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LEE-ANNE LECKIE, CMP
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Happy 2015! Wow - already the start of the New Year! Where has the time gone? Each year seems to
go faster and faster, and we all need to take that time to look at what is going on around us.
In this publication, you will be able to read about a number of different areas and ideas that
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you may not have thought about - some Hidden Gems! Different venues, locations, and some of
Canada's best kept secrets.
When you think of the MPI Toronto Chapter, are we a Hidden Gem!? I once said to a prospective
client very early in my career that where I was working at the time was the area's "best kept secret."
After they left I thought about that statement and wondered: If we are a "secret," then are we
doing our jobs? If we want business, then we should be promoting and shouting from the rooftops
on the great successes that we have had. Do we really endorse how wonderful MPI is and the
opportunities it provides to its members? Where else can you get superior education and amazing
networking (the two highest responses on our surveys as to why members attend our events)?
The 2014-2015 Leadership Team is already halfway through the year, and we do hope that you
have been able to take part in the many different types of events that we have been offering to our
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membership. We have had our very successful Volunteer Recognition and AGM event, a full day
of extensive high-level Professional Development, our November Signature Series event using the
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campfire sessions technique, and our annual Holiday Fundraising Gala. We hope these events
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helped each of you find a gem, whether it is a new connection, new piece of information or an
Coming up we have a number of great events, including Professional Development, Signature
Series events, our Annual Awards Gala in March, National Meetings Industry Day in April, our
Toronto Education Conference in June and our Annual Golf Tournament. Do you know of a Hidden
Gem that MPI Toronto should possibly look at as a venue for an upcoming event? Tell us; we want
to hear from you.
The Leadership Team will be working on the next three-year Strategic Plan for the MPI Toronto
Chapter at our upcoming Leadership Summit. Are there any areas that you, the member, would
like to see us review? Should you have any suggestions, please reach out to any of our Leadership
team members and give us your feedback.
I do hope you enjoy this publication, and, once again, hats off to the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - January/February 2015
Welcome, New Members!
Discovering Toronto’s Best Kept Secrets – A Venue Guide
Entertainment Trend Forecast 2015
Inside the Chapter: MPI Toronto’s Hidden Gems
Canada’s Hidden Gems: Ready to Welcome and Delight Groups of All Sizes
Hiding in Plain Sight: The New Niagara
Secrets for Effective Negotiation and Getting What You Want
Attendee Engagement – Try Something New!
The Rise of Restaurant-Inspired Events
I Spy MPI
Advertisers’ Index & Advertisers.com
Meeting MPI Toronto - January/February 2015