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Holiday-themed event will join Blue Ant Media’s existing show lineup, including the Spring and Fall Cottage Life Shows in Toronto and the Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show
Blue Ant Media will be expanding its Canadian consumer show business with the acquisition of the Toronto-based Seasons Christmas Show from Matrix North Events, Inc. The deal will see the exhibition added to the media company’s portfolio of consumer events, including the Spring and Fall Cottage Life Shows in Toronto and the Cottage Life & Cabin Show in Edmonton.
 
The Seasons Christmas Show was launched in 2005 and has grown to include nearly 300 exhibitors showcasing an incredible array of goods and services for holiday decorating, entertaining and gifting. The event also offers holiday workshops, which provide DIY advice and tutorials. This year’s show will take place November 18 – 20, 2016 at The International Centre.
 
“The Seasons Christmas Show offers us a new opportunity to reach home décor and craft enthusiasts during the holiday season, while providing a targeted platform for our Cottage Life and Makeful media brands,” said Greg McLeod, Director, Consumer Shows, Blue Ant Media. “The Cottage Life shows have grown to serve nearly 1,000 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees each year and we are excited to put that experience to work, elevating Seasons to a new level of success.”
 
Matrix North Management will remain involved with the 2016 event to transition the show’s operations to Blue Ant Media’s Consumer Show team.

CNE touts ‘extremely aggressive’ waste-diversion
Canada’s largest fair goes to great lengths to be green, dividing waste into about 25 categories. They’re still hoping to improve and educate visitors on composting.

Even the “greenest” fair in North America couldn’t avoid throwing out an estimated 300,000 kilograms of waste on its first weekend, according to the facility’s services coordinator.

Brian Dow said over 18 days, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Canadian National Exhibition will collect about 1.8 million kilograms of waste. The CNE also boasts an “extremely aggressive” waste-diversion program designed to offset the fair’s environmental impact, said general manager Virginia Ludy.

And though CNE staff says they’ve diverted about 86 per cent of waste from landfills in the last decade, they’re still looking for ways to improve. “There’s still 14 per cent to get better at and hopefully at some point in time, we’ll get to a complete 100 per cent diversion,” Ludy said.

Food waste is especially focused upon, with at least 111 vendors in the food building this year, 26 food trucks scheduled to arrive next weekend and about 1.6 million visitors — most of them hungry — to the fair.

"By the end of each night, donating leftover food that’s already been prepared poses health risks, so vendors try to make only as much food as they need. This is a huge issue that’s kind of coming up I think in the food industry, because when you look at how much waste comes out of restaurants, it’s quite significant,” said Ludy.

Lori Nikkel, the director of programs and partnerships for Second Harvest, said they’d be willing to pick up leftovers. Second Harvest partners with 220 social service agencies to redirect perishable food into the community within 24-48 hours. Rather than composting perishable food at the end of the night, Nikkel suggested CNE reach out to her group.

Dow said the CNE has about 25 categories of waste to keep track of, from organics to sand, cement, manure, cardboard, batteries and more. Yet they’re still trying to educate the public on one of the most basic concepts — composting.

Diversified Communications’ employee wellness program recognized by the American Heart Association 

Diversified Communications’ wellness program – DC Balance – has earned them the distinction of being one of ten, platinum level “Fit Friendly Worksites” in the state of Maine, by the American Heart Association (AHA).
 
In addition, Diversified Communications was a recipient of Maine’s Worksite Innovation Award for leading the development and implementation of an innovative and effective program that promotes wellness, specifically in the workplace. Diversified also received the Community Innovation Award for developing and implementing an innovative program in the community.
 
The company provides a variety of structured, incentivized classes and workshops that engage over 90% of employees annually. DC Balance encompasses annual onsite health risk assessments, quarterly wellness challenges to encourage healthy habits, and onsite classes with expert, local instructors of nutrition, meditation, yoga, Pilates, spinning and cardiovascular and weight training.

Classes are held in a dedicated 4,500 sq. ft. facility with more than two dozen pieces of commercial grade cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and changing rooms with showers. This facility is open to employees’ family members, as well.
 
Diversified Communications’ Employees Honored for Cultural Influence and Commitment to Founding Vision and Shared Values
Diversified Communications announced today the recipients of their most prestigious awards: The Chairpersons’ 7 Cs Award, The Governor’s Award and Service Awards.
 
The Chairpersons’ 7 Cs Award – selected by employees and presented to the person who best exemplifies Diversified’s values and culture as influenced by Diversified’s Chairpersons of the Board of Directors past and present – was presented to Vicki Bollinger, corporate controller. Diversified’s values (7 Cs) are caring, commitment, community, communication, cooperation/competition, customers and competence.

The Governor’s Award, Diversified’s highest honor, was granted to two long-standing employees, Amelie Veegaert – operations manager and Lisa McCann – sr. human resources manager. The Governor’s Award is granted annually to the person whose service to Diversified embodies the persistence, vision, risk-taking and strong work ethic of Diversified’s founder and former Maine Governor, Horace Hildreth Sr.

Three Service Awards, recognizing employees for their dedication and loyalty to Diversified Communications, were also presented: 5 Year Service Award – Leslie Rosa, Sales Manager | 10 Year Service Award – Laura Hummell, Content Manager | 15 Year Service Award – Bob Callahan, VP – Group Event Director
 
Dianne Young Appointed to UFI Executive Committee
The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), has announced that Dianne Young, CEO of Exhibition Place, Toronto has been unanimously elected as a member of the UFI Executive Committee.  This Committee is responsible for developing the general policy positions of UFI.
 
Ms. Young previously sat on the UFI Social Corporate Responsibilities Committee, and continues to Chair the Sustainable Development Committee. In 2014, Ms. Young was the first Canadian member to be elected to the UFI Board of Directors.  Now, as member of UFI’s Executive Committee, she will continue to pursue her commitment to the exhibition industry and to environmental sustainability.
 
Ms. Young has demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to environmental responsibility in her position as CEO of Exhibition Place, Toronto. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart, which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the 192-acre site.
 
Exhibition Place is looking forward to hosting the UFI member Messe Frankfurt Inc. (USA) trade show; Waste & Recycling Expo on October 24th to 26th, 2018, co-located with the Ontario Waste Management Association’s conference, whose mandate is to support and promote the waste and resource management industry.  
 
Enercare Centre successfully hosts 4,500 Delegates from Perfect (China)
In May, Exhibition Place and Enercare Centre played host to delegates from Perfect (China), for the organization’s highly-coveted annual world-wide incentive event.
 
The 4,500 attendees spent a day in conference sessions at Enercare Centre before gathering for a lavish gala dinner for all delegates.  Over 9000 meals were served in a traditional Chinese culinary style serviced by the exclusive in-house caterer Spectra FS. 
 
With over twenty years in service, Perfect (China) is one of China’s leading direct-sales businesses. In previous years, cities such as Milan, Amsterdam and Los Angeles have hosted the company’s annual event. This was the first Canadian visit for Perfect (China), as the City of Toronto welcomed it’s largest-ever incentive travel group.
 
“We were so pleased to welcome the delegates from Perfect (China) at Enercare Centre.” said Arlene Campbell, General Manager, Sales & Event Management of Exhibition Place. “With Exhibition Place’s premiere convention centre, ideal location in downtown-west, picturesque grounds and proximity to Pearson International airport, we were a natural match for a group of this magnitude on their first Canadian visit.”
 
Exhibition Place Announces New Directors
Exhibition Place is pleased to announce two new members of the professional management team. Gilles Bouchard, CEM has been appointed Director, Event Management Services and Tony Porter joins as Director, Parking and Security Services.
 
Gilles Bouchard, CEM, comes to Exhibition Place with extensive experience in the exhibition, meetings and events business, previously working with GES - Global Experience Specialists as VP Canada, and as Director of Events and Trade Shows for Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association.  

An active member of the events industry, Gilles has previously served on the Board of CAEM and was part of the CAEM Committee that developed the Health & Safety Training Program.
 
Tony Porter brings a wealth of management experience to his new role with over 20 years’ experience working in the security, loss prevention and customer service industry.  Previously, Tony was Senior Division Manager for Contemporary Security Canada, which managed security services for the TO2015 PanAm Games.  Additionally, he held a Vice President title with one of Canada’s largest airport security firms, overseeing 2000+ employees.
 
Arlene Campbell, General Manager, Sales & Event Management of Exhibition Place said “Gilles and Tony are both key additions to Exhibition Place.  We feel confident that their experience and knowledge will be excellent additions to our already outstanding team of employees, while continuing to promote our corporate mandates and values.”
 
Freeman Audio Visual Canada selected as official event technology partner by Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel as its official supplier of audio visual and event technology services.
 
Located downtown in Halifax's business district, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel has 22,000 sq. ft. of total event space, including eight event rooms.  One of the largest conference venues in Halifax, it can easily accommodate up to 1,000 attendees.
 
Ryan McKinnon, a 15-year Freeman veteran, will serve as the Director of Event Technology at the hotel and oversee client care, sales and operations.
 
“Marriott’s and Freeman’s values are very closely aligned,” said Angie Ambrose, General Manager–Atlantic Region, Freeman Audio Visual. “We are very excited to grow our businesses together and propel the Halifax events industry to the next level.”
 
Freeman Audio Visual Canada makes waste diversion champion list for third year
Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce it has made the REfficient Waste Diversion Champions list for the third year in a row. The Waste Diversion Champions list recognizes companies that have reached impressive levels of reusing, buying, reselling and recycling surplus assets.
 
REfficient is an online marketplace that allows companies to buy quality telecom, AV and IT equipment at significant discounts from sustainable sources.
 
“We acknowledge Freeman for embracing the reduce-reuse-recycle concept,” said REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty. “The Company continues to demonstrate leadership in sustainability by putting the 3Rs into practice with their surplus equipment as well as sharing their results publicly with pride and enthusiasm.”
 
The Waste Diversion Champions program recognized 18 companies that have diverted at least 1000 pounds from landfills in the last year through buying, reusing, reselling or recycling their surplus assets. With three program recognition levels, Freeman Audio Visual Canada is included in the Master Level, which means it has diverted 10,000-99,999 pounds from landfills.
 
“Sustainable equipment management continues to be an integral part of our company culture,” said David Campbell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Freeman Audio Visual Canada. “We are grateful to REfficient for providing us with a recycling solution that aligns with our company corporate social responsibility goals.”
 
Freeman Audio Visual Canada wins consumer choice award for AV services for the fourth consecutive year
Freeman Audio Visual Canada is has been selected by the Ottawa consumers and business community as the Consumer Choice Award (CCA) winner in the category of Audio Visual Services for the fourth year in a row. CCA was established in 1987 and is considered the most distinguished business award in Canada.
 
Through an independent market-research survey, consumers and businesses in the Ottawa community voted Freeman Audio Visual as the top-ranked organization in its industry, without the influence of industry insiders, advocate groups or unethical business practices.
 
“It continues to be an honour and a pleasure to serve the residents of Ottawa, and we are immensely grateful for their continuing support and confidence,” said Kevin Wolfe, General Manager, Freeman Audio Visual Ottawa. “My colleagues take pride in their work and are 100% committed to providing customer service that is second to none. Having their efforts acknowledged truly means the world to them. Thank you so much, Ottawa.”
 
Richard Robert appointed Director of Sales for Freeman Audio Visual Canada - Ottawa
Kevin Wolfe, General Manager, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Robert to Director of Sales for the company’s Ottawa branch, one of our largest and most successful Freeman operations.
 
Robert brings 29 years of experience in airline corporate & agency sales, global travel, international development & procurement. He is well known for his business development skills and maintaining national association industry relationships.
 
“I am excited about taking on a new challenge with Freeman Audio Visual and look forward to working with its experienced and well known sales team.  My goal is to focus on business development while enhancing customer relations through attendee engagement and meaningful experiences,” said Robert.
                                                                       
Freeman Audio Visual Canada wins 2016 Canadian Event Perspective Award
Freeman Audio Visual Canada won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.
 
The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun. Given its focus, the Winter Cities Shake-Up needed a differentiator from other conferences.
 
“The City of Edmonton’s approach to winter was aiming to be different,” said Doug Hawtin, Account Executive with Freeman Audio Visual Canada. “The goal was to embrace how winter can feel and show new ways of looking at something that has been lived through a million times before.”
 
There were a number of major innovative technical aspects to Winter Cities Shake-Up that garnered industry and social media attention. Among them was the curved 132’W x 21’H Peroni projection screen which has been widely touted as the first if its kind in Canada. The second creative technical aspect was the life-size snow globe in the centre of the stage. Visit the following link to view the best of the Winter Cities Shake-Up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIgu36AqLxQ
 
Freeman Audio Visual Canada announces new partnership with Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RIC)
This newly formed bond between the RIC Centre and Freeman Audio Visual will strengthen relationships between start-ups and other business enterprise members in the community, seamlessly integrating the latest technology into society.
 
As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Freeman Audio Visual uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Partnering with the RIC Centre allows Freeman to achieve and uphold their commitment of bringing innovative solutions and a full range of services to deliver an enhanced experience that supports the way audiences engage with content.
 
The RIC Centre will work with Freeman to facilitate a culture of big ideas and entrepreneurialism. The partnership will also reinforce the Centre’s model of early-stage companies working with various established businesses to develop long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.
 
The Research, Innovation, Commercialization (RIC) Centre supports the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. RIC Centre provides commercialization support to help new entrepreneurs and seasoned business people take technical innovations to market, with experienced advisors and Entrepreneurs in Residence who guide its clients every step of the way. Since its inception, the RIC Centre has worked with over 780 companies to take technical innovations to market. The Centre’s mission is to build an innovation ecosystem to support community prosperity across Peel Region.
 
GES Lands Four Major F&E Contracts Including Prestigious Dubai Airshow   
GES, a global full-service provider for live events, announced that leading Middle East event organizer F&E, a Tarsus Group company, has appointed GES as official supplier until the end of 2019. 
 
The agreement includes delivering services for F&E’s aerospace portfolio –  the MEBAA Show and the Dubai Airshow, taking place at DWC, Airshow Site; co-located shows Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) and MRO Middle East - plus education exhibition GESS, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The deal builds on GES’ global relationship with parent group Tarsus – now encompassing 15 shows across the UK, U.S., Europe and the Middle East. 
 
Michele van Akelijen, managing director of F&E, said, “F&E has found the ideal partner to continue to deliver the growing shows within our portfolio. GES brings a wealth of experience and proven results which will enable us to provide our exhibitors and visitors with both first-class experience and value.”
 
Steve Moster, GES president, commented, “We are delighted to extend our global partnership with Tarsus and the F&E team. The Tarsus Group is an exciting, fast growing business with a clear strategy to pursue international opportunities. Our ability to deliver high-profile events in multiple geographies is at the heart of the GES proposition, providing consistency of brand experience for exhibitors and visitors alike and a single point of contact for the F&E and Tarsus teams. We look forward to working on this prestigious portfolio of events.”
 
As a global, full-service provider for live events, GES is uniquely placed to help deliver these events with a 90-strong team based in Dubai and 30-year history building chalets and custom stands for leading global defense and aerospace clients.
 
GES Expands its North American Event Production Capabilities with Acquisition of the business of ON Event Services, a leading provider of AV production and technology services 
GES has announced the acquisition of the business of ON Event Services, LLC, a leading provider of live event audio visual production services that includes audio, video, lighting, mapping and scenic design. In addition, the business produces high-end entertainment events and provides in-house audio visual services to hotels, arenas, and conference centers. This expansion enables GES to serve more fully the live event needs of clients with industry-leading audio visual and event production services that engage participants and enhance productions. 
 
With this latest expansion, GES is charting a course to become the leading partner for live events, offering the most comprehensive range of services and technology with unrivaled global reach. GES provides scale, scope, and strength in audio visual and event production services, which is a top priority for live events worldwide. Today’s announcement adds significant capabilities around live events including corporate events, conferences and exhibitions.  
 
 “We selected the business of ON Event Services because of its expertise in high-end AV production and extensive library of AV technologies. The addition accelerates our position and takes us to the next level of serving our clients with a full range of event and technology services,” said Steve Moster, president of GES and president and chief executive officer of Viad Corp. “The extensive event production capabilities of the business of ON Event Services perfectly complement GES’ core live event services for corporate events, exhibitions, conferences and exhibits.  I’m excited to welcome ON Event Services’ leadership team and its more than 225 talented team members to the GES family.” 
 
The acquired business of ON Event Services will operate and go to market as ON Services, a GES Company, and Stan Milner, president of the company, will continue in his role, reporting directly to Moster. 
 
ON Services supports more than 1,000 events per year in vibrant industries, including technology, automotive, and oil and gas, complementing GES’ strength and experience in these markets. Its more than 800 clients include major corporations such as Coca-Cola, INFOR and World Financial Group, agency partners, venues and many leading hotel brand properties, including Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Sheraton. In addition, ON Services is the preferred in-house provider of audio visual services for 30 venues and six major concert facilities. With the addition of ON Services, GES now has more than 85 facilities worldwide.

GES announces exciting staff changes and new facility in Calgary!

Autymn Gelette will be the new Account Coordinator for GES at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre office. Autymn has been working with the SHOWTECH team as a Customer Sales Representative since July of 2013 and has over 8 years of show/event industry experience. She is very excited to expand her capabilities.

Alexandra Riverso will be Account Coordinator for the Toronto Office effective August 22nd. Over the past 10 years, Alexandra has been a Coordinator for Events and Community Relations at York University, has been involved in the start-up company “Lucky Student Inc.” and ran her own business in a multimedia advertising creation and distribution company for over 5 years. 

Finally, Sonia Morgan, Account Manager, is relocating to the new GES Calgary office, where she will be transferring her GES best practices, to offer a consistent model.  Sonia has spent over 20 years in the tourism, festival and event industries and most recently was the Coordinator for the Canadian Diabetes Association’s national meetings and conferences.

GES is moving their Calgary office from a 30,000 sq. ft. facility to a NEW 57,000 sq. ft. facility that has much better access to highways, the airport and most importantly a building that allows a proper logistic workflow and capacity to grow. 

Marketplace Events adds seven shows to portfolio
Marketplace Events, North America's largest home show producer, announced today it has acquired the Calgary Homexpo from the nonprofit CHBA-UDI Calgary Region. The company also announced the launch of six new shows in the 2016-17 show season, including shows at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. and Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. This news comes just two months after announcing the company had been acquired by private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners.

“It’s a very exciting time for Marketplace Events,” said Tom Baugh, company CEO. “We are well positioned for growth and under Sentinel’s ownership we are able to be more aggressive in acquiring and launching shows in the home improvement sector.”
 
The Calgary acquisition, to be renamed the Calgary Renovation Show, will take place January 13-15, 2017 at the BMO Centre. It will be the third home show in the market operated by Marketplace Events, which also produces shows in February and September at the same facility. “Our organization has proudly presented this show for more than 40 years,” said CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association CEO Donna Moore. “We know the show and our members will be in good hands with Marketplace Events, a top producer, whose standards of excellence mirror our own.”
 
The six launches include four markets where the company already operates and two shows in new markets, including Nashville and Richmond, Va. The Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo will run March 10-13, 2017 at Music City Center, the downtown Nashville convention complex and the Richmond Home + Remodeling Expo will run February 10-12, 2017 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
 
The four in-market launches include two events at the new, state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings and a Holiday event will take place in November on the stadium’s beautiful and expansive concourse level. The company’s flagship event, the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, runs in this market in February at the Minneapolis Convention Center and is now in its 82nd year.
 
Also included are new fall home shows in Kansas City, Kan. and Oklahoma City, Okla., where the company already produces spring home shows.
 
In the last two years, Marketplace Events also completed three acquisitions: two home shows in Winnipeg from the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) in 2015; two shows in Raleigh, N.C. from American Consumer Shows (ACS) in 2014; and a show in Edmonton, AB from Young Marketing Services in 2014.
 
Palais des congrès de Montréal hosts the first International Congress on Personalized Health Care
Hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals descended on the convention centre for this world first, created in Montréal by Daniel Bouthillier, an Appointed Ambassador of the Palais and Executive Director of the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care and the President of the Palais Ambassadors Club, Dr. Pavel Hamet, jointly with the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
 
“Ranked the top host city in the Americas by the Union of International Associations and Gold Quality Standards certified by the AIPC*, Montréal and the Palais are both well positioned internationally, while continuing to create significant economic and intellectual wealth for all of Québec,” indicated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal. “The life sciences account for nearly 40% of the events we host at the Palais and we are firmly committed to the work of continuing to advance this major economic sector for Montréal,” he added.
 
Launch of the Urban Agriculture Lab of the Palais des congrès de Montréal and of the VERTical project
The Palais des congrès de Montréal becomes the main showcase for experimentation and promotion of the technologies and techniques in urban farming in Québec by deploying the Urban Agriculture Lab of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This innovative project, which promotes the greening of the roof of the Palais through an experiment in sustainable development, makes it possible to add a second vocation to 31,500 sq. ft. of roof space.
 
In collaboration with AU/LAB, a laboratory associated with the Institut des sciences de l'environnement of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and La ligne verte, the Palais is simultaneously launching the most recent phase of the greening of its rooftops, the VERTical project, with 6000 sq. ft. of space. This innovative urban farming project is characterized by free-standing vertical structures that make it possible, among other things, to test various natural and synthetic tarps, to contribute to the fight against heat islands, and to increase the density of garden production. Herbs, leafy vegetables, strawberries and edible flowers are on the menu for the first year of experimentation.
  
Raymond Larivée, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, states: "We're very proud to play a leadership role in sustainable development in the industry and in the community by deploying concrete actions." He adds: "By becoming a showcase of experimentation and promotion of technologies and techniques in urban farming in Québec, the Palais contributes to the reduction of heat islands while proudly participating in the promotion of Montréal as an international city that is actively engaged in sustainable urban development."
Thus, the Urban Agriculture Lab of the Palais now includes:
 
* Culti-VERT, the project showcasing green roof technologies and techniques for vegetable gardening in containers which make it possible to grow flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables including species aimed at protecting the plant heritage as well as hop that will be part of the project to brew a special beer to celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary. This project is possible thanks to the collaboration of Antoine Trottier from La ligne verte and Maxine Dufresne, horticultural consultant.
* Three (3) bee hives that contribute to the pollination of the VERTical and Culti-VERT projects, in collaboration with Miel Montréal.
* VERTical, the urban farming project that presents a new vertical-agriculture technology using free-standing structures equipped with experimental tarps.
 
The projects realized by the Urban Agriculture Lab of the Palais des congrès de Montréal aim to:
* Participate in reducing the urban heat islands and improving the quality of the air in Montréal's downtown area.
* Encourage industry and property owners to take action in matters of greening their rooftops.
* Contribute to promoting Montréal at the international level as a city actively engaged in sustainable development.
* Allow Palais visitors as well as La Maison du Père to enjoy the produce harvested in collaboration with Capital Catering, the exclusive provider of the Palais.
 
Summer of 2016 being the installation and plantation test phase, the unveiling of the VERTical project is scheduled for September 2016.

The International Centre Expands Complimentary WiFi Solutions
The International Centre is pleased to announce a significant expansion to its wireless Internet program with the addition of the Conference Centre and Aviation Ballroom as areas where WiFi is provided complimentary. The new offerings now cover nearly 39,000 square feet of additional flexible meeting space where attendees can connect freely and perform routine online tasks.
 
The International Centre’s leading technology program already boasts existing complimentary WiFi in all of its lobby areas and Craft Eatery, the venue’s permanent restaurant. The addition of the Conference Centre and Aviation Ballroom provides more value to our event managers who can offer their attendees basic Internet access without further cost to their event.
 
Events that require higher performance services can complement this basic service by utilizing our team of leading IT professionals through the facility’s Technology Services and Telecommunications department; offering the industry’s fastest and most competitive solutions which can be customized for all event needs.
 
“We have been active in the technology space around events, particularly in industry discussions and creative thinking sessions with our customers” says Raiman Dilag, Director of Technology Services at The International Centre. “We want to continue providing the necessary tools for our customers as technology moves to the forefront of their ever growing online needs.”
 

 

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