Safety While Travelling for Business/Meeting Events
March 4 @ 11:00 am EST
This session will highlight some alarming statistics recently uncovered in a survey that was conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by SAP Concur.
* Among Canadians, female travellers face striking levels of harassment and sexism on the road: More than 4 in 5 Canadian female business travellers (81%) have experienced some sort of harassment or mistreatment while travelling, and nearly half (46%) have been asked if they were travelling with their husband.
Globally, LGBTQ+ travellers are hiding aspects of their identity when travelling for work:
The vast majority (95%) of LGBTQ+ travellers have hidden their sexual orientation while on a business trip, with the most common reasons being to protect their safety (57%).
Further, 85 per cent have changed their travel arrangements out of concern for their safety, compared to just 53 per cent of their non-LGBTQ+ colleagues.
At the luncheon session, hear from Victoria DeBoon, Director of Sales at SAP Concur Canada about other statistics that our travel and conference managers should be addressing. Also, we will have members from our planning and hospitality community share personal experiences surrounding our most at risk travellers and what their companies have implemented to ease travel safety issues.
Attendees will learn the hard data around safety and security issues to take back to their own companies. As a group, attendees will brainstorm and share ideas on how to travel safer and understand that additional attention should be paid to certain demographic groups.
Victoria DeBoon, Director of Sales at SAP Concur Canada
Loraine Robinson, Meeting and Event Planner, Canada Life Assurance Company
Loraine Robinson joined Canada Life as Meeting and Event Planner seven years ago. As part of a team of dynamic planners, she is dedicated to bringing successful programs to life for various internal departments within the company.
Loraine started her career at Hilton Hotels and spent the next 13 years learning everything she could about the hotel industry. A keen eye for small details, strong organizational skills and a focus on delivering exceptional customer service led her to spend most of her time in conference services.
In 2013 the door to apply her hotel experience to the world of corporate planning was opened and she has never looked back. Loraine will share her experience as a female traveler and female meeting planner organizing corporate meetings and incentives across the country and which safety features and measures she values while travelling or planning for her colleauges.
Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald, President, Tap Resources
Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald belongs to the Wolf Clan, Mohawk Nation, and Six Nations of the Grand River. Tuesday’s has an extensive business background working with First Nation organizations such as the Chiefs of Ontario, the Ontario Indian Social Services Council and as a Social Services Director for two First Nations.
In 2000 Tuesday left the not for profit world and established an entrepreneurial enterprise, Tap Resources. Throughout her career, Tuesday has received multiple awards and nominations for her work. She recently took home the Best Conference Award at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards for her work on the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. In 2019 she was recognized as one of the top 250 Event Professionals in Canada. As well as the inducted in the Canadian Meetings & Events Expo Hall of Fame as the 2019 Industry Planner
Tuesday will share her unique knowledge and past struggles with regards to our meeting planning industry and our indigenous peoples. When it comes to conference planning and finances, hospitality partners need to be aware of certain issues that arise more often in her community.
Loren Christie, Director of Sales, Canada & International Congress
Loren Christie has worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years. For 17 of those years he held various sales and leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Toronto. Currently he is the Director of Sales, Canada and International Congress for Tourism Toronto where he oversees a team of sellers charged with bringing business to Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse cities. Loren is also a part time travel journalist with regular appearances on CTV and articles appearing in a number of local and national publications.
During his time with Starwood, he was proud to have been part of the team to have Starwood Canada sign on as a founding member of Travel Gay Canada. Loren will share his expert knowledge on our LGBTQ travelling community.
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Registration and Networking: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Buffet Lunch and Interactive Session: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
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