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Lessons Learned When Disaster Strikes 

Over a year ago, Caroline Aston, Principal Planner of Aston Events & Communications lost her home and primary office for her business in a house fire. One year later, Caroline reflects on how this affected her business and shares some lessons learned to prevent and lessen the effects of a serious business and personal accident.

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CanSPEP President’s Message - January 2016

Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

Ask anyone in the industry who they believe represents the best qualities of a Business Event Professional, and I suspect most would say Jeremy Tyrrell.  Jeremy was a leader, a mentor, an ambassador, and a dear friend to so many of us. His contributions to our industry and his legacy of dignified kindness will never be forgotten. CanSPEP is a family, and we have lost one of our brothers.


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CanSPEP Blog Posts

CanSPEP Conference – Burton Cummings exclusive

Need another great reason to attend our 20th Anniversary Conference in Windsor? Canadian music icon Burton Cummings of The Guess Who fame will be performing live on March 4th at Caesars Windsor.
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New Trends, New Services

With the start of a new year it’s always exciting to highlight new ideas and services available to event planners. At CanSPEP Day this year, a few of our partners showcased some new ideas that are worth exploring.
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BEICC Incoming Chair 

Congratulations to Rose Timmerman Gitzi, a CanSPEP member and past President of our Association who will be the incoming Chair for BEICC this year.
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A Student Perspective on the Event Industry

Evgen Kiktenko is a CanSPEP student member with an interesting background and perspective on the event industry. At the CanSPEP Board Retreat this fall, Evgen facilitated a get to know you exercise, showcasing one of his many talents. Follow his story here…
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Our newest CanSPEP Member!

CanSPEP Association Coordinator Jeff Chabot and his partner Erica welcomed the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Gwen, who was born December 13 at 12:39 a.m., weighing 5 lbs, 13 oz.  Baby and Mom and Dad are all doing fine.
Jeff is now on leave from his official duties with Greenfield Services and CanSPEP.  He looks forward to spending more time with Baby Gwen and her Mom.
Until further notice, Meagan Rockett, Greenfield's Association Ambassador has efficiently stepped into the seat to steer CanSPEP's administration.  You may reach her through at the usual CanSPEP numbers (Tel: 613-288-4539 , Toll Free:  1-866-467-2299) and email (

Notable News

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

Here's what's new this month.

  • Share Your CanSPEP Photos: CanSPEP is excited to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year! Over the years we have had many great moments, built friendships and had memories to last a lifetime! We are looking for photos to help us capture some of these memories. Please send pictures that we can post on Twitter or Instagram with our hashtag #Canspep20 or use in promotional material to celebrate the event.
    You can send copies of photos to: Meagan Rockett –
  • Free Bandwidth Estimator Tool CIC has a free bandwidth estimator tool for meetings and events. It can help you determine if a venue has the capacity to provide you with the internet access you need for your event. You can find it here.
  • Like Writing and Sharing Your Knowledge? We are looking for writers and subject matter for the CanSPEP blog. 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 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.
  • Call for Volunteers: CanSPEP is looking to its community to join both the Education & Communications Committees; for more information, please get in touch with the CanSPEP office.
  • Ideas to Increase Your Profitability: As a new year launches you may be wondering how to increase the profitability of your business. Greg Weatherdon, an Ottawa based speaker and business advisor, shares some ideas in his small business minute Small Gains = Big Rewards.

New Member

Here is our newest member of CanSPEP. We’d like to welcome her to the family.

CanSPEP Events

All upcoming CanSPEP Events are listed below:

February 2016

  • February 4, 2016: CanSPEP Kickstart 2016 (Springhill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan) - Register Here

March 2016

  • March 3-5, 2016: CanSPEP Annual Conference
    Windsor, 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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