IACC welcomed more than 500 delegates to its inaugural Meeting Room of the Future (MROTF) live showcase at the MPI World Education Congress (WEC) in Toronto, with many of its innovative sessions left with standing room only.
Over the three days of the event (June 15–18), IACC delivered 14 exploration sessions and panel discussions focused on subject areas including bridging the perceived gaps between restaurant and conference dining qualities, the development of stronger venues and support services and the creation of sustainable meetings. The sessions also included data and trends from the brand-new Meeting Room of the Future report. A variety of guest speakers joined the sessions, including Alan Booth, vice president at Deloitte University; Susan LoCiero, event manager at TD Wealth Management and Gail McCleese, designer director at Gensler.
Delegates attending the MROTF showcase were able to taste some exciting “foods of the future’” prepared by Murray Hall, executive chef of Bank of Montreal Conference Center in Toronto. Treats on offer included lemon chia breakfast bread, spirulina goji berry energy bites and adzuki bean brownies.
“This project has been 15 months in the making and gave us a chance to accelerate our Meeting Room of the Future report findings into a live setting,” says Mark Cooper, chief executive officer of IACC. “The showcase was embraced by delegates in ways we only dreamed of, and all those who attended really immersed themselves in the sessions. We’re looking forward to seeing if this new research sparks new and innovate ideas for meeting experiences over the coming months.”
Jessie States, director of the MPI Academy, says, “The showcase highlighted the amazing work from the IACC team which was deservedly appreciated by our community and attendees. We value the education, knowledge and applicable context IACC brings to live events.”
Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realized. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe. IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally. For more info, visit www.iacconline.org.