Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 6

editor's word

Our Beautiful
Event Ecosystem
Stephanie Rapko, CMP
Director of Communications, MPI Toronto
Meetings & Events Project Manager
LifeLearn Inc.
srapko@lifelearn.com

"And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain..."
- Frank Sinatra, My Way

This song is running through my mind as I sit down to write
my final Editor's Note for meeting magazine. How quickly a
year goes by. It seems like it was just yesterday that I received
the phone call offering me the position of Director of
Communications. I admit, I was quite nervous about taking
on this role. As I look back on this year, I am so glad that I
was given this opportunity. It has been my honour to work
with the 2016-2017 Communications Committee, and I am
so proud of the work that has been accomplished in the past
12 months. Each member's commitment, drive and passion
for the committee, as well as our chapter, was evident and
clearly visible in all of the amazing volunteers we have. If I
could, I would give each one of you an award for a job well
done. Be proud of what you have accomplished and what you
have contributed to our chapter's ecosystem.
When I think about an ecosystem, I think of a bog and
how everything in that bog works together to create the most
ideal environment for each of its inhabitants. Sure to us it
looks like a swampy mess, but to the creatures living among
the water and the overgrowth, it is a beautiful world. You

could almost compare an event to a bog. To the outsider, it
looks like a giant mess as all the details come together. "How
on earth do you make this all happen?" is what I have often
been asked. Our event ecosystem is a beautiful network of
various suppliers and planners all working together to create
a beautiful world (aka event).
In this kick off to summer issue, we talk about the event
ecosystem and how each and every part must work together
to make your event, meeting, gala, trade show and board
retreat a success. Oftentimes, if one part fails, the whole
ecosystem will fall apart. But thankfully, as savvy planners
and suppliers, we have the tricks and the magic (contingency
plans) to make sure that never happens!
Congratulations to our chapter for its multitude of
successes this past fiscal year, and welcome to the new
volunteers who will soon be taking on their roles and
continuing to support and grow our ecosystem.
It has been my pleasure to be your Director of
Communications this year, and I look forward to seeing you at
our upcoming events! ●

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Upcoming Events
Welcome, New Members!
Ecosystem of the Planner-Supplier Relationship
The Evolution of Site Selection
7 Tips for Working with Volunteers
Member Spotlight: Toronto Chapter – Stand and Be Recognized!
Destination Spotlight: Vancouver
Creating Larger Business Opportunities
Starting a Business in the Events Ecosystem
Chapter Speaks
What Inspires Me – The Power of Creativity
iSpy MPI
Advertiser Index
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Intro
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - cover1
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - cover2
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 3
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 4
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Editor’s Word
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Welcome, New Members!
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Ecosystem of the Planner-Supplier Relationship
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - The Evolution of Site Selection
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 7 Tips for Working with Volunteers
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Member Spotlight: Toronto Chapter – Stand and Be Recognized!
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Destination Spotlight: Vancouver
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 13
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 14
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 15
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Creating Larger Business Opportunities
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Starting a Business in the Events Ecosystem
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Chapter Speaks
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - What Inspires Me – The Power of Creativity
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - iSpy MPI
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - 21
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - Advertiser Index
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - cover3
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - cover4
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2017 - outsert1
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