Press Release For Immediate Release

Toronto's Annual BizBash Event Planner Trade Show Returns to the Direct Energy Centre on February 11, 2009

Jordan Bitove of Vision Companies Inc. is Selected to Deliver Morning Keynote Address on "The Power of Innovative Events as the Catalyst for Change, Rejuvenation, and Recovery."

Town Hall Meeting for Planners of Top 100 Annual Events Will Focus on Facing Industry Challenges in the 2009 Canadian Marketplace.

Toronto, Ontario - November 17, 2008 - The sixth annual Toronto BizBash Event Style Expo and education conference, presented by BizBash Media, the North American trade press for the meeting and event industry, will be held February 11, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trade show floor will open at 11:30 a.m. at the Direct Energy Centre, on the exhibition grounds.

The expo and education conference will attract attendance more than 1,000 of Canada's event and meeting professionals. Jordan Bitove, C.E.O. of Vision Companies and Canadian event industry pioneer, will present the morning keynote address at 11 a.m. on "The Power of Innovative Events as the Catalyst for Change, Rejuvenation, and Recovery." Bitove says, "At the 12-month mark until the opening of the Winter Olympics, there will be plenty to talk about."

BizBash editor in chief Chad Kaydo and a panel of Toronto editors will present the afternoon general education session on "Trend Spotting: What You Should Know Now."

The 12:30 p.m. a town hall meeting will take place to discuss the challenges and resolution strategies affecting the current and future events industry.

The BizBash Expo traditionally draws more than 1,000 attendees from all over Canada. The education program will feature 12 classes and seminars on the latest trends and ideas in the industry. Exhibitors showcasing their products and services will include event planning companies, specialty foods dealers, print collateral and signage companies, staging and audiovisual companies, hotels, unique venues, rental companies, caterers, entertainers, event technology providers, destination management companies, and many additional businesses offering cutting-edge event solutions and meeting tools.

"The Event Style Expo has truly become the annual gathering place for anyone who touches special events, meetings, trade shows, and innovative face-to-face marketing of any type. When we started BizBash almost nine years ago, events were a nice thing to have—now, in tough economic times, face-to-face connections are even more important and are recognized as a marketing must," says BizBash C.E.O. David Adler.

Conference program attendees will leverage the experience of event veterans, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge, and keep abreast on the latest industry trends. Nine timely education sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Topics to include:

  • Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Event Planning
  • The Vancouver Olympics: How to Get Involved Now
  • Planning Successful Nonprofit Events/Galas in Challenging Times
  • Hot Legal Issues in Venues and Hotels
  • Power Entertaining With Food and Wine Experiences
  • The Art of Extreme Events
  • Contingency Planning: Are You Ready for Anything? (Heart Attacks, Bomb Threats, Crowd Control)
  • Design Schemes and Dreams: Event Case Studies
The show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information for exhibitors can be found at the expo Web site at

Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s hall of fame recipients, education program speakers, entertainment headliners, and numerous exciting new industry exhibitors!

About BizBash

Since its founding in 2000, BizBash Media has become the event industry’s leading source for inspiration, smart marketing strategies, and useful tools, helping revolutionize the ways event professionals get ideas and connect with each other. BizBash serves six major markets with its trade shows, Web sites, and magazines: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Florida. The BizBash National Venue Guide covers an additional 12 markets. BizBash also hosts Event Planner Expos in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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