ILEA, an organization which shares MPI's commitment and passion to bring impactful education to the events industry,” said Paul Van Deventer, CEO of MPI. “Our collaboration will allow us to inspire and motivate members of the ILEA community by offering robust and innovative educational opportunities while enriching their future.”

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 Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 75 chapters and clubs in 70 countries. "When we meet, we change the world."

August 06, 2019
International Live Events Association Names 2019-2020 International Board of Governors and Regional Vice Presidents

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is pleased to announce its International Board of Governors and Regional Vice Presidents for fiscal year 2019-20. Members of the Board of Governors come from four U.S. states, Canada and Australia. The role of the board is to govern, establish policy and make strategic decisions about the future of the organization. ILEA Regional Vice Presidents serve as liaisons between local ILEA chapters and the International Board of Governors.

International Board of Governors Officers
·        President: Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, Managing Director, JTG Global, Port Melbourne, Australia

·        President-elect: Dana L. Macaulay, CSEP, Director of Experiential Marketing, Sonoma County Vintners, Santa Rosa, California, United States

·        Treasurer/Secretary: Alexis Gorriaran, CSEP, Senior Director of Marketing/Branding, (add)ventures, East Providence, Rhode Island, United States

·        Immediate Past President: Sara Grauf, CSEP, Senior Vice President, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco, California, United States

International Board of Governors Directors
·        Morgan Doan, CSEP, PWC, Event Planner & Designer/Owner, Morgan Events, San Francisco, California, United States

·        Tera Greenwood, Director of Business Development, Service Systems Associates, Denver, Colorado, United States

·        Corinne Kessel, CSEP, Principal, Greenscape Design & Décor, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

·        Jen Poyer, CSEP, Senior Special Events Manager, Catalina Island Conservancy, Long Beach, California, United States

·        Jim Riley, Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio, United States

·        Dustin Westling, CSEP, Partner, OneWest Events, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Regional Vice Presidents
·        Europe, Middle East and Africa: Jane Hague, Head of Business Development, ExCeL London, United Kingdom

·        US Northeast: Monique Jeffrey, CSEP, Director of Events, Willowdale Estate & Briar Barn Inn, Topsfield, Massachusetts, United States

·        US Midwest: Kristen Porchia, Conference and Catering Sales Manager, Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit, Michigan, United States

·        US Southeast: Tiffanie Rosier, Owner, AllStar Photobooth LLC, Suffolk, Virginia, United States

·        US Southwest: India Rhodes, CSEP, Partner, Wilkerson Rhodes, Dallas, Texas, United States

·        US West: Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, Owner, Brass Tacks Events, Portland, Oregon, United States

·        Affiliate Chair, Canada: Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP, Director of Events, Production Canada, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

It is my pleasure to announce the 2019-2020 ILEA Board of Governors and Regional Vice Presidents. I am excited about the expertise and passion this group of strong leaders brings to the table to help ILEA achieve its strategic priorities and develop the future of our organization,” said Christie Pruyn, CAE, ILEA Executive Director.

The new board will take office at the ILEA Annual General Meeting at ILEA Live on 8 August 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

August 01, 2019
JW Marriott Debuts in the Heart of Edmonton, Marking Marriott International’s 250th Hotel in Canada

Located in the Center of Alberta’s Capital City, JW Marriott Edmonton will be the Cornerstone of the Up-and-Coming ICE District, Canada's Largest Mixed-Use and Entertainment District

Marriott International Inc., is proud to announce the opening of the highly anticipated JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District. Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District offers a fresh and welcoming take on luxury and will feature modern guest rooms, specialty wellness programs, enriching dining experiences, and 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference spaces, which have been named after iconic Edmonton Oilers Alumni.

“We are thrilled to be opening our 250th hotel in Canada as well as bringing our iconic JW brand to the city of Edmonton,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International’s Canadian operation. “Our 250th property underscores the importance of luxury to this market, and the tremendous opportunity for growth in Canada. Guests of the new JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District hotel can expect to be treated to uplifting experiences that showcase the local pride and warm spirit of Edmonton.”

Now the third JW Marriott property in Canada, the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District was designed with guests’ wellbeing in mind. All touchpoints are intentional and inspired by the principles of mindfulness, being present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit. This is a new approach to luxury, one that is welcoming and will leave guests feeling recharged after their stay. The hotel’s approach to warm-hearted hospitality includes world-class dining and tailored guest experiences.

“JW Marriott is dedicated to providing our guests with enriching experiences in distinctive locations around the world, and JW Marriott Edmonton is the perfect example of this philosophy in action,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “The centerpiece of the city’s buzzing new ICE District, JW Marriott Edmonton provides guests the opportunity to experience every moment to the fullest through JW Marriott’s individualized approach to luxury.”

The hotel is also home to a comprehensive wellness facility, including Spa by JW, Edmonton’s only full-service luxury hotel spa, and Archetype, a state-of-the-art fitness club. Archetype combines the science of high performance, a team of expert coaches, and a comprehensive health and fitness experience in one exceptional space occupying one and a half floors of the hotel. Spa by JW offers lavish treatments and soothing massages in a serene setting featuring five treatment rooms with rain showers and private balconies in each room.

Archetype, a cutting-edge health club led by Edmontonian Simon Bennett, brings the newest and most innovative experience to the Edmonton market. The club focuses on health coaching and high-performance living in an environment with unparalleled amenities and purposeful luxury. The club will include some of the most innovative equipment brands such as Sorinex rig systems, Keiser compressed air technology, Woodway, ICG 7 spin bikes and a Somadome meditation pod. Hotel guests and members will also have access to four custom curated group studios with experiences ranging from yoga, boxing, spin and HIIT style classes.

“ICE District is unlike anything Edmonton has seen before with its unique and upscale offerings,” said Tim Shipton, Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, ICE District. “With today’s grand opening of the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, we are proud to be home to only the third JW Marriott in Canada, which will certainly be Edmonton’s finest hotel, as we continue to set the standard for state-of-the-art living.”

JW Marriott Edmonton is proud to collaborate with nationally acclaimed restaurateur Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality to bring expertly orchestrated culinary experiences to its hotel guests and Edmontonians. Executive Chef Jeremy Korten will bring his progressive vision to the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Braven and lively cocktail bar, Alchemy, while Chef de Cuisine Jason Greene will execute recognizable classics with a playful accent at Kindred, the hotel’s all-day dining destination. Guests at JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District will have access to four restaurants and bars, which offer seasonal menus and curated cocktails in the beautifully designed spaces:

– Braven, a five-star dining destination offering dry-aged steaks, quality chops and fresh seafood

– Kindred Food + Drink, an accessible all-day eatery focusing on locally sourced, seasonal fare

– Alchemy, a destination cocktail bar with a spectacular patio overlooking the ICE District

– Lobby Bar, a hub for business and social gatherings, featuring a selection of signature and classic cocktails

Connected to Rogers Place Arena and within easy walking distance to Edmonton’s Arts District, River Valley and the Edmonton Convention Center, the JW Marriott Edmonton has a unique partnership with Rogers Place, allowing the hotel to offer prime access to its guests, such as behind-the-scenes arena tours and meet-and-greet opportunities with Oilers Alumni.

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District features 346 tech integrated, luxurious guestrooms and approximately 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference space, including Edmonton’s largest event ballroom, featuring 9,000 square feet of space with ample natural lighting and soaring 22 ft. ceilings. Situated above JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District is The Legends Private Residences – 262 sophisticated and functional condominium units that occupies floors 23 through 54 of the tower, offering panoramic city views.

For more information on JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, visit

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. The impressive array of award-winning hotels cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. These experiences help guests to be fully present, foster connections and feed the soul. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together, act with intention and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are over 80 JW Marriott hotels in more than 25 countries and territories. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy™, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 131 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.  The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG).  For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit  In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contacts:
Denise Roy
Marriott International, Canada
M: 416.727.5646

Rebecca Fuller
Marriott International, Canada
M: 647.241.1617

July 30, 2019
Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place Achieves LEED® Platinum certification

Toronto, ON—Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced that Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place has been awarded LEED® EB:O&M Platinum Certification(Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance). Enercare Centre is the first convention centre in Ontario to receive this distinction by the CaGBC.

The Leadership in Energy an Environmental Design (LEED®) is an internationally recognized rating system for evaluating the sustainability of building design, construction and operations. LEED® certified buildings incorporate leading-edge features that protect the environment and promote healthy work and living conditions.

As the largest convention centre in Canada, Enercare Centre’s achievement is substantial and continues to present the venue and the entire site of Exhibition Place as an industry leader in environmental and sustainability practices through our GREENSmart Program. Enercare Centre has set a higher standard with high-performance policies and technologies that use resources more efficiently and encourage sustainable action from visitors and the city.

A few of the significant achievements to reach LEED® Platinum certification includes:

  • Demonstrated energy performance that is 30% better than the national average.
  • Reduced indoor potable water consumption from the baseline by 39% through installation of low-flush water fixtures, saving an estimated 1.1 million gallons per year.
  • Conducted a waste stream audit of all waste leaving the building, identifying that 69% of all waste generated throughout the building and associated grounds is diverted from landfills.
  • 53% of ongoing consumables, 98% of durable goods, and 93% of facility construction and renovation materials were diverted from landfills.
  • Reduced reflection of heat into the atmosphere by using highly reflective roofing materials and installing vegetated roof areas.
  • Over 75% of all building occupants and visitors use sustainable modes of transportation, including public transit, walking, bicycling, or carpooling, to arrive at the Enercare Centre
  • HVAC&R systems do not use CFC-based refrigerants.
  • Performed full-building commissioning and implemented an ongoing commissioning plan, ensuring proper installation and functioning of all building systems.
  • All materials facility alterations and addition purchases were made in compliance with LEED sustainability standards.
  • Consistently use highly effective filtration media (MERV 13) to ensure the best indoor air quality.
  • Implemented Indoor Air Quality Management Plans during alterations and renovations to ensure health and safety of construction employees as well as all building occupants.

“I congratulate and thank the team at Exhibition Place for their tremendous work on our commitment to the environment and to achieving the prestigious LEED Platinum Certification,” said Councillor Mark Grimes, Chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, “I couldn’t be more proud of the way our staff and Board support our site as a world leader in sustainability and environmental protection.”

LEED Platinum Certification for Enercare Centre follows the LEED® Gold Certification for Enercare Centre in 2014 and the LEED Silver Certification of Beanfield Centre in 2012.

About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192 acre site is an integral component of Toronto ad Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sports, festivals, recreations, culture and tourism; Exhibition Place is host to major citywide conventions and events including the 2019 Collision tech Conference, the Toronto International Boat Show and most recently, the International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in July of 2019, with 50,000 delegates.

Since 2004, Exhibition Place has implemented a variety of environmental initiatives, under the program called GREENSmart, which included the promotion of sustainable development, energy creation and environmental initiatives with leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.

About Canada Green Building Council
The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. Acting as the voice of the green building industry, the CaGBC advocates for green building policies with all levels of governments and the private sector across Canada. Since 2005, these LEED buildings have eliminated 2,490,000 CO2e tonnes of GHG emissions annually, diverted nearly 3 million tonnes of waste from landfill, and saved 24 billion litres of water per year, benefiting all Canadians.

For information contact:
Laura Purdy
General Manager, Sales & Event Management

Mark Goss
General Manager, Operations

July 22, 2019
More flights, more often with WestJet's winter schedule

Frequency increases to popular domestic, transborder and international destinations from airline's hubs in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto

Seasonal service to Paris and Nashville from Calgary resumes early in March 2020

Calgary/CNW/—As part of its 2019/2020 seasonal winter schedule, today WestJet announced increased frequency and improved connectivity from its hubs to more destinations across its network.

WestJet's seasonal schedule for winter 2019/2020 features more flights from Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto to domestic, transborder, international and sun destinations and includes WestJet's seasonal service to both Paris and Nashville from Calgary, commencing earlier than past years on March 12 (Paris) and March 16 (Nashville). WestJet's popular daily summer seasonal service between Calgary and Portland (PDX) will also extend through winter. 

"By executing on our hub strategy, we're improving schedules not only for guests in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, but also building thousands of new connections for guests across the country," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "This winter Canadians have more flights and better access to popular leisure and business destinations and will benefit from schedule improvements, frequency increases and improved connectivity across our growing global network."

For winter, WestJet's 787-9 Dreamliner will also fly between Calgary and Maui and as previously announced, the airline's new weekly non-stop service between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) begins November 5, 2019 and service between Calgary and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) commences on December 14, 2019.

Highlights of WestJet's 2019/2020 winter schedule include:

  • Calgary-Halifax, from seven times weekly to 10 times weekly
  • Calgary-London, Gatwick, from three times weekly to four times weekly flights
  • Calgary-Fort Lauderdale, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Calgary-Honolulu, from two times weekly to three times weekly
  • Calgary-Varadero, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Calgary-Paris, seasonal service beginning March 12, 2020
  • Calgary-Nashville, seasonal service beginning March 16, 2020
  • Calgary-Portland, extension of daily summer route through winter
  • Calgary-Maui, 787 Dreamliner service
  • Vancouver-Winnipeg, from 13 times weekly to two daily flights
  • Vancouver-Orange County, from six times weekly to daily
  • Vancouver-San Jose del Cabo, from five times weekly to daily
  • Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta, from eight times weekly to nine times weekly
  • Vancouver-Huatulco, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Vancouver-Cancun, from seven times weekly to nine times weekly
  • Toronto-Fort Myers, from 10 times weekly to 11 times weekly
  • Toronto-Aruba, from twice weekly to three times weekly
  • Toronto-Kingston, from three times weekly to four times weekly
  • Toronto-London, Gatwick, daily service offered on WestJet's 787 Dreamliner
  • Ottawa-Fort Myers, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Edmonton-Saskatoon, from 18 times weekly to 23 times weekly
  • Victoria- San Jose Del Cabo, new weekly service beginning November 5, 2019
  • Calgary-Punta Cana, new weekly service beginning December 14, 2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet's 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit

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 for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers' favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers' favourite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in 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

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July 17, 2019
IRF Announces Search for Next Generation of Leadership

The Incentive Research Foundation, the incentive industry's largest and most prolific foundation, announces its search for the next generation of presidential leadership. Melissa Van Dyke, current President, will leave her position as IRF President on August 2, 2019, to continue her career in the incentives industry in a new capacity.

"It is with both excitement and sadness that we launch this search for the next iteration of IRF leadership,” said Mike May, current Chairman of the IRF Trustees and President of Brightspot Incentives & Events. "The IRF is in an unprecedentedly strong position, coming off its most successful Invitational ever, maintaining a strong research engine, and enjoying a deep bench of tenured trustees and staff." 

The IRF has launched its search for an inspirational leader with deep experience in the incentives, rewards, meetings, or hospitality industry. The search committee seeks a tenured executive who will be able to establish a strong standing in the incentives industry and influence broad industry support of the IRF’s mission. Candidates should possess strategic, operational, and fundraising experience and have extensive knowledge of methods to develop, conduct and communicate cutting-edge research. 

"I have loved every minute of my decade with the IRF," said Melissa Van Dyke, outgoing President, "Based on the people, financials, and operations currently in place, I have no doubt the IRF will continue to be a fantastic value-add to both the incentives industry and business as a whole over the next decade to come."

"We are moving forward with talented staff, a strong board, and strong financials," said Kari Vrba incoming 2020 Chair and Senior Vice President, Business Development, MotivAction. "While we will miss Melissa, we have successfully obtained all Vision 2020 goals, and this is an excellent opportunity for new leadership to help craft the organization's Vision 2025."

A full job description and information on how to apply for the IRF President position can be viewed at

Andy Schwarz
VP, Content & Communities, Incentive Research Foundation

Mike May
Chairman, IRF Trustees and President of Brightspot Incentives & Events

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), a private not-for-profit foundation, funds research studies and develops products serving all segments of the global incentive industry. The Foundation focuses its initiatives on pragmatic research highlighting the premise and the power of incentive and motivational programs.

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