MPI Announces Acquisition of the EVENT


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has acquired “the EVENT”, one of Canada’s most prestigious event industry experiences. This exciting development further solidifies MPI’s reputation as the leader within the meetings and events industry worldwide.

“We are excited to bring ‘the EVENT’ into our MPI portfolio of global signature events,” commented Drew Holmgreen, chief brand officer of MPI. “Paired with our Canadian chapters and their exceptional leadership, who have driven this experience for a number of years, this acquisition is a testament to MPI’s commitment in creating a strong, global presence for face-to-face professional development.”

With this strategic acquisition, MPI is poised to harness its Canadian community and industry insights and place emphasis on the innovative approaches, connections and creativity that the EVENT has proven since its inception.

Working alongside the MPI Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal/Quebec volunteer chapter leaders, and Ryan Young, Tim Whalen and Marie-France Watson, the original three co-founders of the EVENT, MPI currently plans to host the experience in the fall of 2024.

MPI also announced the recent hiring of Tim Boobar as their new chief financial officer. Boobar comes to MPI having recently served as CFO for Marketplace Chaplains, a faith-based non-profit that operates a network of more than 2,000 individuals across North America. Prior to that post, he was CFO at The Expo Group, spent 13 years at Freeman as SVP of Finance, and 16 years as a controller and manager of finance. He is a CPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and holds a Masters in Finance. His experience in the events industry and public accounting, coupled with his financial acumen, positions Tim perfectly to contribute to the growth and success of MPI.

Finally, Steve O’Malley, COO of Maritz was named as MPI’s 2024 Industry Leader Award recipient.




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