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Our Inspire the Industry general sessions are built around the goal of providing targeted presentations, led by selected industry professionals, with a focus on topical trends, issues or creative inspiration that we can all take home and put to use in our own careers, events and communities. From leadership and creativity, to technology and risk management, and everything in-between, our Inspire the Industry presentations are sure to do just that.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Changing Perspectives:
Building a Better Event Leader -
Bringing the Industry and Academia of Event Management Together

Donald Getz, Phd., Professor Emeritus
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

As we look to the future and sustainability of our industry, from all creative, business, marketing, and financial vantage points, we have come to understand that the natural evolution of our industry necessitates changing perspectives; one in which the professional and academic sides of the equation must grow closer together through new partnerships and the creation of new opportunities to help us all support, encourage, train and build better event leaders for the future.

The IFEA is proud and pleased to welcome one of the leading global academic authorities in our field to help us define that route and prepare for new journeys that lie ahead. Donald Getz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, Canada, is a highly-respected researcher and industry consultant; a leading international tourism and event-studies scholar; and the author or co-author of well over 100 refereed journal articles, as well as a series of bestselling books, including his most recent and just-released new title, Event Evaluation: Theory and Methods for Event Management and Tourism (2018) Goodfellow Publishers and upcoming titles Event Stakeholders (with Mathilda Van Niekerk) and Event and Tourism Impact Assessment.

Dr. Getz retired in July, 2009 from his full-time academic position in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he worked from 1991, and he remains Professor Emeritus at Calgary. He worked from 1980-1991 as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in Recreation and Leisure Studies, and after retirement he has held part time positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), University of Stavanger (Norway), and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Currently he is affiliated with Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden.

Dr. Getz will be with us throughout the IFEA convention, participating in and leading other break-out and Affinity Group sessions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Inside Perspective:
The Quickly Growing Event Roles,
Expectations and Challenges
of Global Host Cities

The Special Event Advisory Team
City of Ottawa, ON, Canada

All cities are experiencing an exponential growth in the number of events that they must now try to effectively service, protect and budget for. For most this has come about through a gradual evolution. For the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, their country’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2017 brought about the equivalent of an event ‘ice bucket’ challenge, with scores of new events (many major undertakings on their own) being introduced and many more existing ones stepping up to new levels of needs and expectations, all in a one-year period. This intense gauntlet of preparation, process and production was an unqualified and memorable success, but those who served ‘behind-the-curtain’ (i.e. construction coordination, human resource planning, assessing risk and mitigation activity, intergovernmental relations, allocation of space, minimizing impacts on residents, working with the local businesses, funding, et al.) while the spotlight was on their city for 365 straight days, learned many new and valuable lessons, faced both expected and unexpected challenges, and helped to set the stage as the city looks to the future of event and city partnerships in the nation’s capital.
Our special ‘Inspire the Industry’ session features the Special Event Advisory Team from the City of Ottawa, including:
• Event Central Branch
• Ottawa Police
• Ottawa Fire Services
• Ottawa Paramedic Services
• Traffic Management
• Ottawa City Transportation
• City By-Law and Regulatory Services
• Public Information & Media Relations
• Ottawa 2017 Bureau
who will share their combined insights, input and experience to help move us all forward. You won’t want to miss this special presentation.
Presenting Sponsor of the IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat

Presenting Sponsor of the IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat 
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