Attention CanSPEP Members!

Interested in learning more about Hybrid Meetings?  Get your questions answered on Thursday, September 29, 12:00-1:00PM (EDT).  

CanSPEP will be opening up our conference call line where fellow CanSPEP Member & Hybrid Meetings Expert, Mahoganey Jones, will be ready and available to answer any questions you may have.

Want to join us?  It's easy!  Email us at, with any advance questions you may want to address, and we will send you a calendar appointment and dial-in instructions.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem

Selling Happiness

If you choose to provide exceptional customer service, it could hurt your business. By raising expectations, says Mark Gordon, Customer Experience Expert and keynote speaker at the recent CanSPEP Business Summit, you might be creating expectations that can't be met in future and doing it at a direct cost to your business. How then should business owners create great service that meets client's expectations and earns client loyalty?

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CanSPEP President’s Message - September 2016

Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

The upcoming AGM marks our time of board member transition and notice will be coming soon to announce our potential new slate of directors.  Before we move on however, I wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank those board members who will be completing their term of service:

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CanSPEP Blog Posts

Classy CanSPEP Sweetens IncentiveWorks Show

The CanSPEP booth at IncentiveWorks was the place to be this year! If you weren't there, or want to know who made it so special, see how in the blog post!
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CanSPEP Education: Preparing Event Entrepreneurs

To see what's in store for CanSPEP education this coming year, check out Acting VP of Education, Natalie Lowe's, report on CanSPEP Education.
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NLP and The Art of Influence

The following is an article written by Susan Hobson, with Elite High Performance Coaching.  We look forward to welcoming Susan at CanSPEP Day, October 14th, 2016!
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Alissa Hurley CMM – A Tech-savvy, Digital and Event Strategy Dynamo

Alissa Hurley CMM, National Director, Client Solutions & Emergent Technologies at FMAV, was instrumental in the successful partnership that planned and executed CanSPEP’s Business Summit in July. We asked Alissa to share with us a bit about her background and her experience with event technology.
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Notable News

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

  • Scope Creep: How Do You Recognize it, How Do You Deal with It? Your client asks you to add an additional job to your contract after the contract is signed. Is this scope creep? How can you be sure and how can you politely but firmly manage the additional work and make sure you still get paid for it. At the recent CanSPEP Business Summit, Tuesday Johnson MacDonald presented a succinct and valuable summary of the phenomenon. You can find her presentation in the members' resource section of the CanSPEP website.
  • How Much Do Independent Planners Charge? A recent survey of independent planners in the US reveals some interesting facts about pricing trends among this event industry group. A summary of the Event Leadership Institute findings is presented in the August issue of Successful Meetings  and you can get a preview of the report from the ELI website.
  • Identifying and Clearing Money Blocks At the CanSPEP Business Summit, Doreen Ashton-Wagner of Greenfield Services Inc. recommended the following resources to help identify and clear money blocks:;;; the book Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman.
  • Member Resource-Hybrid Meeting RFP Template If you are planning a hybrid meeting or want to be prepared when the time comes, Mahoganey Jones, a certified Digital Event Strategist at EventSpecialists, has provided the RFP template used to plan the successful CanSPEP Business Summit as a member resource. Check it out along with the growing library of business and planning resources available to CanSPEP members.

New Members

Here are our newest members of CanSPEP. We’d like to welcome them to the family.
  • Mary Beth Holmes, The Really Fabulous Event Co
    (416) 365-9800
  • Sue Martin, Step In Marketing Solutions
    (416) 569-2433
  • Jeffry Roick, McNabb Roick Events
    (416) 703-1000
  • Bernita Cogswell, Cogswell and Saunders Conference & Event Planners
    (506) 260-9929
  • Rita Mezei
    (416) 278-3611
  • Ifeoma Esonwune, Matella Concepts
    (902) 329-5888

CanSPEP Events

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

  • October 14, 2016: CanSPEP Day & AGM - Registration NOW OPEN!
  • Toronto, ON Learn More
  • December 7, 2016: CanSPEP Holiday Lunch - 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. 

Other Industry Events

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