SAVE THE DATE

November 18-20, 2018
Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

About the Canadian Innovation Conference

The PCMA CIC, powered 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 caliber of educational content that PCMA is renowned for in an environment customized to the Canadian market. You can earn up to 12 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 17-19, 2019 – Quebec City Convention Centre and the Hilton Québec, Quebec City, PQ
  • November 22-24, 2020 – Shaw Conference Centre, the Westin Edmonton and the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta
  • November 21-23, 2021 – Scotiabank Convention Centre, the Marriott on the Falls and the Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario

 


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

Registration for the 2018 Canadian Innovation Conference will open in early June

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

2018 Registration Rates Early Bird Rate
(Prior to 9/7/2018)
Regular Rate
(As of 9/8/2018)

Planner Member $195 $345
Planner Non-Member* $535 $685
Supplier Member $345 $495
Supplier Non-Member* $845 $995
Faculty/Student $195
Full Spouse/Guest $295
Accommodation $200
Opening Reception $80
Closing Party $100
Fun Run $30
Community Service $30

All fees are subject to 5% GST

 

The Non-member 2018 Conference Rates include a 1-year PCMA membership.

In order to qualify, you must be a First-time Member. Any non-member using a discount code (including, but not limited to sponsors, speakers and guests) do not qualify.

PCMA membership is available to individuals only. Transfers will not be allowed with less than 90 days left on the membership. A $50.00 nonrefundable administrative fee will be charged to the new member. No organizational memberships are offered. Membership dues are nonrefundable and are billed on your anniversary join date. All membership dues must be paid in U.S. dollars. PCMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal tax purposes, but may be deductible as a business expense (check with your accountant for more information). One subscription to Convene®, a $50 value, is included in the cost of membership. PCMA reserves the right to review your membership category. If we have a question, we will contact you for clarification.

Host Hotel

In an effort to support our host hotel and demonstrate effective practices in room block management, the PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Board of Directors is supporting the following policy:

  • Attendees that have booked a hotel room outside the official CIC housing block will be charged an additional $200 CAD administration fee. Exceptions will be made for members who are local or sharing a room with another hotel guest.
  • The deadline to book a hotel room is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
  • Please note, that any hotel room cancellations will require 72 hours notice without penalty.

Cancellations

Cancellations will only be accepted in writing and must be sent to the PCMA Canada East Chapter Administrator at canadaeast@pcma.org. A $50 CDN cancellation fee will apply if postmarked by September 7, 2018. No request for refunds will be accepted after September 8, 2018. Registrations can be transferred at any time, however PCMA Memberships cannot be transferred for non-members.

Terms

Unless otherwise advised prior to the Conference, the attendee grants permission to have his/her photograph taken and possibly reproduced in official CIC materials.


Call for Presentations

Our theme:

CIC2018 remains focused on education and innovation within the Canadian Meetings and Events industry. For 2018 our theme is “Synergize” defined as the habit of creative cooperation and the adventure of finding new solutions.

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

Registration for the 2018 Canadian Innovation Conference will open in early June

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


Networking

Victoria was recently chosen by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 small cities in the world for our gardens, friendly locals, fresh food, funky neighbourhoods, rainforest hikes and much more.

We’re proud of our cultured gardens, afternoon tea, Canada’s oldest Chinatown and the iconic Inner Harbour, but there is so much more to discover here. Explore the old world charm of our historic downtown with its turn-of-the century architecture, browse our trendy boutique shops, hike our rugged coastlines, or meet some of our wildlife on an ocean adventure!

On land or at sea, amazing activities are possible year-round in our temperate climate. Whether you have explored our shores before or still dream about doing so, there has never been a better time to visit!

Stay tuned for more details on the Networking Activities that will be presented at this year’s Canadian Innovation Conference

Welcome Reception

Having just undergone a $60M full hotel restoration last year, the iconic Fairmont Empress is back and more glorious than ever. Fairmont Empress is thrilled to host you for the welcome reception of the 2018’s PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference – an evening you will not want to miss! There is no better place to reconnect with familiar faces and make new introductions than in the iconic landmark hotel’s grand Crystal Ballroom, where you are invited to kick off your time in the city by indulging in delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine and BC craft beverages.


Victoria, British Columbia

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Victoria, British Columbia

For more information please visit the Tourism Victoria website

Hotel Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairmont Empress is Vancouver Island’s largest convention and events destination. With unparalleled venue facilities onsite, proximity to the Victoria Conference Centre and sustainable meeting options, The Fairmont Empress is Victoria’s ideal location for the most discerning planner.

Regarded as a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List hotel, and honoured with the Travel + Leisure distinction as a top Canadian hotel, the Fairmont Empress graces Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. This luxury hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, offers 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and expansive meeting and wedding space adjacent to the conference centre. Located on the picturesque West Coast of Canada,  this is the ideal location to explore all the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.

Conference Room Rate: $159 for a Fairmont Room

In an effort to support our host hotel and demonstrate effective practices in room block management, the PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Board of Directors is supporting the following policy:

  • Attendees that have booked a hotel room outside the official CIC housing block will be charged an additional $200 CAD administration fee. Exceptions will be made for members who are local or sharing a room with another hotel guest.
  • The deadline to book a hotel room is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
  • Please note, that any hotel room cancellations will require 72 hours notice without penalty.

Why Sponsor?

Why Sponsor the Canadian Innovation Conference?

  • Support the advancement of knowledge in the meetings industry and support industry professionals acquiring valuable CEUs.
  • Be a part of the new SYNERGY between our two Canadian PCMA chapters (Canada East & West). This new partnership in 2018 will help build membership and will create new partnership opportunities for both Chapters.
  • Gain from partnering with PCMA in creating what we believe has become Canada’s premier meetings industry conference.
  • Recognized as an official sponsor of the conference.
  • Network and personally market your products and services to an audience of 350 conference participants (40% professional: 60% supplier). The target audience for this conference includes: meeting professionals, association executives, sales and marketing professionals, professional speakers and tourism representatives.
  • Increase company visibility through print and digital promotional material and personal contact.

Questions?

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

Wendy Hallé, CMP, DES
Director, Sponsorship PCMA Canada East Chapter
Tel: 289-314-6629 | Email: wendy.halle@cifar.ca

Jenny Stanfield, CMP
Director, Canada West Chapter
Tel: 604-649-4867 | Email: jenny@engagementunlimited.ca

Marie Lou Coupal, CMP
President-Elect, PCMA Canada East Chapter
Tel: 514-287-9898 x 225 | Email: mlcoupal@jpdl.com

PCMA Canada East Chapter Secretariat
6 Lansing Square, Suite 214
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5
Tel: 416-595-9615 | Email: canadaeast@pcma.org


Silent Auction

Proceeds from the Silent Auction are donated to the PCMA Education Foundation and the PCMA Canada East Chapter Education Fund.

The PCMA Education Foundation fuels and champions the new, innovative and critical projects for our industry, our profession, and our future.

We are committed to your professional development and shaping tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders – through grants for scholarships, educational programming and research for innovation. Read more about the PCMA Education Foundation.

Stay tuned for more details

Questions?

Should you have questions regarding sponsorship, do not hesitate to contact our Silent Auction team:

Susan Saganski
Email: Susan.Saganski@marriott.com

Mary-Frances Gingras
Email: mary-frances.gingras@hilton.com

PCMA Canada East Chapter Secretariat
6 Lansing Square, Suite 214
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5
Tel: 416-595-9615 | Email: canadaeast@pcma.org


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.


Rebecca SchingelCanadian Innovation Conference