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3 Keys to Making True Connections 

The upcoming CanSPEP conference in Windsor March 3-5 is the perfect time to network with industry colleagues and partners. But in our busy, electronic world it is sometimes hard to make a true connection with another human being. So how can we enable honest and engaging connections? 

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CanSPEP President’s Message - February 2016

Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

CanSPEP has just begun celebrating our 20th Anniversary year.  Yes, it’s been 20 years since a handful of progressive, foresighted, and dedicated entrepreneurial event planners met at our founder, Joy Fox’s home, to establish an organization that defined the word “coopetition”.  The roots of this organization were planted, then fed and nurtured to grow into the strong, vibrant, well-respected culture of collaboration, professionalism and respect that it is today.  

During the 2016 CanSPEP Conference, March 3 – 5 in Windsor, we will be recognizing the establishment of the association and those who contributed to it.  The conference theme of “20/20: Remembering the Past, Envisioning the Future” acknowledges the fortitude and work of our founders and those contributing to our future.

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CanSPEP Blog Posts

Entertainment to Kickstart Your Events

If you missed the CanSPEP Kickstart 2016 event February 4th at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Toronto here’s a taste of some of the networking and experiential entertainment that was showcased.
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Partnerships Pay Off! Tourism Saskatoon and CanSPEP Create Unique Partnership

Candace Shierling, Director National Conventions and Event Marketing with Tourism Saskatoon, generously shares some thoughts about the partnership that initiated the recent announcement to create CanSPEP’s inaugural education scholarship for potential CanSPEP members and some insights into creating successful industry partnerships.
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Tech Tools from Your Nerdy Best Friend

Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend, has published her Ultimate Tech Tool List for 2015. It includes tools for productivity, travel, outsourcing, email and many more. 
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The Five Biggest Mistakes Event Planners Make in Digital Marketing

CanSPEP recently hosted a free webinar on The Five Biggest Mistakes Event Planners Make in Digital Marketing. Tod Maffin of EngageQ Digital and author of Touch presented a very useful session with some tools and insights on how to ramp up and improve your event marketing. All the advice is based on things that EngageQ have learned in promoting conferences and events of their own or their clients.
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Business events, from huge conventions and trade shows to smaller conferences and seminars, have become big business in Canada. It’s the business of getting people together to share ideas, make connections and do business. The Canadian Economic Impact Study (3.0) that was released in March 2014 indicated that the Business Events industry is a powerful driver of economic growth. BEICC became the custodian of the study in 2014 with the strategic plan to update this data more frequently and to embrace Canada's regional diversity and complexity into the mix. This updated data will add relevancy to our work in the industry as planners, suppliers and partners. 
Therefore, it is time to refresh the figures and to that end, we need your help. Our plan is to launch the survey in the coming weeks and run for approximately three weeks.  That means we will have a short window to collect much data. Your contribution is appreciated.
Please click the link below to go to the BEICC site to sign up to complete the Survey for CEIS 4.0.  The new survey will follow the same protocols as 3.0 so we will be able to provide trend analysis along with regional and national data.  This survey is vital for the industry so we hope everyone will get on board to participate.
Thank you for your involvement in this vital industry activity.
BEICC News & CEIS Survey Sign-Up
Newest Member Benefit!

We are pleased to announce that CanSPEP is currently finalizing a deal with Perfect Event Proposals.  Perfect Event Proposals was founded to give Event Planners a tool that will allow them to reduce the amount of time it takes to create a proposal AND win more business with less effort.

More details will be made available soon in the Members Only section of our website.  If you would like to take advantage of this upcoming partnership, isn`t it time you applied to become a member?
Apply To Join

Notable News

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

Here's what's new this month.

  • Edmonton is hosting their first Edmonton Event Awards on February 25th  to celebrate leadership and excellence in the city at a gala event at the Royal Alberta Museum. Check the Edmonton Event Awards website to see the short list and winners.
  • We need you to help us celebrate! We'd like to see your photos of your favorite CanSPEP memories over the past 20 years. Just post photos of them to Instagram or Facebook and tag #CanSPEP20 & @CanSPEP.
  • Meet the CanSPEP Marketing Committee!

    Michelle Planche, CMP
    - President, Paradigm Events - Vice President of Marketing
    Molly Lux - Owner, Event Designer & Planner, Lux Events - Social Media
    Moriah Bacus - Event Planner, Define Events - Social Media 
    Chad Brincheski - ESP inc. - Media Partnerships
    Miranda Salvatore - Lead Architect, Red House Events - Website Management
    Kevin Robitaille - Coordinator Groups, Conference & Charter, Porter Airlines - 20th Anniversary Roll-out

    If you'd like to join our team, we are currently seeking additional volunteers with strong writing skills. If you are interested, please send an email to Michelle Planche at
  • Need a visa fast? Travisa offers 24-hour, online visa applications for Canadian citizens. Travisa verifies forms for accuracy and represents the traveller at the embassy. They provide a fast-track service that puts your request at the front of the line. 
  • Partnering opportunities and RFPs for services required by CanSPEP events are listed on the CanSPEP website. Do you know of any potential partners who might be interested? Send them our way.

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:

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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