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MMBC Encouraged by Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement


Meetings Mean Business Canada is encouraged by new support measures proposed as part of the 2020 Fall Economic Statement (FES), presented November 30 by Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. "Many in the meetings and business events sector are fighting for survival," says Clark Grue, chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada. "We're gratified that the federal government has recognized the economic hardships facing key sectors of the visitor economy. As we go forward, we're committed to working with government representatives to ensure quick roll-out of the proposals and we will continue to work closely with leaders from every [...]

MMBC Encouraged by Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement2021-01-14T18:18:58-05:00

A Look Back: MMBC’s Advocacy Work in 2020


As the pandemic took hold and industries shutdown earlier this year, Meetings Mean Business Canada immediately adopted a tactical shift and tone of greater urgency as it advocated to federal and provincial decision makers on behalf of the meetings and business events sector."Our work has to some extent shifted and amplified," Clark Grue, who begins the second of a two-year term as chair of the coalition, told MMBC's annual general meeting on November 24, 2020. "In February, we'd had excellent conversations with the federal government about the importance of business events. When the shutdown happened in March, we began to change [...]

A Look Back: MMBC’s Advocacy Work in 20202021-01-19T16:34:07-05:00

STARTUPFEST: A 2020 Hybrid Success Story


When COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the annual Startupfest event earlier this year, founder Philippe Telio reinvented the format as a summertime hybrid experience. Held July 15–16, 2020 in the Old Port of Montreal and online, the conference drew 200 in-person and about 4,000 virtual attendees over two days. The format was fast-paced: five-minute discussions replaced the typical 20-minute presentations; rolling, two-person interactions replaced panels. Additional features included pre-recorded startup pitches, live chats, DJ sets, yoga sessions, game shows and more. Read more about this unique event. Watch highlights from the conference.

STARTUPFEST: A 2020 Hybrid Success Story2021-01-14T18:06:36-05:00