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News Around Town – MARCH 2021

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By: Elodie Lortal | Mar 26, 2021

Member Announcements

Warm welcome (or welcome back) to our new MPI Ottawa Chapter members: 

Josee Nugent, events planning officer at CADTH-ACMTS. Josée is an event & meeting professional with over 5 years of corporate experience. Josee is working as an event planning officer for CADHT. About CADTH |

Josée Nugent | LinkedIn

Patricia Simpson, Manager, Marketing & Events at CCMTA-CCATM. Patricia is a planner, marketing & communications specializing in the non-profit & association market. Patricia is as a Manager of Marketing & Events for the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administration. Who we are and what we do (

Patricia Simpson | LinkedIn

Megan Stashick, Banquet Lead at Brookstreet Hotel

Megan is a Banquet & Events Lead for the Brookstreet Hotel. Megan holds a Degree in Hospitality Management from Algonquin College. Ottawa's Leading 4-Diamond Hotel | Brookstreet Hotel

Megan Stashick | LinkedIn

Member Updates

Wishing you a happy retirement!

Effective March 12, Melanie Hudson retired from her position as Facilities and Events Planning Officer at the National Association of Federal Retirees. Her replacement is Aaron Wise, who can be reached at Since 1985, Hudson has planned meetings for several associations including the last 12 years with Federal Retirees. She joined MPI Ottawa in 1992 and has been a loyal volunteer for more than two decades. Hudson’s plans this summer include exploring many provincial campgrounds of Ontario and Québec with her husband and they hope to start travelling internationally next winter. She will miss her MPI peeps and experiencing the in-person reunions that are just around the corner, but they know how to find her on Facebook.


Congratulations to Jess Poon | LinkedIn for starting her new position as Meetings & Events Manager at the Canadian Cardiovascular Society ( Jess Poon has been working with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society since 2016. She has previously held the position of Events & Logistics Coordinator.

Congratulations to Patrick Kilvert | LinkedIn for starting his new position as Director of Sales at Muir Hotel | Halifax, Nova Scotia. Patrick has a long career in the hospitality events industry. He held previous positions as Senior Sales Executive at the Westin Ottawa & Director of Sales at the Westin Harbor Castle in Toronto.

Industry News and Updates

Events Professionals Resource

The Events Industry Council (EIC) released the Resources for B2B and B2C Exhibitions Accepted Practices Guide. It is the latest guide produced by EIC’s APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force.

The guide examines the current state of trade shows and exhibitions followed by risk management tools and phases for recovery. Similar to other APEX resource guides, the sections are filled with industry resources, best practices and case studies. 



TIAC’s recovery committee has released their 2021 Tourism Recovery Plan 2021 TIAC Tourism Recovery Plan ( and is engaging Members of Parliament across all parties to support the measures outlined in this plan. The full report has been shared with MPs and is available for download at

Virtual Wellness Series


Ottawa Sports Entertainment Group is creating a Virtual Wellness Series, the goal of which is to provide Small Medium Enterprises, their employee’s, and working families with resources to help navigate the current times. This complimentary event series will be promoted throughout the Ottawa region.

April 8th from 12-1pm by the Youth Service Bureau
Topic: “Life, Interrupted – Understanding and Supporting Young People During Unpredictable Times”
Speakers: Susan Blain, Interviewer & Ann Leslie, Parent

April 21st from 12-1pm by The Royal Ottawa
Topic: “Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety and the Importance of Sleep”
Speakers: Dr. Farrell & Dr. Rebecca Robillard

The webinars are free!

**Check OSEG Website OSEG | TD Place / Lansdowne Live and Social Media Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG): Posts | LinkedIn next week for registration details**

Ottawa Public Library

Did you know that the new Ottawa Public Library - Library and Archives Canada Facility is set to be one of the country most sustainable buildings?

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Keep features are

  • upgrades to the building’s envelope and insulation;

  • triple-glazed windows;

  • solar panels on the rooftop and embedded in the facade;

  • additional sustainable materials; and

  • an indoor green wall.

Encompassing over 216,000 square feet, the new building will feature shared spaces, such as the Town Hall, café and large multi-purpose meeting areas, along with spaces devoted to specific uses of the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. Read more about the spaces below.

For more information on the facility please consult : Spaces | Ottawa Public Library - Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility (

CEP Certification Event Designer

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Have you heard about Event Canvas yet? It a powerful tool that allows you to create a mind map of your event. Event owners are faced with the need of change and get frustrated by understanding how to implement that with their events. Event Design has a Solution! We’ve using Event Canvas Methodology that they teach to Event teams or work with them directly on applying it to their organization.

To register for the EDC click here List of Training Session - Event Design Collective (

For more information contact Anthony Vade at

CVENT Certification Program

Hurry Up free until April 2021!

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Validate your knowledge with Cvent solutions and in-demand industry skills. Cvent offers eight certifications to help you grow and succeed as a meeting and events professional. Take your professional development to the next level with globally recognized certification for free for a limited time. Offer ending at the end of April 2021.

For more info click here: Cvent Certification | Cvent

Upcoming Industry Events

Find out more about our upcoming Chapter events:


Thursday March 25th from 11:30-13:00 EDT

Join the Events Industry Council (EIC) as they honor the 2020 Hall of Leaders inductees and EIC’s new Social Impact Award recipients. The Hall of Leaders inductees and Social Impact Award winners whose significant contributions are shaping the business events industry in extraordinary ways.

As part of your registration, EIC is pleased to offer complimentary access to EIC Advance On Demand that includes up to 25 CE hours of educational content from global thought leaders.

Register now: Summary - EIC Global Awards Event (

Virtualy Ottawa

Tuesday March 30th from 12:00-14:30 EDT
Join Ottawa Tourism for the launch of Virtually Ottawa!  

Explore Ottawa through our immersive virtual destination tour and enjoy experiences led by Ottawa's local creators. Participate in a session with keynote speaker Professor Keith Still as he shares insights on Risk Analysis and Crowd Management to help you deliver safer events. 

From 12:00-13:45: Explore the Virtually Ottawa platform at your leisure and join Professor Keith Still on the conference stage as he shares a live keynote session on Risk Analysis and Crowd Management. Following the session, we invite you to share your questions in a moderated Q&A discussion.

For more info & to register click here: The Ottawa Business Events Team Presents: Virtually Ottawa | Ottawa Tourism


Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual
April 8th, 2021 – 08:00-10:00 EDT

Registration is now open for #MPIOttawa’s virtual Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID). Don’t delay, register now! You won’t want to miss this uplifting and inspiring talk by Shopify Leadership Development Facilitator and CTV’s The Social Wellness Expert, Nova Nicole.

To register, visit:

The Event Registration

April 13th 2021 – April 17th 2021 

Registration is now OPEN for the EVENT 2021. Tier 1 pricing is SOLD OUT so go catch the Tier 2 Pricing!




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