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Katherine Craig | Jun 4, 2019
Congratulations to Lydia Blanchard who has recently started a new role as the Director of Community Engagement with...
Keltyn Marshall | May 31, 2019
In Edmonton, things have always been done a little differently. Edmontonians aren't afraid to think outside the box— from camping with bison, to partying under the aurora, and surfing on the prairies, there’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things. With doers, makers, and dreamers, big ideas are cultivated in Edmonton, making it a one-of-a-kind destination for meetings, incentives and association events.
Angelita Aboukassam | May 29, 2019
Instead of feeling anxious about how you never have enough time in one day and feeling like you are working against time, learn how to take full advantage of every second of your time in a day to ensure you maximise your results and increase productivity!
Chantale Degagne | May 17, 2019
Name and designations: Marty Johnston Position: Virtual Reality Community Developer Employer: ColonyVR Joined MPI in November 2018 Contact information:,
Jess Poon | May 13, 2019
Hundreds of meeting professionals from across Canada gathered at Hotel Bonaventure in Montréal for the second edition of the EVENT on April 4-6, 2019. A collaboration between MPI Ottawa, MPI Toronto, and MPI Montréal/Québec, the EVENT strives to challenge the typical conference format and showcase ways to disrupt the meetings industry. all while elevating the attendee experience.
Karen Norris, CMP | May 9, 2019
Every spring brings a chance for rebirth, or at the very least, a reset. If you made resolutions this year and one of them happened to be to learn more, to meet more people, to get out more or to advance in your career, MPI Ottawa is here to help!
Katherine Craig | May 6, 2019
It is a bittersweet goodbye for Laurence Lavallée who recently moved to the big city of Toronto and joined the Institute of Public Administration of Canada as its new Events Manager.
Chantale Degagne | Apr 26, 2019
Name and designations: Arzoo Zaheer Position: Event Planner Employer: Currently Seeking New Opportunities Joined MPI in August, 2017 Contact information:
Erin Bellwood | Apr 17, 2019
Title: 2018 Housing Design Awards Gala Date: October 20, 2018 City, Country: Ottawa, Canada Host Venue: Shaw Centre
Greg Plazek | Apr 12, 2019
We are all moving “a mile a minute” these days. Throughout this busy journey, though, I firmly believe that every once in a while, life sends us little reminders to help keep things in perspective.
Keltyn Marshall | Apr 8, 2019
As Canada’s youngest and fastest growing capital city, we’re seeing transformations happen overnight. Currently Edmonton has a population just over one million people, but we’re fast on our way to doubling that.
Katherine Craig | Apr 3, 2019
The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is happy to welcome Ashley Craven, CMP to their team as Manager, Conferences and Events, Corporate Partnerships! Craven who also teaches part-time at Algonquin College as well as holds the role of MPI Ottawa Director of Member Care, will have lots to keep her busy as we welcome Spring. To connect with her, please call 613-234-0012 ext. 253 or email
Meg LaPlante | Mar 27, 2019
What comes to mind when you think of teamwork and communication? Collaboration Respect Listening Positivity Conflict management Reliability Openness Support Teamwork and communication is important for good relationships, team effectiveness and positive engagement. These are a few ways to enhance your teamwork and communication skills.
Katherine Craig | Mar 21, 2019
What makes a meeting “purposeful”? Often we hear words like innovative, purposeful and insightful being used to brand the experiences created at events but what do these really mean and how do we measure our success against these types of goals?
Chantale Degagne | Mar 13, 2019
Name and designations: Brittany Cosgrove Position: Student Employer: (school): Algonquin College Ottawa Joined MPI in: 11/2018 Contact information:, 613-266-6891
Allison Collins | Mar 7, 2019
Jeanna Andre-Murdie, Director, global accounts with The Howes Group, is one of the many members who has received an MPI Foundation scholarship.
Katherine Craig | Mar 5, 2019
There’s a new hotel coming to town! The Ottawa International Airport Authority, in partnership with Group Germain Hotels, has announced plans to build a $40 million facility that will be connected to the airport by an indoor skywalk. The Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport, expected to open late 2020, will feature 180 rooms over eight floors, substantial meeting space, and a top floor restaurant providing a 360 degree view of the airport’s operations.
Erin Bellwood | Feb 26, 2019
On January 31st, over 500 attendees gathered for the 15th Annual MPI Charity Auction & Dinner which took place this year at the EY Centre. The organizing committee transported attendees back to the 70s with help from the amazing, groovy and far out decor provided by Avant-Garde Designs, who truly transformed the room to a whole other level. Many people took this theme to heart and showed how to be truly “Groovy Baby” by dressing for the era.
Lee Papa | Feb 20, 2019
What comes to mind when you think of the word hospitality? Friendliness, graciousness, kindness, warmth – those are all good and the thesaurus would agree. But those of us in the hospitality industry have an added perspective about the commercial side of the equation. Although we are in the business of making people feel welcome and relaxed, knowing that everything that they need is taken care of for them, there is a level of stress that is an interesting juxtaposition. Not only for the meeting planner but also the myriad of departments and individuals who pull off a successful event. That’s a lot of stress!
Chantale Degagne | Feb 17, 2019
Name and designations: Tessa Toutant Position: Senior Coordinator/Co-Owner Employer: Plannin’ Companion Strategic Event Management Joined MPI in September 2018 Email:

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