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Day 1
25 May 2016
Day 2
26 May 2016
Day 3
27 May 2016
9:30 - 10:00

Arrival and Registration

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee and Icebreaker

IAPCO Snapshot

Learn more about IAPCO, it’s vision, goals and the people behind it.
Jan Tonkin

The New Face of Meetings

The pace of change in the 21st century is now one of the biggest challenges for individuals, companies and associations. The ability to react and adapt to changing circumstances has...
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Mathias Posch
Claire Smith
11:45 - 12:15

Group Discussions/Report

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch

Bidding for a Conference: Winning Tactics

The competition among destinations to host events is tougher now than ever. This session will look at how to build the strongest possible bid team and how to market your...
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Michel Neijmann

BREAK OUTS 1 / Bidding for a Conference: A Deeper Look

This break-out session offers a more in-depth look at the issues touched on in the earlier bidding session.
Jan Tonkin
Claire Smith

BREAK OUTS 2 / The Changing Role of the PCO

In this break-out session, we look at the changing profile of today’s and tomorrow’s PCOs and have a deeper look into changing business models and different service offerings and how...
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Mathias Posch
Michel Neijmann
15:25 - 15:55

Coffee Break

Strategic Marketing: Beyond the Email Blast

Reaching audiences today means cutting through the vast amounts of information and other education options competing for delegates’ time and attention. Indiscriminate mass emails will no longer do it: we...
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Jan Tonkin
16:40 - 17:15

Group Discussions/Report

19:00 - 21:30

Casual Dinner

No Surprises Financial Management

Good financial management is essential to a well-run conference. This session covers the general principles of financial management, including budgeting, budget control and cashflow forecasting. We’ll show you how to...
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Jan Tonkin

Meeting Formats: Across the Spectrum

Meetings are no longer a series of ‘one person behind a podium’ presentations. As the way we live has changed tremendously over recent years, so have the ways we learn...
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Mathias Posch
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Prioritising and Mitigating Risk

Drawing up a list of risks is the easy part of risk management. The challenging part is prioritising those risks and planning ways to mitigate them. This practical session gives...
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Jan Tonkin
11:45 - 12:15

Group Discussions/Report

12:15 - 14:15

Lunch and Forest Walk

The Power of the Team

Team Work delivers the Real Work. The focus of this session is on realising trust and focus in teams, which is essential to achieving strategic goals in any organization. There are no...
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Michel Neijmann

BREAK OUTS 1 / Navigating the Compliance Landscape

Sometimes in our work on corporate, government or medical meetings, we find ourselves having to navigate a maze of regulations and restrictions. This session takes you through the key aspects...
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Mathias Posch

BREAK OUTS 2 / Conducting Successful Site Visits

Often after years of researching, working on a bid and lobbying, it all comes down to one or two days in your destination with the potential client. However, site visits...
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Michel Neijmann
Claire Smith
15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Content is King: Good Programme Management

It may seem obvious: the core of every meeting is the content of the programme itself. However, all too often the programme ends up bottom of the decision-making priority list....
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Mathias Posch
Claire Smith
16:45 - 17:15

Group Discussions/Report

18:30 - 22:00

Cultural Night

Working with Client Expectations

NOTE: This session will take place at the Delta Hotel. To justify your role as PCO, you need to meet or exceed your clients’ expectations and deliver real and measurable...
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Jan Tonkin
Mathias Posch
Michel Neijmann
Claire Smith
10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break

Closing Session: The Power of Play (with Lunch)

Note: You will not be able to leave this session before 14:00, so please take this into consideration when making your return travel arrangements.
Roger Haskett

Location

Whistler Conference Centre
4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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