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Message of the President





Dear Members, Chapter Sponsors and Supporters,


After many weeks of holding strong and working together to “flatten the curve” in order to protect the health of our communities, the announcement of British Columbia’s Recovery Plan is the green light we have been waiting for to demonstrate our resilience.  The time has come to show our Province that the Meetings & Events Industry will survive this global crisis and prove that we are going to continue to be one of the largest contributors to the BC Economy.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Industry has been working collaboratively to ensure our collective voice is being heard. Now as we work towards “getting back to business” in what will be our ‘new’ normal we need to continue to network so that we can learn together, share best practices, support each other as we navigate the changing landscape of meetings and events.

The MPI BC Chapter is working hard to ensure we are providing you with the most up-to-date curated information and to involve you in the conversation.  The MPI BC Chapter Breakfast Club, our new virtual coffee series, has been incredibly successful in the month of May, with between 50-60 participants talking about hot topics such as the new reality of hotel / accommodation sectors and virtual event technology. We also hope you have enjoyed our Event Technology Update YouTube Series, originally scheduled as a live event for March earlier this year.

Over the next few weeks your MPI BC Chapter Board of Directors will be hosting our bi-annual virtual board retreat to review our business plan, revisit our goals, and ensure we have strategies in place to sustain our chapter as we continue to weather the impact of the pandemic.

The last few months have tried us: personally, financially and professionally, but we will continue to do what we do best...create purpose-designed experiences that bring people together in a meaningful way!

Although our annual June Awards Gala won’t be happening in its usual format, we assure you that you will have lots to look forward to for the annual September Schmooze.  It’s not too late to nominate a colleague, partner or friend for one of our Chapter awards that will be celebrated at the Schmooze. 

We can’t wait to connect with you again soon, whether in person or virtually, and celebrate our community of event professionals.


Heidi - President-1

Madone PelanDavid - President Elect

Heidi Hughes     David Tikkanen    Madone Pelan
President            President Elect    Past President


An Important Message to the

BC Meetings & Events Industry


Stronger Together
March 2020

Dear Colleagues:

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has touched the lives and businesses of our friends and colleagues across the globe in the meetings and events industry. During this extraordinary time, we are all called upon to support each other and those dealing with the outbreak in various settings on the front line.

Today, in an effort to slow the transmission of the virus and protect our communities, the Province of British Columbia has issued the directive to temporarily cancel gatherings over 50 people until further notice. This decision will deeply impact many of our members’ businesses and their livelihood.  There is no question that we are facing challenging times ahead.

We Are Here For You
The leaders of your professional associations, want to ensure you that we are here for you. We are committed to providing the most current and relevant information regarding COVID-19 to our members. We are here if anyone has questions, concerns, or ideas on how we can best serve you. As we all work through immediate needs and challenges, do not hesitate to reach out for help in any way shape or form. 

Your Trusted Meeting & Event Resources
ILEA, MPI, and PCMA, as well as the MMBC, have dedicated online resource pages, providing you with up-to-date information on COVID-19. We encourage you to bookmark these pages and visit them regularly to get educated and informed with the latest news.

ILEA Updates on COVID-19 & Resources
MPI Coronavirus Resources Page
PCMA What Events Professionals Need to Know about COVID-19

Take Care of Yourself
We want to urge our members in the next days and weeks to take this seriously. Follow the guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Wash your hands, do not touch your face, and stay home. If you have recently traveled outside of Canada you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

All Chapters In-Person Activities
At this time, all chapters’ in-person events and activities are canceled or postponed until otherwise notified. We are also exploring alternative options to provide essential education content to our members. 

GMID 2020
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), our day of advocacy, is more important than ever this year.  On April 14th we are proud to be demonstrating unity by celebrating collaboratively with all major event industry associations including MPI, ILEA, PCMA, and for the first year FVEPA.

This year, in response to guidance from the authorities, we will not host GMID celebrations in our traditional format. Please expect updates from us in the coming days as we put a new strategy together.

During these uncertain times, let’s remember to be kind and patient, informed and calm, and most of all to stand together. The events industry was built on a platform of resilience, and we will come back stronger!



MPI BC Chapter
Heidi Hughes, President

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ILEA Vancouver Chapter
Shannon Boudreau, President


PCMA Canada West Chapter
Shawn Cheng, President


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Fraser Valley Event Planning Association (FVEPA)
Stephen Melville, President

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