On September 19th, MPI British Columbia Chapter hosted its very first event to kick off the year. The event was hosted in the beautiful Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver and
had attendees swooning over the beautiful ice sculptures and guest presentations.
The night started off with a presentation by one of Canada’s top networking experts, Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, who showed us how to refresh our network.
Gayle gave great tips on how to put your best foot forward and how to get the most out of your networking opportunities.
The night then followed with rejuvenation of our minds and souls with Lululemon’s Erin Lewky who lead us in an Energizing Meditation session.
Erin showed us how important it was to not only keep your physical state healthy, but also how important your mental state is.
Not only did members get the re-ignite their membership, many re-ignited their sense of community within the industry.
Mingling with students, industry leaders, planners, and suppliers, was a great reminder of why we do what we do.
As a student, coming to this event was a bit frightening for me as I’ve never been to a networking event yet alone.
I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone was and how open they were to talking us students.
When joining MPI as part of the MPI BCIT, I would have never imaged such a rich experience,
and I am so glad I got this chance to meet with those in the MPI British Columbia Chapter.
To those who are on the fence about going to future events, I say take the leap and go for it.
There are so many great people you meet and so many opportunities. I look forward to the next event and meeting more amazing people.
Written by Nathan Seto
BCIT Tourism Management