OTTAWA MEET WEEK
FEBRUARY 5-8, 2024

We are very grateful for the support of the following Ottawa Meet Week sponsors

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In 2022, five organizations announced a joint initiative that encouraged hundreds of association executives, meeting, tourism, hotel and hospitality professionals meet face-to-face. That event has long been known as Ottawa Meet Week and now, those same five organizations are working hard to get you all the information you need in order to take advantage of the benefits that come with being part of such a unique event!

Ottawa Meet Week is a four-day roller coaster consisting of events hosted by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), Meeting Professionals International (Ottawa Chapter), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA Canada East Chapter), Destination Direct Canada and REVEAL Social.

Check back to this page for updates, news, sponsor spotlights and a peak “behind the scenes at Ottawa Meet Week”!

We are very grateful for the support of the following Ottawa Meet Week sponsors

DESTINATION DIRECT CANADA

FEBRUARY 5-6, 2024

Destination Direct Canada is a Hosted Buyer program during Ottawa Meet Week for Canadian meeting industry professionals (all expenses paid including airfare/train, accommodations, meals, entertainment, etc.) This program is meant for senior conference organizers, site selectors and association executives based in Canada who have at least one national conference that rotates to at least three Canadian provinces/territories.

The DDC Hosted Buyer program is unique in the MICE industry (MICE = Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions, not the Mickey and Minnie kind).  We’re all used to Hosted Buyer programs that have the buyers moving around the trade show floor to meet the sellers. At DDC, the DMOs are all in their own suites, in an all suite hotel, branded with their own identity, colours, swag and everything that makes them shine. The hosted buyers have a schedule and based on meetings they get to pre-select through a matchmaking software, they join the DMO rep in the suite for a 15-minute uninterrupted conversation.

Imagine what you could get done in 15 minutes with DMOs from most Canadian provinces and territories! You could meet with almost all the destination representatives across Canada and figure out in less than two days which cities CAN actually host your next conference.

REVEAL SOCIAL

FEBRUARY 6, 2024

For the 9th year, we are bringing back the industry party of the season and we want it to be bigger and better than before. We are offering great opportunities for Canada’s Destinations and their partners to be involved. REVEAL Social will be bringing together over 300 planners and association executives in an exclusive environment for a night of food, drinks and networking. And of course, there will be great music to dance to and entertain!

Do you find that invitations and appointments can fill your schedule making it challenging to fit it all in and see everyone? We have created an evening of socializing with some of the best destinations and supplier partners around and we want YOU to join us for an evening of music, fun and food.

Join us on Tuesday evening, February 6, the night before CSAE Tete a Tete, where you have the opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues during an informal, casual gathering. This evening is all about reconnecting and making new connections so that the rest of Ottawa Meet Week can be focused on business appointments and learning.

CSAE TÊTE-à-TÊTE

FEBRUARY 7, 2024

Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated Tête-à-Tête 2024, hosted by CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau. We are thrilled to announce the return of this premier event on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at the EY Centre in Ottawa. Tête-à-Tête will once again bring together leaders from associations, not-for-profits, and government agencies nationwide. Delve into the heart of the association community, discover a myriad of exhibitors offering innovative products and services tailored to help you achieve your organizational objectives. Don’t miss out on the networking opportunities and invaluable insights that Tête-à-Tête 2024 has in store for you!

REGISTRATION IS FREE!  All association and not-for-profit executive directors and employees, meeting and event planners, and government procurers attend at NO COST. Please note that shuttle buses from downtown Ottawa will be available for delegates and free parking is available at the EY Centre all day.

LOL 3.O – Hosted by the MPI Foundation Canadian Council 

FEBRUARY 7, 2024

Back by popular demand, this Ottawa Meet Week featured event is the hottest ticket in town. LOL 3.0 promises to deliver a great night out, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the show!

Join us on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM with a curated list of comics at our favorite venue – The Laugh Lounge, located in the Byward Market (61 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C7). Your first drink is on us and we’ll serve some tasty snacks too.

Keep checking back for additional information on the lineup! This fundraising event is brought to you by the MPI Foundation Canadian Council. Don’t wait – DONATE! Secure your Tickets now – CAD 60.00 per person.

Name of Event: LOL 3.0
Host: MPI Foundation Canadian Council
Time of Event: 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm. The show starts at 9 pm
Location of Event: Laugh Lounge, 61 York Street, Ottawa K1N 9C7

PCMA LUNCH ‘N LEARN

FEBRUARY 8, 2024

Join us at PCMA Canada East Chapter’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn event during the annual Ottawa Meet Week. This is the place to be for all industry professionals across the region!

The event has been created with three segments: 90 minutes of networking at the beginning followed by an hour of education. A buffet will open thirty minutes before the keynote, so come hungry! 

Tentative Agenda:

12:00 pm: Doors Open and Networking Begins
12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch is Served
1:00 pm: Keynote/Panel session/Discussion
2:00 pm: Event Close

 

AI In the Afternoon – How #EventProfs Should Be Leveraging AI

FEBRUARY 8, 2024

Now, we all know that AI has crashed the party and we are starting to see the impacts of AI on the event planning industry. Using AI to speed up administrative tasks, leveraging generative AI to augment photographs, and tapping into AI to compile and analyze data are just a few of the ways that #eventprofs are getting more efficient.

From the first fully AI planned event, to emerging technologies that promise to streamline planning or augment engagement, any event professional who wants to stay competitive needs to not only use AI, but understand its implications on every facet of event planning. But where do you start? What are the important tools?  and how do you work with AI to make you more effective before it makes you redundant?

Join Anh Nguyen, a seasoned event professional who is living the same AI rollercoaster as you, as she demystifies the jargon and complexity around AI from the perspective of an event planner. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the basics of generative AI, a list of use cases where you can start using AI immediately in your jobs, and a set of tools that you can start experimenting with right away.

Name of Event: AI In the Afternoon – How #EventProfs Should Be Leveraging AI
Host: MPI Ottawa
Time of Event: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. 
Location of Event: The Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2 

MPI Ottawa Charity Auction & Dinner

FEBRUARY 8, 2024

When we meet, we can change our communities!

As event professionals, we can help make a difference. Whether it be an education conference that allows for accreditation or a meeting between different organizations to build new partnerships, every meeting, focus group, or convention, provides the opportunity for positive change in our communities.

We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to help make a difference in the Ottawa-Gatineau community. Once again, we will be raising money for the following charities:

Click on the links above to learn more about each one of these amazing organizations.

Auction Prizes
Without the generosity of our members, the auction could not happen. Donations have included:

  • Gift certificates for hotel stays, restaurants or events;
  • Hand crafted articles like mitts and scarves
  • Art pieces
  • Various baskets of wellness products, books, or treats.

Consider donating a prize that showcases your talents, venues, or locations. Click here to make a donation.

Tentative Agenda:

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm –   Registration, Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Dinner & Auction

Name of Event: MPI Charity Auction & Dinner
Host: MPI Ottawa
Time of Event: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
Location of Event: The Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2