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November 2018

Canadian Innovation Conference 2018

November 18, 2018 - November 20, 2018

Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

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January 2019

2019 PCMA Convening Leaders

January 6 - January 9

PCMA will host 2019 Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA, known as” City of Bridges,” located at confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela.

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Canada East & Canada West Chapter Reception

January 6 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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YOU'RE INVITED Kick-start your Convening Leaders experience with fellow Canadians at our joint Canada East & Canada West Chapter Reception. Don't forget to bring a loonie so you can purchase a Canadian flag to wear proudly on your badge while supporting the PCMA Education Foundation.     When: Sunday, January 6th, 2019 Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Where:  Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA - in Room Allegheny 1 Should you have any questions, or if you are interested in sponsoring the reception please do…

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The Future of Technology in the Meetings Industry

January 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive
Ottawa, Ottawa K1V 2N6 Canada
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  The Future of Technology in the Meetings Industry Technology is fueling an increasingly fast paced society that is exciting for some and frightening for others. Who we listen to and who we trust is changing, and in person meetings and events remain the best place to build authority via professional development and continuing education. How can you improve your use of social media today, and where will it be in 10 years? What role will artificial intelligence and automation…

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February 2019

Financial Realities of Event Planning in 2019 and beyond

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
Beanfield Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3 Canada
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Financial Realities of Event Planning in 2019 and beyond Be a part of an open discussion with the experts on current and future financial realities within the meetings and convention industry; new pricing structures, third-party supplier commissions, extra fees, larger financial liabilities. This session will focus on answering questions from our members. The panel will be in the hot seat ready speak about the revenue reality of today and how to anticipate costs for future meeting and event budgets. Moderator:  Julie…

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May 2019

Experiential Event Design (Ottawa)

May 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
50 Sussex, 50 Sussex Dr
Ottawa, Ontario K1M 2K1 Canada

Experiential Event Design Staging richer experiences for your guests during meetings, events, and conferences is now critical for event success. In this fast-paced session, you will discover seven people-centered, science-based principles that inform design and aid in creating meaningful and memorable guest experiences. You’ll leave this session with a new way of thinking about event design and how to impact your next “experience.” Learning Outcomes: Define what experience means to your meeting, event and incentive guests Learn seven foundational event…

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June 2019

2019 PCMA Education Conference – Los Angeles

June 25 - June 28

PCMA Education Conference is an energetic, immersive and provocative program designed to attract thought leaders, event marketers, experience designers and business events strategists. The program fosters learning styles that drive engagement — creating solutions and ideas that build lasting relationships.

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August 2019

Disasters! What you haven’t learned from Risk Management Courses

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2w6 Canada

Real life learnings for disaster preparedness. Take away new learnings that regular risk management does not cover! Listen to senior planners who will share there unplanned conference challenges and unfortunate occurrences and what they have added to their risk preparedness documents for the future! Moderator: Joanne Lafreniere, Director – Employee Technology Experience & Communications Panelists: Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM, Managing Partner, MCC Destination Management | Chantal Montpetit, CMP, CMM, Director of Meetings and Conferences, Canadian Construction Association | Nicola Kastner, CMP,…

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September 2019

Postponed – Talent Challenges in the Meetings Industry (Montreal)

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

This workshop has been postponed to 2020. New date to be announced later this year. Stay tuned! Talent Challenges in the Meetings Industry In this panel style interactive session, you will learn from our Industry experts on current challenges in recruiting, retaining and planning for changes in hospitality roles.  Who will be our next generation meeting professionals and suppliers?  What are hospitality organizations doing culturally to engage our future industry professionals?  Attend this workshop to walk away with some solutions…

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October 2019

Experiential Learning Day – Hop on the Harvest Bus! (Niagara Falls)

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

This special “on-the-road” learning experience will offer new ideas for team building, food trends special beverage activities and a hands-on CSR activity.  Coach transfers from Toronto will be sponsored by MCC Destination Management and will have some unexpected stops on route to wine country. This will be a wonderful way to network in beautiful Niagara with our local PCMA suppliers. Agenda 8:30am                      Bus pick up Location #1 – Fairmont Royal…

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