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Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) Awards




This Award Program is designed to recognize people or organizations outside the direct industry which have supported the development of meetings and conventions or the development of policy and programs impacting the industry. Each Canadian chapter is to recognize one person or organization in their community who has made a difference to the meetings industry but may not be actively involved in it.

These awards will be announced nationally and presented at the GMID session as part of the overall program. The GMID Award gives the Chapter an opportunity recognize the accomplishments of people or organizations contributing to the meetings sector and strengthen relationships with external supporters.


Award Criteria

  • Can be awarded to a an individual or an organization
  • Does not need to be an MPI member
  • Does not need to be working directly in the meetings or event industry
  • Must have contributed significantly to the development or success of the meetings industry in your community in the past year


Past Recipients are as Follows:


Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Johanne Bélanger, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto

Toronto - Metrolinx Union Pearson (UP) Express
Atlantic Canada - Waterfront Development Corporation 
Atlantic Canada - City of Moncton
British Columbia - City of New Westminster
Greater Calgary - 2016 JUNO Awards Local Host Committee
Greater Edmonton - Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Montreal & Quebec - L’Honorable Denis Codeere, Maire de Montréal
Ottawa - Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
Toronto - Sheila Wong
Atlantic Canada - Destination Halifax
British Columbia – Tourism Vancouver Be A Host Program
Greater Calgary – Calgary Stampeder Football Club
Greater Edmonton – Chateau Lacombe
Manitoba – Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Montreal & Quebec - Eve Paré, Présidente - directrice générale, Association des hotels du grand Montréal
Ottawa – National Arts Centre
Toronto – Tourism Toronto
Atlantic Canada - Mayor Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton
British Columbia – The Vancouver Parks Board
Greater Calgary – The Calgary Zoo & The Calgary Stampede
Greater Edmonton – The Shaw Conference Centre
Manitoba – Winnipeg Airport Authority
Montreal & Quebec - Beatrice Javaudin
Ottawa – Altaf Sovani, School of Hospitality & Tourism, Algonquin College
Toronto – Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor - City of Toronto
British Columbia: The New B.C. Catering Liquor Legislation Committee
Greater Edmonton: Rexall Place
Greater Calgary: Murray Edwards
Manitoba: The Winnipeg Convention Centre
Toronto: Porter Airlines
Montreal & Quebec: M. Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City
Atlantic Canada: Joe McGuinness
British Columbia: QuickMobile
Greater Edmonton: The Enjoy Centre
Greater Calgary: His Worship, Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
Manitoba: Kenny Boyce, Manager of Film & Special Events, City of Winnipeg
Toronto: Doug Bolger, iLearn2, Inc.
Ottawa: The Shenkman Corporation
Montreal & Quebec: Luc Charbonneau, Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Atlantic Canada: Ambassatours
British Columbia: WEC Vancouver Host Committee
Greater Calgary: Spruce Meadows – Linda & Ron Southern
Toronto: Ignite Magazine                                                     
Ottawa: Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Montreal & Quebec: Michel Courtemanche - Président, directeur général du Groupe des événements corporatifs
Atlantic Canada: The Province of Nova Scotia; Halifax Regional Municipality (2 separate awards)
British Columbia: Vancouver International Airport
Greater Calgary: White Hat Volunteers
Greater Edmonton: Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Manitoba: Travel Manitoba
Toronto: Maritz Canada
Ottawa: National Capital Commission
Montreal: Alain Levesque, Location Miro Informatique
Atlantic Canada: Management Team, Trade Centre Limited
British Columbia: Nancy Stibbard (Award #1), Peter Armstrong (Award #2), Graeme Stamp (Award#3)
Edmonton: Edmonton University
Calgary: Calgary Downtown Association
Manitoba: True North/MTS Centre
Toronto: Ryerson University – Ted Rogers School of Management – Hospitality & Tourism Management
Ottawa: Mark Monahan – Ottawa Bluesfest
Montreal: Montreal International
Atlantic Canada: Halifax Airport Authority
British Columbia: Vancouver Downtown Business Improvement Association Downtown Ambassadors
Edmonton: Festival City in a Box
Calgary: The Calgary Airport Authority
Manitoba: Heartland International Travel & Tours
Toronto: Meeting and Incentive Travel Group
Ottawa: Mr. Jim Durell (former Mayor of Ottawa)
Montreal: Tourisme Montreal
Atlantic Canada: Pier 21
British Columbia: Green Meeting Industry Council
Greater Calgary: Calgary Olympic Development Corporation
Greater Edmonton: Edmonton Economic Development
Manitoba: Destination Winnipeg
Toronto: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Montréal: Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec
Ottawa: David Luxton, Ottawa Tulip Festival
Atlantic Canada: RCR Group
British Columbia: Canada Customs
Edmonton: Edmonton Airport Authority
Manitoba: Manitoba Film and Sound
Toronto: The Toronto Film Festival
Calgary: WestJet

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