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MPI Toronto Student Membership Information


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Student Membership

Benefits of Joining as a Student

  • 75+ Students from 10+ Universities/Colleges to Connect With
  • Student Awards & Scholarships
    • Norm Neill Student of the Year
    • #FutureLeadersForum – World Education Congress
  • Volunteer Experience
    • MPI Toronto Committees
    • Industry Conferences & Events
  • Networking & Job Opportunities
  • Events & Student Programs
    • ConnectUp
    • #FutureLeadersForum
    • Just Networking 


    Alumni Testimonials

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    “A single piece of advice I have for anyone thinking of joining our community, is to get involved. Volunteer, attend the events, connect with the members. From there, the opportunities will continue to roll in”

    Lynn Miedzik, Sales Coordinator at Chop Steakhouse & Bar
    Alumni of Durham College

    “Volunteering with MPI has been extremely rewarding and beneficial to expanding my network while learning more about our evolving industry has to offer. It has created many opportunities to enhance my qualifications, work on new projects and meet leading industry professionals!”

    Zaman Ishaad, Conference Coordinator at Academic Internship Council 
    Alumni of Ryerson University

    “Within minutes of stepping foot into my first event, I’ve come to realize the warm and welcoming community MPI has built for its members. I met professionals from varying capacities each with a plethora of knowledge that I could really benefit mentoring opportunities from and individuals like myself new to MPI and attending their first event”

    Ainee Tabernilla, Events & Catering Coordinator at Entertainment
    Student at George Brown College  

    “I strongly encourage those who are curious about volunteering to attend any of the many events MPI hosts each year. They are a support network that will forever have your back, and will challenge you to excel in any aspect you choose.”

    Stephanie Comely, Conference Centre Assistant at Manulife Bank of Canada  
    Alumni of Conestoga College and the University of Guelph

    “MPI Toronto is an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone and I truly encourage people not only to become members but to volunteer. Volunteering is the most rewarding experience within this organization and the best way to truly make the most out of your membership.”

    Jessica Toro, Conference Services & Events Coordinator at Women's College Hospital
    Alumni of Humber College

    More Alumni Testimonials can be found here.


    Student Engagement

    Vision: We hope to see student members attend most MPI events and succeed in positioning themselves as young meeting professionals within the Meetings & Events Industry. We envision a welcoming environment for networking, mentorship opportunities and professional development along with enhanced career progression.

    Volunteer: Becoming a member is a great way to complete your necessary volunteer hours to graduate from the Event Management Program. It is also a great way to learn how different functions run and the steps needed to put on a great event or program! 

    Opportunities & Committees: Click Here 

    Attend Events & Programs: Check out  for what's coming up next. Discounts are provided for student members! MPI Toronto hosts many programs for students and young professionals including Just Networking, Connect Up at Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), Awards Gala & Holiday Gala. 

    ConnectUp at Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID):

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    Connect Up is a peer-to-peer learning and networking program led by industry experts where mentees explore specific facets of the event industry in various learning zones. Join us to participate in a dynamic knowledge exchange on A/V and innovative event technology, event planning career tips, best practices for the planner-supplier relationship, and the power of your network and MPI.

    Scholarships and Awards

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    Norm Neill Student of the Year:

    The Norm Neill Student Award is given to a current full-time, post-secondary student in good standing of the MPI Toronto Chapter. They are evaluated based on their community/industry/school service, other awards and professional recognition, chapter participation, scholastic merit, placement/co-op experience and references.

    #FutureLeadersForum at World Education Congress or IMEX:

    If you’re entering your final year of a hospitality, event or tourism management course, attending a Future Leaders Forum is a unique and free opportunity for you to gain expert insight into the meetings industry, learning from and connecting with inspirational industry experts and fellow students. You’ll make valuable industry contacts and benefit from high-quality education. 


    Graduating Student Members

    This special plan is to allow you to grow incrementally from your current student membership rate to the full membership rate over a period of three years. We understand the relationships you build and the knowledge you gain as you enter the meeting and event industry are critical for your success, and we want to be there for you.

    If you have recently graduated and your MPI student membership is about to expire, you can take advantage of this special program. Here is the membership renewal fee scale for you going forward:

    Student-in-Transition Stage Canada Yearly
    Student Member CAD $40
    Student-in-Transition Stage 1 – 1st Year CAD $75
    Student-in-Transition Stage 2 – 2nd Year CAD $150
    Student-in-Transition Stage 3 – 3rd Year CAD $250
    Full Member Planner CAD $359
    Full Member Supplier CAD $479

    Student in Transition FAQ

    How do I qualify to be part of the Student-in-Transition plan?

    To be a part of the Student-in-Transition plan you first have to be an MPI Student member in good standing. After you graduate and your membership is up for renewal you choose to be either a Planner or Supplier member. During the renewal process you contact MPI Member care and let them know that you would like to be part of the Student-in-Transition plan.

    Students enrolled in a certificate program are eligible for student membership for one year but are not eligible for the transition dues rate upon completion of their program.

    May I first join the Student-in-Transition plan before becoming a full member?

    No, you have to be an MPI Student member in good standing to be able to move into the Student-in- 
    Transition plan once you graduate and your student membership is set to renew as a full membership.

    What is the difference between the Full Membership and this Student-in- Transition plan?

    There is no difference in the privileges since a Student-in-Transition is essentially a Full Member on a special rate plan because they have recently graduated from a post-secondary educational program (Undergraduate or Graduate).

    How do I renew my membership under this new Student in Transition Rate Plan?

    To renew your membership at the special transition rate, contact the MPI Membership Team at:


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