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Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Nov 1, 2022
I’ve always had a passion for event planning, but my journey started in 2020 when I began my first industry role as a meeting and events coordinator for the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa. In my coordinator role, I was responsible for all logistical and technical aspects of in-person meetings. Two years later, I am starting a new life chapter, relocating to Paris, France. I will be a Sales Manager at the Novotel Paris Centre Eiffel Tower.
Carla de Koning | Oct 25, 2022
Our committee works hard year-round on a number of networking events for the chapter, including the AGM in the Fall, the Festive Dinner around the Holidays, a Surprise Activity in the Winter, and the June Volunteer appreciation event during the June Summer Bash. We are currently planning a Themed Festive Dinner that will combine a dinner with fun activities to keep you entertained!
Jenny Dao-D'Angelo | Oct 17, 2022
With a re-envisioned programming format, the conference sessions and events took place in multiple locations across the city including the Remai Modern, the Western Development Museum, Prairieland Parks, TCU Place, Wanuskewin, The Delta Downtown, The Delta Bessborough, and the Sheraton Cavalier; all while highlighting the walkability of our host city!
Karen Norris, CMP | Oct 11, 2022
The biggest challenge in my career has been the slow adoption of hiring staff based on emotional quotients versus intelligence quotients. I have worked with some very bright individuals from an IQ perspective but who lack basic emotional intelligence. Our industry is 90% relationship based. Anyone can be taught how to build a budget or how to reply to an RFP bid. Lacking the ability to communicate with a team, manage stress and/or empathize with others will consistently be a barrier to a truly successful event and building a long-term partnership.
Karen Wiersma | Oct 3, 2022
How is it September already? I’m hoping that you all had a wonderful summer and that you are ready for all that the fall brings. J’espère que vous avez passé un bel été et que vous êtes prêt pour tout ce que l’automne nous apportera.
Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Sep 26, 2022
This monthly article series allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with the MPI community by highlighting the News Around Town. Get in touch with Élodie Lortal (elodie.lortal@nac-cna.ca) to make a submission for the next issue!
Courtney Jones | Sep 20, 2022
It’s always cool to see the creative set-ups WEC comes up with. Many of the sessions were held “campfire style” in the sunny foyer of the Moscone West Convention Centre. Participants were seated on little ottomans or stools or even just large cushions on the floor. It made for a less formal, collaborative session and it worked great to encourage interactivity amongst participants.
Karen Wiersma | Sep 14, 2022
Hello! Bonjour! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. It’s August so that means that the board is ramping up planning great education and networking events.
Patricia Simpson, DES | Sep 12, 2022
As I am new to the Director, Marketing role, I am diving in to learning the ropes, and ensuring that we keep the momentum as a top performing chapter from a Marketing and Communications perspective. At a committee level, we are continuing to support our Chapter’s efforts through communications, marketing and community engagement.
Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Sep 6, 2022
I have worked from golf courses to restaurants to hotels. I left hotels to do site selection and then the pandemic forced me to become a digital event planner. I was thrilled for the opportunity to join Explore Edmonton’s Business Events team. Now, I am getting destination management organization experience!
Disa-marie Cameron | Aug 29, 2022
This was an official brand launch for Encore “We Are”. It was the first time that we collaborated publicly in the event community in Ottawa as our new brand. We wanted to reinforce the fact that the same passionate individuals from before the merger are the same ones that make up our team today, and the only difference is that we are doing it together as one team, one Encore.
Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Aug 26, 2022
This monthly article series allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with the MPI community by highlighting the News Around Town. Get in touch with Élodie Lortal (elodie.lortal@nac-cna.ca) to make a submission for the next issue!
Lizzy Low | Aug 17, 2022
I was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan (Metro Detroit) and lived in Lansing, the Capitol of Michigan, after graduating from Michigan State University- Go Green! I moved to Ottawa, in 2015 when I married my husband and fellow MPI member, Roger MacKinnon. We have an amazing three-year-old daughter together and I am a stepmom to my beautiful 14-year-old stepdaughter.
Dr. Altaf Sovani, DBA | Aug 9, 2022
This is a global issue. Focusing on millennials can provide insight into attracting, maintaining and satisfying this growing demographic in hospitality and related careers. This issue is not going away. It will take many years and concerted efforts to keep ahead of the game.
T’keyah Riley | Aug 4, 2022
While being part of MPI I have been able to be creative and grow and to be a part of something outside of the regular day to day. It has provided an outlet and as I continue with MPI, I hope to never lose what makes it enjoyable for not only myself but for everyone that takes part now and in the future.
Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Jul 29, 2022
This monthly article series allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with the MPI community by highlighting the News Around Town. Get in touch with Élodie Lortal (elodie.lortal@nac-cna.ca) to make a submission for the next issue!
Amanda Munroe | Jul 27, 2022
There is no replacement for the business that occurred at the face-to-face appointments and the relationships that were built over networking at the booths and evening events. We were all very excited to show the world that Canada is not only open for business, but is leading the charge on innovative business events and delivering unforgettable, legendary experiences.
Karen Wiersma | Jul 22, 2022
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Karen Wiersma and I am the 2022/ 2023 President of MPI Ottawa. Je m’appelle Karen Wiersma et je suis la présidente d’MPI Ottawa pour l’année 2022/2023.
Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Jul 20, 2022
My name is Elodie Lortal, I am a meetings and events coordinator at National Arts Centre | Centre national des Arts in Ottawa. I am proud to work for this unique venue. I help coordinate in person or hybrid meetings but also unforgettable weddings. I am a member of MPI Ottawa Chapter. I am the Chair of Chapter News & Views which is our MPI online magazine.
Emily McKay | Jul 18, 2022
What is the best advice you have ever received? "I think this comes from a movie but it basically is about how, with having 20 seconds of courage you can do great things. I find if I am brave enough to put myself in situations and I show up even though I am scared, I end up having a good time and it is better than I expect!"

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