Plan to Attend

About the Canadian Innovation Conference

The Canadian Innovation Conference, (brought to you by the PCMA Canada East Chapter), is designed to meet the needs of meeting and event professionals and suppliers whose organizations are engaged in providing services related to the conduct and operation of meetings, conventions, seminars, exhibits and trade shows.

Experience the high calibre of educational content that PCMA is renowned for in an environment customized to the Canadian market. You can earn Clock Hours of Continuing Education and expand your peer network as you invest your time in attending this 2 1/2 day conference.

Here is why you should attend:

  • Receive innovative and superior Canadian-focused education
  • Earn CEU credits toward your designation
  • Connect with Canadian industry decision-makers
  • Learn about the latest technology trends to increase efficiency and productivity within your organization
  • Create lasting connections in a smaller, more intimate environment

Future Sites:

November 20-22, 2022

Niagara Falls Convention Centre, the Marriott on the Falls and the Marriott Fallsview

Niagara Falls, Ontario

November 19-21, 2023

Saint John New Brunswick at Delta Hotels Saint John and Hilton Saint John

Saint John, New Brunswick

November 17-19, 2024

TCU Place, Delta Hotels Bessborough and Delta Hotels Saskatoon Downtown

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2025 – TBA

November 22-24, 2026

Edmonton Convention Centre, the Westin Edmonton and the Chateau Lacombe Hotel

Edmonton, Alberta

 


Who should attend?

 

More than 400 meeting and event professionals from across Canada, among them

  • Canadian Association Professionals and Association Professionals that do business in Canada – executives, event managers, marketing experts
  • Canadian Corporate Planners and Corporate Planners that do business in Canada
  • Event Suppliers who work with a Canadian market

 

To receive email updates about the conference: contact canadaeast@pcma.org

 

Embracing Inclusion and Diversity – in all its forms – is at the heart of who we are at the PCMA Canada East Chapter. We provide respectful, welcoming and legendary experiences for all of our colleagues, including all gender identities or expressions.

Registration is now open! Secure your spot and register now!

 



Schedule

       

 

Photo by Urban Toronto (https://urbantoronto.ca/news/2021/09/historic-niagara-generating-station-reopens-engaging-attraction)

Welcome Reception – Sunday, November 20, 2022 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sponsored by Niagara Falls Business Events and Niagara Parks Commissions

Join us at the Power Station for an immersive, not-to-be-missed experience that offers a chance to discover the incredible history and heritage of this celebrated building. The newest landmark attraction in Niagara Falls harnesses the powerful energy of the Horseshoe Falls that comes back to life with an entertaining and educational experience that highlights The Power of Connection between us all. This evening you will experience a unique type of networking full of re-connections and new connections!

 

 

Photo by Peller Estate (https://www.peller.com/our-family/)

Closing Reception and Dinner -Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – 7:00pm – late
Sponsored by Niagara Falls Business Events and Peller Estates

In the heart of wine country, Peller Estates knows how to throw a party and their events are anything but typical. Starting with the connection between wine, family and friends, the team will show off their unique winery spaces with a variety of food, drinks and entertainment. The team at Peller welcomes CIC22 participants for a chance to explore The Power of Connection in a way that’s sure to please even the most discerning critic!


Niagara Falls, ON

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Niagara Falls for PCMA CIC in November 2022!

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the following hotels. Click on the links to book your room online with the group rate.

Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa

(155 CAD – 175 CAD per night)

 

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

(145 CAD – 165 CAD per night)

 

Please note that the group rate is available for rooms on Sunday, November 20th, checking out by Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022. If you require additional guestroom nights, please contact the in-house reservations at 1-877-353-2557.

 

We encourage you to make your reservation early, as rooms may sell out. The last day to book at the discount rate is Wednesday, October 19th, 2022.

 

Included in your special rate:
*Complimentary wireless internet access

*Exempt from the $15.95 amenity fee

Transportation

For the upcoming CIC22, VIA Rail Canada is offering 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.viarail.ca to make a booking online.

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • The travel period begins on November 17 – 24, 2022
  • Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
  • Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
  • One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
  • For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only
  • For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.

Discount Code: 14292


For the upcoming CIC22, Niagara Airbus is offering the following rates:

Round trip from Toronto Pearson Airport: CAD 105 +HST

One Way for Toronto Pearson Airport: CAD 75 +HST

10% off on all private exclusive services for all airports including: Hamilton, Billy Bishop and Toronto Pearson. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code PCMA – 2022. Please visit www.niagaraairbus.com to make a booking online.

The code is valid for travel from November 12th to November 30th 2022.

For all Online AIRPORT reservations, please use the following information:

In your internet browser, simply go to www.niagaraairbus.com

Please have the following ready:

  • Dates of travel
  • Airline and Flight number information—we require the Airline and flight number of the flight that arrives/departs
  • Name of the Hotel you are staying at in Niagara
  • Valid Credit card number and expiry date and CVV security code to at least guarantee the reservation.

In order to receive your special pricing, on the first page, make your choice in the service type called Airport Service Choose “shuttle shared ride” or “ Exclusive Private Car” Choose your origin and destination and click on One way or round trip, then enter your conference code assigned specific to your group and click on “book now”. Pricing for this choice will automatically be discounted, based on the code you are using.

The next few screens gather the information we require to provide you with the appropriate pickup times etc. The pickup and drop-off information pages contain list boxes from which you can simply choose your hotel …. Our system will then fill in the address information.

On the Payment screen, choose to pay for your reservation with a credit card. Simply ensure “credit card” is ticked off, and enter the information.

Please then click (only once) the “Submit” button. It will provide a confirmation number, which you can print as your receipt, or choose to receive an email confirmation of the reservation.

Should you require further assistance with the online system, please contact our Support Desk at airsales@niagaraairbus.com or call our reservations agents at 905-374-8111.


We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming event, Canadian Innovation Conference, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Niagara Falls
  • The travel period begins: 11/12/2022
  • The travel period ends: 11/30/2022
  • No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

Coupon Code: Guest web/Travel Agent web 0P9A8OJ

Promo Code: Travel Agent GDS only WKK16


Are you up for the Challenge?

Looking for an innovative way to connect with Planners?
Invite them to be your guest at an outstanding experiential conference where they can receive Clock Hours for participating in a variety of interactive educational sessions!
We are inviting you to participate in the 2022 CIC Host a Planner Challenge.

How to participate:

1) Indicate your interest in inviting Planners to attend the 2022 Canadian Innovation Conference by contacting the Chapter Secretariat

2) You will receive an email with a discount code to provide to Planners you wish to invite for them to use when registering (this code will help us track your involvement)

3) You can also find Planners that have expressed an interest in attending the CIC by contacting the Chapter Secretariat

What are the benefits?

For every Planner you register for the CIC conference, your name will be entered into a draw. You will receive one ballot for each component you sponsor…conference registration, accommodation and/or transportation. In addition…

  1. All Suppliers who participate in the 2022 CIC Host a Planner Challenge will enjoy direct networking time with your sponsored Planners during the Tuesday luncheon – we’ll assign reserved seating for you and those you sponsor.
  2. All Suppliers who participate will be listed on the 2022 Canadian Innovation Conference website for all members to see along with a stage mention during the 2022 CIC Tuesday luncheon and inclusion in the sponsor loop on-site.
  3. The winner of the draw will receive additional recognition at the PCMA Canada East Chapter level during the 2023 calendar year to include:
    1. The winner’s logo appearing in every chapter’s weekly e-newsletter for the entire year.
    2. The winner’s logo appearing on the chapter website as the winner of the Supplier Challenge for the entire year.
    3. The winner will receive one complimentary promotional item to be included in one chapter e-newsletter accompanied by promotion through all chapter social channels. The timing of this promotion will be at the Supplier’s discretion in agreement with the chapter.

The challenge is on!  The winner will be announced during the Tuesday Luncheon at the conference.

 

Information for Planners:

If you are interested in attending the PCMA Canada East Chapter’s 2022 Canadian Innovation Conference and were hoping to be invited by a Supplier, please submit your name here.

All Suppliers interested in hosting a Planner will have access to this list; however, signing up to this list is not a guarantee that you will be invited.

If a Supplier has not selected your name by the early bird deadline of September 30, 2022, we will honour the early bird rate for you for one week (October 7, 2022) should you wish to register on your own.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the chapter secretariat at canadaeast@pcma.org

The 2022 Partnership Prospectus is Now Available!

2022 PCMACE CIC Partnership Prospectus

Why Partner?

It just makes financial sense!

Be recognized as an official partner of the Canadian Innovation Conference

Support advancement of knowledge in the meetings industry

Gain from partnering with PCMA in building what we believe is Canada’s premier meetings industry association

Network and market your products and services to an audience of over 375 Chapter members and 400 Conference Participants (40% professional: 60% supplier).

The target audience includes meeting professionals, association executives, sales and marketing professionals, professional speakers and tourism representatives.

Questions?

Should you have questions regarding partnership, do not hesitate to contact our partnership team:

Filomena Picciano
2022 Strategic Partnership Director, PCMA Canada East Chapter
Tel: 1-514-643-4985| Email:admin@csnscn.ca

PCMA Canada East Chapter Secretariat
2140A Queen Street East #539
Toronto, ON M4E 3V7
Tel: 416-595-9615 | Email: canadaeast@pcma.org

Stay tuned for 2022 details!


QUEBEC CITY, QC 2019

Click here to access the 2019 photo.

VICTORIA, BC 2018

 

Click here to access the 2018 photo.


NIAGARA FALLS 2017

The PCMA Canada East Chapter’s 5th Anniversary Canadian Innovation Conference is true to its name! Each year, the committee sets out to think outside the box when creating the next experience. We envisioned a wholesome conference, one that engaged the mind, body and soul and invigorated you to get the edge.

With this goal in mind, PCMA Canada East CIC 2017 delivered a highly educational program, with lots of time to network, plenty of food, all with the backdrop of the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Click here to access the 2017 online photo gallery


ST. JOHN’S 2016

Our chapter’s annual Innovation conference is true to its name! Each year, the committee sets out to think outside the box when creating the next experience. We envisioned a wholesome conference, one that engaged the mind, body and soul and invigorated you to go far, far out. With this goal in mind, the PCMA Canada East CIC 2016 experience was designed to deliver a highly educational program coupled with innovative learning zones, space to get in touch with your playful side, and a wellness feature that provided much-needed relaxation.

The easygoing, welcoming and warm hospitality of St. John’s, Newfoundland influenced the vibe of the conference: it shone through the smiles of our 275 participants, who were open to play and learn.

The closing event was memorable and if you didn’t kiss the cod, you missed something. When the lights went down, the street lit up, and the closing party began! Attendees got their fix of fish n’ chips and a Scuff and Swally with Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies featuring Kendel Carson (John Prine, Spirit of the West,The Paperboys and Elvis Costello), Cory Tetford (Crush), Todd Lumley (Hawksley Workman), Shehab Illyas (MIR) and Kris MacFarlane (GreatBig Sea). No night on George Street is complete without kissing the cod, a tradition that welcomes visitors to the island. The culture, entertainment, and nightlife helped make it an unforgettable night!

Thank you Destination St. John’s and Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism for hosting one memorable PCMA Canada East CIC!

Get a taste of PCMA Canada East CIC—here is a 3-minute 40-second recap! But like they say, YOU had to be there to experience it for yourself.


TORONTO 2015

Over 400 attendees came to Toronto Nov. 22-24, 2015 for innovative, engaging Canadian-focused education that would help to transform and elevated the way planners design meetings and events.


MONTREAL 2014

Montreal is a city whose passion, joie de vivre and rich cultural heritage are legendary. Montrealers greeted visitors and showed off their city’s charms, and were given a very warm welcome.


Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations is Now Closed! 

 

Do you have the next great session idea that everyone will be talking about? If so, we want to hear from you.

We welcome all ideas but will give the highest consideration for issues directly affecting our industry.

You are invited to submit a presentation to the 8th Annual PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Canadian Innovation Conference that will be held in person in Niagara Falls, ON, taking place November 20-22, 2022.

 

The Basics

Our theme:

PCMACIC2022 remains focused on education and innovation within the Canadian Meetings and Events industry. For 2022 our theme is “The Power of Connection”. The connection between planners, suppliers and partners working together in new and different ways, allowing us to plan better for more impactful, innovative and creative events. We are looking for high-level content that will accelerate participants’ effectiveness in their professional and personal lives. We’re about risk-taking, innovating and pushing the envelope.

Our Streams:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Meeting or Event Design
  • Site Management
  • Marketing
  • Professionalism

Our Goals:

  • Obtain accessible, affordable PCMA-caliber education close to home
  • Participate in intimate and interactive dialogues among Canadian peers
  • Receive education customized for the Canadian marketplace

Optional Session Topic Ideas:

  • “Tell It Like It Is” sessions, where people can ask you anything!
  • Negotiation with Venues/Contracts
  • F&B
  • Panel Discussions
  • Personal Wellness
  • Trends / Hot Topics
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Hybrid and virtual events
  • DEI
  • Co-location
  • Innovative Event Design
  • Behind the Scenes Best Practices
  • Crisis Management
  • Audio Visual / Technology Innovations
  • Sponsorship / Marketing
  • Sales / Leadership / Motivation
  • Gender Equality
  • Mental Health
  • Green meetings and sustainable conferences

Our Attendees:

They are eager for the next high-quality and advanced-level education to help their own professional development and increase the value of their meetings and events.

Our Location & Dates:

Niagara Falls Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario from November 20-22, 2022.

If you feel you have an idea that will add value to our audience, please be as specific as possible when completing the call for presentations form. Please also be aware that we do not accept any sessions that are sales pitches.

SUBMIT YOUR GREAT IDEA TODAY!

 

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