Conference Program

2023 Conference Schedule Coming Soon 

Sunday June 26, 2022

12:00PM - 6:00PM Registration : 3rd Level Hamilton Convention Centre

Pick up your Conference badge and package at the Registraiton Desk located on the 3rd Level of the Hamilton Convention Centre.

1:00PM - 5:00PM ExpoCAN Exhibitor Move In : Chedoke A

Location: Chedoke A

4:00PM - 5:00PM Facilities Meeting : Webster A

Location: Webster A

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5:00PM - 6:00PM First Time Attendee Welcome Reception : Webster Lounge

Location: Webster Lounge

First time joining us at the CAEM Annual Conference? Don’t miss the First-Timers’ Reception, where this year’s CAEM Team, Conference Co-Chairs and Board of Directors are excited to welcome you and offer some tips and tricks to get the most out of your CAEM and Conference experience.

Join us for a drink and get a head start on this year’s exciting conference Sunday between 5:00PM-6:00PM!

Please note: This event is open to first time
conference attendees, the Board and the Conference
Co-Chairs (by invitation only).


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6:00PM - 8:00PM CAEM Conference Kick Off Reception: The Diplomat Restaurant

Location: The Diplomat Restaurant 43 King William Street Hamilton Ontario Walking directions from the Sheraton Hamilton – Google Maps

Start your CAEM Conference off right by attending the Conference Kick Off Reception.  After 3 long years, this is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from coast to coast and meet new connections.

Sponsored by Destination Toronto, the Conference Kick Off Reception is being held at one of Hamilton’s premiere restaurants, The Diplomat.

Join us for 2 hours of fantastic hors d’ouevres, food stations, and cocktails in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.  Then afterwards you can choose one of the many restaurants in this area for dinner or you are more than welcome to remain at The Diplomat and enjoy their extensive drinks menu.

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Monday June 27, 2022

8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C

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9:00AM - 10:00AM Annual General Meeting : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C



The Annual General Meeting is your opportunity to hear what the association has done and what it plans to do. You are encouraged to attend and exercise your basic membership rights. 


Any CAEM member may attend the meeting. In accordance with our membership participation rights policy, this means any exposition member, or named representative of an associate member company for whom a fee is paid.


Any exposition member in good standing, and the primary designated representative of an associate member company (one per associate member company) in good standing may vote. 

Please contact the CAEM office if you are not sure whether you are a voting member. A membership status review will take place prior to the meeting.


It means simply that your 2022 fees have been paid and that the payment has been deposited and cleared. If a fee payment is made at the meeting or a few days before, it must be made by certified cheque or by credit card.


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10:00AM - 11:00AM Opening Keynote: Heath Slawner : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C

Thrive on Purpose
Speaker: Heath Slawner


Heath Slawner shares a powerfully simply idea called the Golden Circle (discovered by Simon Sinek) and builds upon it with examples and stories that bring it to life. Heath has partnered with Simon Sinek and his team since 2015 and, like Simon, envisions a world in which a majority of people go home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do. The Golden Circle plays a vital role in the realization of that world.

This simple idea explains how great leaders inspire through the way they think, act, and communicate. It’s not about changing who we are, it’s about understanding who we are.

Highlights from Heath’s talk:

  • What you do becomes more powerful when you know Why you do it.
  • How to use the Why as a filter, giving you an alternative perspective on your organization and even your career.
  • The importance of human connection through trust and authenticity and how it is vital to an organization success.
  • Why some organizations are more innovative, more profitable, command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike and are able to repeat their success over and over (and how you can, too).

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11:00AM - 11:15AM Break : Chedoke Foyer

Location: Chedoke Foyer


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11:15AM - 12:15PM Concurrent Session A : Heath Slawner : Webster BC

Location: Webster BC


Interacting with Influence: Skills, Tactics & Behaviours to Build Trust, Deepen Relationships & Gain Commitment

Speaker: Heath Slawner

Our ability to influence wisely and effectively – to get people to listen, to trust, and act on what we say – is arguably the most important skill for reaching our greatest potential. We influence others every day of our lives, whether it is intentional or not; every conversation, every interaction is another opportunity to move people in our direction and inspire action. Though we face these challenging interpersonal situations every single day, rarely do we have the opportunity to sharpen these skills and learn the difference between what works and what doesn’t.

Interacting with Influence is an evidence-based approach for building powerful working relationships and gaining commitment to achieve the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Building on the idea that you cannot influence without trust, Heath challenges the audience to think more strategically about the levers to increase trustworthiness, such as intimacy and selflessness, and to apply the scientifically proven influence techniques that yield optimal results.


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11:15AM - 12:15PM Concurrent Session B : Paula Vital : Webster A

Location:Webster A

Overcoming Overwhelm

Speaker: Paula Vital, Live the Present

Constant e-mails, texts, social media, work pressures and family obligations make staying present in this age of distraction is an overwhelming feat.

This seminar will help you identify what is causing overwhelm in your life and explore ways to respond in clear and effective ways. We will also uncover the hidden challenges and root causes that could be contributing to overwhelm.

Participants will leave the session with a roadmap for overcoming overwhelm and clarity on small action steps to begin the process.

The seminar will also provide simple, practical tools and strategies to help regain a sense of balance, ease, and wellbeing in the midst of challenging and overwhelming circumstances.

12:45PM-3:30PM ExpoCAN Trade Show & Lunch : Chedoke A

Location: Chedoke A

We are excited to welcome you to ExpoCAN, being held in conjunction with the CAEM 2022 Annual Conference. The trade show takes place in the Chedoke A Ballroom at the Hamilton Convention Centre and will run from 12:45pm – 3:30pm on Monday, June 27, 2022.

ExpoCAN provides the perfect opportunity to visit exhibitors who will be showcasing innovative products and services that will help take your shows to the next level. This important component of the Conference is an essential way to reconnect with suppliers, source new ideas and strategies, and network with your peers.

All this PLUS there are great prizes to be won from our Exhibitors, including the Grand Prize of $500, sponsored by SHOWTECH. The Grand Prize will be drawn just prior to 3:30pm and you must be present on the trade show floor to win!

Note: ExpoCAN is open to Exposition Members and exhibiting Associate Members only. 

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ExpoCAN Lunch & Reception and Bar Sponsored by:

3:30PM - 6:00PM ExpoCAN Move Out : Chedoke A

Location: Chedoke A

6:00PM - 11:00PM Monday Evening Reception & Dinner : Stonewalls

Bus transportation to Stonewalls will begin at 5:45pm and will continue until 6:45pm – meet in front of the Sheraton Hamilton

Come join our sponsor, The International Centre, at one of Hamilton’s most popular live music venues – Stonewalls. It’ll be a fun night with live music, great food and delicious drinks. You will not want to miss it!

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Tuesday June 28, 2022

7:30AM - 8:15AM Breakfast : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C

8:15AM - 9:15AM Show Managers Meeting : Webster A

Location: Webster A

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8:15AM - 9:15AM Associates Align Meeting : Webster BC

Location: Webster BC

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9:30AM - 10:30AM Tuesday Keynote: Laura Cole : Chedoke C

Location : Chedoke C

Building Successful Relationships

Speaker: Laura Cole, Your Latitude

From sponsor and exhibitor partnerships to the teams we work with, building and maintaining strong relationships have never been more important.  The way we connect with each other has changed significantly over the last few years as we’ve learned to navigate the virtual world and cautious return to in person events.  What better time for a refresher on your relationship building and networking skills, as we navigate this new landscape and renew our connections.

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10:30AM - 10:45AM Break : Chedoke Foyer

Location: Chedoke Foyer

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10:45AM - 11:45AM : Webster BC Concurrent Session A: Sales Track - Fotini Iconomopoulos

Location: Webster BC


Say Less, Get More In Business

Speaker:Fotini Iconomopoulos

Whether you are leading a company, a team, or yourself, the power of negotiation is all about communicating persuasively. Today’s workforce follows leaders who are able to persuade and inspire them to go along with their ideas based on understanding and trust. So, how can you make your voice stand out as a leader? Become more influential day-to-day, and start achieving the results you want?

Expert communicator Fotini Iconomopoulos shares the principles of persuasion and negotiation and shows audiences how to use them to become the kind of leader that people want to follow.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the power of pause.
  • Discover more options to get the results you want.
  • Gain new perspectives on the likeability equation.

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10:45AM - 11:45AM Concurrent Session B: Round Tables - What the Tech?: Webster A

Location: Webster A

Round Table Session: What the Tech?

Join us to explore event technology and trends shaping our industry’s future.

Here we look closely at the technology we’ve embraced over the last few years and examine which uses have worked and which have failed in the areas of event management, virtual events, hybrid events, marketing, sales, registration, and sustainability.

Engage in this wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion as we address these successes and failures, next steps, and predictions.

Round Table Topics and Facilitators: 

  • Event Management Technology – Digital software tools to help you succeed
    Mike Morton, Unity Event Solutions
  • Show data and metrics: what to collect and how best to use it
    Nick Samain, dmg events
  • Marketing in a digital environment
    Shalini Mitchell, Marketplace Events
  • Sustainability
    Jennifer Ledingham, Informa Connect
  • Onsite AV Technology- Navigating the changing expectations and hybrid environment
    Mark Awad, bbBlanc

12:00PM - 2:00PM Sponsor & Volunteer Recognition Luncheon : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C

Join us as we applaud the many countless volunteers and companies that have contributed time, talent, resources and financial support to the CAEM 2022 Annual Conference! Let’s celebrate the people who power the annual conference!

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2:00PM - 3:00PM Concurrent Session A: Sales Track- Fotini Iconomopoulos : Webster BC

Location: Webster BC

Ask The Expert

Speaker:Fotini Iconomopoulos

For more than a decade Fotini Iconomopoulos has been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives, guiding them through high-stakes scenarios in industries such as consumer packaged goods, retail, professional services, energy, telecommunications, tech, and finance.

This is your chance to ask how her tips and techniques apply to you and your business scenarios.  Come armed with questions and engage with Fotini and your colleagues to find out more about how to hone your negotiation skills and achieve the results you want.

2:00PM - 3:00PM Concurrent Session B: Round Tables - Workplace of the Future : Webster A

Location: Webster A

Workplace of the Future

The way we operate businesses and manage people has changed significantly over the last two years and organizations were quickly forced to transform and adapt to the new normal in order to survive. What does the workplace of the future look like? What positive changes were made during the pandemic that your company will continue with?  What didn’t work?

This HR-focused roundtable offers an invaluable opportunity to network with industry peers and participate in discussions on key challenging human resource related topics.

Please come prepared with your tough questions and the ideas you want to brainstorm with peers.

 Round Table Topics and Facilitators:

  • Successfully Navigating the Hybrid Work Environment
    Heather MacRae, Landscape Ontario
  • Recruitment: Rebuilding Your Team
    Melissa Arnott, Newcom Media 
  • Maintaining culture and connections in a virtual environment
    Jill Kivett, Marketplace Events
  • Employee retention – Understanding the diverse needs of your employees
    David Chisholm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Doing More with Less – Making the most of limited staff and budget
    Linda Waddell, Canadian Boat Shows Inc.

3:00PM - 3:15PM Break : Chedoke Foyer

Location: Chedoke Foyer

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3:15PM - 4:15PM Closing Keynote: Peter Katz : Chedoke C

Location: Chedoke C

Resiliency & Dealing With Change

Speaker: Peter Katz

Change is the name of the game in today’s world. Change is also one of our highest sources of anxiety and one of our biggest emotional obstacles. Peter speaks to the heart of the emotions surrounding change and helps create an internal infrastructure to not only weather the storm, but to ride the waves of uncertainty to new opportunities, impact, and innovation.

5:00PM - 11:00PM Closing Night Celebration - Liuna Station

Bus transportation to Liuna Station will begin at 4:50pm and will continue until 5:45pm – meet in front of the Sheraton Hamilton

Our Closing Night Celebration will take place at one of Hamilton’s most distinctive and historic venues.  Liuna Station, a former CN Rail station opened in 1931, will impress you with its classic style and excellent food.

Join our sponsor, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and celebrate the last night of the Conference in this beautiful setting.  Share memories over cocktails, dinner, dancing, and casino tables.  You may not win the jackpot at our casino, but you’ll have a great time networking and you could win some great prizes!

This is a celebration you will not want to miss!


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