Canada Celebrates National Meetings Industry Day

    The Business of Meetings & the Global Meetings Industry Community

    DALLAS, April 18 /CNW/ -- All across Canada, the business of meetings
will be celebrated on April 19 with National Meetings Industry Day (NMID). 
Developed by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), a variety of events
are planned to highlight the significance of the Canadian meetings industry to
the business community.  Following the cross-country activities, a white paper
will be developed as a legacy for future discussions and in recognition of the
impact meetings have on organizations.
    MPI chapters from Halifax to Vancouver are hosting educational sessions
and networking activities that profile the value of meetings, along with
industry trends that impact the profession.

    Some of the "who's who" involved include:
     (*)  Dr. Roslyn Kunin, labour economist
     (*)  Stephen Mandelin, mayor of Edmonton
     (*)  Ginny Stratton, GLOBE Foundation
     (*)  Dr. Lloyd McCoomb, CEO of Toronto's Airport Authority
     (*)  Wendy Swedlove, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

    Labour challenges, "green" meetings, sustainability, and the business of
meetings are some of the hot discussion topics that will be debated in
convention centres across the country.
    The presentation of the National Meetings Industry Day Influence Award
also will take place to recognize an individual or organization that has made
a significant contribution to the meetings industry in their area.
    Much anticipated and a first for Canada is MPI Foundation Canada's
commissioned study to measure the economic impact of the country's meetings
and events industry.  Awarded to Maritz Research Canada and the Conference
Board of Canada earlier this year, the results are to be complete and released
in 2008.  In the United States, for example, the meetings, convention and
incentive travel industry was estimated to have contributed more than $122
billion to the U.S. economy in 2004.
    "The economic impact study is just one of many exciting things happening
at MPI these days," explains Mark Andrew, chair of the MPI International Board
of Directors and based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  "Business has been
transformed by technology and globalization, and MPI is reaching out to
different cultures to create business opportunities that didn't exist just a
few short years ago.  We've just announced our first Professional Education
Conference-Middle East, which will launch next spring in Dubai, and Vancouver
will be home to MPI's 2010 World Education Congress."
    The 2007 National Meetings Industry Day is in partnership with the
Convention Centres of Canada, and the National Meetings Industry Influence
Award is sponsored by Tourism Toronto.

    About MPI:  Meeting Professionals International, the leading association
for the global meetings industry, is committed to delivering success for its
more than 22,000 worldwide members by providing innovative professional
development programs, building industry awareness and creating business
development opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization
elevates the role of meetings through its 68 chapters and clubs in 20
countries around the world. For more information, visit

    Media Contact:
    For more information on National Meetings Industry Day in Canada, please
contact Lee Lancaster at +1.972.702.3044 or

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