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Below you will find a list of external industry-wide events, that you may be interested in attending and where CanSPEP may be participating.

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    • May 10, 2022
    • September 13, 2022
    • 5 sessions

    Join us for our monthly industry community call, open to CanSPEP members and all our industry peers.  #BetterTogether


    HOST: Heidi Wilker, Blessed Events, CanSPEP Past President and Retired Member

    Register once HERE and you will receive a recurring invitation so you do not have to sign up again.

    • June 15, 2022
    • 13:30 - 14:30
    • Virtual
    • 131

    Sponsorship in the New Post COVID World

    June 15, 2022, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

    Early Registration Deadline:  May 16, 2022

    Early Bird Prize Draw!! Register early for your chance to win your own copy of "Reality Check - Straight Talk About Sponsorship Marketing" by Brent Barootes!

    This online workshop session is designed to look at what Covid has presented us for the future in regard to sponsorship. Covid has turned the event planning business upside down. The shift from face-to-face meetings in 2019 to 100% virtual in 2020 and then a year of confusion in 2021 (will it be live in person or virtual or both) and now some light at the end of the tunnel.

    With such disruption to the sector overall… how has this affected your sponsorship opportunities? What will that future look like? Can you generate more revenue or less revenue through sponsorship? What has changed? What has stayed the same? What do we need to exploit and what do we need to be cautious about?

    During the session we will look at what has changed, why it has changed, what will stay and what will go. We will review the new blueprint for sponsorship success post Covid (and during the transition to “post”).

    You can look forward to having the following Seven Key Steps for Success / Take Aways from this session:

    1.       Understanding that your historical way of doing sponsorship will need to change and why!
    2.       You will see why you will need to bury your “but we have always done it that way” approach and embrace change to be financially successful with sponsorship
    3.       Appreciate the power of digital integration even in a face-to-face world and how technology will impact your success
    4.       Comprehend the difference between “Cost Recovery Sponsorship” and “Profitable Sponsorship”
    5.       Be able to build out activation (both onsite and virtual / digital) that will deliver results for your sponsors

      6.       Knowledge that there is an art and science to the post Covid sponsorship game, and it is more than counting eyeballs and numbers or begging for support

      7.       A delve into the new world of sponsorship – the relationship versus the transaction and how to play the long game

      Come with an open mind. Come with your questions and be ready to be engaged for discussion and insights so you can be prepared for the future world of sponsorship at your events, conferences, meetings and more!

      Session Speaker

      Brent Barootes, President and CEO, Partnership Group - Sponsorship Specialists®

      Brent Barootes  is President and CEO of the Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists®, a national sponsorship marketing consulting firm assisting conferences, meetings, conventions, special events, member associations, municipalities, charities, non-profits, festivals and events to generate new monies for their organizations, clients, programs and events.  Brent is an industry leader in training, mentoring and advisory services in revenue generation and sponsorship.

      In the past 30+ years Brent has worked directly or indirectly with dozens of large, medium and small conferences, special events and meetings as well as Canadian brands, corporations and businesses to develop, audit, enhance, design, and build effective sponsorship marketing and revenue programs. Brent is an innovator in the sponsorship marketing industry in Canada.

      Brent annually delivers over 30 keynote and workshop session across Canada including recently with such organizations as Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference, Alberta Urban Municipalities Conference, The Salvation Army Fund Development Day, The Mustard Seed Annual Planning Retreat, Alberta Association for Agricultural Societies annual Conference, Sport Tourism Canada, Conference Board of Canada, BC Parks and Recreation Association, Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association and others.

      Brent is also the author of Amazon.ca’s #1 Best seller in the Nonprofit Marketing and Communications category: Reality Check – Straight Talk about Sponsorship Marketing. Brent is a regular speaker at conferences and conventions as well as a TEDx presenter on “Busting the Work-Life Balance Myth”.

      Brent lives with his wife and their 16-year-old daughter in Nanaimo BC.

      Sponsored by

      • August 02, 2022
      • 09:00
      • August 05, 2022
      • 16:00
      • Saskatoon, SK

      2022 CanSPEP Conference

      August 2-5, 2022

      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

      Early Registration Deadline:  June 15, 2022

      Get ready to FIRE IT UP with your fellow eventpreneurs

      at the 2022 CanSPEP Conference!


      Join us in stunning Saskatoon, August 2-5, where we’ll ignite a spark and set the city ablaze. Pack your sneakers for a conference designed around easy walkability and sustainability. Don't miss your best opportunity for valuable industry education and connection with your peers!

      Register before JUNE 15 and save $$$ with early-bird pricing.

      And if all of that wasn't enough to motivate you…Tourism Saskatoon is offering free registration to the "Reconciliation Educations Course- 4 Seasons of Reconciliation to the FIRST 50 conference registrants!  (This prize has a $70 value, and is non-transferable.)

      See you in Saskatoon! 


      Bring your walking shoes!

      *Arrive by 3pm

      Tuesday, August 2nd - (Venues to be unveiled on April 20th)

      • Supplier/Planner Education Session
      • Supplier Showcase
      • Welcome Evening Social

      Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 - (Venues to be unveiled on April 27th)

      • Education Sessions
      • Special Venue

      Thursday, August 4th, 2022 - (Venues to be unveiled on May 4th)

      • Rise & Shine Activity
      • Special Venue
      • Education Sessions
      • CanSPEP Awards Gala at TCU Place

      Friday, August 5th, 2022 - - (Venues to be unveiled on April 20th)

      • Education Sessions
      • Closing Plenary
      • Picnic in the Park

      Program ends as of 12:30 pm

      Explore Saskatoon: Stay tuned for Pre and Post Activities to add to your trip.

      Hotel Booking Links to be published shortly.




      • October 19, 2022
      • October 22, 2022
      • Halifax, NS
      • October 24, 2022
      • October 25, 2022
      • BC


      • November 16, 2022
      • 08:00 - 15:00
      • Toronto AND Calgary!!


      CanSPEP Day - Hybrid Event

      CanSPEP East - Toronto

      CanSPEP West - Calgary

      CanSPEP Day is a one day planner boot camp that includes education, networking, and a supplier exhibitor showcase.  The days agenda is open to planners and other stakeholders for presentations and frank discussion on current issues in the independent event planner landscape.  

      This event includes a networking lunch.




    Past events

    April 06, 2022 Happy Hour(s) with CanSPEP!
    March 17, 2022 Tips, Tricks, Traps and Truths - Lessons Learned from the 2021 CanSPEP Hybrid Conference
    February 16, 2022 Gender Inclusion and Diversity: Tactical Considerations for In-person and Virtual Events
    January 26, 2022 CanSPEP Cares: Mental Health, Well-Being & Social Connections
    December 23, 2021 Experiential Experts Virtual Holiday Celebration
    December 15, 2021 CanSPEP Jingle McTwinkle Holiday Challenge
    December 09, 2021 CSAE Trillium Hollywood Holiday Party (Virtual)
    December 07, 2021 Lunch & Learn! ZOOM's new Events Tool
    December 06, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    November 23, 2021 PCMA Canada East - ILLUMINATE
    November 16, 2021 PCMA Canada West - SPARK
    November 09, 2021 CSAE Community - 2021 Conference
    November 01, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    October 19, 2021 CME Expo 2021 - LIVE!
    October 04, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    September 13, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    August 02, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    July 20, 2021 CanSPEP Connections (formerly Count Your Blessings)
    July 08, 2021 25th Anniversary Virtual Garden Party - Celebration Wrap-Up
    July 05, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    June 29, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    June 15, 2021 The Sun Rises on Hybrid Events - What's in the Forecast?
    June 07, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    June 01, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    May 18, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    May 04, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    May 03, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    April 22, 2021 Earth Day for Event People
    April 20, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    April 13, 2021 MPI The Event
    April 08, 2021 SPILL THE TEA presented by Durham College Event Students
    April 08, 2021 GMID 2021 - Global Meetings Industry Day
    April 08, 2021 Global Meetings Industry Day 2021
    April 06, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    April 05, 2021 Members Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    March 30, 2021 Virtually Ottawa - Launch!
    March 23, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    March 09, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    March 04, 2021 MPI Toronto - Awards Gala
    March 02, 2021 CSAE Trillium Winter Summit
    March 02, 2021 CSAE Trillium Winter Summit
    March 01, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    February 23, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    February 10, 2021 CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Tete-a-Tete
    February 09, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    February 02, 2021 Site Hybrid Conference
    February 01, 2021 Member Marketplace Monday on Facebook
    January 26, 2021 CanSPEP COUNTING BLESSINGS Community Call
    January 12, 2021 MPI Toronto: Virtual Just Networking
    January 11, 2021 PCMA Convening Leaders Conference
    January 07, 2021 CanSPEP Holiday Event featuring CanSPEPardy!
    December 09, 2020 SITE CANADA - Holiday Social
    December 08, 2020 COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS
    November 24, 2020 COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS
    November 19, 2020 CanSPEP DAY - Focus on the Future
    November 18, 2020 PCMA Canada East - Virtual AGM and Awards
    November 10, 2020 COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS
    November 03, 2020 MPAHT Virtual Conference
    November 03, 2020 MPI World Education Congress - Reunite for Recovery
    November 02, 2020 Virtual - CSAE Conference 2020: Unprecedented
    October 29, 2020 MPI Ottawa Virtual Prix Prestige Awards Gala
    October 28, 2020 SITE CANADA - Education Day
    October 27, 2020 COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS
    October 27, 2020 PCMA Canada East Webinar - Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?
    October 21, 2020 GBTA Western Canada Conference 2020
    October 21, 2020 SUSTAINABLE EVENTS FORUM - Virtual Forum & Tradeshow
    October 13, 2020 COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS
    October 13, 2020 Administrative Professionals Conference (Virtual)
    October 12, 2020 PlanetIMEX
    October 08, 2020 SITE CANADA MEMBERS ONLY - Cocktails & Conversation Thanksgiving Edition
    September 29, 2020 PCMA East - Destination Download
    September 22, 2020 Day of Visibility for the Canadian Live Events Industry
    September 17, 2020 SITE CANADA - Young Leaders Trivia Game
    September 16, 2020 Unite2020 Virtual
    September 15, 2020 SITE CANADA - Empower Your Personal and Business Brand on LinkedIN
    September 15, 2020 CANCELLED - IMEX America
    September 14, 2020 Rally for Recovery: Canada's Living Room Leadership Chat
    September 09, 2020 Postponed - ACTE Global Summit
    August 25, 2020 ASTA GLOBAL LIVE
    August 18, 2020 CANCELLED - CMEE EXPO
    August 17, 2020 Cancelled - SITE CANADA - Golf Tournament
    August 13, 2020 Dream It, Plan It, Build it - Lessons Learned in Virtual Events
    July 27, 2020 (Virtual) - ILEA Live 2020
    July 23, 2020 (Virtual) CSAE TRILLIUM - Summer Summit (Part 2)
    July 16, 2020 (Virtual) CSAE TRILLIUM - Summer Summit (Part 1)
    July 08, 2020 Cancelled - MPI TORONTO - Golf Tournament
    July 07, 2020 Virtual - CSE LIVE 23rd Canadian Event Industry Awards
    April 14, 2020 GMID Goes Virtual


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