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  • GES Appoints New GM in Toronto

      Paul Burke is the new general manager of GES in Toronto. He will assume his new role on February 20, 2024. With an exceptional career and remarkable service expertise, Burke brings along a wealth of experience and strategic leadership to the GES team. With more than 10 years at Air Canada, he held various positions, ranging from customer service to scheduling and facility planning as well as managing resource systems where he successfully implemented new practices and procedures. Subsequently,…

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    GES Launches Spiro Marketing Solutions

      Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global provider of exhibition services, brand experiences and live event venue services introduces its newest venture Spiro, an integrated marketing solutions agency. Spiro strengthens GES’ abilities to manage traditional events and offers a new set of capabilities to deliver heightened experience dividends for the ways events have transformed. Spiro sees in-person, virtual and hybrid events alike as opportunities for immersive, interactive storytelling and brand loyalty-building. Enhanced services include annual meetings; strategic event management…

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  • GES Toronto Welcomes Robert Halasz

      GES Toronto has a new general manager with the announcement that Robert Halasz is joining the organization. In this new role, Halasz will be focused on growing profitability, developing expert teams, and managing products, services, and production for exhibitions and events in the Greater Toronto Area. Halasz spent the past 30 years in various positions in the exhibitions industry. Throughout his career, he has planned, developed, and executed targeted sales, marketing, business development, customer service, and account management initiatives…

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  • Shaw Centre Strikes New Partnership for Show Services

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre has partnered with global live events company GES for show services. “GES’s global experience will bring a fresh new perspective while continuing to provide the high-level of customer service our clients have come to expect,” says Josh Verch, Shaw Centre’s director of marketing and partnerships. With this new partnership, GES becomes the exclusive provider for material handling and the preferred provider of event rentals, custom exhibits, labour, customs and transportation. The contract is for five years. “We…

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  • GES Adds Another Member to its Senior Management Team

    GES has a new vice-president of client relations in Mike Haarvei. Haarvei joins the global live events company from Sparks, where he provided leadership and management for healthcare program accounts as vice-president of strategic accounts. “Mike has demonstrated a commitment to understanding the healthcare provider mindset along with a passion for serving client needs and using this knowledge to help clients build engaging and successful programs,” says Terry Campanaro, senior vice-president of GES. “He brings a deep understanding of the…

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  • Global Live Events Company Announces Team Addition

    Jeff Stelmach has joined live events company GES as global president of brand experiences. With leadership experience in growing successful agencies in the event marketing space, GES says Stelmach’s appointment will significantly bolster its growing experiential practice. “(Jeff) has a proven track record in starting and building successful top-tier agencies with strong company cultures,” says Steve Moster, president and CEO of GES-owned Viad Corp. “His unique set of skills in building industry-leading teams and working alongside some of the world’s…

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  • Get Trade Show Ready with this Exhibitor Checklist

    As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, many trade shows are committed to returning to in-person operations. This is exciting not just for attendees but also exhibitors. There is a lot to coordinate before you hit the show floor for your next big event. Given it has been quite some time since large face-to-face gatherings have been allowed, this guide provides a refresher to make the experience seamless and minimize stress. It’s also a great tool for first-time exhibitors. Pre-Show In…

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  • Why you Should Avoid Conference Call Apps for Virtual Events

    Video conference call fatigue is real. Today’s virtual attendees are tired of the Brady Bunch squares they interact with daily and are looking for high-quality and to be intrigued when they attend virtual events or trade shows. Few people look at a video conference call and say, “Wow, this is captivating just like broadcast events.” These platforms may be a great tool for peer discussions, family functions or the classroom, but not for a professional presentation of topical information with testing,…

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  • Work Program Offers Temporary Employment to Events Industry Personnel

    GES has launched a program that provides temporary work for experienced exhibition professionals in anticipation of in-person events returning in 2021. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and events abruptly cancelling, thousands of experienced and talented trade show personnel lost employment,” says Jeff Quade, executive vice-president of exhibitions at GES. “As shows and events begin to come back safely, we want to prioritize work opportunities for those talented and skilled exhibition employees that have been so pivotal to the success of…

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  • The Show Must Go On: Safe Practices for the Return of Live Events

    The return of in-person conferences and events is crucial to helping economies recover. They attract exhibitors and attendees from all over the world, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue, and support tens of thousands of jobs across a multitude of industries. As co-chair of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association’s health and safety committee and a member of the industry event and health advisory group for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association…

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