Tuesday, March 26

8:00 a.m.  Coffee House & Registration

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Event Innovation Lab™ Certification Course Presented by Julius Solaris with special guests
Ben Leikach, Evenium, Matthew Sessions, Digital Summit and Susan Prophet, Quebec City Business Destination  

This immersive event planning training seminar is aimed at high-performance agencies and corporate event teams looking to inject innovation into their events. The Event Innovation Lab™ brings the latest technology and trends in the event industry into service at the most challenging event environments.

Using a proprietary framework developed over 7 years of research, the activities of each workshop are designed around the challenges that attendees are experiencing, making the training hyper-targeted to your needs.  The Event Innovation Lab™ is aimed at clearing the confusion when it comes to innovative event design practices, user experience, event technology selection, event marketing strategy and guest satisfaction.


● Execution
● Meeting Design
● Sponsorship and Internal Buy-in
● Engagement

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Professional Development Workshops- Choose one of the following workshops

1) Corporate Global Citizenship -Planning Events in an Evolving World

As the planner, you are not only responsible for your guest’s experience and safety, but the impact your events have on them, your brand, your community, and the environment. Taking all these factors into consideration during the planning process is part of being a good corporate citizen and in our changing world, is as important as having an Instagram account. From responsible data collection to sustainable planning, this course will help you understand CSR, what it means to your organization, clients and key stakeholders and how to implement it into your events, programs, and overall strategies. A certificate will be issued upon completion.

  • Economic Implications – Profit vs Philanthropy: Making it a Win, Win Win.
  • Human Rights & Events  – Creating Safe Space for Diversity, Inclusion & Community)
  • Sustainability – Creating Events That Support Our Planet
  • Catering & Hospitality – Solutions & Opportunities to Impact Lives with Event Food
  • Security & Guest Safety – High-Level Risk Management & Threat Assessment

2) The Blue Print of An Event
Presented by Carolyn Luscombe, CSEP, CMP, Eclectic Events Int. & Michael Granek, Event Leadership Institute
Certificate provided by Event Leadership Institute

Get ready to take a deep dive into the fundamentals of planning an event. This workshop will equip you with the tools and skills to effective, affordable and seamless events. Whether it is a fundraiser, festival, conference or gala, the building blocks are the same. A certificate will be issued upon completion of this course. Segments include:

  • Objective & Concept Development
  • Creating an Event Management Plan
  • Vendors & Contracts
  • Production Management
  • Evaluation & Wrap Up

6:00 p.m. – Opening Night Party at The MET, Produced by Page & Jian Magen, MBE Group (shuttles from Evergreen -see transportation for schedule)

March 27

8:00 a.m. Coffee House & Registration

Icons & Influencers Keynote Series

During these high impact keynotes, you will learn from award-winning industry leaders giving you real-world insights and actionable tools you use to skyrocket your event creative AND your business success. The Keynotes take place over the course of the day. Sessions range in duration and all take place in the BMO Atrium. There will be plenty of long breaks to allow for time to visit the CSE Live Trade Show. The sessions in the morning run with no breaks.

8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. From the Ground Up – No Client No Problem – Creating a Legacy Event From Nothing!
Presented by Event Industry Influencers Alex Bickers, President, Reveal Events Group, Robert Porter – Owner / Creative Director – Elizabeth Stanley Event Design, Jennifer Winter, Owner, Rebelux Creative, Gemma Scott, Operations Manager, Go2 Productions, all speakers based in Vancouver.

9:05 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. The Marriage of Food & Design – TOP Trends in Catering & Design
Presented by Food & Entertaining Influencer Shannon Boudreau, Director of Sales, Lazy Gourmet Catering & Celebrity Food Trendist 

9:40 a.m. – 10:10  Microniching 
Presented by Brand Influencer Lara McCulloch, Award-winning marketing consultant, brand strategist, social media pioneer and global marketing keynote speaker, Toronto, ON

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   How Automation, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Decentralization of Work Will Change Events Forever
Presented by Tech Influencer Rahul Goel, Aerospace Engineer & Head of Technology & Innovation for PheedLoop Inc., Toronto, ON

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 am. Entertain the F*#& Out of Them!
Presented by Entertainment ICON, Janice Cardinale, CEO The Idea Hunter, Toronto, ON

11:00 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. Cyber Security and It’s Immediate Threat To The Global Event Industry
Presented by Tech Influencer, Yoseph Elkaim, Serial Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author & Cyber Crimes Expert @the Pentagon, Philidelphia, Pensylvania

11:30 a.m. -12:10 p.m. Global Event Trends with Industry Icon Andrea Michaels
Presented by Event Industry Icon Andrea Michaels, President of Extraordinary Events, Los Angeles California

1:00 p.m- 1:45 p.m. Critical Conversation on Human Trafficking & Events -What EVERY Planner Needs to Know Now
Panelist: Sandy Biback, CMP Emeritus, CMM. Founder, Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking(MPAHT)
Panelist: Andrea Michaels, President, Extraordinary Events
Panelist: Andrea Boulden, Senior Manager of TD Wealth Event Team & Board Member (MPAHT)
Panelist: Corporate Group Sales Manager, Hyatt on King & Board Member (MPAHT)
Panelist: pending
Moderated by Ken Kristoffersen CSEP, POP Kollaborative


2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. What Do You Want To Be Known For? 
Presented by Social Media Influencer & Champion of Women in Business, Emily Lyons, CEO, Femme Fatale Media, Founder True Glue, Lyons Elite, + JWLS, Toronto, ON

2:50 p.m  – 3:10 p.m. Where BIG Ideas Come From
Presented by Page & Jian Magen, The MBE Group

3:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m. Keynote

5:30 p.m. CSE Live Show closes

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Inspired Spaces Design Event & Reception @ Seneca College (ticket required)

Thursday, March 28

6:30 pm. – 11:00 p.m.
Canadian Event Awards Gala Dinner & Show, Produced by Corey Mandell, Mandell Entertainment