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News Around Town – MAY 2022

News Around Town MPI50

By: Elodie Lortal, CMP, DES | May 25, 2022

Welcome Members

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning members:

Brent Beatty
Welcome (back) to our supplier member Brent Beatty, Director of Sales at Encore Canada

Vanessa Manning 
Welcome to our planner member Vanessa Manning, Event Coordinator - Department of Radiology OHRIA at the Ottawa Hospital

Julie McNamara 
Welcome to our supplier member Julie McNamara, CEO and event strategist at Julie & Co

Welcome to our student member Kim Ennis

Welcome to our student member Brinda Shah

MPI Announcements


First Do It Yourself (DIY) networking in-person at Tooth & Nail Brewery

Your MPI Ottawa team could not be more excited about this news!   We’ve been virtual for over 2 years and we’re so excited to return to our roots and host an in-person DIY.

Elodie Podcast

Volunteering in the events industry is a great way to build your profile as an event professional. It also allows you to network with other committed industry professionals and try out new skills.

To listen to the episode, click: Volunteering in the events industry

We need you

Have you ever thought about joining the #MPIOttawa Board of Directors? Well, now is the time to Volunteer at the next level!
We have an opening for Director of Signature Events, starting July 1, 2022.
If interested, please email Riccarda Galioto at to learn more.

State of the Industry

Canada for glowing hearts

New Study to measure impact of business events

A new multi-year study by Destination Canada Business Events | Événements d'affaires de Destination Canada will provide the concrete data our industry needs to prove the long-term outcomes of business events.

The study will evaluate the impact of several past conferences in the six key economic sectors that Canada excels in: life sciences, natural resources, finance and insurance, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and technology.

“We’re delighted to support this important research initiative, which will demonstrate the value of business events and ultimately help attract future events to Canada” said Laura Pallotta, Chair of Meetings Mean Business Canada.

Read more:

Job Shortages

Labor shortages

The Government of Canada announced a new temporary policy that will give recent international graduates with expiring temporary status an opportunity to stay in Canada longer. This is to help ensure that businesses and employers have access to the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.

Starting in summer 2022, former international students who are in Canada and have a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022, will qualify for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months.

Read more:

Get ready

Get ready for busy summer

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Industry News in General


IACC's 2022 Meeting Room of the Future

While many of us wish we had a crystal ball to see what the future holds for the industry after the last tumultuous two years, IACC has taken a more scholarly approach. Its 2022 Meeting Room of the Future report was created by students from the Hotel Management School Maastricht in the Netherlands using interviews, a survey and desk-based research.

Some highlights:

• Hub-and-spoke format meetings (in-person regional groups connected virtually), which became popular during the pandemic, are likely to continue.

• 84% of executives surveyed stated that they see higher team productivity when their employees are meeting in-person.

• Human interaction was ranked the highest of seven factors when considering attending an in-person meeting, above expanding your network, scheduling and cost of attending.

• Respondents cited teambuilding, training and problem-solving as the main reasons for bringing people together. Status and update meetings are widely regarded as subjects that can be delivered entirely virtually.

• The study pinpointed five factors that meeting bookers will be looking for: more collaboration between meeting participants; high quality of technology; a valuable way of communication; and the venues to recommend new innovative ideas.

To read full article click IACC meeting room

The event TO

Embrace, engage, thrive: The in-person return of the EVENT in Canada

The EVENT debuted in 2018. The goal of the hosts, the MPI Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal/Québec chapters, was to challenge the traditional conference format. Following successful in-person gatherings in 2018 and 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of the EVENT in 2020 and a virtual iteration in 2021.

But last month, nearly 250 meeting professionals convened at the Pan Pacific Toronto Hotel for the triumphant return of an in-person the EVENT, which featured 35 speakers, attendees from nine of the 10 Canadian provinces (as well as the U.S. and U.K.), 24 sessions, eight clock hours and an opening reception.

To read full article click MPI Industry News

πŸ‘©πŸ’» JOB CORNER πŸ‘©πŸ’»

Culinary Career at NAC

National Arts Centre Culinary & Restaurant Career Opportunities

πŸ“£The National Arts Centre’s 1 Elgin Restaurant is recruiting!

Come and share our passion for great food!

Multiple positions available. Apply today!

Culinary Career @ Shaw

Shaw Centre Culinary Career Opportunities

πŸ“£Every memorable dining experience at the Shaw Centre begins behind the scenes with the culinary team's commitment to safe and efficient operations and exceptional cuisine.

Cook alongside an award-winning Chef and enhance your skills!

- 1st Cook
- 2nd Cook
- Prep Cook
- Sous Chef
- Culinary Operations Manager

To submit your resume or to learn more about the positions, please click here

Upcoming Industry Events


πŸ“… June 6th, 2022 – 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Metcalfe Golf Club

MPI Ottawa Annual Golf Tournament

There's no “FAIR-WAY” to say how excited we are to be hosting the MPI Ottawa Golf Event on June 6th at the Metcalfe Golf Club!
An afternoon on the course networking with friends and colleagues is a great way to jump back into the “SWING OF THINGS”! Not a golfer? No problem! Join us for networking and dinner. 

Registration is open for this afternoon you’re not likely to “FORE-get”! 

For more details and to register:


πŸ“… June 21-23rd, 2022 – San Francisco

World Education Congress

MPI is 50 this year and with 50 years comes the return of the World Education Conference 2022 to San Francisco over the dates of June 21-23!

Will you be attending? We would love to know who will be there from the Ottawa Chapter as well as any other Canadian Chapter. Send an email to Kris Knox, Director Member Care at and let him know you will be attending. It would be great to connect at the conference in June.

Do you want to attend but not sure if the budget will work for you? There are two current scholarships open for applications which can be found at this link:

Information and registration:

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

πŸ“’ 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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