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Desmond Lomas | Jan 21, 2020
Site Selection Specialist with The Howes Group, Desmond Lomas, shares his top five tips to keep in mind when you're selecting your next meeting venue.
Meg LaPlante | Jan 14, 2020
Thinking outside the box when it comes to swag bag ideas can elevate the experience of your attendees. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Is my attendee going to need or want this?”. Here are a few unique swag bag ideas that people will get excited about and will not want to throw away!
Katherine Craig | Jan 7, 2020
It was a cold winter’s day on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 as MPI Ottawa Chapter members and guests came together at the newly renovated Sheraton Ottawa Hotel to celebrate the festive season. This year’s theme was inspired by the children’s classic book series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Meg LaPlante & Gabrielle Whittaker | Dec 10, 2019
Last year, under Member Care, a new committee was formed to revamp the Awards Gala nomination and selection process. This new system was implemented in 2019 and will be fine-tuned for the 2020 Awards Gala.
Katherine Craig | Dec 3, 2019
This monthly feature article allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with your MPI friends by featuring updates each month in this article series.
Disa-marie Cameron (She/Her) | Nov 26, 2019
Virtual Reality (VR) is an advancing technology that has the potential to change the meeting industry in two innovative ways: delivering a WOW factor at events, particularly to highlight sponsor or exhibitor messages; and allowing planners to visualize meeting spaces in advance.
Melanie Hudson | Nov 19, 2019
Do you know the difference between getting recognized at work and being appreciated? This was one of the strategies Malloch shared at the MPI Ottawa Chapter workshop held on November 5 at the Brookstreet Hotel. Organized by Desmond Lomas, CMP, Disa-marie Cameron, Nancy Bradshaw, CMP and Denisa Horak, this event attracted 44 registrants for a half-day of outstanding professional development.
Gabrielle Whittaker | Nov 12, 2019
Build a life you don’t need to escape from; don’t just live for the weekends. Find something that makes you happy; take pride in what you do. Love what you do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Katherine Craig | Nov 5, 2019
This monthly feature article allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with your MPI friends by featuring updates each month in this article series.
Ryan Young | Oct 29, 2019
Though with only 2 editions under its belt thus far, it is difficult to remember a time when the EVENT wasn’t part of our annual routine. Its inception goes back over 4 years, when the leaders from all Canadian Chapters got together at the annual MPI Chapter Business Summit in Plano, Texas. All sorts of discussions broke out on how to grow MPI in Canada and make it more relevant to its members; then someone asked the question “Why don’t we put on a joint Chapter event?”
Jeanna Andre-Murdie | Oct 22, 2019
The 2019 Annual MPI Ottawa Chapter Golf Tournament / AGM & Kick-Off took place on Monday, September 10, 2019 at Chateau Cartier Golf Course, located across the river 10 minutes from Downtown Ottawa.
Katherine Craig | Oct 8, 2019
Do you have news to share? News Around Town brings updates on our members' personal and professional lives each month! Have you moved into a new role, received a designation or launched a project? Your community wants to hear about it! Read the latest updates in the October 2019 issue!
Katherine Craig | Oct 1, 2019
Hair Donation Ottawa (HDO) is an annual event organized this year by the CHEO Foundation to attract people who are interested in fundraising for cancer research by donating their hair and/or shaving their heads (or beards).
Katherine Craig | Sep 10, 2019
This monthly feature article allows MPI Ottawa Chapter members to share their recent professional and personal accomplishments with your MPI friends by featuring updates each month in this article series.
Arzoo Zaheer & Darlene Kelly-Stewart | Aug 29, 2019
From time to time we need to update our skills as planners and as suppliers. We are always interested in what’s new but more importantly how we can work smarter and not harder. Every now and then there is a product that fills a niche and is equally easy and helpful for a variety of users. One product that is gaining in popularity and being used more widely by properties and planners alike is Social Tables.
Jill Garner | Aug 20, 2019
The Canadian Surgery Forum is the largest surgical meeting in Canada. The objective of the Forum is to foster communication among surgical sub-specialties and to advance continuing professional development, clinical practice, education and public advocacy while providing members of the Canadian surgical community an opportunity to meet and network in a collegial fashion.
Chantale Degagne | Aug 20, 2019
This monthly New Member Spotlight allows you to meet some of MPI Ottawa's newest members! This month, we feature Stacy Galasso, a student almost finished with her studies as Algonquin College in Event Management and ready to jump into the industry!
Allison Collins | Aug 16, 2019
It is now a little over one month into my new role as your MPI President and I can’t believe how fast time is already flying by. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to be part of such a great group of passionate professionals that represent our industry, and I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead!
Meg LaPlante & Gabrielle Whittaker | Aug 13, 2019
This July, the recognition sub-committee sent a survey out to members of our chapter asking them to confirm the date they joined MPI Ottawa. This initiative was started so that we may recognize long-standing active members of our chapter and congratulate them on milestone years of membership.
Erin Bellwood | Jul 19, 2019
The Prix Prestige Awards Gala is an amazing event to highlight and recognize MPI Ottawa members on their hard-work, dedication and commitment to the chapter. The Student Liaison Subcommittee, who are the ones contributing to the Coaching Corner articles, are very excited to be able to highlight the Student of the Year and the Rising Star Recipients from this year’s gala. Congratulations again to all the nominees and recipients.

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