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Missing Our Favourite Places

Since we can’t travel just yet, we gathered together a list of our favourite places to share with you.

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Kelowna, BC, IIROC FOAS from Sandra
Kelowna is a gorgeous city, from the sunsets over the many vineyards, to the locals welcoming you with a smile and a helping hand. Golfers were able to pick fresh fruit off trees while on route to the next hole, while others enjoyed private wine tastings with a Sommelier. The engagement continued through to their journey home, with the Farm to Flight program, allowing them to take home delicious Kelowna fruits to share with family and friends.

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TELUS Convention Centre, Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy Conference from Megan
The TCC team in Calgary is always a pleasure to work with from the beginning planning stages through the event to post-event. The staff are easily reachable and really work together to accomplish your event goals.

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Wrigley Field, CARSTAR Acceleration Conference from Madi
Chicago’s Wrigley Field is an iconic location home to the Chicago Cubs – this high profile, unforgettable venue created a wow factor for all attendees. This venue had something for everyone from young to young at heart, baseball fan or not, it was an inclusive, entertaining, and unique experience that all attendees enjoyed and will never forget.

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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Annual CCPPP Conference on Public-Private Partnerships from Silvana
The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel brings people together and is the perfect host for our large conferences. Not only does it have 1000 rooms, but its extensive meeting space allows for many branding opportunities. Shout out to Saman Design for creating excellent signage displayed at the CCPPP conference!

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Discovery Innovation Conference and Tradeshow from Catharine
The MTCC has been our trusted partner for many years. One of the conferences nearest and dearest to my heart was Discovery, a leading innovation-to-commercialization conference and tradeshow. For 14 years the MTCC and their in-house teams were invaluable resources, offering us their expertise and creativity to help make Discovery an award winning, must attend event. The MTCC is an amazing venue and even more amazing are their people who work tirelessly to ensure a successful event. It is always a pleasure working with the MTCC.  

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Toronto Botanical Garden, Blossom Party Annual Fundraiser from Lexie
One thing I love most about aNd is the company’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2019 aNd offered their help and expertise to the non-profit’s annual fundraiser. Toronto Botanical Garden is surrounded in beautiful gardens offering spaces available to rent, where in each outdoor space you are surrounded by multiple stunning plants, flowers, and trees.


The Blue Vinny Diner, Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy Conference from Rick and Sara
When in Calgary for the Pharmacy Conference aNd always makes a trip to this diner for breakfast. It has a retro/comfy feeling as well as delicious, hearty menu options.

Hanlan’s Point, McMash from Jan
One of the most memorable event locations in the 30+ years I have been involved in would be an event we did over at the Island Airport for McDonalds store managers from across the country. We turned Hanlan’s Point into a M*A*S*H Compound – dressed everyone up in khaki shirts and hats and as the ferries left the city, they really did look like troop ships with everyone on deck. The event was not without its problems – the biggest during the installation of tents, they cut a power line that effectively cut all the power of to the entire island! At the end of the day, it was a success and a very memorable location and event.

Favourite Incentive Trips through Dana’s lens

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Malta & Gozo
You cannot talk about Malta without mentioning the amazing DMC team at Alpine Sterling Travel & Tourism – Warren Zahra’s hospitality is legendary. Through some colleagues from the Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA), we were able to have an audience with the then President of the Republic of Malta - Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas never sleeps but this early morning sunrise time is so peaceful. We have done many programs in Las Vegas both at ARIA Hotel & Casino and the Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas hotel. This photo was taken from my room at the Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas hotel.

Croatia & Bosnia
After a long night of flying to Croatia weather did not permit us to land in Dubrovnik, so we detoured to Split and the super organized DMC team at Intours arranged for a car to drive attendees to Sun Gardens in Dubrovnik. An hour or so into the ride the driver asked for our passports as you need to drive a short way through Bosnia (When the former Yugoslavia splintered into seven smaller republics, Croatia got almost 4,000 of miles of Adriatic Sea coast are dotted with secret beaches, tiny islands, and quaint Medieval towns but Bosnia was actually able to keep a very small but lovely part of Adriatic coast – so you actually travel into Bosnia to get to the other end of Croatia).  We arrived at the Bosnian border just in time to catch this view of the sunset.

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Costa Rica
I captured this shot while the Hummingbirds swarmed around feeders put out for them daily. A must visit for nature, birds, butterflies, and frog lovers!

Budapest, Hungary
The city successfully mixes its fascinating  history with a genuine laid-back contemporary artistic style. There is a wide range of different things for visitors to see and do. From museums to thermal spas, wine tasting to ruin pubs – your top performers will feel appreciated!

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Zambia, Africa
The five-star Royal Livingstone Resort in Zambia overlooking Victoria Falls is perhaps the world’s most spectacular waterfall. It is great to see the many wild animals roam about the grounds. But make sure to keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys! They loved stealing the yellow highlighters from our registration desk that was set up out on the back lawn.


Kyoto, Japan
A mystical and historical destination, famous for intricate temples, ancestral traditions, Geishas, and stunning cherry blossoms – this location is a memorable trip for all.  Through the light snow you can see the blossoms ready to burst open.


Paris, France
During an early morning visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, I was able to capture the sun beaming in through the famous stain glass windows. It is heartbreaking to think that it is gone now.
Bertrand from My Private Paris is a gem.

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