Monday March 19th


8:15 am

Pick up your badge, grab a coffee & meet your team

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome to CSE Live

9:00 am - 10:15 pm

Event Wars 2.0 - Extreme Production Challenge
Presented by:
Kimberly Beaune, CSEP Creative Twist
Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP, Production Canada
Wendy Gamble, Aga Khan Museum
Mark Santourdijan, OnQ Entertainment
Gary Krantz, PSAV
Kyle Brooks, Bespoke Audio Visual
Raviv Krikunets, R5 Event Design
Rick Rowe, Presidential Gourmet

Back by popular demand! ILEA Toronto returns with an updated version of their hands-on event production workshop Event Wars 2.0. Take a seat at the table and collaborate with your team to build a production schedule for our theoretical event. Thought Leaders in the areas of Audio Visual, Décor & Design, Venue & Catering, Entertainment and Production will guide their teams through the logistics, strategies and tactics required to achieve the vision. We’ll challenge the teams with unexpected obstacles and demonstrate how changes can impact the plan for all teams.This fun and interactive session will give you insight into how creating a strong team of event partners and establishing clear lines of communication can solve problems and save money.

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Code Blue - What to Do When Seconds Count
Presented by Jason Oncz, Med-on-Site, London

As planners responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment for our guests, we must be prepared for the worst and know what to do when it happens. Join the team from Med-on-Site for an informative and interactive session focussed on Emergency Response Planning and event medical services. Attendees can expect to leave with a greater awareness of the risks related to their event or venue and how having an Emergency Response Plan and proper medical coverage is just as important as your insurance policy.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

The Palette of Creativity Presented by Chad Brincheski, ESP Inc. and Eric, Aragon, Aragon Cruz Design

The opportunity to create visuals and share them both before and after an event has never been bigger due to our social media obsessed world. The hard truth is; If you are not telling stories you are not relevant. Visual storytelling is as old as time; from cavemen drawing on cave walls to communications on ancient ruins, people have been using images to share messages and convey thoughts forever. Today, we see visual storytelling being used as a business tool in everything from movie making to the music industry to advertising and especially live events. This session explores the proven methodology behind creating a powerful story and the most effective ways to get that story out there.

12:00 am - 1:15 pm

Luncheon: The EXPERIENCE Food Market

Food is the foundation of an event, yet many planners don’t treat it as part of the experience, but as a necessary component or even an afterthought. Why do you think at every house party, people end up in the kitchen? In history, even in biblical times, breaking bread is where the moments happen. Food has profound meaning and sharing a meal leads to connections, ties people together, sparks a conversation and creates the experience. This innovative luncheon will show you unique ways to work with your caterer to build excitement, to integrate the food experience into the story you are telling and develop fresh ways of looking at your event food service without increasing costs or resources.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The BIG Six. Power UP RoundTable Workshops
30 minute power discussions on the SIX critial pillars in every event.
Choose 3 of the following Sessions:

1. Design: Canva 1.0 – Learn How to Use This Simple Design Program and Save Thousands on Design.

2. Event Production – The Technical Script, What is it and Why You Need it. Presented by Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM, ProPlan Conferences & Events

3. Social Media in – Master Today’s Top 5 Social Platforms – bring your phones and get ready to post. Presented by 

4. Contracts: Secrets & Tips to Negotiate & Reduce Event Costs. Presented by Heather Reid, Planner Protect

5. Marketing: Five BIG Pillars of a Successful Event Marketing Campaign.Presented by Hailey O’Bright, The Idea Hunter

6. Tech: Tech Talk: Cutting Edge Innovations in Audio Visual.

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

The Power of Being Present
Presented by Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP, Eclectic Events Inc.

This session will focus on basic techniques surrounding grounding, mindfulness and somatic resourcing.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Grounding techniques help you to stay “in the moment” when your mind and body are returning to a place of trauma or stress. Somatic resourcing focuses on the 3 A’s – actions, awareness’s, and abilities – that support your sense of self in many categories such as psychological, emotional, intellectual, relational, artistic, spiritual.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Wine Down & Wrap Up Presented by Erin Henderson, the WIne Sisters

After a long day of immersive education, take a break and enjoy some light-hearted conversation, a glass of wine, some gourmet cheese, maybe some chocolate and get some great tips on pairing all these together for your next intimate event or personal dinner party.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Venue - The Addison Residence

Opening Night “KIKI Kitchen Party” Produced by POP Kollaborative

Tuesday March 20th


9:00 am - 9:30 am

From Passion to Powerhouse
Presented by Emily Lyons, President & Founder, Femme Fatal Media

Emily Lyons runs Canada’s top staffing agency. She is young, passionate and powerful. Starting from scratch, she has succeeded in building her company into an absolute phenom with 1900 models working for some of the most influential and well-known companies in the world. Her determination, will and psychic like business intuition have been her guiding force has skyrocketed her brand to international success. Join Emily as she shares her secrets, strategies and tools for getting clear, building purpose and driving a brand to the top.

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Are You Entertained?
Presented by Janice Cardinale, President, The Idea Hunter, Toronto

Janice Cardinale, Chief Idea Hunter defines inspiration as not only the urge but the ability to accomplish creative greatness. This fabulous presentation has become a ‘can’t-miss ‘ annual event at CSE.  Janice brings her vision,  boundless creativity, most inspiring entertainment insights to the stage with a visual presentation, unlike anything you have seen.Janice identifies the latest trends in emerging new technologies, music, art, and dance as they relate to entertainment and production at an event.  Grab a coffee and relax while Janice takes you on a journey into 2018 and what event professionals can expect this coming year.

10:20 am - 10:50 am

The Strategic MindSet
Presented by Ken Kristoffersen CSEP, CSEM CEO, POP Kollaborative & Meghan Hird CSEP, Director of Live Experiences, POP Kollaborative, Calgary

Ken Kristoffersen – Chief Strategy Officer and the team at POP Kollaborative are recognized for their long history of national and international awards . His process for conceptualization and development is honed through years of experience, event analysis success, challenges and practice. He and Meghan Hird – Director, Live Experiences and last year’s CSE Emerging Leader award recipient build event excellence through careful discovery and strategic thinking. By breaking down the core messaging to harvest the organic purpose, they reach a place where every detail is orchestrated with clear precision and flawless execution. Join them for this empowering session and learn their keys to strategic live experience design and how to funnel your thinking toward this powerful creation process.

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Explore 30,000 sq.ft of unique and creative event ideas

Our version of a trade show, the 30,000 sq. ft space is filled with one-of-a- kind experiences, creative suppliers and BIG ideas. Discover fresh ideas, affordable new products and people with solutions for your biggest event challenge.

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

The Tasting Room opens
Featuring sampling & cuisine classes from GTA chefs, baristas, tap rooms, chocolate & cheese makers, dessert bars, wineries and craft breweries.
Discover delicious new products and innovative, one of a kind food ideas for your events.

Featuring sampling & cuisine classes from GTA chefs, baristas, tap rooms, chocolate & cheese makers, dessert bars, wineries and craft breweries.
Discover delicious new products and innovative, one of a kind food ideas for your events.

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Event Trends 2018 Presented by Julius Solaris. Editor, Event Manager Blog

Julius Solaris, Editor of Event Manager Blog is a global icon in the event world and according to Successful Meetings Magazine, one of the 25 most influential individuals in the Meeting Industry. The author of over 10 books on event technology and innovation, Julius knows a thing or two about events. His 10 Event Trends report is sought after worldwide by planners who use it as their annual guide to staying fresh and current. During this riveting presentation, Julius gives the audience an overview of the mega trends affecting the industry and shares over 70 trends defining event technology, event marketing and social media, venues and destinations, event experience, event decor and styling, and destination management companies.
• Learn only about what matters next year. No superficial overviews, no content marketing stunts.
• Gain insights from the world’s most popular outlook for the industry with the work of six experts in the field
• Get clear direction on your 2018 strategy

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Design Is Dead.. Let's Talk Experience
Presented by Aaron Kaufman CSEP, Fifth Element Group

1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

Let's Talk Cash,
Presented by Sebastien David, Senik Events

Let’s talk cash: How and How much to charge?
If you are a professional or want to be, you are not volunteering! You need to figure out how to charge and mostly how much.
This session is for planners/producers in the event business. We will explain three different approaches to make money in the event industry. Hourly, Fixed or Hybrid. We will talk about mark-up’s, kick-backs, discounts, what to say or not to your clients

We will take a look at the do’s and don’ts in the pricing of an event.
1. Learn different ways to charge their clients
2. Share good practices and their personal best.
3. Make more money with each event
4. Learn how the others do it!

Our work has value, now it’s time to maximize it.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Thought Exchange-The Great Idea Harvest
Presented by Thought Exchange, Facilitated by MIke Granek CSEP, Event Leadership Institute & Stacy Wyatt, Canadian Special Events Magazine

5:30 pm


Wednesday March 21st


5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

21st Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala