June July 2018

A fresh resource for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs. Providing you with inspiration, guidance and great ideas.

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June | July 2018 | Ignitemag.ca | 3 Thank you, Richard! We have spoken on this page before about how Ignite was born over a glass of wine 10 years ago. Well, we are raising a glass once again to toast the retirement of Ignite co-publisher, Richard Elliott. I'd be lying to say that this moment isn't bittersweet. I've worked with Richard on various magazines for more than 20 years, over which time he's become my mentor and friend. And I know I am not alone in this sentiment. In his 40-plus years in publishing, he has worked tirelessly to bolster and bring attention to our industry. Richard founded Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, launched the first ever trade show for our market in Canada—the Canadian Meeting and Incentive Travel Symposium and Trade Show (now called IncentiveWorks). He also co-founded Ignite and the Ignite Business Events show, as well as ADRENALIN magazine for the sport event business market. Richard has been recognized with many prestigious awards, including the MPI President's Award and the GMID Influence award. Richard, we thank you for the tremendous dedication that you have put into making our industry a better one—and for being such an exceptional colleague. We wish you nothing but joy, health and love as you embark on this new adventure, which will undoubtedly include beach time, travelling the world, summering at the family cottage—and many, many, many golf games. Cheers! Debbie van der Beek Publisher debbie@ignitemag.ca Just sayin' Richard and Debbie with his retirement gift.

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