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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE MPI is the Answer ... What is Your Question? At the beginning of the year, we set out to build a community that we are all proud to belong to. We have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of. With a focus on our members, we were listening and were able to achieve many amazing things this year: * You asked for a higher level of education; we delivered with professional development sessions that allowed you to earn CEU credits that can be used towards earning and recertifying your CMP. * You asked for more time to network with colleagues; we delivered with our Signature Series events and experiential learning sessions. Meeting Professionals International Toronto Chapter 6700 Century Ave., Suite 100 Mississauga ON L5N 6A4 Tel: 905-567-9591 Fax: 1-866-768-8168 office@mpitoronto.org www.mpitoronto.org * You asked for more involvement and input; in November, we held our ME ETING of the Minds focus group, which created ideas leading to our March/April and May/June issues of MEE TING. * You ask for more cutting edge/modern communications; we re-imagined our MEE TING magazine and introduced MEE TING Lite e-news. * You asked for the Leadership Team to be more engaging; we delivered in many ways, including the introduction of our Ambassador Program, by reaching out personally at events and by calling you to acquire your feedback at membership renewal time. We are here for you, with the goal of enhancing your MPI experience. We are very pleased that our retention rate, as of February 2014, has increased by 2.36 per cent since July 2013. You are important to us, and we will continue to reach out to all of you. MPI is the answer ... what is your question? We are a community that supports each other, and I encourage all of you to share your stories, as we continue to inspire each other through knowledge, ideas and strong relationships. Why? Because it works! Did you know that through knowledge and connections at the MPI Toronto Chapter, our engaged suppliers Published by: Naylor (Canada), Inc. 1630 Ness Avenue, Suite 300 Winnipeg, MB R3J 3X1 Tel: 800-665-2456 Fax: 204-947-2047 www.naylor.com Publisher: Robert Phillips Project Manager: Alana Place have told us that 20 per cent of their client base comes from MPI! Our engaged planners have received 20 per cent Editor: Sarah Sain cost savings through their gained knowledge and MPI connections! Engaged students also have expressed an Group Publisher & Sales Manager: Bill McDougall increase in employment opportunities. Now, this is a return on your membership! We have so many ways for you to be an engaged member, and with the variety of networking and education events, you can choose what works best for you. You can join our discussions on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, attend all of our education and networking events, volunteer on a committee, join a focus group, Buy MPI, be an MPI ambassador, be a coach or mentor, or simply read our MEE TING publication or MEE TING Lite. The time has gone by so fast, and this is my last President's Message. Having the opportunity to work alongside our Leadership Team this year, I have been inspired by their passion and dedication to our members. We have accomplished amazing things, and I am very proud to have been able to serve as your president. To the Leadership Team and committee volunteers - on behalf of our entire membership - a BIG thank you from for all of your contributions. Your efforts have enhanced our member experiences over the past year. To all our members - on behalf of the Leadership Team - thank you for being a member of the MPI Toronto Chapter. It has been a year of growth and inspiration, and we have truly enjoyed getting to know you better. Marketing: Katie Doerksen Book Leader: Norma Walchuk Sales Representatives: Anook Commandeur, Brian Donohoe, Megan Stanley, Margaux Tomac Design & Layout: Paramjeet Kaur things to consider amongst a variety of current topics within our industry. ©2014 Naylor (Canada), Inc. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior consent of the publisher. Theresa Gatto, CMP Publications Mail Agreement No. 40064978 Thank you for choosing our community to be a part of your story; we are honoured that you are a part of ours! Enjoy this issue of MEE TING, as it takes you through the top 10 changes, perspectives, reasons, differences and Meeting and Convention Sales Manager, Ottawa Tourism tgatto@ottawatourism.ca PUBLISHED APRIL 2014/ MPT-S0314/9846 www.mpitoronto.org | MEETING * 5 http://www.mpitoronto.org http://www.naylor.com http://www.mpitoronto.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014

The Evolution of Meetings: Top 10 Changes in the Past Decade
Load ‘Em Up: Top 10 Considerations For Offsite Events
Crossing Borders: Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning an International Event
Location, Location, Location: Top 10 Reasons Why Venue Selection is Key
Student Spotlight: Top 10 Ways to Elevate the Overall Event Experience
Create a Buzz: Top 10 Event Marketing Tips
Think Outside the Meeting Room: Top 10 Ways to Create Experiential Learning
The Generational Divide: Top 10 Differences You Need to Know as a Team Leader
President’s Message
Upcoming Events
Welcome, New Members!
Industry Speaks
Blast from the Past: 35 Years of MPI Toronto
Advertisers’ Index & Advertiser.com
The Last Word

Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014

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