Education, innovation, and inspiration. That’s what’s being promised at the newly-rebranded Canadian Meetings + Events Expo (CMEExpo) this August 13+14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The event, formerly known as IncentiveWorks, the largest and longest-running conference and tradeshow for planners, is set to be bigger, broader, and more inclusive to all event planners this time around. The new show is poised to be the most memorable conference yet, jam-packed with a number of added benefits and values for attendees and stakeholders.
“I am thrilled with the conference we have built this year,” said Melissa Arnott, show manager for CMEExpo. “The education that planners will participate in will provide a toolbox of resources and strategies that they can implement the next day to enhance the programs they are working on.”
In addition to a buzzing show floor with more than 350 exhibitors representing 700 companies, attendees can look forward to hearing and learning from keynote speakers like design icon and TV personality Debbie Travis; entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes; CEO of Wildfang.com Emma McIlroy and; motivational speaker Stephan Maighan.
Hungry for your CE credits? No problem. Take advantage of more than 24 sessions where you can learn from the most talented minds in the industry all while earning CE credits. All educational sessions have been specially-designed to give planners of any level relevant learning experiences to help you plan better, more engaging events. Take Event Trends 2020 for example – a session where Candice Chan and Alison Slight of Candice & Alison Luxury Event Management will help you look into the future and show you how to incorporate the latest trends into your next event. Another standout session includes How to Up your LinkedIn Game. In this session, learn how you can use the social media platform to your greatest advantage as a meeting planning professional.
Expand your knowledge further in the Learning Lounge – where you can learn directly on the tradeshow floor during these complimentary 30-minute mini education sessions brought to you by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. Industry experts will give you the low-down on on-trend topics in the planning world. Enjoy earning CE credits for mini-sessions, too!
The show floor is also the place to get your burning planning questions answered. Get expert advice from a coach about your event dilemmas and conundrums in real time.
In need of updated headshots for your website and social media platforms? CMEExpo’s got you covered. Back by popular demand is the Headshot Salon brought to you for free compliments of Niagara Falls Business Events.
You can also get new ideas for entertainment for your next event at the Artist’s Lounge, where performers will be demonstrating their art and entertainment for you to consider.
Or if you’re in the mood to meet new business contacts, visit The Hub where you can network in a vibrant setting complete with a DJ and wine bar.
Show organizers have designed the show to best serve all planners attending the two-day event. And you can make the most out of your time during the Expo by participating in the custom Appointments Program – so you can meet with who you want, when you want. Get ahead of the show by planning and scheduling your time with the popular tool — you can even interact with suppliers before you see them at the show.
And, as always, the Hall of Fame inductees will also be announced at the show. The Hall of Fame recognizes those that have distinguished themselves in the Canadian meeting and incentive travel industry.
“CMEExpo will be packed with suppliers for everything a planner needs,” Arnott added. “From destinations to décor; chocolates to chair covers; AV to VR, the show has you covered.”
So, whether you’re looking to network and meet new business contacts, learn more about your exciting, adapting industry, or hoping to accelerate your career further, one thing is for sure: CMEExpo has something for everyone and is where you need to be this summer.