Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

~ Booker T. Washington
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Business Tax – Things to Consider Moving Forward

This is one of a series of articles written by CanSPEP members who attended the 2016 CanSPEP Conference in Windsor. They have provided you with tips, insights and ideas gathered from some of the educational sessions.


At one of the popular business clinics offered at the CanSPEP conference this year in Windsor, the accountants from KPMG who ran the Tax Specialist Business Clinic provided some interesting tips to reduce taxes on our business. Since taxes have been top of mind, isn't it time to think about how you could save for next year?

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CanSPEP President’s Message - May 2016

Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

Recently while participating in the CanSPEP Educational Event “Strategic Marketing Trends…the Shifting Sands”, a discussion occurred around the difference between “Image” and “Brand”.  A great definition that emerged suggested that “Image” is what you/your organization put out to the world, and “Brand” is what others think about you.  Your Brand is the effect or achievement of your purposeful image development and deployment.

Follow the link below for more information on CanSPEP's thoughts on Branding & Association upates.

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CanSPEP Blog Posts

CanSPEP Completes Comprehensive Membership Survey

During the month of March 2016, CanSPEP undertook the significant task of updating our membership statistics in our first comprehensive membership survey in five years.
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Being an Entrepreneur Takes Guts

Meet Lesley Forbes, one of CanSPEP’s newest members. We think you’ll enjoy her business philosophy and words of wisdom on being an event entrepreneur.
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Social Media Strategies for Events

In this conference session, Bernard Dahl of Wink Strategies, provided some practical tips for using social media to maximize the number of participants engaged in your event.
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CanSPEP Announces Jeremy Tyrrell Scholarship

Following the 20th Anniversary Conference in Windsor, Ontario, we are pleased to announce that CanSPEP has created a scholarship for Industry Partners, in recognition of Jeremy Tyrrell, a long-time friend to CanSPEP, and the entire industry.
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Notable News

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

  • Like Writing and Sharing Your Knowledge?

    We are looking for writers and subject matter for the CanSPEP blog and newsletter. What would you like to read about? Are there any aspects of our industry that you feel aren't receiving enough coverage? What about business topics you'd like to see covered? Help us make the blog and newsletter vibrant and a go to place for CanSPEP members, potential members and clients for knowledge and inspiration. Contact Diane Laundy, VP Communications if you have a post you'd like to share.
  • Cool Member Resources

    Some cool resources have been uploaded to the CanSPEP members section of the website in Other Resources. A Quick Apps Reference Guide and cool Content Tools provided by Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend who presented at this year's CanSPEP conference in Windsor.
  • CanSPEP Member in the News

    CanSPEP member Carly Silberstein and her business partner Bailey Roth of Redstone Agency will be writing a regular column for M&IT Magazine looking at events and the event business from a millennial perspective. Their business is just over a year old so they will have some fresh and interesting ideas to share. Pick up a copy and see the event business from their perspective.
  • Moving On

    Christine Baily, VP of Communities for CanSPEP, has put her business on hold while she takes a position with the Trans Canada Trail as Director of Events. Congratulations Christine and we wish you all the luck with this new venture.
CanSPEP Strategic Partner Profile
AV-CANADA is your go-to source for audio visual equipment and presentation services! We’ve specialized in live events for more than 30 years, and have the extensive track record of success, high profile and repeat clients to prove it!

AV-CANADA offers:
  • A vast inventory of leading-edge presentation technology
  • A dedicated and creative team of highly skilled professionals
  • Award-winning production and presentation services
  • Creative customized solutions for every budget
But we’re more than just equipment. AV-CANADA is also about exceptional service and support. As your strategic partner, AV-CANADA will be by your side every step of the way – from the initial planning stages to full-scale execution. Our skilled professionals have the creativity, resources and technical expertise to ensure your event has a lasting impact – no matter what your needs or budget.

At AV-CANADA, our goal is simple: to make you look great!

Please contact Robert Thompson 

Office: 905-566-5500 X235 
Cell: 416-936-1542

CanSPEP Events

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

  • July 10-11, 2016: CanSPEP Event Business Summit (formerly the Pricing Session) - SAVE THE DATE 3 Locations (ON & SK) Learn More
  • August 15, 2016: Event Business Blueprint - SAVE THE DATE
    Toronto, ON Learn More
View Our Full Calendar of Events

Other Industry Events

For a list of other events in the Meetings & Events world, please see the full Ignite Magazine Calendar below. 

  • May 19, 2016: CHMSE presents May Meeting Planner Matinee at Old Mill Toronto Learn More
Other Industry Events

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