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September October 2018

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September | October 2018 | ignite | Ignitemag.ca | 51 Location: Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa Submitted by: Tim Whalen, Fallsview Casino Resort Three Meeting Professionals International chapters (Montreal/ Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa) brought their memberships together to give participants the chance to expand network circles and focus on unique educational formats. Three hun- dred and twelve attendees took part in business-focused and peer-to-peer learning delivered in unique educational formats. Partner hotels and destinations were given the chance to bring their product to life in the creative workspaces and meal areas. The EVENT raised the bar industry wide—as event profession- als, our programs should be leading the change. THE EVENT CELEBRATE Location: Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto Submitted by: Christine Baily, Baily Event Management Inc., Peterborough, Ont. BEM Inc. was tasked with creating a 250+ person VIP gala celebrating Indigenous culture. The gala was a significant moment in the history of the Pan Am Games because the Toronto games were the first to recognize an Indigenous First Nation as an official Host. The event was hosted in three joined tents. A carpet led guests—including Toronto Mayor John Tory, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and National Chief Perry Bellegarde—to the reception tent, which was transformed into a forest. The dinner tent was designed to include natural outdoor elements as well, with a more elegant feel. Guests were treated to a traditional Indigenous four-course meal and enjoyed four entertainment acts including Buffy Sainte-Marie and Chantal Kreviazuk. Canadian TV personality Cheryl Hickey acted as main stage emcee. GALA HOSTED BY MISSISSAUGAS OF THE NEW CREDIT - OFFICIAL FIRST NATION HOST OF PAN AM 2015 GAMES

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