February March 2018

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February | March 2018 | Ignitemag.ca | 23 Great Escape Escape Rooms are popping up all over, and now you can bring the concept to your event. Vancouver-based Engagement Unlimited's I.T. Guys Gone Wild! Program challenges participants to unlock clues left by an MIA IT guy in order to stop a virus that is attacking the company's technology. "The program promotes communication, situational leadership, collaboration and creativity," says Jenny Stanfield, CMP, director, sales and marketing. The standard version is 90 minutes and there is a longer retreat-style version with a teambuilding debrief. It's scalable and Stanfield says they have run the program for groups from 10 to 200. engagementunlimited.ca Cool Gift We were enchanted by the lovely feather-shaped sculpture we received for speaking at the PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference in Niagara Falls in November. We were even more impressed when we learned about its origins. It was part of last year's Populace installation at the Canadian Museum of Nature, produced by the Ottawa Guild of Potters. It featured 9,000 ceramic feathers, roses and fleurs-de-lys, recognizing the Indigenous, English and French people who lived in the area at the time of Confederation. "These sculptures are not only authentic art pieces but a bit of Canadian history. The proceeds are being reinvested into the community through ceramics programming," says Kim Lulashnyk, communications contact with The Ottawa Guild of Potters. "It's an opportunity for corporations to be seen supporting Canadian art, craft, history and culture." The sculptures are $20 each; $50 for a set of three. The guild has also created 150 Special Edition pieces (numbered and trimmed in 14k gold) with a booklet and rods for $150. populace2017.com Why didn't I think of that? Our own Vicki Zeppa raved about this innovation at the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in Nashville in January: Registration was available at the airport, near the luggage carousel. "We could register and get our name badges while we waited for our bags. Then all we had to do was get settled at the hotel and go straight to the opening night without worrying about registering." It didn't hurt either, she says, that from the moment they disembarked they were entertained by some of the city's finest musicians. Get inspired Event trends and ideas by Laura Bickle Be an Ignite Trendspotter! Do you have an event idea that should be on this page? Email us at laura@ignitemag.ca good to know See the experience in action. Scan the QR code or visit ignitemag.ca.

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