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Manitoba Chapter Events



RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

8:00 am - Registration & Networking
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Program / Speaker Presentations
10:30 am - Program Adjourned


ARTICLE-Meetings Mean Business


National Meetings Industry Day (NMID –, an annual event focusing on the significance of the Canadian meetings industry and the value of meetings to the broader business community, with events in all major Canadian cities.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper has acknowledged NMID stating, “This special day of activities offers a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of the industry and highlight the many benefits it generates.”

NMID is April 16, 2015.  Here in our MPI Manitoba chapter we are doing a Breakfast event at the RBC Convention Centre, with three program elements:

Presentation of the National Influence Award to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (given to an organization outside the direct meetings industry which has supported the development of meetings and conventions)

·       Short report on the Canadian Economic Impact Study as it relates to Manitoba (CEIS outlines the multi-billion dollar contribution of meetings activity on the Canadian economy and quantifies the value delivered by the meeting and event industry to Canada’s economy at the regional, provincial and metropolitan levels)

·       TED-Style presentations - short and snappy provocative talks (9-10 minutes)

This is an important event for everyone in the Meetings and Events industry!

TED Talks and Speakers




Stephanie Staples

Your Life Unlimited

The Secret of Life

Stefano Grande

Executive Director
Downtown Winnipeg Biz

Be the Change, for your City

David Chizda

Director, Sales & Business Development
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

Meetings Mean Business

Colin Ferguson


Travel Manitoba

Manitoba - Canada’s Heart… Beats


NMID Influence Award Sponsor


 NMID National Media Partner

Meetings and Incentive Travel

Audio-Visual Sponsor



AGM followed by guest speaker: Tim Hague "Parkinson's & Perseverance: The Amazing Race"
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Winnipeg Art Gallery
11:30am - 1:45pm includes lunch
Cost: $25.00 MPI Members $35.00 non-MPI Members

Guest Speaker: Tim Hague: "Parkinson's & Perseverance: The Amazing Race"

Drawing on his experience as the winner of the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada, Tim weaves a story of failure and success that moves his audience. You will relive the magic of television and be lost in the wonder of storytelling as Tim recounts his adventures from The Race. Tim takes his audience on a very personal journey through his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at the early age of 46. You will experience the sense of loss and fear that comes from this diagnosis but more importantly the hope and the determination to persevere. Your team will be left empowered to do more than they ever thought they could. They will come away with a truer sense of what real strength and courage is. They will have a better understanding of how to face life’s challenges and succeed.


11:30am: Registration
12:00pm: Lunch
12:30pm: Guest Speaker: Tim Hague "Parkinson's & Perseverance: The Amazing Race"
1:20pm: AGM  ** Quorum of Members is Required - Please plan to attend. **
1:45pm: Closing Remarks

Site Visit Tips: How to make your property stand out from the rest and win the business!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Holiday Inn South – 1330 Pembina Highway – Frontier Ballroom
7:15am – 9:30am, includes breakfast
Cost: $25.00 member $35.00 non-member

You know your property best! But do you know how to showcase your property for the client's meeting and conference needs?

Learn what a meeting planner looks for in a winning site visit. Find out how to make your property stand out from the competitors on site visit day. Follow the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of site visits and find out how to tailor your site visit to ensure your client chooses you!

Presented by: Laurie Barkman, General Manager, Mere Hotel  

7:45am: Presentation
9:30 am: Event concludes – Tours of the newly renovated Holiday Inn rooms will be offered.


MPI Manitoba Chapter - Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 9th
Location: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
Time: 5pm
Cost: $50. Members - $60. Non-Members

Join us and share in some holiday cheer as we kick off the 2014 holiday season with our MPI colleagues and friends at our Annual Holiday Party!

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Christmas Cheer Board. Let's make a difference in our community while networking and celebrating the holidays with our industry colleagues!

5pm: Registration, Networking, Holiday Cocktails & Nibblies
6pm: Fun and Games/ Hors D'oeuvres
8pm: Wrap-up


RFPs, Proposals & Winning the Business: a roundtable discussion with Winnipeg's M&C professionals

Tuesday, November 4th
Courtyard by Marriott Winnipeg Airport – 780 Powerhouse Road
Time: 7:15am – 9:30am - breakfast included
Cost: $25.00 -member    $35.00 -non-member

Have you ever wondered how the RFP came to be and how Winnipeg was considered? Would you like to have a better understanding and stronger engagement in the RFP process? Planners, in your RFP to the venues, have you explained the detailed requirements necessary to ensure your conference needs are met by the host venue – from the breakdown of accommodations required each night, to the meeting specs and food and beverage required for each session? Suppliers, have you put your best foot forward, ensuring your product and services stand out from the rest?

Whether you are a hotel sales manager, a banquet manager, a meeting planner, an AV expert or the event manager at one of our city’s attractions, we all have a role to play in putting our best foot forward, showcasing our city to the client and winning that bid.

Engage in conversation, as we hear both sides of the RFP process from some of Winnipeg’s meetings and conventions partners- learning key initiatives and values for each of our critical roles to achieve success for your property, your client and your event.

Tracy Dandeneau, Sales Manager - Delta Winnipeg, TJ Johnson, Program Manager, Conferences – International Legal Technology Association, Laurie Bowering, CMP, CMM, CSEC, President - The Bowering (International) Group Inc. and Maria Cefali, Sales Manager, Meetings & Conventions -Tourism Winnipeg, will share their successes in securing business for Winnipeg.

7:15am: Registration and Breakfast
7:45am: Roundtable discussion with Q&A
9:30am: Event concludes

Complimentary parking for all attendees.

MPI Manitoba Chapter 2014-2015 Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, September 30th
Canadian Museum for Human Rights - 85 Israel Asper Way
Cost: $20.00

(photo credit: Dan Harper Photography)

CMHRJoin the Board of the MPI Manitoba Chapter and your colleagues for an EXCLUSIVE and private tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), just 10 days after it's national grand opening. Network with industry professionals and learn about the Chapter's exciting education and networking line-up for the upcoming 2014-2015 year.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is dominating Winnipeg's skyline and officially opening it's doors in September. Complete with meeting spaces for small and large events, the Museum will challenge, inspire and examine issues past, present and future throughout Canada and the world.

The Museum will also be of interest to conventions and meetings focused on architectural, social, educational, and spiritual themes. With a goal to bring people together from around the world, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an “idea” museum and will play an influential role as an enticement for visitors, making Winnipeg a human rights destination for all.

5:30pm: Wine & Cheese (cash bar)
6:00pm: Welcome from CMHR staff; unveiling of 2014-2015 program; tour of the CMHR rental space and galleries. Rate sheets will be provided.
8:30pm: Event concludes


2014- NMID: The IMPACT of MEETINGS: The Value and the Power. 
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Canad Inns Fort Garry


You are invited to participate as a sponsor of National Meetings Industry Day.  Sponsorship is $500 and includes:

- 4 Registrations to the Event
- 8' Display Table (draped and skirted)
- Logo on Sponsor Board
- Logo on MPI Manitoba Chapter Web Site (to June 30, 2014)
To confirm your participation as a sponsor, simply choose this option when going through the registration system.


TED-style presentations (nine minutes each - provocative and challenging) focusing on the NMID Theme - IMPACT of Meetings.  The Value.  The Power.


7:45 am - Registration & Networking
8:15 am - Breakfast
8:45 am - Program / Speaker Presentations
10:00 am - Program Adjourned

10:00 am - MPI Annual General Meeting ** Quorum of Members is Required - Please plan to attend. **

10:30 am - Adjournment


Anna Echols


Communications Chair

Canadian Association of Professional Speakers


Over the past 15 years, Anna's compassionate and confidence-boosting methods and unique teaching methods have helped hundreds of clients from all walks of life to become excellent speakers and presenters.  As the founder of Good to Great Public Speaker Training, Anna delivers customized, in-house course instruction to clients throughout Canada, the United States and around the world.  She also provides one-on-one in person coaching and feedback via Skype or FaceTime.  In addition, Anna has authored the "Giving the Gift of Public Speaker - A comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Presentation Anxiety."  Finally, Anna posts twice-weekly helpful blog tips at:

Wanda Daza


Strategic Event Initiatives Inc.

Wanda Daza, CMM, CMP, CFEE is an award winning planner and global expert in event sector development and strategy.  She is CEO of Strategic Event Initiatives Inc. (SEII) and recognized internationally as a pioneer in strategic event auditing.  Her strategies have successfully resulted in increased return on investment and higher quality products for her clients worldwide.  SEII has developed strategic plans, sustainability plans, facilitated research, and audited/analyzed major events, festivals, conferences, incentive programs, sporting events and developed comprehensive event strategy and design.  SEII has also led major change management initiatives and organizational redevelopment for government agencies and organizations.  Wanda has provided leadership within the event sector for 26 years.  Recent work includes event sector development and strategy within the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.



Tourism Winnipeg

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau leads tourism development for Tourism Winnipeg, a division of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.  As Senior Vice President, Chantal leads the Tourism Winnipeg team, working to facilitate a healthy, prosperous, responsible and fully integrated tourism industry that supports the City's economic growth and delivers the best possible visitor experience.

Chantal has been an integral member of the Tourism Winnipeg team for 15 years.  In this time, she has put her experience and passion for the city to work by spearheading major projects and campaigns, driving sales & marketing efforts, acting as an effective industry liaison and advocate, and working collaboratively with key stakeholders.  Chantal holds an Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba and an Advanced Diploma in International Business.


Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Manitoba

For over two decades Rolande has been working with leaders and staff in organizations, small businesses and with various levels of government to create great workplaces. She provides a refreshing and innovative approach to complement workplace wellness initiatives and support leaders in fostering co-operation, creative thinking and promoting greater job satisfaction.

Fluent in French and English, she is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, a member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, the Chamber of Commerce and Toastmasters.

Rolande is a Workplace Wellness Facilitator and Author of "Leading with Laughter" and soon to be published "Reinventing Workplace Culture"


Vine Multimedia


Recognized purpose-driven marketer using social media to change the world. Skip the old marketing plan, start a movement.




Anders got his start in magic at an early age.  As a 5 year old he received a Fisher-Price Magic set for Christmas from his uncle.  That one gift turned Anders on to the world of magic and many more magic sets and books followed.   After earning himself a specialist Bachelor Degree in physics Anders went full time and has performed his special blend of magic and message all over Canada, U.S. and Europe at conferences, sales meetings and trade shows.



2013 - Breakfast Meeting: 

Your Road Map to Corporate Social Responsibility: Everyone Needs One
Thursday, February 13, 2014 
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South 
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the responsibility of an organization for the impact of its decisions and activities on society, the environment and the communities in which they serve.  Colleen will discuss and provide examples of the role that a CSR strategy plays within event planning and how sustainable and transparent approaches help build brand, reputation and loyalty. 


Colleen Deckert, CMP, CMM, Director
Corporate Events & Incentives

As the Director, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Colleen Deckert, CMM, CMP, is responsible for the operational planning and execution of the conferences, meetings and incentives for Investors Group Financial Services. Colleen has over 25 years of planning and event experience and has worked at Investors Group for 14 years.

2013 - Holiday Party - Wine Tasting and Hors D'Hoeuvres
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Fairmont Winnipeg
5:00-7:00 p.m.

2013- A Round Table Event - Revitalizing the Planner/Supplier Relationship
Thursday, October 24, 2013
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

MODERATOR:  TJ Johnson, International Legal Technology Association

Based on TJ's WEC 2013 presentation - The partnership between planner/client and venue/hotel can make or break an event.  When there is a united team, solutions are found and the commonplace event is transformed into the extraordinary.  In this interactive discussion between planners and venue/hotel staff, we will hear from both sides of the event execution equation as they share perspectives on the partnership to realize and execute the vision of an event.  And, you will come away with the tools to revitalize and transform your relationships with your event execution partners

Audio Visual Supplier:  Canadian Event Production Services

2013 - The Business Value of Meetings
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Radisson Hotel Downtown Winnipeg

SPEAKER:  Roger Rickard

The Business Value of Meetings and Events - Meetings drive profitability, deliver key strategic objectives, serve as a catalyst for professional development, and motivate behavioral change and concrete action. Also, hundreds of local communities rely on meetings to create jobs and tax revenues.

Meeting professionals have known inherently for years the business value of meetings. Now we can prove it: using research from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Harvard Business Review, Oxford Economics and other resources, Roger makes the business case for the profitability and value of face-to-face gatherings through meetings, incentives and events.

You will be able to make the case that meetings are a strategic imperative to business success.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Understand research on the value of meetings.

  • Key strategies on why we need to have meetings.

  • Depart with a plan to advocate for your job, your company and your industry.

2013 National Meetings Industry Day
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Canad Inns Fort Garry

On April 18, 2013, MPI chapters all across Canada hosted events to celebrate National Meetings Industry Day (NMID).  NMID was created in recognition of the power of meetings in evolving and shaping our communities economically, environmentally, socially and intellectually.  NMID is an MPI initiative with three objectives:

-       to define and shape the meetings and events profession in the future;
       to help raise the profile of the industry and the benefits it generates for communities and institutions  
      across Canada;
       to discuss the economic impact of meetings in their region with people who are outside of the industry

NMID has been acknowledged by The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper.  Further information on NMID is available on the national website

2013 Influence Award
Presented to:
Winnipeg Convention Centre
Representative:  Henry Traa


From the Outside In:  The Future of Meetings

Meeting Design - Individual Needs

Meeting Design - Technology


Tourism Winnipeg

Conventions 2020 Part 1

Conventions 2020 Part 2

2013 Professional Development & Annual General Meeting
Join us and support those who will lead your association over the coming year.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.