CanSPEP & PCMA to Participate in Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)

March 9, 2018

Contact: Patricia Pearson, CMP
CanSPEP President
T: (613) 797-7766


[Toronto] – Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) will host an event with their colleagues from the Professional Convention Management Association – Canada East, as part of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018. CanSPEP will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and meetings industry organizations worldwide to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.

Join CanSPEP (Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners) and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) for an early morning session on the state of the meetings industry in Canada – and where we go from here. It will be a Breakfast, Panel & Round Table Discussions (7:30 – 9:30 AM) at the Novotel Ottawa.

The morning will start with a panel discussion with representatives from the meetings industry, business and government sectors.

Following the panel will be round table discussions on key issues in the meetings industry – from environmental and social responsibility, security and how meetings help address social problems like isolation and work to increase dialogue in communities.

This will be an exciting and action oriented morning with opportunities for you and your business.

As our world becomes ever more digital, the need for real, analog, human connections becomes stronger. Meetings of all size and type bring that human connection. Nations, businesses and personal lives are affected for the better when people meet face to face and in the words of Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, “you will never see eye-to-eye if you never meet face-to-face”. CanSPEP is excited to join with PCMA Canada East on April 12th in Ottawa to continue the dialogue with our business colleagues and elected representatives on issues that are worth meeting about.” Natalie Lowe, President at Celebrate Niagara and CanSPEP board member.

“Organizations such as CanSPEP will help us demonstrate the crucial role meetings play in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities,” said Richard Harper, executive vice president at HelmsBriscoe and co-chair of MMB.

Meeting professional organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, partners and other supporters are coming together to hold events supporting this international day of advocacy. Last year, events were held throughout North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia along with robust conversations online and over 40 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governors of Maryland and Kentucky, along with the mayors of Ottawa, Edmonton, Phoenix, Baltimore, Buffalo and Mobile, Alabama. The Empire State Building and Niagara Falls were illuminated in blue in celebration of GMID.

“GMID helps share the meetings industry’s value story, ensuring that the media, elected officials and general public understand the benefits of face-to-face,” said Paul Van Deventer, chief executive officer and president at Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of MMB. “Showcasing the industry’s strength through this global movement allows us to better advocate and generate widespread conversation.”

To learn more about GMID, visit Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @CanSPEP on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID18.


About CanSPEP: The Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) is a dynamic, diverse and innovative society of Independent Event Professionals with a leading national voice in the event industry and is the only association in Canada that offers exclusive membership to event planner entrepreneurs. Formed in 1996, the association provides forums in which members exchange ideas, develop skills through educational programs and creates opportunities to explore business development.

About Meetings Mean Business: Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. For more information, visit


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