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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT MPI TORONTO'S M+IT HALL OF FAME FINALISTS SHELLEY WILLIAMS, INDUSTRY BUILDER FINALIST Shelley Williams is currently the Director of Sales for the Eastern half of the US for Caesars Entertainment. She was instrumental in expanding the Caesars Windsor market presence for meetings and events in the Canadian market. She served six years on the Canadian MPI Foundation Board and two of the last years as the Chair of the Board before transitioning to the U.S. MPI foundation council. MARIELA MCILWRAITH, INDUSTRY BUILDER WINNER Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA is President of Meeting Change, specializing in corporate social responsibility, pricing strategies and emerging issues in the event sector.  Mariela has held international and chapter leadership roles with both Meeting Professionals International and the Green Meeting Industry Council. She was named a 2014 Meetings Trendsetter by Meetings Focus, a 2015 Changemaker by MeetingsNet; and the peer-nominated #CMP30 Influencers for the Convention Industry Council. Q: WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR ONE TO TRULY HELP BUILD OUR INDUSTRY? Shelley: It is my belief that the most important aspects to build the industry are true partnerships, honest cooperation and bold initiatives to help grow the business. Creative ideas with strategic partners that are willing to take risks for the greater good are what propel the industry forward. Also, building event and market strategies that are inclusive, thought provoking, and metrics minded allow for us to understand the impact and the importance of the meetings industry.  Q: WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR ONE TO TRULY HELP BUILD OUR INDUSTRY? Mariela: Being a builder starts with a vision and a love for shaping things. Our industry will always grow, but determining what shape that growth will take is where we, as builders, play an important role. My priority is to help make ethics, sustainability, inclusivity and great design the norm in our business practices. In order to truly establish them as norms though, a sustained education program is needed; which is where industry associations, including MPI offer high caliber education that are key for success. 14 * ME ETING | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 | LINKEDIN: MPI TORONTO CHAPTER

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Upcoming Events
Welcome, New Members!
Going Healthy: Trend Not Fad
The Foodies’ Dine Around
Traditional Holiday Menus with a Twist
Member Spotlight: MPI Toronto’s M+IT Hall of Fame Finalists
Destination Spotlight: Québec
Food & Beverage Risk and Liability
Today’s Menu: Culinary Engagement and Team Building
Chapter Speaks
Winery Events and Then Some
Fueling Our Mind and Bodies
Food & Beverage Trends 2016
Advertisers’ Index &

Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015