MMBC Adds Two New Board Members During the Meetings Mean Business Canada Annual General Meeting on Nov. 21, two new directors were elected, bringing to 20 the total number of directors serving on the volunteer board. David Gazley, Vice-president, Destination Vancouver and John C. Dunn, Founder, Floor13, have each started a two-year term on the board (2022-2024). Three board members—Jeff Nearing of Discover Halifax, Jennifer Allaby of the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) and Laura Purdy of Toronto Exhibition Place—were each re-elected to serve a second, two-year term (2022-2024). The remaining 15 directors are completing the [...]
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MMBC Advocates on Parliament Hill MMBC was well represented in Ottawa last month during Hill Days (October 19–21). An initiative of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Hill Days is an opportunity for MMBC leaders to meet and raise awareness of business event industry priorities among Members of Parliament, Senators and other decision makers. More than 50 federal government officials met with the MMBC and TIAC delegations, and over 45 Parliamentarians attended a tourism industry-hosted reception. MMBC Chair Laura Pallotta, Vice-chair and Government Relations lead Minto Schneider and MMBC board member David Campbell met with representatives [...]
Hill Days: In-person Meetings With Federal MPs October 17, 2022: This week, MMBC Chair Laura Pallotta, Vice-chair and Government Relations lead Minto Schneider and MMBC board member David Campbell, are in Ottawa for in-person meetings with Parliamentarians and federal department officials. An initiative of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Hill Days (October 19–21) is an opportunity to advocate for business events industry priorities and communicate directly with federal decision makers. Over the past several weeks, Laura has been busy meeting individually with members of Destination Canada's Board of Directors to inform them on MMBC’s advocacy [...]
Behind the Scenes at the Global Business Travel Association Canada Conference After four date changes due to the pandemic, the Global Business Travel Association Canada Conference took place May 2–3, 2022 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, attracting 600 attendees. Ignite Magazine takes a close look at how organizers tailored the conference program to meet attendees’ new expectations for business events. Read more
MMBC Welcomes Six New Directors Meetings Mean Business Canada has expanded its volunteer board of directors with the addition of six new members. The appointments bring MMBC’s total board seats to 16 following a motion passed during the 2021 Annual General Meeting allowing a maximum of 20 board members. “I’d like to personally welcome our new board members,” says MMBC Chair, Laura Pallotta. “Members of our volunteer board bring decades of valuable industry experience as well as a commitment to MMBC’s mission as a united voice for Canada’s business events industry.” Click here to meet [...]
Minister Boissonnault’s Tourism Growth Strategy Roundtable On May 25, 2022, MMBC Chair Laura Pallotta participated in a roundtable hosted by Minister of Tourism Randy Boissonnault. The discussion focused on tourism attraction investment and was attended by industry leaders from across Canada. The federal government is consulting with the industry as it develops its new Tourism Growth Strategy. During the wide-ranging discussion, participants brainstormed how to overcome existing barriers to investment as well as suggesting incentives that would attract critically needed private investment. Pallotta conveyed why business events need to be a central pillar of the federal strategy, how [...]
MPI Ottawa: Insider Experiences With in-person business events back on track, it’s important to share how our industry professionals are making successful events happen. MPI Ottawa is doing just that with its series of Insider Experience blog posts. Learn more about these successful face-to-face-events. MPI Ottawa Charity Auction Dinner Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Annual Convention and Trade Show Salon International du Livre de Québec 17th Annual Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) Leadership Summit
New Study To Measure Business Events Impacts Destination Canada Business Events (DCBE) has commissioned a legacy impact study for Canada’s business events industry. “There's no denying the powerful tourism benefits that business events bring to a destination — but their impact extends well beyond that. For instance, [events] can open the door to transformative collaborations, unlock trade and investment opportunities, spur innovation and attract top-notch talent from around the world,” DCBE said in a statement. “While there's plenty of anecdotal evidence on this, we’ve lacked concrete data to prove the long-term outcomes [...]
Regina Hotel Association Global Meetings Industry Day 2022 Event On April 7, the Regina Hotel Association celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day 2022 by inviting local event planners and convention hotels to an in-person meet-and-greet event.
Federal Supports Still Needed By Hardest-Hit Businesses Meetings Mean Business Canada is gratified that the federal government, in the 2022 Budget released April 7, acknowledges the visitor economy as “a key economic driver and job creator” while also recognizing the devastating effects that the pandemic has had on the tourism industry as a whole. Meetings Mean Business Canada wishes to clarify any misconceptions around a statement made in the budget document that “Canada’s high vaccination rate and the lifting of travel restrictions are providing important relief as the sector begins to turn the corner.” Canada’s visitor economy, [...]