August 19, 2007

Independent Meeting Planners - a Professional Group

Independent Meeting Planners Association of Canada Celebrates & Launches New Name

TORONTO, Ontario August 20, 2007 - On Sunday August 19, the Independent Meeting
Planners Association of Canada officially announced and launched their new
identity as the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners.
"The diversity and combined expertise of our membership sets a unique
platform for business opportunities, learning and personal growth ... the new
name and identity compliments the level of professionalism and recognition our
organization has built in the marketplace, with our clients and suppliers over
the years." explains Heidi Wilker, CSPEP President and champion of the brand
change initiatives. "With the diligence of a rebranding committee and the
support of our membership the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners
will also take on a new logo, image, advertising presence and web site."
explains Heidi. The new web site will be, email
As the landscape of the meeting industry and event culture has changed
and grown exponentially over the last five years the Canadian Society of
Professional Event Planners is now one of Canada's most influential
professional meeting planning organizations, handling hundreds of meetings and
events each year. Since the organization was founded in 1995 by Joy Fox it has
grown to include over 130 meeting planner members who traditionally work in
non-corporate, autonomous environments consulting, advising and specializing
in event planning. Carol Ford, CSPEP Executive Director agrees "... the timing
is appropriate to ensure the new image reflects the variety of quality event
planner entrepreneurs, services and level of commitment the members pass on to
their clients."
CSPEP is committed to providing credible, professional and experienced
event planning support to the corporate, association, government and
not-for-profit sectors. CSPEP members can seamlessly execute international
meetings, public events, weddings, religious assemblies, social events, trade
shows and symposiums, regardless of size and/or complexity. A myriad of
services provided by CSPEP members include coordination of event logistics,
registration, staffing, contracting guest speakers, venues, transportation
services and exhibit space, program design and event promotion and marketing.
Joy's vision of the network growing into a Canada-wide organization is
now reality with an active Ottawa chapter, annual Conference being held in
Whistler, B.C. this November, supplier showcase in Toronto, monthly meetings
and educational sessions.
To obtain more information or source the services of CSPEP members
contact Carol Ford, Executive Director at 905-868-8008, 1-866-467-2299 or
email or

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