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Les Selby, CMP, CMM Aimia T he mission of the MPI Foundation is to fund education and pan-industry research that drive the success of meeting professionals. You may not know that the MPI Foundation offers a number of scholarships available to all MPI members in good standing. Last year, 27 scholarships were awarded to Canadian MPI members for conference attendance, professional development or even their annual membership fee. Whether you want to advance your knowledge and career by taking your Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) or your Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate, the MPI Foundation can assist with funding. Scholarships are also available to all MPI members to help offset the cost of attending industry-related educational conferences such as MPI's WEC (World Education Conference) or IMEX America. For Canadian MPI members only, the Foundation offers The International Centre Scholarship to those currently enrolled in an events and/or hospitality program at the college or university level. Three scholarships are available for $500 CAD each towards their tuition. HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THE MPI FOUNDATION The Foundation also offers SOAR Scholarships to recognize an individual MPI Canada Chapter member who has demonstrated exceptional volunteerism to her/ his MPI chapter and community. The SOAR Scholarship is for those members who truly go "above and beyond." One MPI volunteer member from each Canadian Chapter will receive a SOAR Scholarship, on an annual term basis. Scholarship recipients will be selected by local chapter boards. The individual scholarship recipient will receive a framed certificate, along with a $500CDN scholarship to be used for MPI programs and activities. How do YOU benefit? The first step is to identify which education, conference or other activity you would like to receive financial aid for. The next step is to complete the 10 * MEETING | JULY/AUGUST 2016 | LINKEDIN: MPI TORONTO CHAPTER application. Go to foundation/Grants-and-Scholarships and click on any of the links to apply for a scholarship or to request more information about the membership grants or the special academic subsidies like The International Centre Scholarship. There is some work involved in applying as you have to give a synopsis of your career history, professional goals and any MPI volunteer roles you have held, but the rewards are well worth the effort. I am always surprised by the low number of applications received each year. Why not apply to take advantage of the opportunity? ● Les Selby, CMP, CMM, is the Director of Meetings & Events for Aimia's Channel and Employee division in Canada and can be reached at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
Boutique Experiences & Emerging Incentive Destinations
How You Can Benefit from the MPI Foundation
Cruising to Event Success
Destination: Toronto
Chapter Speaks: What Are You Reading or Listening to This Summer?
Community Volunteerism: How to Incorporate a Hands-On Charity Component at Your Event
Taming the Beast: Planning Outdoor Events
Building Custom Experiences
Maximizing Your Downtime: Reflect, Revise, Plan
Activate Your Event with Experiential Marketing
Beyond the Annual Barbecue – Incorporating Family at Events
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Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016