Industry Stories

MEET AGAIN: Stories That Mean Business

Meetings Mean Business Canada presents stories from across Canada describing how the sector is safely hosting meetings and business events. The goal is to get face-to-face meetings back on track and to inform government decision makers about the size and economic importance of our multi-billion dollar industry.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau: Thriving outside the comfort zone

2023-08-25T19:59:22-04:00

Next Chapter: Chantal Sturk-Nadeau on Thriving Outside the Comfort Zone Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is a thought leader and passionate supporter of Canada’s business events community. Meetings Mean Business Canada offers its sincere thanks to Chantal for her partnership, hard work and can-do spirit during her time as Executive Director, Destination Canada, Business Events. Chantal spoke with Angela Kryhul, MMBC’s Communications Lead, about the evolution of Canada’s business events community and her plans for the future. This summer, for the first time in 30 years, Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is slowing down her usual full-tilt pace and enjoying [...]

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau: Thriving outside the comfort zone2023-08-25T19:59:22-04:00

Behind the Scenes at the Global Business Travel Association Canada Conference

2022-07-07T11:27:23-04:00

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

Behind the Scenes at the Global Business Travel Association Canada Conference2022-07-07T11:27:23-04:00

MPI Ottawa: Insider Experiences

2022-05-31T08:13:22-04:00

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

MPI Ottawa: Insider Experiences2022-05-31T08:13:22-04:00

Regina Hotel Association Global Meetings Industry Day 2022 Event

2022-04-27T11:25:48-04:00

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.

Regina Hotel Association Global Meetings Industry Day 2022 Event2022-04-27T11:25:48-04:00

Leading the Way: Shoppers Drug Mart National Conference

2022-03-24T08:45:07-04:00

Leading the Way: Shoppers Drug Mart National Conference Earlier this year, Shoppers Drug Mart demonstrated the value of in-person business events by bringing 1,600 Associates and Front Store Managers to its national conference in Toronto. KAREN BOSSIN, Director, Conferences and Events (pictured, right), spoke with LAURA PALLOTTA, Chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada, about the importance of face-to-face meetings. Shoppers Drug Mart/PharmaPix National Conference February 25–27, 2022 Metro Toronto Convention Centre 1,600 Associates and Front Store Managers from across Canada Laura Pallotta: Why are face-to-face business events like [...]

Leading the Way: Shoppers Drug Mart National Conference2022-03-24T08:45:07-04:00

Meeting Professionals International Toronto Holiday Gala 2021

2022-04-27T11:27:07-04:00

Meeting Professionals International Toronto Holiday Gala 2021 On December 7, 2021, Meeting Professionals International, Toronto Chapter, hosted its Festival of Reconnection Holiday Gala hybrid event, bringing together 137 people (115 in-person; 22 virtual). This was the MPI Toronto Chapter’s first in-person Holiday Gala since 2019 and the first in-person indoor event since March 2020. Festival of Reconnection Holiday Gala Date: Dec. 7, 2021 Length: 4 hours Location: [...]

Meeting Professionals International Toronto Holiday Gala 20212022-04-27T11:27:07-04:00

STARTUPFEST: A 2020 Hybrid Success Story

2021-01-14T18:06:36-05:00

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