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A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Goal Setting: A Powerful Tool

Is it time to review or set some new goals and directions for your business? Goal setting is a powerful tool for thinking about the future and motivating you to create a vision for your future. The steps you take to reach your goals ensure your vision becomes a reality. Now may be the time to reassess and rethink your plans before heading into the busy bustle of a new year.
 
To help you define your goals for the coming year and ensure success, here are some ideas for setting achievable goals:
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CanSPEP President’s Message - October/November 2016

Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

In this, my final report to the membership as President, I provide a recap of the activities of the 2015-16 Board of Directors.  Following is an overview of my President’s remarks at the recent AGM.
 
It is now my privilege to report to the membership, on the activities of the Board of Directors over the past year.  It has been a very busy 12 months.
Concurrent to carrying forward many of the important initiatives started by previous boards, the 2015-16 Board of Directors also sought to lay the ground work for 4 important overall objectives. 
 

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CanSPEP Blog Posts

Should You have a Social Media Manager for Your Events?

For a recent one-day conference in Toronto, EventBuilders Inc. decided we really needed dedicated staff to better manage the event’s online presence for its duration.
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Risk Management: Nothing Happens by Chance

So why take any kind of chance with the events that you organize and manage?
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Event Sustainability Drives This Event Entrepreneur

Dustin Rivers, Co-Founder at Verney Conference Management & EventSystemPro speaks about his start in event entrepreneurship and the development of his philosophy of event management.
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BEICC – A Busy Season

The Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) has been very active the past 8 months with various promotional and industry building activities as well as creating a strategy for the future of the Coalition.
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Notable News

A monthly listing of resources and items of interest to CanSPEP members.

  • Missed the Hybrid Event Town Hall? CanSPEP has recorded the September call with Mahoganey Jones of EventSpecialists and it can be found on the members section of the website. Lots of good questions and information was provided about planning and running a hybrid event.
  • New Directions Two CanSPEP members are taking their businesses in new directions this year. Heather Reid has created Planner Protect  to help event planners, venues and event hosts negotiate fair contracts. Through her webinars, speaking engagements and contract reviews Heather hopes to "…help all Canadian event planners and venues understand every word of every contract they sign, and take their contract obligations seriously.”

    The time has come for The International Indigenous Speakers Bureau. CanSPEP member Claire Bélanger-Parker with co-founder Shannon Loutitt, launched their speakers bureau earlier this year. Their mission: to help shape a fresh, positive and powerful understanding of Indigenous people and build bridges between our communities and those around the World. A variety of indigenous speakers are available, including CanSPEP President Tuesday Johnson-Macdonald!
  • How Third Party Planners Make Money GatherGeeks, podcasts by BizBash, recently posted a podcast on How Third Party Planners Make Money Now. Howard Givner, executive director of the Event Leadership Institute (E.L.I.), and Adam Sloyer, owner of Sequence Events break down the E.L. Institute’s 2016 Planner Pricing Report, which revealed trends and surprises in how planners manage their businesses. This episode is a must-listen to learn how to keep a business running.
  • Natalie Lowe, VP of Education Recommends Natalie Lowe has gathered some inspired, educational books and podcasts for CanSPEP members. If you are looking for thought provoking reading, Natalie suggests Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Clement Dennett. If you are not up for more reading, check out the podcast, Startup Canada  – it’s a great introduction to a lot of amazing Canadian business people. If, on the other hand, you just need some good Can Lit to keep you company after a sad goodbye to The Tragically Hip this summer, Louise Penny brings back the sensitive and wise Armand Gamache in A Great Reckoning. 
  • Small Gains for Big Rewards Sometimes it's in the small, overlooked places that we can find savings that will increase our profitability. Greg Weatherdon, a business consultant who posts a Small Business Minute on a regular basis, talks about this in his podcast Small Gains=Big Rewards.

Update from AMC:


Effective Tuesday, November 1, 2016, ownership of Greenfield Services Inc. has transferred from Doreen Ashton Wagner and Heinz Wagner over to Meagan Rockett.

What does this mean for CanSPEP?

Things will remain very much the same for the association. Doreen and Heinz are remaining very active in Greenfield Services, and subsequently CanSPEP. Heinz will continue to work with us to handle all accounting and financial related matters; while Doreen is staying on board to provide strategic direction and advice to both CanSPEP and other clients.

We look forward to continuing to help CanSPEP grow and prosper. 
Meagan Rockett
Association Ambassador
Doreen Ashton Wagner
Strategic Consultant

CanSPEP Events

All upcoming CanSPEP Events (and those we will be exhibiting at) are listed below:

  • December 7, 2016: CanSPEP Holiday Gathering Event - Registration NOW OPEN!
    Toronto, ON Learn More
  • January 12-13, 2017: CanSPEP Business Summit - Save The Date!
    Toronto, ON Learn More
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