August 26 – 29, 2012
Register now to be a part of our exclusive Smart Fam featuring the best of Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver is one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations and a top delegate draw. Experience a 90-second snapshot of what you have to look forward to at Vancouver’s Smart Fam:
- Earn CEU credits with educational sessions
- Experience Vancouver, world-class accommodation and award-winning dining
- Participate in facility tours, quality education and local activities offering something for everyone
Register now so you don't miss out on learning about Vancouver, Canada.
Free to qualified planners. Meals, education,activities and accommodations included.
Sunday, Aug. 26
7:00 p.m. Welcome reception
Monday, Aug. 27
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and an education session for CEU credits
11:00 a.m. Tour the Vancouver Convention Centre
12:00 a.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Depart for City Highlight Adventure
4:30 p.m. Return to hotels and free time
6:30 p.m. Dining in one of Vancouver’s trendy neighborhood restaurants
Tuesday, Aug. 28
8:30 a.m. "Meeting In Canada Made Easy" - Breakfast and guest speakers
11:00 a.m. Become One with Nature – Experience the North Shore
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Afternoon activities – something for everyone
3:30 p.m. Unwind – BC Wine Tasting
4:30 p.m. Return to hotels and free time
7:00 p.m. Farewell reception
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA
President, Meeting Change
Session Description and Overview
Meetings as Conservers, Creators and Catalysts
In this interactive session, we'll explore three facets related to corporate social responsibility in the meetings industry:
• Meetings as Conservers: We'll look at best practices for reducing a meeting's environmental footprint, including a review of newly released sustainability standards in the industry.
• Meetings as Creators: We’ll look at how meetings and events can create positive change within their own communities of stakeholders, as well as in the communities in which they are held. The concept of "creating shared value" and the role that planners can play will also be discussed.
• Meetings as Catalysts: We'll consider how meetings can act as catalysts for lasting action toward a more sustainable industry and environment, including influencing the supply chain and encouraging post-event sustainable actions by participants.
Mariela McIlwraith specializes in business strategy, economics and corporate responsibility. She has consulted, presented, taught and written articles in the areas of marketing, corporate responsibility, ethics and pricing. She has been a planner, supplier, consultant and instructor in the meetings industry. McIlwraith completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia with a double specialization in strategic management and organizational behavior and human resources. She holds a Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She is actively involved in both the Green Meetings Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International and has held volunteer leadership roles in both organizations.
McIlwraith is actively involved in community projects, including Social Entrepreneurship 101: Africa, a Sauder School of Business initiative designed to address youth unemployment and encourage the development of sustainable businesses by educating young entrepreneurs in Kenya. She has recently co-authored a book, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Meetings and Events Industry, that will be published in the fall of 2012.
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1) Who attends The Smart Fam?
People like you—highly qualified meeting professionals looking to plan meetings in Vancouver, Canada
2) How do I qualify to attend The Smart Fam?
Are you a meeting professional who:
–Has a verifiable history of conferences, meetings, events, incentives, training/conference programs or conventions?
–Contracts hotels with an average room rate of $150 or more per night?
–Plans groups of 10 or more attendees with room nights yielding a minimum of 30 room nights?
–Is considering planning a meeting in the Pacific Northwest in the next two years that you haven't yet contracted a hotel or destination for?
Answered "yes" to these questions? Apply online to attend.
3) Where do I sign up for The Smart Fam?
Apply online by clicking on the "Register Now " button. Submit your application today as space is limited!
4) How much does The Smart Fam cost?
Smart Meetings provides two complimentary nights of hotel accommodation, parking at the host hotel (if needed), meals as outlined in the agenda and registration materials. Attendees are responsible for incidental charges.
5) Can more than one meeting professional from a company attend?
Our policy typically only allows one meeting professional to attend per company; however, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the events staff at 415-339-9355 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
6) When and where should I plan on arriving/departing?
To be determined.