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When it comes to event venues - traditional spaces like convention centres, restaurants and hotels are the norm. They’re reliable and comfortable but they’re also becoming a little stale. Edgy and unconventional is what stands out these days and planners who are willing to take the risk can often see some big rewards. Take Meeting Planners International (MPI) for example. In January I was asked to sit on a panel at one of their
Believe it or not it’s almost Stampede time! Yay! Each year The Greatest Show on Earth, takes over our city and we all don our cowboy hats to network, mingle and show off our country roots. Corporate stampede events are some of my favorites! They’re always designed around fun and are full of
When I began my career in event planning, the idea of managing budgets seemed a little overwhelming. It was never covered in any of the event management classes I took and, despite being a vital aspect of every event, it seems to be a bit of an industry secret. So, this week let’s talk about some of the nuances of building an event budget. It’s time to share what no one else seems to talk about! The Framework
Over the past 15 years working as an event planner, I have had the opportunity to produce a number of public events, tradeshows, and fundraisers; outside of my normal corporate social events. It was through these initiatives that I discovered the fascinating effect psychology can play in effectively pricing your events. I’ve recently been invited to a public Opening Gala event here in Calgary for the opening of a large public
It may only be October but in the world of events, corporate holiday party planning is well underway, which means now is the perfect opportunity to discuss how best to invest your event dollars this season. Whether your budget is modest or extravagant there are wonderful options at every price point that are sure to impress your guests – as long as you know where to find the best bang for your buck. 1. Menu

Volunteers are the backbone of thousands of successful events every day. They often don’t get a lot of credit but without their tireless efforts some of your favourite festivities just wouldn’t be financially feasible.
Canada Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to start planning the big 151! We are unbelievably fortunate to live in such a diverse country that is practically bursting with regional delicacies from different cultures across the country. Whether you live on one of our breathtaking coastlines or under the big sky of the prairies or up in the rugged north, every corner of our country has something uniquely Canadian
With this year’s winter lasting longer than any of us would have imagined, you may have been too busy to notice that Calgary’s iconic 10 days is right around the corner! That’s right Calgary Stampede 2018 this year July 6 - 15th! While less than two months might not seem like a lot of time to plan, I have some suggestions for how your company can still be a part of the action and everyone can #stampedelikeaboss. There are so many
Building a well-run conference isn’t as easy as it seems. From logistics to sponsorships to creative components and food and beverage, the inner workings of these seemingly straightforward events can be anything but. With the recent wrap up of my latest conference in Calgary, this week seems like the perfect time to discuss the merits of working with a seasoned conference professional when organizing these types of large scale
Planning is planning – on so many levels, I have no doubt that my event colleagues across North America would agree. Yet there are some distinct advantages to working with a local event planner that can make a significant difference in the success of your event.

The Hometown Advantage

There is a wealth of knowledge that comes when you work with a local event planner. When discussing the “why” for your event and considering
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