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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 communities?

Join us on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 for our local Global Meetings Industry Day Celebration to find out!

Metro Vancouver – The British Columbia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) together with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Canada West Chapter and the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Vancouver Chapter are joining forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and meetings industry organizations worldwide to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.  “GMID helps share the meetings industry’s value story, ensuring that the media, elected officials and general public understand the benefits of face-to-face,” said Paul Van Deventer, chief executive officer and president at Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of MMB.

On April 12th, 2018, leaders from across the meetings & events industry will come together to support the 3rd annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID events will be held across the globe to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies and communities.

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition of Canada will be live-streaming GMID events and celebrations across The World – with the help of MPI partner FMAV.

The event on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, with event host Coleen Christie, Global News Anchor, will include a formal GMID Proclamation from the City of New Westminster with special guests City Councillor Jaimie McEvoy and Federal MP Peter Julian as well as an address from the Chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, Claire Smith of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The event’s keynote address is designed to provide a glimpse into the future of the food and beverage world and will  feature Christine Couvelier, Executive Chef & Global Culinary Trendologist as well as Nin Rai, President / Owner and Executive Chef David Bell of Truffles Fine Foods Catering & Ktichens.    


8:00-8:30 AM                 Registration & Networking

8:30-9:00 AM                 Opening Remarks, GMID Programming

9:00-10:00AM                 Keynote Presentation

10:00-11:00AM               Brunch

10:45-11:00AM               Closing Remarks

To learn more about GMID, visit

Media Contact:
Amy Ballard, President-Elect, MPI BC Chapter
Director, Sales & Marketing
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS
T: (604) 569-0013
E: [email protected]

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