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CHAPTER SPEAKS: What is the Best MPI Event You Ever Attended? "I would say the 2014 Holiday Gala. It was so nice to celebrate the Holiday season with friends, colleagues and industry peers. It's such a joyous time of year! What made this event so special was the brand new venue. Delta had just opened its doors to the south core (SOCO) 4 days prior. It was nice to be some of the first people in to see the space. The reception allowed for valuable networking and the set up and variety of food stations was excellent!" Carly Silberstein, CEO at Redstone Agency Inc. "Leadership Summits that Doug Bolger of Learn2 facilitated had by far the biggest impact on my learning experiences with MPI. Due to how engaging they were I also feel the leadership bonded exceptionally well." Darryl Nielsen, Meetings, Incentives & Celebrations at Querido Representation "For me, the best Chapter event I attended was a Professional Development (PD) session in the fall of 2007 just after joining MPI. It was about business etiquette, but what made that event special for me was the fact that I was recruited to volunteer with the PD Committee. (Yes, I started helping out that same day.)" Marcelo DeOliveira, Events Manager at The International Centre "That 2011 AGM was amazing and one of the only times that we have ever attempted an AGM at breakfast time (my favourite meal of the day). The International Centre's menu options were phenomenal - mini eggs Benedict on a bed of hashed brown potatoes, mini pancakes, mini yogurt parfaits, and everything was so tasty." Pat Cluett, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Glenerin Inn & Spa "I loved the 2015 Awards gala. The team did a fantastic job transforming the MTCC and adding interesting decor elements. It is always great when you can enjoy the evening celebrating with your industry colleagues and also get some ideas for your next event." Arianna McLaughlin, Event Manager at Deloitte "Each year the TEC committee manages to outdo the year before. So while my answer would be last year's TEC in Blue Mountain, if you ask me in a few months I will likely be the 2016 TEC." Tim Whalen, CMP, Executive Meeting Manager at Fallsview Casino Resort "It was the 2011 AGM. I was a brand new member, and it was my first event. I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I watched in awe as our immediate past president, Kelly Shannon, spoke to the audience and how eloquent she was. Then the current president, Brenda Carter, CMP, CMM, took the stage and again, calmed my nerves just by speaking about the community I had become a part of. I knew at that very moment, my life would never be the same and I found somewhere I belonged. ... If it wasn't for my MPI family and the education and networking opportunities we have had, I would not be where I am today." Stephanie Rapko, CMP, Event Coordinator at Meetings & Incentive Travel "My favorite event so far has been the 2015 Awards Gala. The decor was amazing and the event offered many features to keep attendees entertained during the reception. Also, meeting Jessi Cruickshank (the host for the evening) made a lasting impression." Ellen Ettinger, Events Manager at The International Centre "All of the TEC's in Niagara Falls and Blue Mountain have been memorable for both the education and quality of networking. The event that stands out the most is a dinner in the underground barrel cellar at Peller Estates. The food and wine pairings were delicious with an explanation from chef before each course." Stewart Hall, Founder at Rock the Stars | | | MEETING * 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
Selling to the Buyers of Today
Best Bar Venues in Toronto for Your Next Unique Event
Destination Spotlight
Myth vs. Reality: Debunking Planner Stereotypes
How to Keep Your Audience Awake
The Best Come From Ontario’s Event Management Programs
Best Tips for Industry Newcomers
Tools to Help You Run Your Business in 2016
Transforming the Attendee Experience with Creative Show-Floor Design
iSpy MPI
Chapter Speaks: What is the Best MPI Event You Ever Attended?
Advertiser Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2016