The International Centre has announced its newest partnership with the Meeting Professionals International Foundation (MPIF), a not-for-profit organization that funds grants, scholarships and pan-industry research in the support of the global meeting and event industry.
In an effort to fuel the growth of the global meeting and event industry in Canada, this partnership enables The International Centre to create over 30 industry scholarships that will be distributed to Canadian students and business event professionals over the next five years. Highlights include:
- Ten (10) college scholarships for Indigenous Students enrolled in Hospitality and Tourism
- Five (5) scholarships for Canadian show managers to attend the Canadian Association of Exposition Managers (CAEM) Canada Conference
- Five (5) scholarships to the MPI World Education Congress
- Fifteen (15) scholarships for “The Event” Regional Education Conference
“As a thriving community that has a tremendous contribution to our regional and national economic impact, supporting sustained growth of the business events is imperative for future success” says Trevor Lui, director of Operations and Sustainability at The International Centre. “Providing educational and mentorship opportunities to individuals dedicated to our trade can only further our message as an industry that consistently drives direct and indirect employment and revenue into all markets. Amplifying these opportunities through MPI’s existing and growing industry partnerships allows us to take advantage of their market depth.”
“The MPI Foundation is strongly committed to fueling the growth and advancement of the global meeting and event community” says Darren Temple, Executive Vice President & Chief Business Development Officer of the MPI Foundation. “We are grateful for The International Centre’s generous contribution, which will help shape and support future industry leaders in Canada.”
In addition, The International Centre is an active community member supporting local programs such as YMCA’s Student Nutrition Program and fundraising on behalf of organizations such as Sick Kids and Camp Trillium.
This philanthropic agreement strongly aligns with the direction in which The International Centre is moving towards as a thought leader and innovator within the global meetings and events industry. The International Centre is a long term supporter and a strong advocate of industry academia and acknowledges the value and opportunities that these scholarship programs provide to industry recipients.