Early bird registration is now available for the 2017 Cascadia Educational Conference—a joint regional conference for Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia chapters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The 2017 conference will take place at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Ore., March 5–7.

The conference will include a tradeshow, more than 40 hours of education, hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and a hosted buyer program with up to eight one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to network with more than 250 of your peers, exchanging ideas and making valuable connections.

Early bird registration runs through Jan. 31, 2017 and is $325 for MPI members, $400 for non-members and $150 for students. Registration includes access to educational sessions/keynotes and materials provided for these sessions, an opening-night rodeo, Monday night hoe down and all meals. Keynote speakers will be Julius Solaris, creator of eventmanagerblog.com, and Richard Aaron, president of Bizbash Media.

For more information and to register, visit mpicascadia.com.

A Planner’s Muse

 

Sample this recipe from the 2018 home of TED: the Vancouver Convention Centre.

 

The industry came together at The Foundry by Herban Feast on Oct. 19, 2017, for our Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards. In addition to great music and food, beer tastings, and candid photo booth snapshots, Northwest Meetings + Events raised approximately $900 for the SEARCH Foundation through a silent auction. The evening was capped off with our awards ceremony presided over by emcee Ron Hippe.