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ILEA Edmonton Chapter was out in force at the recent GO West 2019 conference. From January 21-22 we connected, built community, and participated in endless professional development activities.  ILEA Canada was thrilled to partner with GO West to present Bootcamp #1: The Event Planathon, Better Brainstorming to Invent a Bright Future with David Adler, for the perfect opportunity to learn from our industry thought-leaders in a small workshop setting.                                          ILEA Canada had a booth in the Experiential Hall and enjoyed chatting with new and old friends. ILEA Edmonton Chapter members who showcased included: Edmonton Convention ...
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The International Live Events Association (ILEA) recently launched Experience , a new comprehensive online content hub that provides commentary, feature articles, news and trends by and for the live events community. Experience is the live events community’s dynamic epicenter of intelligence. It’s an online resource that delivers timely and relevant news, trends and insight that’s updated all the time and available from anywhere on any device.  Read the latest at experience.ileahub.com for articles, videos and infographics that showcases creative work, inspiration and success stories
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Our most recent Lunch  'n'  Learn -  All About SASS  - covered all things Successful Awards Submissions. Hosts  Jody Paulson  (CSEP and Immediate Past President of the ILEA Edmonton Chapter),  Nela Kovacovic  (M.A., CMP and VP Membership with ILEA Edmonton Chapter), and  Caitlin McElhone  (BSc., CMP and Past President of the Chapter) were on hand to share their personal journey and answer questions participants had about the process. A few handy dandy tips were provided: Follow the rules - if it asks for a word count, stay within it. Plan ahead - you have to decide in advance if an event is one you may submit for awards consideration. ...
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It's Award Season!

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It's Award Season, and we have all the details you need! 2019 ILEA Esprit Awards The 2019 ILEA Esprit Awards nominations are now open. The ILEA Esprit Awards honor members' most creative and innovative industry contributions. The awards cover more than 30 categories in live events, ranging from best culinary event to best event logistics and support services.  Submit your nominations  by  February 15, 2019  to be considered. Recipients will be announced at the ILEA Esprit Awards Gala on 10 August at  ILEA Live 2019 .  Edmonton Event Awards 2019 The Edmonton Event Awards recognize excellence in our industry and provide an occasion for #yegeventprofs ...
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2017-2018 Meeting & Education Recap!

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Wow! What a year it has been! From engaging Network & Nosh’s to exciting monthly meetings with inspiring speakers, it has been a great year for ILEA Boston thus far! One thing that we wanted to focus on this year was to bring the best speakers from around the world to our members. Let’s take a look at this year’s past speakers: August 2017 In August, Jordan Carbotti from Perfect Surroundings Intl presented a “Design Lab” at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. Jordan brought us behind the design to show us what inspires them when creating an event space for their clients. We all left enlightened with tips and trends to bring our own events to the ...
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Meet Ken Sipes. Kenneth Sipes Cinema Ken is the Owner of Kenneth Sipes Cinema.  Ken got into the industry by “looking into the rabbit hole called Google and stumbled on a modern wedding film… and was hooked!” When working as a solo entrepreneur it’s really useful to get out and socialize, and support others in the industry. “When working as a solo entrepreneur it’s really useful to get out and socialize, and support others in the industry. ILEA is the perfect place to meet and work with like minded professionals. Every meeting I go to,  I’m looking to better myself and others around me. If I can refer a new face with an experienced pro, ...
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Castello di Amorosa is renowned for hosting some of Napa Valley’s most impressive events in a distinct style that can only be offered in an authentic 13th century castle. Featuring 18,000 square feet of indoor space and over 8,000 square feet of outdoor space; unique venues at the Castello include outdoor terraces, wine caves, hidden rooms, an opulent dinner hall and an expansive courtyard. The space you select will be filled with sophistication and artisanal craftsmanship, as well as a touch of royalty. At the center of our hospitality is our award-winning wine portfolio. Our wine education events typically begin with our Spumante del Castello, a classic ...
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Elaine Bell Catering

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Elaine Bell Catering Elaine Bell Catering   is our catering sponsor at ILEA NSC's Educational Program on October 9, 2018 at Kenwood Ranch of Sonoma. It’s not just about showing up with the food. A successful event combines a stylish setting and gorgeous location with sumptuous dishes and well-chosen wines and spirits. Food quality, flavor and presentation are the hallmarks of Elaine Bell Catering. Well versed in French, Indian, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired cuisines, a creative menu can be designed to suit your special tastes. Thriving in this increasingly global world, with many cultures to consider, we recognize ...
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Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards

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Notre Vin was a recent venue ILEA NSC Sponsor!  Go visit! Our Essence Our agrarian heritage has created a legacy of cultivated wines from a rich tapestry of high-quality vineyards and wild open spaces. Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards is committed to the highest level of service in providing crafted experiences of wine, food and nature that create lifetime memories for our guests. Notre Vue | Our View Breathtaking… There are only a handful of experiences in life that can be described as such — experience a moment so awe inspiring as you look out over the estate that you take pause. Notre Vie | Our Life Notre Vue Estate is a place ...
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Castello di Amorosa

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Castello di Amorosa is beautiful
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​ Keep Your Events Cool This Summer Proper comfort levels and temperature conditions can make or break an event, especially in summer months or warmer climates. The heat of summer is consistent enough for event planners to include air conditioning units into their budget. Whether an event is hosted during those peak summer months, or a long day in the sun toward the season change, portable AC units are a strategic investment. When investing in an event cooling ecosystem, it is important to develop a placement plan within the event area. For the execution of your plan, remember that renting portable event air conditioning units provide the following benefits:  ...
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Dazzle your guests with Catalyst Arts fantastical  entertainers & interactive experiences!  We provide an array of entertainers and experiences from Champagne Skirts, Stilt Walkers, Dessert Tables, Interactive Art Experiences, Cirque Performers & more! Make your event one of a kind and for your guests a night to remember. See what is possible at  CatalystArts.c
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By: Zoë Whittaker   WHAT IS A PIN SPOT? A pin spot is defined as a sharply focused beam of white light. As event professionals we are familiar with the effort and cost of centerpieces. Equally vital is being able to see, showcase, interact with and document these features. Floral arrangements, wedding cakes, artwork, and auction items are all elements your client will want to be able to see during their event and later in photographs.   Narrow spotlights or pins projected onto focal points insure visibility regardless of changing light conditions. Pin spotting is ideal for evening events, windowless ...
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  Mushroom coffee. Cannabis snacks. And super powders. These are just a few of the culinary delights that might just be on the menu this year. Now that we're full swing into 2018, we can expect to see some new culinary experimentations coming out of the kitchen. Below are 8 predications for what’s to start trending in 2018. Clean Cocktails The idea behind clean cocktails isn’t that they’re alcohol-free. Rather, they’re about cocktails that have healthy ingredients, in addition to the booze. Think: turmeric, cold-pressed juices, kombucha. The trend has been building momentum for the past couple of years, but is really hitting its stride this ...
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ILEA Portland Instagram Campaign

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As the President of the small, but mighty, Portland Chapter, it is impossible to ignore our lack of an abundance of social media worthy items to post to our Instagram account.  Our membership is small.  REALLY small.  That being the case, there is a limited number of creative partners to highlight, and thus we've been struggling to stay relevant online.  In an effort to reestablish a "footprint", an idea occurred to us: Why not promote the great work of ILEA members from cities around the world?  We are, after all, an International association, and  each and every chapter  is a great source of inspiration.     Over the past two weeks, we ran ...
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First time blogger on ILEA Hub.  Our main blog resides at http://imesevents.com/our-blog/   More to come soon!
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MAKING YOUR EVENT ROCK!

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The crowd is up dancing, clapping, singing along. For that one moment they are one group, sharing an experience. It’s happens at every concert and people pay top dollar for the experience. Can you have the same experience at your gathering. YES! Music is powerful and should be used as part of any production plan. Walking though the mall the other day a I saw 3 DJ’s playing in stores. Lights and music draw much more attention than any old “Sale” sign. Retailers are getting the idea and so should you. Event planners are really in show business and it’s our job to create effective shows that do more than just entertain. The goal ...
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For the first time in many years, I had more than a passing interest in the Rio Olympic Games. I’m not sure if this is because my kids and I all started watching them together with opening ceremonies, or if because I can finally think about the Olympics without the sting of my experience at the 1996 Atlanta Games. I owe a lot to everything I learned the summer of 1996. While there were some highlights, like seeing the US Synchronized Swimming Team win the Gold medal in person, it was truly trial by fire on-site and after a grueling three weeks, I came out, licked my bruises and still chose to continue in the meeting and planning industry. ...
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The future of the events industry is in the hands of one of the largest growing demographics: millennials. In fact, by 2020, millennials will make up a whopping 75% of the workforce — meetings and events included. But as the millennial workforce continues to grow, so does the need to bridge the gap between generational groups and understand why working with millennials doesn’t have to be a different game entirely. Both camps have a vested interest in inspiring positive change and advancement and luckily, can take steps towards this goal by bringing about a greater understanding of one another. Both generations have identified opportunities to bridge ...
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Successful event planning is often defined by the details. Here is a checklist of ingredients that ensure a smooth running event from the planning stage until the final wrap-up. Visit the venue. While photos are great and a lot of planning can be accomplished remotely, seeing a venue in-person for your meeting or event is the way to go. It allows you to visualize your event, ask important questions, understand the design of the venue and make note of things you may not have noticed in photos. If an in-person visit isn’t possible, check with the venue to see if a virtual tour is available. Have a RSVP process. You don’t want to pour your ...
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