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Editor’s Perspective Collaborative Harmony: Orchestrating Collective Synergy COLLABORATION AGAIN? YOU may be asking why we decided to revisit this topic in the March/April issue of ME ETING after introducing this theme in the last issue. In response to the excitement of our last issue, we believe that there are more stories to tell about collaboration in our Industry. As described by any thesaurus, collaboration is known by many other names: cooperation, alliance, association, combination, fraternization, joint effort, participation, partnership, teamwork or just working together. Sometimes an alliance is quite obvious and will indeed prove quite fruitful, but it still takes initiative and effort to make it work effectively. However, quite often a potential alliance is not as obvious due to its unorthodox nature or perhaps simple pride and/or competition, which may inhibit a mutually beneficial partnership. It is up to us to always be aware of potential opportunities that may allow us to grow our business, no matter how strange, awkward or different. These types of collaborations are seen in a modern day orchestra, much like Toronto’s Symphony Orchestra. An obvious partnership is between the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. These four stringed instruments are typical of a string quartet. However, when you combine a woodwind instrument such as a saxophone, a brass instrument such as a trombone, some percussion such as the drums, then add some stringed instruments such as a double bass and piano, you have a less obvious combination of players that create a very intriguing and unique sound. These instruments are typical of a jazz quintet. Whether your partnerships are standard or unique, any group can formulate collaborative dissonance, but a true partnership generates collaborative harmony. The articles in this issue explore common and uncommon partnerships from different groups within our business. A very important date and a prime example of industry partnership is April 14th, National Meetings Industry Day, and Bori Csillag goes into more detail on page 11. When it comes to sharing ideas, Paul Alves, Tammy Carey, and Christine Gruber deliver the goods on how we can bring together ideas and be creative and innovative (pages 17, 13 and 29). We also take a look at a very timely piece of collaboration on page 25, as Ottawa Tourism and the Ottawa Convention Centre work together to promote Ottawa’s latest gem. Finally, Kimberley Gervais examines a personal partnership on page 31, between mentor and protégé and the long lasting benefits of this relationship. If we can bring together our ideas, our experiences, and our passions, we can orchestrate a synergy like none other. Now is the time to be creative and forge new bonds; take a look at what you can offer and what you can deliver. Now is the time to jazz it up! A big thank you to the following members of the MPI Toronto Chapter Communications Committee who co-created this issue of ME TING: Nikki Sayers (Chair), Paul Alves, Kimberly Beaune, Bori Csillag, Tammy Carey, Christine Gruber, Queenie Yee and Nikki Wright. Are you interested in joining our committee or submitting an article? Email us at Geoff Mak, CEM, CMP Account Executive Direct Energy & Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place • ME TING 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2011

Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2011
President’s Message
Editor’s Perspective
Up Front
Leadership 2011: A Special National Meetings Industry Day Feature
Collaboration = Unlimited Knowledge
Industry Book Review: Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Tempted by the Dark Side: Supplier or Planner?
Student Focus: A Fine Balance
Industry Partner Profile: Ottawa Tourism
People, Planet, Profit - The Next Step of Green Meetings
Building Human Connections - The Joy of Mentoring
Advertisers' Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2011