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Stories from the Crypt: Coping with Change

  • Fort Edmonton Park - Selkirk Hotel - Cafe 7000 143 Street Edmonton Canada (map)

In the past 18 months there have been unprecedented examples of crisis affecting our industry.  This session will provide insights into a recent example of how suppliers and planners worked through unanticipated emergencies, covering the moving of a 1,000 person event with a 3 hour show in 24 hours.

This story will hit home for Albertan event planners as it happened during the Fort McMurray fires, and speaker Anne Finzer worked to move her event quickly to make space for evacuees at Northlands. She has told this story before, at World Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas this year, and we are excited to welcome her to discuss this topic with our local event industry.

The presentation will be accompanied by a round table discussion.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Understand how to manage through the lingering effects of an unexpected venue cancellation and how to prepare better in the future.
  • Identify proactive pre-planning steps to employ that will help ease the stress of crisis management
  • Determine the importance of selecting the right partners and building relationships can help ensure a positive outcome


Included in the below ticket prices are lunch, access to the session, and the opportunity to connect with friends in the event industry.

MPI Member - $42
Non-Member - $62

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Thank you to our Sponsors!


Speaker Bio:


Anne Finzer, Chief Event Architect and President brings over 27 years of dedicated event industry management experience.  Her experience is diversified amongst special events, meeting management, tradeshows and conferences.   Anne’s education in business and marketing benefits all of her clients while CEO Events is developing any event model.  Anne’s unique approach to ensuring the guests have an experience rather than just an event increases the success of event objectives and ensures many repeat clients.  Anne completed 5 terms of association management with the Edmonton MPI chapter.  In 2006 she co-chaired the MPI Western Canadian Event Industry Conference and was awarded the Edmonton Chapter MPI Event Planner of the Year.  Anne has completed the MPI Experiential Events Series - the first member to do so.  In 2011 Anne led a committee to start a International Live Events Association (ILEA) chapter in Edmonton.  Anne received the ILEA J. Robert Graves award in 2016 - the first ever Canadian to receive this award in 30 years.  She is chaired the International conference for ILEA held in Calgary, Canada for the 2nd time in 30 years!

Earlier Event: September 19
Wine & Apps
Later Event: November 21
Rogers Place Tour & Networking Reception