Contingency/Disaster Planning

  • Key Considerations for Event Safety

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      By Angela Zaltsman When organizing an event, your prerogative must be bigger than just ensuring attendees have a good time, or securing a certain ROI for stakeholders. At the core, the most important consideration of any event is keeping guests and staff safe. While hosting an event, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of all people in attendance. There are many considerations that must be prepared for when organizing an event, so it is important that security…

  • Navigating Privacy Laws For Events

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      As event planners, we often find ourselves juggling a million details to create memorable and successful events. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook a crucial aspect of event planning: privacy laws. You might be wondering, “But you’re an event planner, what do you know about privacy?” Spending more than 20 years working with Canadian federal privacy legislation, I’m here to use that expertise to help educate our industry on this important topic. To make collecting…

  • Insurance For Hybrid Events

      Event planning and insurance over the last couple of years has become more complicated with the advent of virtual and hybrid meetings. These meetings tend to be more expensive, particularly a hybrid meeting and losses, should something go awry can be even more costly. Due to the rise in the number of virtual and hybrid events, the insurance industry is slowly changing to be able to respond to the challenges of hybrid and virtual events. New virtual event cancellation…

  • How Insurance Protects Your Events

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      Whether you are the event planner or the event host, there are potential financial risks that have to be taken into consideration when evaluating your insurance portfolio. Planning, organizing and hosting an event has lots of moving parts. Venues to be booked, caterers to hire, ticket sales – it’s an endless list of logistics.  You may be concerned about injury to guests, accidental damage caused by a third party vendor or guest to the venue. No matter how well…

  • How to Navigate Pandemic Uncertainty

      The past two years have brought immense change to the world. All industries and people have had to adapt to the changing economic, political, and social climate as a result of COVID-19. Many of these changes have drawn attention to the value of technology and the opportunities that it presents for people to connect going forward. It may seem like we’re on the other side of the pandemic, but we’re not yet in the clear. At the same time,…

  • Springing Forward for 2022 Events

      We’re stepping into an exciting time for the events and meetings industry; and as I write this piece, I’m filled with confidence and delight. March 1, 2022 was big day for us in the events world here in Toronto as venues went back to operating at full capacity and all of a sudden a huge piece of the planning puzzle just fell in to place! While we move forward in our planning process with a sense of optimism, it…

  • Three Lessons from Catching COVID-19 for Event Producers

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    I caught COVID-19 in early October. It was considered a mild case and I have since recovered. I never experienced shortness of breath or worried about my long-term health, for which I am very grateful. Here’s where it gets interesting. My symptoms started exactly six days prior to the start of a three-day in-person client event — one with a need for high-touch execution across multiple venues on back-to-back days. I want to note that our client’s main focus through the…

  • How Contracts and Negotiations have Changed with COVID-19

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    The events industry was among the first sectors hit by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover, forcing many event professionals to cancel or postpone scheduled events. In the process, it has raised questions (and concern) around contracts and ensuing obligations. Here, Heather Reid, founder and CEO of Planner Protect, an Ontario-based contract review agency that negotiates event contracts for organizations and those hosting events, fields Corporate Meetings Network’s questions on this all-too important topic during…

  • Organizers, Venues take Meaningful Steps to Bring Events Industry Back

    The events industry is getting ready for a new landscape as provincial and local governments country-wide lift pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and group gatherings. Recognizing people may be uneasy and even anxious about attending larger exhibitions like conferences and trade shows when they are allowed to resume, organizers and venues are taking steps now to impart consumer confidence. “We have been preparing for a return of events by building a list of potential measures that sit under the cornerstones of…

  • What Events May Look Like After the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    COVID-19 has stopped meetings and events in their tracks. But although an unprecedented time for the industry, it will undoubtedly recover. “I am strongly convinced the physical event business will bounce back,” says best-selling author and frequent public speaker, David Meerman Scott, who studies how neuroscience affects behaviour. “Humans crave physical interaction with other humans. We want to be part of a tribe — that’s baked into our neuroscience. Our brains thrive around being around people who are just like…

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