Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 02 2016

Featured Sponsor: Team Canada

GMC PCMA Sponsors
When it comes to planning an extraordinary event, the more you know about your destination, the better your event will be. That’s where the Business Events Canada team comes in. The BEC team provides unsurpassed assistance and helpful information to meeting and incentive planners, helping to match the perfect venue to specific programs and clients. Whether it’s finding a gourmet world-class restaurant to seat 200, a wilderness adventure that will wow even the greatest outdoor enthusiast or the cultural experience of a lifetime, we are certain you’ll find more than you’re looking for in Canada.
Key Team Member:
Melanie Kuranda

Director, Midwest MC&IT Sales Development
Business Events Canada
T: 708-524-4905
E: kuranda.melanie@destinationcanada.com
A true North American gateway, Montréal is a multicultural medley of European ambiance and North American style and serious meeting know-how. Just 20 minutes from downtown, Montréal’s Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport is serviced by over 200 direct flights per day, keeping the city within easy reach of most business travelers. Only 45 miles separates the city from the U.S. border, and 100 million people live within 600 miles of Montréal, making it an accessible destination. Our cutting-edge Palais des congrès, continues to offer event planners innovative technological solutions and a myriad of meeting configuration options. Named the number one city in North America for hosting international meetings by ICCA, Montreal is a destination everyone has their eye on. The city boasts of a dynamic business community and shines worldwide in industries such as aeronautics, information technology and biotechnology. It has been garnering a stellar reputation for innovations in medicine, multimedia, the arts and urban planning.
Key Team Member:
Norma J. Taylor, CMP

Regional Manager, Meetings & Convention Sales, U.S.
Tourisme Montreal
T: 312-787-6564
E: ntaylor@mtl.org
Let Ottawa be your go-to Canadian city -- offering attractive hotel rates; a safe, easily walkable downtown that boasts an array of shops, restaurants and near-by attractions, Ottawa is a destination that is sure to please your attendees as well as your organization’s bottom line! As Canada’s picturesque capital, Ottawa regularly rolls out the red carpet for dignitaries and world leaders – why not let us roll out the red carpet for your meeting delegates and leadership? The Ottawa Shaw Convention Centre (which opened in 2011) is an engineering and architectural marvel overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An AIPC Gold Standard facility and a LEED Gold Certified building, this 200,000 sf centre offers COMPLIMENTARY CARPETING throughout the entire building, advanced telecommunications / networking services and exceptional cuisine.
Key Team Member:
Dionne Maniotes Hulsey

US Contractor
Ottawa Tourism – Canada’s Capital City
T: 773-941-7478
E: dhulsey@ottawatourism.ca
Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscapes and experiences. Our iconic Canadian Rockies (Banff/Lake Louise) are rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 most scenic locations on the world making it a ‘bucket list’ location and excellent destination draw for meeting attendance Additionally, our vibrant, young, affluent cities of Calgary & Edmonton have several exciting developments underway. Calgary’s airport is adding 22 gates, a new int’l terminal & new runway to be complete in Fall 2016 which will make it the 2nd busiest airport in Canada= excellent lift from around the globe. Edmonton’s new ICE District, Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district will open this year in the heart of downtown Edmonton and offer exciting new restaurants, hotels, attractions and facilities. Come see why Alberta should be your next Canadian destination!
Key Team Member:
Brian Slot

Director, Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Events
Travel Alberta Team Member
T: 403-648-1080
E: brian.slot@travelalberta.com
Vancouver has been preparing to host your meeting for years. The city has hosted events like the annual TED Conference, Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA)’s Convening Leaders, and numerous other prestigious international conferences. Now it’s your turn to experience a meeting destination unlike any other. A modern city on the edge of a spectacular natural playground, Vancouver offers easy access, first-class hotels, a wide range of supplier and venue options, and outstanding facilities, including the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre. From bid assistance to your farewell gala, and each step along the way, Vancouver is committed to delivering the best combination of customer sales, service and destination value anywhere in the world.
Key Team Member:
Rachael Riggs - Nocera, CMP

Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago
Tourism Vancouver
T: 847-853-1647
E: rriggs-nocera@tourismvancouver.com