February 25-27, 2020

Tues Feb 25        Wed Feb 26       Thur Feb 27       Welcome Reception       Host Reception

Wed Feb 26 - Day #2 Event Schedule

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
 
Wed Feb 26 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Exceeding Guest Expectations in a high expectations world.

You’re a Festival and Event Director and it’s time to put on another great event. Something different from last year, fresh and unexpected. Nothing less than a perfect 10 will do. It’s what your guests expect.  No stress, right? Ahh, the life of an Event Director…easy breezy and front row seats, please! 

The Festival and Event landscape is vast, and the audience is getting more and more difficult to please. Event Directors need to continually raise the bar to stay ahead of the competition. What worked years ago just won’t do today.  This session will focus on tangible and intangible ingredients Event Directors can use to exceed expectations and keep their audiences coming back for more.

From Disney to NBC Universal, to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, Tom will reflect on his experiences and offer a unique perspective on the keys to creating successful events. 

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM
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Tom Bisignano

Freelance Event Director of Live Shows, Spectaculars, and Special Events
 
Wed Feb 26 - 7:30 am - 6:30 pm 

Conference Registration Open

LOCATION - Grand York Foyer
Wed Feb 26 - 7:30 am - 8:30 am 

Delegate Breakfast

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM

COFFEE BREAK

The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

A thought-provoking talk that helps leaders replace the myths of innovation with method


KEY Learning Outcome:

A deeper understanding of how to make innovation succeed more often than fails.

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM
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Alex Morris

Doblin, a Deloitte Business
www.doblin.com
PLENARY SESSION
 
Wed Feb 26 - 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Wed Feb 26 - 11:00 am - 11:30 am 

First Timer Orientation Session

Location: AURORA ROOM
Wed Feb 26 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Lunch / Marketplace

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM

Managing A Volunteer Army - How to work with people's unique skills to enhance your next event!

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM

Packaging and Selling Corporate Sponsorship

In this highly interactive session, delegates will participate in a discussion about corporate sponsorship and how to close the sale.


Three KEY Learning Outcomes:

1. How to Prospect
2. Packaging strategies
3. Closing Tactics

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM
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Judy Haber

Performance Sponsorship Group
www.performancesponsorship.com
PLENARY SESSION
 
Wed Feb 26 - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

COFFEE BREAK

Wed Feb 26 - 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm 

Delegate Free Time

Wed Feb 26 - 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm 

Cocktails

Location: GRAND YORK FOYER
Wed Feb 26 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Dinner

Location: GRAND YORK BALLROOM 
Wed Feb 26 - 10:30 pm - 1:00 am 

Hospitality Suite - Creative Lego Lounge

Location: MARKHAM A & B
Location: RICHMOND BALLROOMS A, B , C, D
PLENARY SESSION
 
Wed Feb 26 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Imagine an event where the connection between attendees, committee members, vendors, and staff was seamlessly executed, to the delight of everyone involved. That is the result of a ‘volunteer army’ who’s at peak performance! But, to paraphrase Marcus Buckingham, “You not only need to get the right people on your bus, but you also need to get them in the right seats, too!” This workshop will help any leader or organization better align the needs of your event with the unique abilities of the volunteers involved, designing your team into a well-oiled machine.


Three KEY Learning Outcomes:
 

1. Understand the unique abilities that each volunteer brings to the table.

2. Strategies to align the needs of your event/festival to the strengths of your volunteers.

3. Connecting volunteers with purpose, for a positive experience and outcome for all

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Andrea Johnston
Centre for Applied Human Dynamics
www.dynamics4u.com
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Katie Pergau

Centre For Applied Dynamics
www.dynamics4u.com
Wed Feb 26 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm 

Come Join Us for a night of Interactive and hands-on fun activities at the CREATIVE LEGO LOUNGE Hospitality Suite.  

 

We want to see you dressed in your brightest colours to showcase your favourite LEGO(r) inspired Minifigures.  Explore innovative ways to use LEGO and EverBlocks - Giant Blocks that looks like LEGO - at your next festivals or events.  Dance the night away with some theme-inspired tunes, enjoy cocktails on us, and snacks before your crash.  Have a listen and sing-a-long to the newest LEGO song - 'Talking 'Bout LEGO'  now on Youtube.  We can't wait to welcome you to our Creative LEGO Lounge at this year's conference.  

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