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CHAPTER SPEAKS What is the BEST HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY You've Received or Given at an Event? "Not received or given but I like the idea of Ninutik's maple sugar candies. Something Canadian but beautifully designed AND gift-wrapped. Sometimes it's not about the product itself but instead its package design." Kate Jaehn-Kreibaum, Events Coordinator at Intact Insurance "Before I even knew what a USB was I was given one with a logo for speaking at a student conference. Easy to bring home and cool to have back then. Very little space on it compared to today's. I still have it. And another best gift to give or receive is a donation to my favorite charity or to the charity of choice of the host. I've been making donations on behalf of speakers for about 25 years now." Sandy Biback, Owner at Imagination+Meeting Planners Inc. "My colleagues and I like to receive/give things that are useful to the recipient or mean something to them, for example, a wooden wine holder made from fallen trees in BC. The attendees really liked that the product was Canadian, green and had a story." Ellen Ettinger, Events Manager at The International Centre "For a large cruise-themed December holiday party, we created a 'sail away celebration' that included a giant drop of 5,000 balloons containing vouchers that guests could exchange from a huge selection of inexpensive but fun holiday-themed wearables. The value was not so much in the giveaway itself but in the experience of getting it - all those balloons falling as guests counted down and everyone catching and popping them." Diane Julien, Sr. Event Producer at Showmakers Inc. "I had I client (travel agent) who used to give his clients plush bath robes with the recipients initials embroidered on them. I have also given out "steak lovers" food baskets with rubs and sauces in the basket." "I received a personalized mobile charger. It was thoughtful and practical." Carly Ekstein, Chief Executive Officer at Redstone Agency Inc. Richards Hatch, Senior Account Manager at Safeguard Business Systems "One of my favourites (and I know this won't be for everyone) is wine. You always need a bottle over the holiday season. Even if you don't drink it makes a great host gift; and I like that it isn't something that ends up being clutter or left in a drawer until the next year." Arianna McLaughlin, Event Manager at Deloitte | | | MEETING * 23

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