CanSPEP President’s Message – Spring 2018

By Patricia Pearson, CMP
CanSPEP President

Dear CanSPEP Members, wishing you all a Happy Spring!

As we no longer send out our e-newsletter monthly anymore, my communication with you has been minimal.  I want to take this opportunity to give you a mid-year check-in on how your board has been working really hard over the last 7 months.  I am very proud of each and every one of them, they have not let me down and have produced some really great work for our association.

In a few short weeks we will celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12th – we hope you can attend one of the many meetings across the country as we celebrate our industry. In Ottawa, CanSPEP has partnered with PCMA and Meetings Mean Business to celebrate GMID at the Novotel Ottawa to explore the future of our industry is and its place in the global business community.

A topic that is sure to come up on April 12th is the issue of commissions, a very hot topic with many opinions and perspectives on the recent decision by Marriott International and most recently Hilton Hotels. Before the board of CanSPEP spoke publicly on this topic on behalf of our members, CanSPEP surveyed our members to discern their opinions on the issue – 47% of our members feel this issue does not affect them directly, with 32% determining it was of grave concern. 21% of the membership felt they would take a wait and see position.  

Regardless of how the commission affected them directly, 68% of our members wanted to see CanSPEP work with other associations to address the issue. We are currently meeting and working with our sister organizations in the industry and hope to have updates on this  in the coming weeks.

Membership is at a record high, with over 120 planners belonging to CanSPEP – and the board continues to work on ways to increase engagement to our membership across Canada. We invite you to join a committee or volunteer no matter where in Canada you live, most committee meetings are conference calls and getting involved increases your network across the country.  While CanSPEP is a planner only group, all supplier partners are welcome to volunteer on any committee.

In April, CanSPEP will host it’s first ever Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MiET) on the 26th of April at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto. Now in it’s 7th year, the event has raised over $110,000 for cancer research and many of you have attended and volunteered to help make that happen. CanSPEP will host this event going forward as an inclusive, industry-wide event with proceeds going toward cancer research.

The 2018 Conference committee has been hard at work under the leadership of Heather Reid as Chair, and registration will open the week of April 3rd.  Heather and her team have pulled together an incredible line up of speakers and topics and combined with the Northern beauty of Sudbury, we are looking forward to an amazing conference this July.

The re-launch of the public member planner directory happened recently, and I encourage you to log on to your membership profile and update the information.  We continue to communicate the RFP tool and the planner directory as ways for you to market your services and have potential clients reach you, so it’s very important that the information displayed is as complete and accurate as possible. We have also launched our supplier directory on line for our supplier partners.

While the board met in Kingston after the February Business Summit for a mid winter retreat we were absent Mireille Faucon, our VP of Education, as she and her husband Gabe were greeting the newest addition to their family and on behalf of the CanSPEP family, we welcome little Felix.

On behalf of the board, I hope you are having a great start to 2018, and we look forward to connecting with you at one of the many upcoming events we have planned throughout the year.


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