Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018

April 12, 2018
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
120 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3
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“Global Industry. Local Impact.”

“Research into the impact of international conferences on a city’s economic development has evolved beyond easily measurable tourism-related metrics, like direct spend on hotels and restaurants. Today, there’s growing focus on the long-term benefits following a conference, both for local business and academic communities, as well as for visiting professionals and their organizations.” - Greg Oates. October 2016.

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across 6 continents in 2017. 

Come join the conversation with our host, Dave Kelly, and a panel of local experts on the importance of the meetings industry and the power it has to drive positive business outcomes, build strong communities and create valuable personal connections.

3:00PM – 3:30PM: Registration and Networking
3:30PM – 3:45PM: Welcome Remarks
3:45PM – 4:45PM: Panel Discussion with Q&A
4:45PM – 6:00PM: Networking Reception


Dave Kelly
Celebrity Host & Emcee

Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly is a story teller. But more than that, Dave Kelly has the unique gift of enabling those around him to also tell great stories.As a moderator and host, he has travelled the world working with groups like EO and YPO/WPO to facilitate world class conversations that are as personal as they are inspiring.

From Delhi to Stanford, from Toronto to Amman, Dave uses his extensive television and theatrical experiences to bring out the best in those who lead - whether they lead nations or businesses, whether they lead quietly or with volume.

If there is a theme that Dave has discovered in the thousands of interviews and conversations with some of the best thinkers, writers and leaders in the world - it is that we are all human, we are all in this together, and there is something we can all learn.

That and there isn’t a presentation in the world that can be saved by PowerPoint.

Dave’s current production is Dave Kelly Live – - a fantastic live talk show playing at the majestic Grande Theatre.

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Amy Johnson
General Manager, Hyatt Regency Calgary
Chair, Calgary Hotel Association

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, a 30+ year hospitality veteran with 17 + years with Hyatt Hotels, was part of the opening team for Hyatt Regency Calgary.  Amy is the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Calgary, returning to Calgary in 2016 after 10 years working with Hyatt Hotels in Chicago. In Chicago, Amy travelled the globe as Corporate Director of Sales, Revenue and Event Operations for the Americas with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Prior to the Hyatt, Amy’s Canadian hotel experience includes 15 + years holding senior leadership positions with Delta Hotels & Resorts and with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts) in food and beverage and event operations. Since returning to Calgary, Amy has joined the Calgary Hotel Association Board of Directors and the UNICEF Calgary Patron’s Council.

Amy’s pictured above with her dog Sasha at the Hyatt Regency Calgary on Love Your Pet Day.

Mark Starratt
Co-Chair, Host Organizing Committee, 2025 Rotary International Convention

Director, Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager with Richardson GMP Ltd.

Mark Starratt

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Mark Starratt is currently Director, Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager with Richardson GMP Ltd. In 2005, as a result of his professional success and community work, Mark was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 and received a Distinguished Alumni Citation from the University of Alberta. In 2011, Mark was awarded the Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) Community Inclusion Award and in 2012 was admitted to the Order of the University of Calgary. He was Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Banff Sports Hall of Fame; has sat on both the Senate and Board of Governors at the University of Calgary and currently is on the Board of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Mark’s community involvement is most exemplified through Rotary. A Rotarian since 1997, Mark was honored to have served as District Governor for D5360 in 2008/09. Since then he has gone on to serve in a variety of Zone roles, such as Zone Trainer, Assistant Rotary Coordinator and Chair of the Zone Nominating Committee for Director. Mark has been asked to serve as an RI President’s Representative on five occasions and is a Major Donor and member of the Bequest Society.
Mark is the co-chair for the Host Organizing Committee for the 2025 Rotary International Convention being held in Calgary. The Convention is anticipated to bring 20,000 to 40,000 delegates to the city and surrounding region during the three to five day convention.

Miki Reeder
President & CEO, The Connect Group
President & General Manager, Canadian Energy Chamber of Commerce

Miki Reeder

Connect Partnership Group

Miki Reeder has for the past 20 years served on a variety of boards both in the commercial and in the not-for profit sector and has worked in the events industry since 1987.  A bilingual and bi-cultural professional Miki is a UK national with Spanish roots and having worked throughout The Americas has developed a deep understanding of both LATAM and Anglo-Saxon business cultures and how to bridge the two.

Miki is passionate about the face to face marketing industry and the positive impact it can have on both communities and the business constituents they represent. He has produced hundreds of major conferences and exhibitions in diverse places from Helsinki to New Orleans.

Miki’s main areas of professional competency include Leadership, Marketing, Business Development, White Labeling and Events. Amongst other business initiatives he is currently working on a series of major event launches to be hosted at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre in 2019. 

Miki is proud to call Calgary, Alberta his home.


Event Partners 


MCC            Calgary Marriott Downtown logo

      FMAV    Hotel Blackfoot

SSS Logo           Madison Paige Logo

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  Event Supporters

MMB Canada      PCMA Canada West



$45.00 MPI-GCC - Member Registration

$65.00 Non Member/Guest Registration

$25.00 MPI-GCC - Student Member Registration

$45.00 PCMA Canada West - Member Registration