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president's message Looking Back, Looking Forward Meeting Professionals Marcelo DeOliveira International Toronto Chapter Events Manager, The International Centre @marcelo_yyz 6700 Century Ave., Suite 100 Welcome to the July/August edition of the MPI Toronto meeting magazine! As I write this message for the summer issue, I am preparing to go to Niagara Falls to attend the chapter's Toronto Education Conference, planning the 2016-2017 MPI Toronto Leadership Team Summit in London (ON) and looking forward to attending the chapter's annual Golf Tournament, as well as many other great upcoming chapter events. We have had a great year so far for our members, full of innovative events and relevant education that we hope will assist you in advancing professionally and personally. Looking back at 2015-2016, we saw many great events that took place and further positioned our chapter and our association as leaders in the meeting and events industry. From our social galas and experiential Signature Series events to the inaugural edition of Global Meetings Industry Day, our chapter events brought together hundreds of people in an environment of learning, networking and giving back to our communities through our ECOS Projects. Global Meetings Industry Day, a worldwide celebration that involved more than 100 events in 88 locations in 30 countries, evolved from what was National Meetings Industry Day, a 20-year old initiative developed by the then MPI Canadian chapters, and received the prestigious RISE Award at MPI's World Education Congress in 2013. Over the past couple of years, we have built a closer relationship with the MPI Canada Foundation, and the partnership has provided our chapter with many grants and scholarship opportunities. Several members have taken advantage of these to register for the CMP certification and to attend local chapter events (Toronto Education Conference) and global MPI events (World Education Congress). This issue of our magazine explores different topics linked with summer, from planning outdoor events, incorporating family and maximizing downtime to how to engage event participants in community volunteering opportunities, an activity more predominant during warmer days. Time is such a precious commodity - and our summers so short - that we should take every opportunity presented to us to enjoy some form of downtime. The article on how to maximize your downtime offers some great ideas on how to capitalize on these opportunities. I want to take this opportunity to thank Geoff Mak, CEM, CMP, and the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for their leadership, vision and relentless determination in pushing the boundaries and creating an atmosphere of inclusion and engagement for our chapter and our members. Your dedication and hard work have contributed immensely to where our chapter is and where it will be going in the future. I also would like to thank and welcome the incoming Board of Directors and Committee Chairs as we continue the work that has been done and for your continued support and dedication to our chapter. Cheers to an awesome summer, and I hope we can connect at an upcoming chapter event! ● Fax: 866-768-8168 4 * MEETING | JULY/AUGUST 2016 | LINKEDIN: MPI TORONTO CHAPTER Mississauga, ON L5N 6A4 Tel: 905-567-9591 Published by: 1630 Ness Ave., Suite 300 Winnipeg, MB R3J 3X1 Tel: 800-665-2456 Fax: 204-947-2047 Group Publisher: Angela Caroyannis Project Manager: SaraCatherine Goodwin Editor: Sarah Sain Marketing: Karim Hussain Book Leader: Norma Walchuk Advertising Representatives: Jason Currie, Ashley Cuthand, Kristine Dudar, Lana Taylor Design & Layout: Dan Proudley ©2016 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. Publications Mail Agreement No. 40064978 PUBLISHED JULY 2016/3885/MPT-S0416

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
iSpy MPI
Advertiser Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016