Leaders from across the meeting and event industry came together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

GMID is intended to shine a light on the real impact meetings and events have on businesses, economies and communities. Meeting and event industry association chapters, corporations, destinations, partners and more are being encouraged to hold events in destinations all across the United States, Canada and Mexico to support this day of advocacy.

The MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter hosted two events on this day:

The Fredericton Convention Centre hosted a luncheon from 11:30 – 1:00 pm.

Speaking at the luncheon was Joel Richardson, Vice President, New Brunswick & PEI Divisions, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Joel shared his personal story and experiences to help shift the mindset of planning traditional meetings and conventions to designing experiential growth opportunities which enable aspiring client attendees to achieve their individual leadership goals.

As well, the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax hosted a luncheon from 11:30 – 2:00 pm.

We heard from industry leaders as to where we’ve been and the exciting things that lay ahead for us. Sharing their insights were:

Genaya Cameron – Director, Event Operations at Halifax Convention Centre

Jessica Muzzerall – Director of Sales and Marketing at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront

Paul MacKinnon – Executive Director, Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Elizabeth Newman – Vice President, Sales & Marketing, RCR Hospitality Group

Ross Jefferson – President and CEO at Destination Halifax