We can’t wait to connect with you at the 2024 Canadian Innovation Conference in Saskatoon, SK

November 24-26, 2024




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.

Our Theme:

PCMA CIC 2024 remains focused on education and innovation within the Canadian Meetings and Events industry. For 2024 our theme is “Building Bridges: Our Journey into Innovation“.

Bridges, just like the meetings industry, bring individuals together allowing them to create connections, share perspectives and overcome challenges.  Innovations, whether they be procedural, artistic, cultural or technological help bridge divides and move organizations forward.  Let’s embrace innovations of all varieties to build bridges and move forward together at CIC 2024 and beyond.

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

Book your hotel!

CIC is hosting our room blocks for the conference at the following hotels:

Delta Bessborough:

Delta Saskatoon:

Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN!


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

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

We invite you to submit a presentation proposal to the 10th Annual PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Canadian Innovation Conference, taking place in person November 24-26, 2024 in Saskatoon, SK.

The Basics

Our theme:

Building Bridges: Our Journey Into Innovation

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, high quality education content which is what PCMA is known for.
  • Participate in intimate and interactive dialogues among Canadian peers
  • Receive education customized for the Canadian marketplace

Optional Session Topic Ideas:

  • Contract/Venue Negotiation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • F&B (fresh ideas, sustainability, farm-to-table, etc.)
  • Personal Wellness / Mental Health
  • Trends / Hot Topics
  • Hybrid and Virtual Events
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Innovative and Creative Event Design
  • Behind the Scenes Best Practices
  • Crisis & Risk Management
  • Audio Visual / Technology Innovations
  • Sponsorship / Marketing
  • Sales / Leadership / Motivation
  • Green Meetings and Sustainable Events

Our Attendees:

The CIC attendees are experienced event professionals looking for advanced-level education and professional development opportunities to enhance the value of their meetings and events. We have a strong representation of professional and supplier members, including meeting professionals, association executives, sales and marketing professionals, speakers, and tourism bureau representatives.

Our Location & Dates:

TCU Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from November 24-26, 2024.

If 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.

Abstract Management by:

The PCMA Canada East Chapter is excited and proud to announce our NEW Student Scholarship!

This scholarship aims to provide eligible future event industry leaders with valuable experiences and networking opportunities.

The scholarship offers selected students the chance to attend the prestigious PCMA Canada East CIC (Canadian Innovation Conference) and gain hands-on experience by actively participating in the planning process. This unique opportunity will help students develop their network through volunteering and engagement in the event, providing them with a meaningful and educational experience.

To be eligible for this scholarship, student applicants must be active members of their Student Chapter and enrolled in the 2nd year of an Event Planning, Event Management Diploma, or Hospitality Management Bachelor’s program. The winners will each receive up to $1,500 to cover various expenses related to their attendance at PCMA Canada East CIC in Saskatoon, SK, from November 24 – 26, 2024.

Expenses would include:

  • Registration fees,
  • Round-trip flights to and from Saskatoon,
  • Round-trip ground transportation to and from the CIC host hotel,
  • Accommodations at the CIC host hotel,
  • Meals during the conference.

Any additional expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Interested students can learn more about the Student Scholarship and its requirements by visiting here. Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2024.

Don’t have a Student Chapter?

If you have a PCMA Student membership, but your college does not have a Student Chapter, contact your administrator and send them this Student Chapter Start-Up information.

For further information, please contact:

Bobbi Hoffman
Director, Membership Engagement
PCMA Canada East Chapter
Email: [email protected]

Why Partner?

It just makes financial sense!

Be recognized as an official partner of the Canadian Innovation Conference

Support the 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 300 Chapter members and 300 Conference Participants (40% professional: 60% supplier).

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

Click here to access the 2024 Conference Prospectus

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

Filomena Picciano
Director, Strategic Partnerships, PCMA Canada East Chapter
Tel: 1-514-643-4985| Email:[email protected]

PCMA Canada East Chapter Secretariat
2140A Queen Street East #539
Toronto, ON M4E 3V7
Tel: 416-595-9615 | Email: [email protected]



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Click here to access the 2018 photo.


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.


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 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.

Congratulations to Encore, the CIC 2023 Host A Planner Challenge Winner

Rebecca SchingelCanadian Innovation Conference