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6 Questions with Elodie Lortal

6 Questions Elodie Lortal

By: Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | Nov 1, 2022

Name and designations: Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES, WPICC
Position: Meetings and Events Coordinator
Employer: National Arts Centre
Joined MPI in: February 2021

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Linked IN: Elodie Lortal

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.

Elodie Lortal

Why did you initially join MPI?

I initially joined MPI for the educational and networking opportunities, as I was new in the meeting and events industry, I wanted to build a strong professional network. Thanks to the MPI Ottawa study guide and support from Karen Norris, I passed my CMP Certification. The connections I have built through the Ottawa Chapter are friends who I turn to for advice and sharing best practices.

What do you like the most about MPI?

Because of MPI, I have made connections and strengthened relationships with members all over the world. In my home chapter MPI Ottawa, I have met members that I’m now able to call friends.

Where will you work in Paris?

I will be a sales manager (focusing towards external sales) at the Novotel Paris Centre Eiffel Tower. It is a 735 bedrooms hotel with 36 meetings spaces (32,000 sq. ft.). The hotel has a fine dining Japanese restaurant called the Benkay.

Will you still be involved with MPI?

Yes of course. The power of MPI is that it is a global association so I was able to transfer my membership to the MPI France/Switzerland Chapter. I am the Director of Communication and I am a volunteer in the marketing committee alongside with Ariane Schmidt.

What advice would you give to someone considering being a volunteer?

The same advice that I was given; that you get out of your MPI membership what you put in. Knowing that, I jumped right in to serve as a volunteer on the marketing committee. A few months after that, I became Chair of Chapter News and Views. During my time as Chair, I had the privilege of collaborating with Erin Bellwood and Disa Cameron and our amazing editor Darlene Kelly-Stewart. I also currently serve on MPI Canada Council, which is an exciting opportunity to develop within the larger MPI community and to collaborate with other MPI leaders.

Starting a new chapter in my life in Europe, I want to share everything I’ve learned and spread the MPI love to Europe.

Note: We all wish you every success in your new role and in your new home. Félicitations Elodie.

Darlene Headshot Article edited by Darlene Kelly-Stewart, Stonehouse Sales & Marketing Services



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Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES
Catering Coordinator at National Arts Centre

📢 I am a bilingual meetings and events coordinator who helps clients and organizations to plan their events in one of our five unique meeting spaces. The National Arts Centre is an ideal Ottawa venue for virtual, hybrid, or in-person events.


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