Chapter News

A graduated Safe Restart Plan to the B.C. provincial government to coincide with the overall reopening of Business Events

The BC Meetings & Events Industry Working Group has presented its graduated Safe Restart Plan to the provincial government to coincide with the overall reopening of British Columbia in March 2021. Separated into four stages, the plan aims to protect the health and safety of the public while allowing controlled meetings and events within purpose-built venues such

Student Apprentice Program Opportunity

A New Collective Impact Approach Offers Inclusive Entry-Level Opportunities for the Meetings and Events Industry  Our industry is committed to providing more job opportunities for all individuals. For those interested in pursuing a career in event planning or tradeshow management, an apprenticeship program may be your best first stop to gain hands-on experience working with

BC Meetings & Events Industry Working Group – Year End Update

Dear members, After developing and circulating the BC Meetings & Events COVID-19 Safe Restart Guidelines in September 2020 as the framework for safe operations in our industry, the working group has been focused throughout Q4 on developing a restart proposal for business meetings & events that will be submitted in the new year to the

BC Meetings & Events Safe Restart Guidelines

Dear Members, Happy September! We are pleased to share with you the B.C. Meetings & Events Safe Restart Guidelines, developed by the B.C. Meetings & Events Industry Working Group. These guidelines are comprehensive, high-level, and do not apply to a specific event type. The goal is to have it transferrable so that all event operators

Important Update from the B.C. Meetings and Events Working Group

Dear members, COVID-19 has had tremendous impact on our industry. As we are in the recovery phase, to gather our industry into a collective effort and to develop a safer restart plan for the industry, a B.C. Meeting and Events Industry Working Group has been created. Please read the statement from the working group by clicking

Attend our 2nd Virtual Networking Event

Last month, PCMA Canada West did just that, in a way we never expected - we held our monthly networking and education event, Cold Drinks, Hot Topics, virtually.

Event Technology Education Series: Video #1

This is the FIRST video interview for the Event Technology Update 2020 Video Series. Learn about facial recognition software for the event and meeting industry with Amer from Amanda AI. Our ETU host asks Amer a series of event related questions about using facial recognition software. Learn about how MPI British Columbia Chapter, Canada West Chapter –

PCMA HQ Releases Digital Event Fast Track

PCMA Canada West Chapter recognizes the challenges our members have faced over the past month and applaud your hard work adapting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of you deep dive into the world of digital events, we want you to know about a valuable resource provided by PCMA HQ. The Digital Event Fast Track was built to help us stay connected to the knowledge and skills we need for success, and pivot more quickly towards digital event adoption.

President’s Message to PCMA Canada West Members

March 16, 2020 Stronger Together Dear Colleagues, The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has touched the lives and businesses of our friends and colleagues across the globe in the meetings and events industry. During this extraordinary time, we are all called upon to support each other and those dealing with the outbreak in various settings on the

Important Message to the BC Meetings and Event Industry

March 16, 2020 Stronger Together Dear Colleagues, The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has touched the lives and businesses of our friends and colleagues across the globe in the meetings and events industry. During this extraordinary time, we are all called upon to support each other and those dealing with the outbreak in various settings on the

20 in their Twenties Application Closing Soon!

Each year, 20 up-and-coming business events professionals from across the globe are selected for PCMA 20 in their Twenties. This award recognizes promising young leaders in the Meetings, Conventions and Business Events industry. Apply today or share this with someone you think should be a part of the class of 2020. 

Apply Now: Convening Leaders Scholarships

Convening Leaders is the place business events industry professionals go to start their year off right. PCMA wants to help you get there. A number of scholarships are available to help offset the costs of attending this year's event.

2020 PCMA Visionary Awards now accepting nominations

Call for Nominations: 2020 PCMA Visionary Awards

The PCMA Education Foundation requires your assistance identifying candidates for the 2020 PCMA Visionary Awards. Do you have a colleague that deserves recognition for their achievements in the meetings and events industry? Nominations are now being accepted.

PCMA Canada West - Cold Drinks, Hot Topics - April 10, 2019

Cold Drinks, Hot Topics is back on April 10th

PCMA Canada West kicked off their new networking series, Cold Drinks, Hot Topics last month. The first event in the series took place at the Showcase Lounge at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel.

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PCMA Foundation Releases Spring Scholarships: Student Members Encouraged To Apply

Last week, PCMA Foundation released their spring lineup of student scholarships. Thirteen (13) scholarships are currently open for students who plan to pursue a career in the business events industry. Combined the scholarships will cover over $45,000 in tuition fees. The PCMA Canada West Chapter encourages students members to apply. As a past recipient, I

Calgary Event Awards Stage

Calgary Event Awards Accepting Submissions for Recognition

PCMA Canada West is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Calgary Event Awards. The event brings together event professionals from all facets of the industry to recognize the most outstanding planners, suppliers, events and products of 2019. Event professionals in the Calgary area are encouraged to submit an application for recognition. Awards will be given

DEI Spotlight: Leveraging Tech to Transform Storytelling

After earning her DES certification, Hope Mikal has put her new knowledge to work in a range of places: in her role at Joy Factory Films, as a contract assistant during TED Talks programming, and as a volunteer at an entrepreneurial event that will tug on anyone’s heartstrings. Hope Mikal has two undergraduate degrees, but

Visionary Award Nominations 2018

Lifetime Achievement Awards The PCMA Education Foundation annually recognizes our colleagues with distinguished lifetime career accomplishments and significant contributions to the business events industry. As few as one honoree, or as many as three will be celebrated annually; individuals must be or have been a business event strategist, supplier or educator. Individuals do not need to be current

PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties Award!

Encourage an Outstanding Colleague to apply for PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties Award 20 in their Twenties is designed to engage the best and brightest in the Business Events industry in the world. These individuals will have a PCMA platform to showcase their talents and how they will shape the meetings industry of the future. Winners

Apply today to win one of these four amazing scholarships!

Apply today to win one of these four amazing scholarships! Meeting + Incentive Travel Magazine and the PCMA Canada East / Canada West Chapters are pleased to announce four new scholarships designed to help Canadian Meetings and Event Professionals attend Industry events and gain valuable continuing education. Four scholarships will be offered: One scholarship to IncentiveWorks in Toronto this August

GMID 2018 Press Release

April 11th, 2018                                                             Have you ever wondered what real impact of business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and

Congratulations Jenny!

Congratulations to our very own PCMA Canada West Board Member and Director of Sponsorship Jenny Stanfield on her being named a “Rising Star” award winner from Smart Meetings @smartmeetings #eventprofs #meetingprofs Read the article here.

Meetings Mean Business Canada Update

Grant Snider, Chair of Meetings Mean Business Canada, shares an update on their progress at the Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC), now rebranded as “Meetings Mean Business Canada”.

Letter from the President

Spring is in the air! The season of new beginnings, and PCMA has just launched a fresh, new website. It has a clean look, easy navigation, and highlights key news and events. We hope you can spend a few minutes exploring the new site, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Then, add us to your favourites list, so you can keep up-to-date on all PCMA news.