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2022 Roundtables: What’s our Future?

January 26, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Virtual Platform

The Coolness of the Roundtables, one of the most popular MPI Ottawa educational sessions, won’t be stopped by this pandemic! 

The proven format for the success of small-group dialogues on key industry topics is virtual again this year. 

Be ready for four thought provoking topics led by well-versed experts that aim to provoke thinking, while sharing knowledge, and building on dynamic discussions. 
Participants will have an opportunity to participate in two round table discussions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect in smaller groups, on current topics, and share best practices. 


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Event Timing: 12:30pm - 12:45pm – Welcome/Opening Remarks
12:45pm - 1:25pm – Roundtable Topic #1
1:30pm - 2:10pm – Roundtable Topic #2
2:10pm - 2:15pm – Closing Remarks
2:15pm - 2:30pm – Optional Networking
Location: Online
Dress/Attire: Business Casual

Roundtable 1: Sustainability at events: Making Intentional Change!
Natalie Lowe and Candice Tulsieram -
The Sustainability Events Forum

So we are living in a climate emergency – what exactly does an event professional do about that? The current state of the planet has been described as overwhelming, terrifying and paralyzing. This roundtable will concentrate on how we can move from climate anxiety to climate action with the help of our event community. We’ll concentrate on steps we can take, how we can support each other and how we can build a stronger, more resilient event industry through smart, focused climate action.

Roundtable 2: Intentional event design – Embedding Safety!
Malak Sidky, DES, HMCC,
President, Health Care Event Planning

What does it mean to run a safe event today? How do you prepare for attendees during the ongoing pandemic? 

Let’s discuss what’s important when it comes to attendee, volunteer, and stakeholder safety at current in-person events.
Using a case study approach, Malak Sidky, DES, HMCC, brings her experience from Health Care Event Planning to explore what it means to be intentional at the planning stage to maximize safety without losing interaction and innovation. 

Roundtable 3: The 5th wave: Navigating contracts in the new context

Daniela Stucki, Trusted Association Specialist, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada's Western Mountain Region

We’ve entered a next wave and contract uncertainty continues. You’re planning for a company in Ontario under a shutdown, living in Quebec under a curfew, for an event in a province that is less restrictive. What does this mean for your contract? How are you working towards a win-win with the venue? Let’s talk about it!

Roundtable 4: Tips (no tricks) for a fulfilling and sustainable career in the events industry (AKA “Wow, how did 35 years go by so quickly?”)
Melanie Hudson, 
Formerly Events Planning and Facilities Officer at Federal Retirees and currently learning how to be retired

Join industry veteran Melanie Hudson for a discussion on building a career in events. Discuss tips and best practices from planners and vendor-partners on how to grow and sustain your career in this dynamic industry.
Registration Fees *
Member $30.00
Non Member $40.00
Student $15.00

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