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SPARK! – Half Day Education and Networking Event

May 24, 2018 @ 12:30 pm5:00 pm PDT

SPARK! – 2nd Annual Half Day Education and Networking Event
Thursday, May 24th, 2018, 12:30 – 17:00
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Level 3



Do you and your team have what it takes to impress the Sparks?

Participants will team up in groups after the days break out sessions to put all of the tactics and information they have just learned to use. Each team will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts – the “Sparks“. This will be an engaging and exciting group activity where only the best event idea will survive!


Session Schedule & Description – Spark! 2018

12:00 – 12:30 Registration & Networking
Check in with us in the foyer of the Arbutus Ballroom, Level 3 of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and grab a seat. Get to know your table as you will be working together in Spark Tank Round 1!

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch + Spark Tank Round 1 – Arbutus Room
*A working sandwich lunch will be provided.

Based on the hit TV show Shark Tank you will be given the chance to present your best ideas to four meetings and events titans who represent key industry associations. In a workshop-style session, groups will be presented with a current industry challenge and will work together to come up with their best solutions. Solutions will be then presented to the panelists for their feedback.

Want to get involved in the conversation? Send us a tweet with challenges you face in your day-to-day using the hashtag #PCMASpark, and your suggestions might be chosen!

Spark! Tank panelists include:

  • Sherrif Karamat, CEO of PCMA
  • Claire Smith, VP at Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Heidi Welker, SVP of Freeman Canada
  • Mathias Posch, President of International Conference Services & IAPCO President

14:00 – 14:45 Breakout! Choose between two immersive learning experiences
(Brought to you by the creative design of Loungeworks Inc., in partnership with Greenscape Design & Decor)

Idea Generator Lab – 1.0 CE Credit – Aspen Room
Let’s get creative! Your idea “professors” will inspire you to revitalize your event design process by guiding you to change your mindset right at the beginning. We will work together to come up with creative ideas that you will be able to bring back to your workplace and enhance your programs with.

Award-winning event producer and creativity guru, Tahira Endean, will share with you her secrets on how she manages to stay on top of trends and how to find new ways to think “outside the box”. She will lead you in a discussion on the importance of planning with intention.

Hot Topic Campfire – 1.0 CE Credit – Oak Room
It’s time for us to have a real conversation surrounding industry pain points – what better atmosphere to do so than around a campfire! Our industry leading panelists will join us in a hot topic discussion based on what you want to talk about!

Want to get involved in the conversation? Send us a tweet with some of your hot topic ideas and/or pain points using the hashtag #PCMASpark and we will include your topics in the discussion!

14:45 – 15:15 A Royal Delight – Refreshment Break
(Powered by Business Events Victoria)
We will continue our discussions over a refreshing a cup of tea and small bites.

15:15 – 16:45 Leadership Round Table + Spark Tank Round 2 – 1.0 CE Credit – Arbutus Room
Industry leaders from PCMA, Meeting Means Business Canada, and IAPCO will share the latest news updates from the meetings world. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask them questions and discover ways that we can work together to make our industry better! Leadership Round Table will be followed by another round of Spark Tank!

Not yet done? need a drink after having spent the day filling your brains at SPARK!? MPI BC Chapter is pleased to offer all Spark attendants the MPI member rtae for their May Social at the Dublin Calling at 900 West Granville Street. Click HERE for information.

Freebie from Freeman

Are you a professional planner? It’s your lucky Day! Use the code “THANKYOUFREEMAN” to receive a 100% discount on your registration, courtesy of our friends at Freeman Audio Visual.

MPI Member?

Not a PCMA but MPI member? Use the code “MPISPARK” to take advantage of the $65 member rate!

Registration Rates:
Professional Planner Member – $65
Professional Planner Non-Member – $75
Supplier Member – $65
Supplier Non-Member – $75
Student Member – $50

Read about SPARK 2017 and what you missed last year!

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May 24, 2018
12:30 pm– 5:00 pm PDT
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Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 W Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2T4 Canada
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