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Publisher’s Note

A Seasonal Thought Summer is the time of year to work on strengthening your team. Whether it’s with co-workers or suppliers, make the most of the summer months to build and strengthen relationships. There are many fun and easy ways to do just that. From playing a round of golf, to attending a baseball or football game, to watching a tennis match or simply enjoy a meal on a terrace. All these moments spent in a friendly environment will create

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Here are a few suggestions from the Reginald J.P. Dawson Library in Town of Mount Royal for your summer reading enjoyment.

14 The Untapped Potential of your Trade Show Network Barry Siskind shows us how to tap into networking opportunities at your next trade show.

18 The 2011 Audio-Visual Guide

A comprehensive guide to help you choose the right AV company for your needs in Canada.

closer ties and strengthen the team. And a stronger team is the competitive advantage all successful companies have. Teams don’t naturally get better on there own. It requires communication. And communication in the aforementioned way increases connection. Talking informally, laughing about past mistakes, learning from them and clearing the air. You can also

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discuss past successes and analyze them in order to repeat the phenomenon. Summer is the ideal time for this as we tend to be less stressed and therefore more open - the perfect scenario.

P ublisher Michel Geoffroy, CMM mg@theplanner.ca E ditor Don Murray, CMP dmurray@theplanner.ca A ssociate E ditor Alice Dawlat adawlat@theplanner.ca A ssociate E ditor

Camille Romanetti cromanetti@theplanner.ca

So my thought for you is to share some good times with the

G raphic A rtist Matthew Riopel mriopel@theplanner.ca

people you work with this summer and remember what Mark

S ales info@theplanner.ca

Twain said: “I can live for 2 months on one good compliment.”

C ontributors Peter de Jager, Marilyn Lazar, Barry Siskind

So, compliment generously this summer. As they say, the greatest compliment is knowing you can be counted on. Count yourself in on that one.

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Scene & Heard By Marilyn Lazar

TAKE FLIGHT WITH AIRSHIP 37 Discreetly nestled adjacent to the historic Distillery District, Toronto’s newest event venue - Airship37 – is located at 37 Parliament Street, Studio 2. A recently renovated industrial warehouse, Airship37 is a 5000 square foot event venue, outfitted with garage doors that provide access to a landscaped exterior. Separated into two distinct spaces, the Gooderham Lounge and the Tabula Rasa or Main Room, Airship37 accommodates up to 400 guests. It can be configured for large or small events. Evoking a 1920’s art deco feel with a contemporary spin, the Gooderham Lounge has a built-in customized bar, stylish lounge furniture and an original antique Parisian chandelier. This space consists of a 1200 sq ft room which accommodates up to 120

Marilyn Lazar is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Planner. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in Communication Studies and has taken freelance and travel writing courses from Ryerson University in Toronto and through Mediabistro in New York. E-mail her at: marilyn@marilynlazar.com. Read her work: marilynlazar.com

guests for a standing cocktail reception. The larger Tabula Rasa or Main Room is a clean, white, open space, fully equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting package that offers clients a blank canvas to decorate according to theme. This space is 2500 sq ft and accommodates up to 180 guests for a seated event, or 350 for a standing cocktail reception. The two unique spaces may be used as one or divided as per your needs. This refined mix of the eclectic and the minimal means that Airship37 can be customized for many types of events; from product launches to client appreciation parties, celebrations to daytime meetings, photo shoots to VIP galas. For inquiries contact: Jamie Crackower - E: Jamie@plumtreegroup.ca

A lofty Four Seasons home The 55th-floor penthouse of the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Toronto sold for a record price. Luxury has a new price tag with the sale of the penthouse in the new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto. It sold for $28-million; the highest price ever paid for a Canadian condominium, at about $3,000 a square foot. It’s still a relative bargain by international standards. In New York, for example, a comparable property would 4

hit the market at $5,000 a square foot. The previous national sales record was held by Vancouver’s Three Harbour Green, which sold for $22-million last year, or $2,300 per square foot. The Four Seasons sale impressed even the most seasoned market watchers, although it is associated with one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world with more than 84 hotels in 34 countries.

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Make a statement Are your meetings unruly or long-winded? Write a single sentence statement of achievement in one sentence before every meeting. For example: ‘As a result of this meeting, we will achieve [insert your objective here].’ This will keep your meetings from running on, because you’ll be focused and know when the goal has been achieved. According to Leadership IQ, companies that have tried it have saved on average 15 minutes per meeting.

And speaking of meetings,

Sometimes the trick is to stop doing all the talking Meetings hold a lot of promise but are rarely executed well, often because the same people hog the spotlight. A meeting is called to discuss an issue but only the usual suspects participate. Everyone else’s opinions go unheard. Harvard Business Review has some ideas to turn that around. Meaningful contribution is the key to meeting success. Here are three ways to get more people involved: Don’t dominate. Let other people speak before you talk again. Be positive. Demonstrate that all ideas are important points. Thank people who are usually reticent for their comments. Ask directly. To get input from everyone, ask each person for their thoughts.


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Jean-Drapeau Park:

CERTIFICATION PAYS

A nook of nature in the city Every visit to Jean-Drapeau Park ends with a happy observation: downtown Montréal is located near a lush paradise that is easily accessible by car or subway. In fact, JeanDrapeau Park is a world to discover, as are its venues, where you can hold a business meeting or a one-of-a-kind family gathering. Halfway between the South Shore and the island of Montréal, the Park’s exceptional setting allows you to be removed from the city’s hustle and bustle, while only a short drive away.

Convene Survey Highlights Value of the CMP

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ccording to data in the newly released Convene Salary Survey 2011, respondents who were Certified Meeting Professionals earned more than those without the designation. “These results are in keeping with the most recent CMP Census conducted by CIC,” stated Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of the Convention Industry Council.  “The Convene survey underscores the fact that obtaining the CMP enhances a meeting professional’s earning potential.”  According to the report, 45% of respondents had earned their CMP.  The average salary for

Adjacent to the Canada Pavilion, a vestige of Expo 67, La Toundra Hall provides a view of the downtown core. The former Jamaican Pavilion, located in the Floralies Gardens, has vast windows with a view of the nearby canals and the abundant vegetation. The differently styled Beach Chalet, with its cathedral ceiling and foyer, is suitable for a variety of meetings. those with a CMP was almost 12% more than for those without. “The CMP is recognized as the mark of professionalism, commitment and attainment of a high level of knowledge and competency,” agreed Martie Sparks, CMP, Chair of the CMP Board of Directors and Vice President of Catering & Convention Services for Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. “Obtaining the CMP can help set the stage for career advancement and improved compensation.” The Convene Salary Survey is produced annually by PCMA.  The 2011 survey was produced in partnership with American Express and was conducted by the research firm Lewis&Clark.

To get off the beaten path, you can rent the Tour de Lévis, a tower that was built in 1930 and whose observation deck affords a 360° view of Montréal and surrounding areas. And for a day in the great outdoors, you can choose the beachside Terrasse du Lac. The various venues can hold from 60 to 350 people. The outdoor sites have no limits on the number of people they can accommodate. For further information: locations@parcjeandrapeau.com 514 872-9013 www.parcjeandrapeau.com

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Genders differ in their perception of women’s options A new survey finds that Canadian men and women still disagree on how far women have come in the work force. The survey of 2,040 people, conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion, found 33 per cent of women say they have less access to opportunities at work than men, while only 17 per cent of men responded this way. The survey also found that 67 per cent of men believe women have equal or greater access to opportunities in the workplace than men. Less than half the women (47 per cent) agreed with that view. “The survey results demonstrate that there’s still room for improvement in both women’s access to opportunities and in the perceived breakdown between the sexes,” said Peter Gilfillan, general manager of Monster Canada, which sponsored the survey. “It appears that Canadian men and women have conflicting perceptions, and managers need to take a leading role in ensuring that all employees are seen as having equal access to those opportunities.”

Alcohol is a false friend to people trying to get a good night’s sleep - especially when it’s consumed in excess.

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hile it may help you fall asleep quickly and deepen sleep initially, later on it disrupts sleep and causes those dreaded middle-of-the-night wake-ups. Overall, it produces unsettled sleep and alters sleep patterns, including reduced REM sleep, the restorative phase when you dream and your memories are consolidated. High doses of alcohol worsen sleep more in women, according to a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. It’s not surprising that there’s a gender effect at night, since women metabolize alcohol differently than men. 6

The stomach enzyme that breaks down alcohol before it reaches the bloodstream is less active in women. This allows more alcohol to enter the blood. They also end up with higher blood alcohol levels because they tend to be smaller and have proportionately less body water than men (alcohol is diluted by body fluid). This study included only healthy young people who were self-described good sleepers. Alcohol’s effect on sleep may be even worse in older people and those with sleep problems. Planner conclusion: Instead of using alcohol to help you sleep, exercise, reduce stress and count sheep.

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Heavier workloads from layoffs not easing up yet Most workers say they still haven’t found relief from the heavier workloads they were forced to shoulder because of downsizing during the recession, according to a recent survey. Organizations risk losing their hard-fought productivity gains if they continue to ignore the pressures employees are under and assume the status quo will continue unabated. Employers should try to ease undue stress through frequent communication and engage employees to find new approaches and solutions to getting work done. A thank- you goes a long way.


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patios to take your group to this summer

Drake Hotel Sky Yard

Globe Bistro

Skybar@Guvernment Entertainment Complex

Amber

Hemingway’s

Caffe Doria

Vivoli

Terroni

1150 Queen St.W. www.thedrakehotel.ca

132 Queens Quay E. www.theguvernment.com

142 Cumberland Street www.hemingways.to

665 College St. www.vivoli.ca

Thompson Hotel

550 Wellington St. W. www.thompsonhotels.com

124 Danforth Ave. www.globebistro.com

119 Yorkville Ave www.amberinyorkville.com

1094 Yonge Street www.caffedoria.com

1095 Yonge St www.terroni.ca  

Carens Wine & Cheese Bar 158 Cumberland Street, Toronto, www.carenswineandcheese.com 

The Pilot

Moroco  

Panorama

Czehoski Restaurant

22 Cumberland St. www.thepilot.ca

55 Bloor St. W. www.eatentertainment.com/restaurats/panorama/

Ultra Supper Club 314 Queen St. W. www.ultratoronto.com

Maison Mercer

99 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1 www.morocochocolat.com

678 Queen Street West www.czehoski.com

Sutra Tiki Bar

612 College street www.souzdal.com

15 Mercer St. www.maisonmercer.com

Wish

Oasis Rooftop Patio@Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant

 

99 Blue Jays Way www.gretzky.com/restaurant

3 Charles Street East www.wishintoronto.com

Fuzion

580 Church Street www.fuzionexperience.com

Dolce Social Ballroom 647 King Street W. www.dolcesocial.com

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By Peter de Jager

Last month we had a small publishing problem and the QR codes that should have appeared in the article, didn’t. It made for a confusing article to say the least. If you are still curious as to what the article should have looked at – there’s a link on the page connected to the code on the right.

using them in missing child posters , a trvial example in the Saturday Star comic section on June 4th, as well as a recent Air Canada ad. If you’re interested in keeping an eye how people are using QRs in all types of marketing endeavours worldwide? Then guess what… scan the code below.

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ince this code has been active since last month’s article, it provides a great opportunity to demonstrate another attribute of QR codes. Type the following strange URL in to your browser goo.gl/xgk7t+ (you need to type this in exactly, and the ‘+’ at the end, is a part of the url). If you did this correctly, then you are looking at a graph of past activity on the QR code above. That minigraph is a record of how many times people have scanned the code, with what type of device, what operating system and when they scanned it. Useful information if you’re tracking activity to determine which magazines are generating the best ROI for your advertising dollars. The above paragraph includes one of the reasons why QR codes have a big advantage over a standard URL. URLs are prone to typos, both when including them in text (I always cut and paste a URL) and when a user types them into a browser. Recent examples of QR codes are the RCMP

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How you use QRs will depend entirely on your imagination, and your sense of ‘fun’… one last ‘crazy’ idea just for giggles. And? If you search through this issue of the planner? There’s at least one other QR to examine.

(c) Peter de Jager – is a keynote speaker who focuses on Change Management – as a part of that focus he is always exploring new technologies and when appropriate – he tries to entice others to join him in these little explorations – you can contact him at pdejager@technobility.com

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Gadgets hazardous to sleep A recent study indicates people in the United States are losing sleep over their gadgets. All but five per cent of people surveyed as part of a National Sleep Foundation poll said they played video games, watched television or used smartphones or laptop computers in the hour before going to bed. ‘This study reveals that light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep’ said Doctor Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School. ‘Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need.’ Being bathed in the glow of monitors or handset screens suppresses the release of sleep-promoting hormone melatonin and enhances alertness, making it more difficult to sleep, according to Czeisler. The poll showed that 43 percent of people ages 13 to 64 felt they rarely or never got a decent night’s sleep during the work week. Sleep-deprived gadget users were using caffeine and naps to cope with fatigue, according to the poll.

Different strokes for different screens… A study by University of Alberta researchers found that when people read from an iPhone-sized screen, comprehension scores were less than half that of people reading from a desktop monitor. Internet guru Jakob Nielsen says the research results show that websites and intranet must design a separate mobile version for optimal usability, with complicated content written to be shorter and secondary information deferred to subsidiary pages.


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“CLEAN UP YOUR ACT”, SAY EXECUTIVES Accountemps Survey: Sloppy work named most annoying office behaviour. It pays to sweat the small stuff. In a recent Accountemps survey, 32 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said lacking attention to detail and presenting sloppy work are the coworker behaviours that annoy them most.

The survey was developed by Accountemps. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 270 CFOs from a stratified random sample of Canadian companies with more than 20 employees. CFOs were asked, “Which one of the following co-worker behaviours annoys you the most?” Their responses:

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Gossiping Missing Being

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100% “Today’s office is a fast-paced work environment, but remembering to take an extra beat to check your work will ultimately deliver better results for both you and the organization,” said Kathryn Bolt, Canadian president of Accountemps (www.accountemps.com). “Ensuring your work is up to par will establish you as a valued colleague and help you advance your career.” In regards to office politics, Bolt noted that although there is a certain level of politics within every company, it is best for employees to remove themselves from those situations. “Engaging in any form of gossip in the office could damage your credibility,” she said. “Trust is an essential component in building solid relationships with coworkers.”

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travel

Pearson looks to become one of North America’s leading airports With a new logo and initiatives, Toronto Pearson Airport announces strategies to become North America’s International gateway Toronto Pearson International has stated its ambition to become North America’s leading international gateway by focusing on expanding Toronto’s reach through growing connecting traffic and the number of international destinations served from the airport.

Porter Airlines hits record load in May Porter Airlines Inc. managed to fill its planes at record levels in May despite Air Canada’s return to Toronto Island that month. Porter reported a record load factor – the average number of seats sold on its flights – of 59.5% after its traffic improved 44% year over the year, outpacing its capacity increases of 18.5%. Overall, its load factor improved 10.5 percentage points year over year. Air Canada’s load factor improve to 82.2%, from 82% on the back of a 5% improvement in traffic and a 4.7% increase in capacity, bolstered by a strong U.S. trans-border performance, it said. WestJet Airlines Ltd., which made a big push into the so-called Eastern Triangle of Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa, had its load factor

Forecasters warn of active hurricane season Balmy water temperatures in the North Atlantic could fuel another active hurricane season, the Canadian Hurricane centre warned recently. Dr. Chris Fogarty, a forecaster with the centre, said sea surface temperatures remain at record warm levels, increasing the chance of powerful storms.

In order to achieve this, Toronto Pearson says it “will build on its current strengths by placing more focus on improving the overall airport experience.” Examples of changes that are being introduced between now and early 2012 include:

U.S. forecasters for their part are predicting 12 to 18 named storms this year, six to ten hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes - which are those packing winds of 176 kilometers per hour or more.

- A new Toronto Pearson logo, which will feature a colourful scheme and the slogan: For You. The World. - A new airport website: TorontoPearson. com will replace GTAA.com and will carry improved features, functionality and ease of navigation. 

The Canadian Hurricane Centre doesn’t issue long-range forecasts. “However, we do pay attention to ocean temperatures and the area of high pressure that’s between Florida and Nova Scotia,” Dr. Fogarty said. Atlantic Canada was pounded by two devastating storms last year. Hurricane season generally runs from June 1 to the end of November.

- A Guest Service Centre in the Arrivals areas with representative’s onsite to provide directions and to help visitors to Toronto when they arrive at the airport.  - New charging stations for electronics throughout both terminals, allowing guests to recharge their handheld devices and laptops while they wait for flights. - New retail: more shopping and dining choices for guests, introducing both global and local brand options. - Car care: Car detailing is now available for Valet Care users, adding to Toronto Pearson’s on-airport parking choices such as Daily Park, Express Park, Value Park, Valet Care and Cell Lot.

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Q. What goes up and comes down - goes up and… A. Airplanes…and airline profit forecasts The International Air Transport Association cut its 2011 airline industry profit forecast by 54 per cent because of higher oil prices, political protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and the earthquake in Japan. Carriers will make $4-billion (U.S.) in profits this year on sales of $598-billion, a margin of 0.7 per cent, the group, representing 238 airlines, said in a recent statement.

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slip 2.9 percentage points to 74.8% after traffic improvements of 3.1% failed to keep up with its capacity increase of 7%.

IATA also pared its forecasts for passengers and cargo growth as it released the new profit estimate, which represents a 78-percent decline from last year’s earning. The group expects passenger demand to grow 4.4 per cent this year, down from a forecast of 5.6 per cent in March. The cargo growth forecast was cut to 5.5 per cent from 6.1 per cent.


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Pucker up, hemlines down As investors try to diagnose the state of the U.S. economy, one bright red indicator is flashing a warning – lipstick sales are on the rise.

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he Lipstick Theory holds that sales of the beauty product spike when consumers are feeling especially threatened. It’s a small luxury women feel comfortable indulging in, the theory holds, as they turn away from other retail indulgences. Leonard Lauder, the chairman of Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., voiced the theory after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when he noticed the company was suddenly moving more lipstick than usual. Kline Consumer Products Research Practice proceeded to analyze 50 years of sales data, and found lipstick sales did indeed increase during tough times. A recent study released by NPD Group Inc. found sales in the “prestige lip segment” have spiked by 7 per cent so far this year in U.S. and sales have been increasing since February 2010. Estée Lauder stated in its last quarterly report that overall sales increased by 16 per cent from last year. Unfortunately for the global

economy, the company said lipstick contributed to the strong quarter. It’s not the only fashion indicator that warns of tougher times ahead; another theory holds that skirt lengths also provide a glimpse into our economic future. The longer the prevailing skirt length, the choppier the outlook. The idea is that a short skirt can’t be altered, whereas a long skirt can be changed several times to accommodate different seasons. With consumer spending accounting for about two-thirds of U.S. GDP, economists may be watching hemlines more closely.

“Dress casual” is difficult to define and impossible to enforce. By any interpretation, it does not present a “here for business” attitude or leave a positive impression. Surveys were taken years ago that established that dressing down in the workplace resulted in decreases in productivity and increases in absenteeism and tardiness, workrelated accidents and sexual harassment. During the recent economic downturn, I know of many companies that switched from dress casual to business dress, and realized an almost immediate upturn in productivity.

What your clothes say Many younger managers believe that because their customers dress casually, they and their staff should, too. But the clichés about “dressing for success” and “clothes make the man” (and woman) are correct. The following has been found to be true:

Fed up with service quality Americans are fed up with the state of customer service. A new Customer Reports survey found 65% of consumers are “tremendously annoyed” by rude salespeople. Consumer Reports found 71% of survey respondents were irritated when they could not reach a person by phone and 67% hung up before their issue was resolved. Sixty-four per cent of respondents said they had left a store in the previous year because of poor service. “There’s a feeling on the part of Americans that companies are deliberately making it

‘Dress for success’ still matters

difficult for them by burying phone numbers, sidestepping calls and steering customers to online FAQs instead of live human beings,” said Tod Marks, senior project editor for Consumer Reports. The lowest-rated industries for service were computer technical support, television, phone and Internet service providers. The survey results would probably be the same in Canada. The survey of 1,010 adults was conducted March 13 and considered accurate to plus or minus three percentage points, 95 times out of 100.

› › If you dress for business, you perform more effectively, make a serious first impression, and leave a favourable lasting memory, whether it is with your customers or your boss. ›› In the workplace, impressions can be permanent. Although your customers may prefer to “dress sloppy”, they will remember your look when it comes times to do business with you.

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book review

It’s all about you! Here are a few suggestions from the Reginald J.P. Dawson Library in Town of Mount Royal for your reading enjoyment.

Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day / Joel Osteen Mystical Traveler: How to Advance to a Higher Level of Spirituality / Sylvia Browne The Call: Discovering Why You Are Here / Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Voluntary Simplicity Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – And It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life / Richard Carlson How Did I Get so Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most / Valorie Burton Goal-free Living: How to Have the Life You Want Now! / Stephen Shapiro

Go For It! On Desire: Why We Want What We Want / William B. Irvine Spa: edited by Allison Arieff and Bryan Burkhart Indulgence: Around the World in Search of Chocolate / Paul Richardson

Philosophy of Mind Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide / Gillian Butler, Tony Hope When You Need a Lift: But Don’t Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin / Joy Behar and friends Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them?: A Scientific Collaboration with the Dalai Lama / narrated by Daniel Goleman

You Look Great Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead / Fonzworth Bentley French Women Don’t Get Fat: Secrets for Enjoying Food, Having Fun, and Being Thin / Mireille Guiliano Harper’s Bazaar Great Style: The Best Ways to Update Your Look / Jenny Levin

Time to Get Physical Integrated Exercise: How Everyday Activity Will Get you Fit / Peta Bee Stretching: The Stress-free Way to Stay Supple, Keep Fit and Exercise Safely / Suzanne Martin The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Predestrianism / Geoff Nicholson

You Getting Along with Others Law of Attraction, Plain, and Simple: Create the Extraordinary Life that You Deserve / Sonia Ricotti Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships / Daniel Goleman I Hate Conflict!: Seven Steps to Resolving Differences with Anyone in Your Life / Lee Raffel

You’re Integral to Your Environment You are Here: The Surprising Link Between What We Do and What That Does to the Planet / Thomas M. Kostigen The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World / Leslie Garret Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World / Gary Hirshberg

You’ve Got the Whole World in Your Hands… One World: The Ethics of Globalization / Peter Singer The World We Want: Virtue, Vice & the Good Citizen / Mark Kingwell The Better World Handbook: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference / Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler and Brett Johnson

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It’s all about the bottom line London – You think you have budget problems in planning your events? The catering operation at The Palace of Westminster loses £5.7-million annually. A proposal is afoot to reduce this amount by half. The buildings housing the British parliament could host wedding receptions and open their restaurants to the public under plans unveiled recently to help cut the annual catering deficit.

As a planner, you’re constantly in contact with people so here are some quick and simple tips for staying healthy

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ow long does it take you to wash your hands? If you follow recommendations from the CDC, you’re supposed to lather up and rub all surfaces of your hands together for 20 secondsthe time it takes to sing ‘’Happy Birthday’’ twice. According to the world Health Organization, the whole process, from washing to drying your hands, should take 40 to 60 seconds. Proper hand-washing is the single best way to prevent colds and many other infectious diseases. Soap and water, along with the friction of rubbing your hands together, loosen dirt and create a slippery surface so germs slide off. You should wash your hands often. Here’s more advice to take in hand: Does the water temperature matter? There’s little research, but two studies suggest that water temperature has no significant effect on reducing bacteria under normal hand-washing conditions. A downside to hot water is that it can irritate skin. Warm water does cut through oil on your hands faster, but cool water will also do the job. How should you dry your hands? Drying your hands reduces bacteria levels further, but it’s debatable whether using paper or cloth towels or a warm-air dryer is best. A study from the Mayo Clinic in 2000 found no differences between these methods in terms of removing bacteria from hands; other research suggests paper towels are more effective. If you

use a dryer, keeping your hands still removes more bacteria than rubbing them together. The new ultra-rapid dryer, The Air-blade, is an efficient way to dry your hands: According to a recent study funded by the manufacturer, it removes as much bacteria in 10 seconds as a conventional dryer does in 30 seconds. Whichever method you use, the key is to make sure your hands are fully dry – hands that remain wet are more likely to transfer bacteria to and from the next surface you touch.

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Ideas Three types of ideas: •

Innate ideas (inborn)

Adventitious ideas (from outside events)

Factitious ideas (which one invents).

Four idea principles: •

Find a human need, an unsolved problem

Master all of the essentials of the problem

Give a new “twist” to an old principle – an idea is born

Believe in your idea – and act!

Is hand sanitizer a good substitute? Hand-washing is generally preferable, but alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a convenient option when soap and water are not available. They kill most bacteria and viruses on contact, but not bacterial spores. Look for products with at least 60 percent alcohol (ethanol and/or isopropanol). If you use a hand sanitizer gel, rub about a dime-sized amount over all the surfaces of your fingers and hands until they are dry. What should you do if you can’t wash your hands? The aim of washing is to get the germs off your hands so that they won’t get into your body (or be passed on to others). If you can’t wash your hands right-away-and if you don’t have hand sanitizer – take special care not to rub or scratch your eyes or nose or touch your mouth. Cold ‘’remedies’’ come and go, but handwashing remains the No.1 infection fighter.

A five-step process to formulating ideas: •

Research and gather materials.

Masticate the facts.

Relax and step back from the process

Be ready to recognize and welcome the idea when it surfaces

Shape and develop your idea into practical action

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trade shows

The Untapped Potential

By Barry Siskind

of your Trade Show Network

your own Facebook or twitter page and actively follow others. Commenting on blogs is a good way to begin to build your credibility.

When it comes to networking opportunities, trade shows provide one of the best venues. Here is the one place where everyone in your industry congregates for a few short days and is focused on one thing – business.

O

ver the last few years we have seen a significant drop in the number of people who attend shows while the quality of those who do come has risen. This is important news for an exhibitor or a visitor who wants to meet and greet those often inaccessible industry people. These are the same people you have left countless unanswered telephone, e-mail and text messages for. These may be the same people who will ultimately decide on the purchase of your product or service. They will be the movers and shakers people who have their finger on the pulse of your industry. All you need to do is be prepared.

industry guru’s, forecasters or people who work for your competitors. Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish with these people?” If you want to learn more about your industry for example, take this statement a step further and ask, “What specifically?” 2.

3.

Here are a few tips on preparing your networking activities for your next trade show. 1.

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Define your objective. Be really clear about what you want to accomplish whether it’s meeting decision makers, product experts,

4.

Make a list of the people you want to meet and the most likely place to meet them. This will include such places as receptions, on the show floor, at participating hotels, during industry events such as meetings, banquets and sporting events or at a lecture. Attempt to reach these people ahead of time to set up a pre-arranged meeting. This is a great idea because the people that you want to meet, just like you, are busy and have full schedules. Get involved in the social network. Start

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5.

Develop a list of questions. Rather than leaving the meeting to chance it’s always better to spend a bit of time preparing the questions ahead of time.

6.

Recording information. Whether you record information electronically or manually, make sure you note down the information you are gathering and the promises you have made. .

7.

Bring your business cards. Its simply good business etiquette to exchange business cards during a business meeting. Having this contact’s card also gives you their vital statistics so you can get in touch with them after the show in case you have additional questions or need some clarification on the information they gave you.

8.

Thank them. Not only after the meeting is over but immediately after the show. It’s good business practice to send an e-mail or letter thanking them for the time they spent with you and the value their information had.

9.

Look for opportunities to add information of your own. During your face to face meetings you may stumble across bits of information the person you are meeting with may be looking for. Here is a great chance to give something back to the conversation. But, be careful and avoid gossip. Keep the information you are sharing factual and positive.

Sometimes we get so focused on setting up an exhibit or planning a trip we neglect the power we can cultivate with a strong network. Put these eight simple steps to work at your next show and reap the rewards that come from adding networking to your show schedule. Barry Siskind is North America’s foremost trade and consumer show expert. Visit his Web site: www.siskindtraining.com or e-mail him at: barry@siskindtraining.com.


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av g ui d e

legend Alberta

Manitoba

BANFF

BNF

CALGARY

CGY

OAK

OTTAWA

OTT

ST. CATHARINES

STC

LETHBRIDGE LEFT

FREDERICTON

FRED

THUNDER BAY

TB

MONCTON

MCTN

TORONTO

TO

ST. JOHN

STJ

WINDSOR

WNSR

BRNB

DARTMOUTH DART

Nova Scotia

KAMLOOPS

KAM

HALIFAX

KELOWNA

KLOW

PENTICTON

PEN

Ontario

RICHMOND

RICH

BARRIE

SURREY

SUR

VANCOUVER

Quebec HLX

MONTREAL

MTL

QUEBEC

QBC

SHERBROOKE

SHBK

BAR

SAINT-LAURENT

STL

BURLINGTON

BRLT

TROIS RIVIÈRES

TR

VCR

KINGSTON

KING

VERNON

VERN

KITCHENER

KTCH

VICTORIA

VIC

LONDON LDN

REGINA

REG

WHISTLER

WHLR

MARKHAM

SASKATOON

SASK

Abcan Audio Visual Inc. 4, 4203-12th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4P9 P: 403-291-2446, Toll Free: —, F: 403-250-9393 Contact: Dave Grainger, Manager E-mail: d.grainger@abcan.ca / abcan@telusplanet.net

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1

Calgary

CGY

ACA Audio Visual (Banff) Ltd. DO3, 6115 - 3rd Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2L2 P: 403-255-3190, Toll Free: —, F: 403-255-3189 Contact: Ric Bentkowski, General Manager E-mail: online

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1

Calgary

CGY

Allstar Show Industries Inc. 10331-176th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2E4 P: 780-486-4000, Toll Free: 1-800-663-4063 F: 780-414-5724 Contact: Danny Braken, Account Manager E-mail: dannyb@allstar-show.com

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4

Edmonton

CGY, EDM, VCR, RICH

AXE Productions 12410B-142 Street, Edmonton, AB T5L 4K2 P: 780-452-4843, Toll Free: 1-877-852-4843 F: 780-451-5441 Contact: Jon Beckett, President E-mail: jonbeckett@axeproductions.com

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1

Edmonton

EDM

Company information

Locations in Canada

Head office

MRKM

Saskatchewan

No. of offices nationwide

AB

MISS

OAKVILLE

No. of years in business

Province AB

MISSISSAUGA

New Brunswick

BURNABY

AB

WPG

EDMONTON EDM

British Columbia

AB

WINNIPEG

Description Website

Audio-visual rentals, sales and repairs. www.abcan.ca

Audio-visual rentals and a wide range of services. www.acaavproductions.com

“No one can remember more than three points.”

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.allstar-show.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.axeproductions.com

Philip Crosby

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Cine Audio Visual 10251-106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H5 P: 780-423-5081, Toll Free: 1-877-423-5081 F: 780-424-0309 Contact: Josh Zubko, Rental Manager E-mail: joshz@cineav.com

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2

Edmonton

CGY

Evolution Presentation Technologies 6910 Farrell Road SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0T1 P: 403-259-3793, Toll Free: —, F: 403-259-2374 Contact: Rob Ryder, General Manager E-mail: inquiries@evolutionav.ca

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7

Calgary

REG, SASK, CGY, EDM, TB, VCR, WPG

FM Systems 117, 3016-10 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6A3 P: 403-243-1335, Toll Free: 1-877-650-3636 F: 403-243-7667 E-mail: cal@fmsystems.net

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4

Edmonton

EDM, CGY, VCR, TO

Inland Audio Visual 700-58th Avenue SE, Suite 1, Calgary, AB T2H 2E2 P: 403-252-7726, Toll Free: 1-800-495-6006 F: 403-253-1716 Contact: Darren Battle, Branch Manager E-mail: calgary@inlandav.ca

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5

Winnipeg

CGY, EDM, SASK, REG,WPG

Presentation Partner 787 McTavish Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7G8 P: 403-686-3090, Toll Free: 1-877-686-3090 F: 403-686-3094 Contact: Shelley Cruikshank, Office Manager E-mail: shelley@presentationpartner.ca

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1

Calgary

CGY

Sharp’s Audio Visual 3636 - 7th Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2Y8 P: 403-255-4123, Toll Free: 1-800-491-1121 F: 877-291-4330 Contact: Tim Yorke, Director Rentals & Staging Sales E-mail: tim.yorke@sharpsav.com / sales@sharpsav.com

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Unique Communications Ltd. 2232 Pegasus Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M5 P: 403-250-3763, Toll Free: 1-800-661-8575 F: 403-250-2604 Contact: Dave Darling, President E-mail: daved@uniquecommunications.ca

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Company information

AB

AB

AB

AB

AB

AB

AB

BC

BC

BC

Locations in Canada

Head office

2011 No. of offices nationwide

g u i d e

No. of years in business

Province

av

Description Website

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.cineav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.evolutionav.ca

Audio rental and production services. www.fmsystems.net

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.inlandav.ca

Audio-visual sales and rental. www.presentationpartner.ca

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1

Calgary

Calgary

CGY, EDM, VCR,TO, HLX, VIC, REG, SASK, MTL, BNF, WHLR

CGY

Access Computer Rentals 3740 Napier Street, Burnaby, BC V5C 3E5 P: 604-257-3188, Toll Free: 1-800-668-3188 F: 604-257-3187 Contact: Peter Nigro, Vice-President Sales and Marketing E-mail: sales@access-rents.com

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Apex Audio VIsual 1733, Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8A6 P: 250-861-6500, Toll Free: —, F: 250-869-0611 Contact: Lloyd Congdon, President E-mail: info@apexav.ca

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5

Calgary

CGY, VCR, LEFT, EDM, TO

Audio Image 21-1610 Derwent Way, Delta, BC V3M 6W1 P: 604-523-1353, Toll Free: —, F: 604-523-1550 Contact: Mimi Northcott, President E-mail: info@audioimage.ca

4

1

Vancouver

VCR

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.sharpsav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.uniquecommunications.ca

Rental of computers, printers, monitors and network solutions. 1

Burnaby

BRNB www.access-rents.com

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”

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Audio-visual and editing services. www.apexav.ca

Complete audio services. www.audioimage.ca

Woodrow Wilson


BC

BC

BC

BC

BC

BC

BC

MB

Clark’s Audio Visual Services Ltd. 1615 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H1 P: 604-877-8558, Toll Free: 1-800-667-1819 F: 604-879-2993 Contact: Mark Happeney, General Manager E-mail: mark@clarksav.com

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1

Vancouver

VCR

Focus Audio Visual Services Ltd. 125 West 5th, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1H9 P: 604-872-4434, Toll Free: —, F: 604-872-4412 Contact: Alan Bailey, President E-mail: info@focus-av.com

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1

Vancouver

VCR

Leading Edge Audio Visual Services Ltd. 1644 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1K2 P: 604-731-2590, Toll Free: —, F: 604-731-2496 Contact: David Page, Technical Director E-mail: dpage@leadingedgeav.com / info@leadingedgeav.com

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1

Vancouver

VCR

Precision Media 107-3060 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5B 3A6 P: 604-299-4141 x.307, Toll Free: — F: 604-299-4146 Contact: Ken Muir, General Manager E-mail: kmuir@precisionmedia.ca

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7

Burnaby

BRNB, TO, CGY, SUR, EDM, SASK, DART

Promax Audio Visuals Systems Inc. 4308 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, BC V5G 4J9 P: 604-299-6690, Toll Free: —, F: — Contact: Mathew Wilson, President E-mail: matt@promaxav.com / info@promaxav.com

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1

Burnaby

BRNB

Proshow Audiovisual Broadcast 3095 Hebb Avenue., Vancouver, BC V5M 4V3 P: 604-293-1771, Toll Free: 1-888-776-7469 F: 604-293-1403 Contact: Matt Hussack, Vice-President Sales E-mail: mhussack@proshow.com

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Rocky Mountain Production Services 1040 Parker Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 4B9 P: 604-255-5787, Toll Free: 1-800-665-9800 F: 604-255-9899 Contact: Rob Mingay, Vice-President E-mail: rmingay@rmps.ca / info@rmps.ca

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2

Vancouver

VCR, WHLR

SW Audio + Visual 401 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P8  P: 604-327-5878, Toll Free: 1-800-909-7928, F: — Contact: Calvin McCarthy, President E-mail: info@sw-online.com

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6

Kelowna

VCR, KLOW, KAM, VERN, VIC, PEN, NAN

Woodhouse & Associate Inc. 107-8898 Heather Street, Vancouver V6P 3S8 P: 604-879-1042, Toll Free: —, F: 604-879-1057 Contact: Natasha Woodhouse, Accounts, Operations and Customer Service E-mail: natasha@woodhouseav.com

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1

Vancouver

VCR

AVentPro - The Audio Visual Event Professionals 7-1329 Niakwa Road E., Winnipeg, MB R2J 3T4 P: 204-226-5565, Toll Free: —, F: 866-867-3493 Contact: Garry Hale, President E-mail: info@aventpro.com

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Company information

Locations in Canada

Head office

BC

No. of offices nationwide

BC

No. of years in business

Province

av

2011

guide

Description Website

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.clarksav.com

Audio-visual and production services. www.focus-av.com

Complete audio-visual services. www.leadingedgeav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.precisionmedia.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.promaxav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. 1

Vancouver

VCR www.proshow.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.rmps.ca

Complete audio-visual staging services. www.sw-online.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.woodhouseav.com

1

Winnipeg

WPG

Complete audio-visual, LED Wall and computer rentals. www.aventpro.com

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes…but no plans.”

Peter Druker

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Cherry Tree Productions 369 Borebank St., Winnipeg, MB R3N 1E5 P: 204-582-9725, Toll Free: —, F: 204-586-0708 Contact: Barry Kay, Owner E-mail: barry@cherrytreeproductions.com

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1

Winnipeg

Ivan’s Audio-Visual 185 St Georges Street, Moncton, NB E1C 1V4 P: 506-857-8915, Toll Free: 1-800-565-9421 F: 506-855-6800 Contact: Dave Melanson, Manager E-mail: info@ivansav.com

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SSI Audio 71 Toombs Street, Moncton, NB E1A 3A4 P: 506-853-8363, Toll Free: 1-877-7742-8346 F: 506-853-9174 Contact: Matt Vey, Manager E-mail: sales@ssiaudio.com

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Atlantic audio-visual 687 Water Street, St. John’s, NF A1E 1B5 P: 709-739-7469, Toll Free: —, F: 709-739-6455 Contact: Craig Benson, General Manager E-mail: craig@atlanticaudiovisual.com

11

Eastern Audio Ltd. PO Box 997, 5 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s, NF A1C 5M3 P: 709-722-0864, Toll Free: 1-800-640-4691 F: 709-722-8114 Contact: Rick Harris, President E-mail: info@easternaudio.com

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Advanced Systems PO Box 31005, Halifax, NS B3K 5T9 P: 902-454-4742, Toll Free: —, F: 902-484-5819 Contact: Bruce Demond, General Manager E-mail: info@advancedsystems.ca

17

Basil Audio-Visual 300 Prince Albert Road, Suite 105, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4J2 P: 902-471-1338, Toll Free: 1-866-283-4798 F: 902-461-0877 Contact: Mike Langille, Owner E-mail: mike@basilav.com

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Company information

MB

NB

NB

NF

NF

NS

NS

NS

NS

ON

Locations in Canada

Head office

2011 No. of offices nationwide

g u i d e

No. of years in business

Province

av

WPG

Description Website

“One stop” entertainment concepts company including audio and visual production services. www.cherrytreeproductions.com

Audio-visual sales and rentals. 1

Moncton

MCTN www.ivansav.com

Audio-visual sales and rentals. —

Moncton

MCTN www.ssiaudio.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. —

St. John’s

STJ’S www.atlanticaudiovisual.com

Audio-visual rental. 1

St.John’s

STJ’S www.easternaudio.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. 1

Halifax

HLX www.advancedsystems.ca

Audio-visual rental. 1

Dartmouth

DART www.basilav.com

Century Computer Rentals 1200 Tower Road, Suite 101, Halifax, NS B3H 4K6 P: 902-423-2500, Toll Free: 1-800-325-6404 F: 902-423-2929 Contact: John G. Drisdelle, President E-mail: jdrisdelle@centurycomputer.ca

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Sound Systems Plus 10 Ragged Lake Blvd, Unit 9, Halifax, NS B3S 1C2 P: 902-454-7100, Toll Free: —, F: 902-454-6595 Contact: Dave Corkum, President E-mail: info@soundsystemsplus.com

11

3L Sound & Lighting Ltd. / 3L Productions Inc. 396 Watline Avenue., Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X2 P: 905-238-8949, Toll Free: 1-800-567-7654 F: 905-238-3546 Contact: Peter Latini, General Manager E-mail: info@3Lsound.com

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1

Halifax

HLX

Sales and rental of computers, printers, monitors and some audio-visual equipment. www.centurycomputer.net

Audio-visual sales and rental services. 1

Halifax

HLX www.soundsystemsplus.com

1

Toronto

TO

Sound and lighting as well as sales and permanent installations. www.3Lsound.com

“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time”

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ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

Advanced Inc 450 Matheson Blvd. E., Unit 59, Mississauga, ON L4Z 1R5 P: 905-502-1110, Toll Free: 1-800-436-6239 F: 905-502-0040 Contact: Andrew Salomon, General Manager E-mail: plasma@advanced-inc.com

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1

Mississauga

Ashen White 30 Meridien Road, Toronto, ON M9W 4Z7 P: 416-675-9090, Toll Free: —, F: 416-675-8801 Contact: Ken Boyd, President E-mail: info@ashenwhite.com

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Audio Visual Ventures Inc. 200 Evans Avenue, Unit 7, Toronto, ON M8Z 1J7 P: 416-251-0079, Toll Free: —, F: 416-251-0544 Contact: Stephen Bullock, Partner E-mail: steve@audiovisualventures.com

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1

Toronto

TO

AV-CANADA 1655 Queensway E., Unit 2, Mississauga, ON L4X 2Z5 P: 905-566-5500 x.222, Toll Free: 1-866-667-2345 F: 905-566-5511 Contact: Danny Dobriansky, Vice President of Sales and Marketing E-mail: danny.d@av-canada.com /info@av-canada.com

20

3

Toronto

OTT, TO, WNSR

AVIAS Inc. 14845-6 Yonge Street., Aurora, ON L4G 6H8 P: 905-726-2222, Toll Free: 1-866-254-1798 F: 905-726-9811 Contact: Rosemary Suchy, General Manager E-mail: info@avias.ca

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1

Toronto

TO

Company information

Locations in Canada

Head office

ON

No. of offices nationwide

ON

No. of years in business

Province

av

guide

2011

Description Website

Audio-visual sales and rental services. MISS www.advanced-inc.com

Complete audio-visual & staging services. 1

Toronto

TO www.ashenwhite.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.audiovisualventures.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.av-canada.com

Audio-visual sales and rental services. www.avias.ca

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions 2365 Matheson Blvd E., Mississauga ON  L4W 5B3 P: 905-366-9200, Toll Free: 1-800-868-6886 F: 905-366-0274 Contact: Heidi C. Welker, Vice -President Marketing E-mail: welker@avwtelav.com

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AVW-TELAV US is called Freeman

Baldwin Presentation Systems 9 Capella Court Bay 2, Ottawa, ON K2E 8T7 P: 613-235-5263, Toll Free: 1-800-701-4319 F: 613-235-4132 Contact: Alex Coon, General Manager E-mail: info@bpsys.com

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2

Ottawa

Band-Ayd Systems International Inc. 1529 Highland Avenue., Windsor, ON N8X 3R7 P: 519-977-8851, Toll Free: —, F: 519-258-2129 Contact: Nino de Benedetti, President E-mail: nino@band-ayd.com

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1

Windsor

WNSR

Capital Audio Technical Services Inc. 86 Burns Drive, Braeside, ON K0A 1G0 P: 613-567-5100, Toll Free: —, F: — Contact: Ken Fraser, Marketing Director E-mail: ken@catsound.ca

20

1

-

Braeside

CCR Solutions 100A Belfield Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1G1 P: 416-675-7502, Toll Free: 1-800 761-1119 F: 416-675-6997 Contact: Bill Guest, President E-mail: sales@ccrsolutions.com

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3

Toronto

OTT, TO, MTL

Montreal 18 locations in Canada

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.avwtelav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. OTT, KING www.bpsys.com

Complete sound and ligthting services. www.band-ayd.com

Audio sales and rentals. www.catsound.ca

Complete audio-visual, staging and computer rental services. www.ccrsolutions.com

“The entertainment is in the presentation.”

John McTiernan

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Center Stage AV 3135 Universal Drive, Unit 1, Mississauga, ON L4X 2E6 P: 905-282-2444, Toll Free: 1-877-674-2828 F: 905-282-9340 Contact: Richard Dasrath, Vice-President E-mail: richard@centerstageav.com / info@centerstageav.com

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1

Toronto

TO

Century Audio Visual 1773 Mattawa Avenue., Mississauga, ON L4X 1K5 P: 905-275-6010, Toll Free: 1-800-933-0075 F: 905-275-6004 Contact: Colin Tyler, President E-mail: century@centuryav.com

13

1

Mississauga

MISS

DE Systems 2212 Gladwin Crescent, Unit C6, Ottawa, ON K1B 5N1 P: 613-723-1166, Toll Free: —, F: 613-723-8756 Contact: François J. Brunet, President E-mail: fbrunet@desystems.com

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3

Ottawa

MISS, OTT, MTL

Design Audio Visual 1173 North Service Road W. Suite D2, Oakville, ON L6M 2V9 P: 905-827-9600, Toll Free: —, F: 905-827-2483 Contact: Dave Mac, Director of Operation E-mail: fjd@devine-ent.com

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1

Oakville

OAK

Duocom Canada Inc. 2405 St-Laurent Blvd., Unit C, Ottawa, ON K1G 5B4 P: 613-247-7044, Toll Free: 1-888-338-6266 F: 613-247-7047 Contact: Brad Fairholm, Vice-President Sales and Marketing E-mail: bfairholm@duocom.ca

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5

Montreal

OTT, TO, MTL, HLX, KTCH

Edcom Multimedia Products Inc. 6915 Colonel Talbot Road., London, ON N6L 1J1 P: 519-652-3533, Toll Free: 1-800-265-1069 F: 519-652-5045 E-mail: rentals-l@edcom.ca / sales-l@edcom.ca

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4

Kitchener

LDN, KTCH, WNSR, MISS

ET Downtown Rental 524 Front St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1B8 P: 416-598-2223, Toll Free: —, F: 416-598-5374 Contact: Dirk Propfe, Sales Manager E-mail: dirk@etideas.com

5

Express Audio Visual 1-5515 Canotek Road., Gloucester, ON K1J 9K9 P: 613-736-8823, Toll Free: —, F: 613-748-1652 Contact: Herb Gooding, President E-mail: herb@elcottawa.com

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Frischkorn Audio Visual 2440 Tedlo Street., Mississauga, ON L5A 3V3 P: 905-281-8700, Toll Free: —, F: 905-281-8701 Contact: Robert Varga, Vice-President E-mail: info@frischkornav.com

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10

Toronto

10 locations coast to coast

MCR Micro Computer Rentals 24 Torlake Crescent, Toronto, ON M8Z 1B3 P: 416-251-6396, Toll Free: 1-800-813-9629 F: 416-251-9845 Contact: Dennis Pugh, Manager Customer Service E-mail: dennisp@mcrrentals.com

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1

Toronto

TO

Company information

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

ON

1

Toronto

Locations in Canada

Head office

2011 No. of offices nationwide

g u i d e

No. of years in business

Province

av

TO

Description Website

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.centerstageav.com

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.centuryav.com

Rental of computers, printers and peripherals. www.desystems.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.designav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.duocom.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.edcom.ca

Service-high-end AV integration projects and video conferencing deployments. www.etdowntownrentals.com

Audio-visual rentals. 1

Ottawa

OTT www.audioexpress.ca

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.frischkornav.com

Computer rental and some audio-visual.

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www.mcrrentals.com

Ira Hayes


ON

ON

Mediaco The Presentation Company 86a Northline Road, Toronto, ON M4B 3E5 P: 416-405-9797, Toll Free: 888-440-4477 F: 416-405-9889 Contact: James Brett, Principal E-mail: toronto@mediaco.ca / jbrett@mediaco.ca

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5

Toronto

TO, OTT, CGY, EDM, VCR

Metrocom Audio Visual Ltd. 151 Spinnaker Way, Unit 1, Concord, ON L4K 4C3 P: 416-259-1772, Toll Free: —, F: 905-660-9871 Contact: John Galloway, President E-mail: info@metrocomav.com

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TO, BAR

MVI-MultiVision Inc. 120 McLevin Avenue., Unit 3, Toronto, ON M1B 3E9 P: 416-449-1080, Toll Free: 1-800-563-5902, F: — Contact: Chris Parry, Vice-President E-mail: parry@mvidisplay.com / sales@mvidisplay.com

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2

Toronto

TO, CGY

Podium Audio Visual 81 Auriga Dr., Ottawa, ON K2E 7Y5 P: 613-274-3100, Toll Free: 1-800-616-4485 F: 613-228-3332 Contact: Chris Whiting, General Manager E-mail: chris@podiumav.com / sales@podiumav.com

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1

Ottawa

OTT

Company information

Locations in Canada

Head office

ON

No. of offices nationwide

ON

No. of years in business

Province

av

guide

2011

Description Website

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.mediaco.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.metrocomav.net

Rental of LED video display screens. www.mvidisplay.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.podiumav.com

Come visit The Briars Resort, Spa & Conference Centre and experience the unique combination of traditional country inn warmth with the convenience of extensive resort and conference facilities.

18 Hole Championship Golf Course, Premier Spa & Lakefront Activites Everything you could want and more than you expected ONLY 1 HOUR FROM TORONTO 1 800-465-2376 | briars.ca | info@briars.ca | 55 hedge Road Jackson’s Point, ON L0E 1R0

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ON

Presentations 2 Go 5115 Maingate Dr., Mississauga, ON L4W 1G4 P: 905-206-0391, Toll Free: —, F: 905- 238-6958 Contact: Chris Ang, Sales Manager E-mail: chris@presentations2go.ca

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1

Mississauga

MISS

Production Design International Inc. 570 Alden Road, Unit 4, Markham, ON L3R 8N5 P: 905-479-4070, Toll Free: 1-800-307-9125 F: 905-479-7793 Contact: Daniel Angers, Sales Manager E-mail: pdi@pdifx.com

ON

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1

Toronto

TO

Quest Audio Visual 61 Telson Road, Markham, ON L3R 1E4 P: 905-752-7368, Toll Free: 1-888-808-4699 F: 905-470-5391 Contact: Al Manji, Director E-mail: sales@questrental.com

ON

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ON

Ruoff & Company 1303 Kamato Road., Mississauga, ON L4W 2M2 P: 905-629-1520, Toll Free: —, F: 905-629-1253 Contact: Dietmar Ruoff, President E-mail: info@ruoff.ca

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1

Mississauga

MISS

ON

Spectra Audio Visual 188 James Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5C5 P: 905-687-8640, Toll Free: —, F: — Contact: Bill Ward, Owner E-mail: bill@avniagara.com

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1

St. Catharines

STC

Stage-It Inc. 3425 Laird Road, Unit 5, Mississauga, ON L5L 5R8 P: 905-608-1758, Toll Free: 1-877-782-4348 F: 905-608-8142 Contact: Don Recourt, President E-mail: info@stageitinc.com

ON

14

1

Toronto

TO

Stagevision Inc. 5610 McAdam Road., Mississauga, ON L4Z 1P1 P: 905-890-8200, Toll Free: 1-877-572-8200 F: 905-890-8316 Contact: Stewart Hadden, Vice-President E-mail: shadden@stagevision.com

ON

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Mississauga

MISS

ON

Star Productions Inc 2283 Argentia Road Unit 22, Mississauga, ON L5N 5Z2 P: 416-219-8749, Toll Free: —, F: 905-826-5331 Contact: Alan Smithson, Creative Director E-mail: alan@starproductions.com

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1

Mississauga

MISS

Vernon Technology Solutions 400 Bentley St. Units 5 & 6, Markham, ON L3R 8H6 T: 905-752-0916, Toll Free: 1-877-752-0916 F: 905-752-0920 Contact: Jim Drohan, President E-mail: torontosales@vernontech.ca

ON

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3

Markham (Toronto)

STL, MHRK, VCR

ON

Videoscope 100 Howden Road, Unit 1, Toronto, ON M1R 3E4 P: 416-449-3030, Toll Free: 1-877-387-2673, F: — Contact: Sam Ferranti, Rental & Staging Manager E-mail: sferranti@videoscope.com

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1

Toronto

TO

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Presentation Services Audio Visual Unit 8, 200 Trowers Road, Vaughan, ON L4L 5Z8 P: 647-723-7088, Toll Free: —, F: — Contact: Colleen Tribe E-mail: ctribe@psav.com

Head office

No. of offices nationwide

2011

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ON

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Province

av

CGY, TO

Description Website

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.ps-av.ca

Audio-visual rental and duplicat services. www.presentations2go.ca

Lighting and special effects rental. www.pdifx.com

Full service audio-visual and staging Services. 1

Toronto

TO www.questrental.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.ruoff.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.avniagara.ca

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.stageitinc.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.stagevision.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.starproductions.com

Computer sales and rentals. www.vernontech.ca

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.videoscope.com


QC

QC

QC

QC

QC

QC

QC

QC

Wall Sound-lighting 1765, Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2 P: 613-225-2190, Toll Free: —, F: 613-228-3218 Contact: J.F. Meloche, Marketing Director E-mail: jf@wallsound-lighting.com / info@wallsound-lighting.com

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1

Ottawa

OTT

Westbury National Show Systems 772 Warden Avenue., Toronto, ON M1L 4T7 P: 416-752-1371, Toll Free: —, F: 416-752-1382 Contact: Noyan Hilmy, Marketing Manager E-mail: online

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1

Toronto

TO

APL Multimedia 175, Montpellier, Montreal, QC H4N 2G3 P: 514-527-2320, Toll Free: 1-888-746-9911 F: 514-527-4736 Contact: Benoit Fontaine, Sales Director E-mail: bfontaine@apl-multimedia.com

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1

Montreal

MTL

Audio Visual Dynamics Ltd 4951 Cote-Vertu Ouest, St-Laurent, QC H4S 1E1 P: 514-332-6440, Toll Free: 1-888-283-7469 F: 514-332-2009 Contact: Phil Hamilton, President E-mail: service@avd.ca

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STL

Audiovisuel Collins 1564 Rue Belvedere Sud, Sherbrooke, QC J1J 4G5 P: 819-569-8811 x.222, Toll Free: 1-866-569-8811 F: 819-569-8100 Contact: Daniel Collins, President E-mail: info@avcollins.com

11

Sherbrooke

SHBK

Avtec Professional Audio-Visual Services 2105 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G 1Z8 P: 514-848-9542, Toll Free: —, F: 514-284-2282 Contact: Michel Geoffroy, President E-mail: geoffroy@avtec.ca

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1

Montreal

MTL

Concept Audio-visuel 2351 rue des Carrieres, Montreal, QC H2G 1X6 P: 514-954-0000 x.246, Toll Free: 1-800-567-7076 F: 514-954-1425 Contact: Patrick Doss, Rental Director E-mail: p.doss@conceptav.ca / info@conceptav.ca

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1

Montreal

MTL

Conception / Productions Reno 2200 Leclaire, Montreal, QC H1V 1K7 P: 514-253-9890, Toll Free: —, F: 514-251-5344 Contact: Gilles Perron, Rental Manager E-mail: info@conception-reno.com

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1

Montreal

MTL

Duoson Multimedia 6125, rue Corbeil, Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4S6 P: 819-373-4701, Toll Free: 1-888-373-4701 F: 819-373-6604 Contact: Gilles Goudreault, President E-mail: goudreault@duoson.com

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2

Trois-Rivières

TR, MTL

Globale Audio Visuel 7737 Valdombre Street, St Leonard,QC H1S 2V6 P: 514-321-3370, Toll Free: 1-888-391-3370 F: 514-321-9999 Contact: Mohammed Moussa, President E-mail: mo@tryglobal.com

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Locations in Canada

Head office

ON

No. of offices nationwide

ON

No. of years in business

Province

av

2011

Description Website

Complete sound and lighting sales and rentals. www.wallsound-lighting.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.westbury.com

Sound and lighting rentals as well as sales. www.apl-multimedia.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.avd.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.avcollins.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.avtec.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.conceptav.ca

Complete sound and ligthing services. www.conception-reno.com

Complete audio-visual, staging and simultaneous interpretation services. www.duoson.com

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Montreal

MTL, TO, OTT

Simultaneous interpretation and audio-visual services. www.tryglobal.com

“Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.”

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Head office

Group Kloda Focus 5590, rue Royalmount, Montreal, QC H4P 1H7 P: 514-343-5000, Toll Free: 1-800-935-5632 F: 514-735-8539 Contact: Jamie Silver, Division Manager E-mail: jamie@kloda.com

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1

Montreal

MTL

Kostar Productions 10015 rue Mirabeau, Anjou, QC H1J 1T7 P: 514-354-4811, Toll Free: —, F: 514-354-4811 Contact: Simon Brault, Manager E-mail: simon@kostar.ca / prod@kostar.ca

QC

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2

Montreal

MTL, QBC, OTT

LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. 5495 Vanden Abeele, St-Laurent, QC H4S 1S1 P: 514-333-6677, Toll Free: 1-800-646-6607 F: 514-333-9749 Contact: Dany Bedard, Sales Manager E-mail: dany.bedard@lmbsystems.com

QC

23

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St-Laurent

MTL, QBC, TO, EDM, VCR, VIC, REG, CGY

Media Spec 650, rue Georges, Magog, QC J1X 1G5 P: 819-345-2004, Toll Free: —, F: 819-847-2027 Contact: Eric Ethier, Operation Director E-mail: eric.ethier@mediaspec.qc.ca

QC

7

1

Magog

MTL,QC, ON, VERN

QC

Pro-Staging Services Audiovisuels 3090, Brabant-Marineau, Montreal, QC H4S 1K7 P: 514-332-3272, Toll Free: —, F: 514-332-3144 Contact: Frank Santin, Sales and Marketing Director E-mail: fsantin@pro-staging.com

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QC

SBI Audiovisuel 875 McCaffrey, St-Laurent, QC H4T 1N3 P: 514-633-9898, Toll Free: —, F: 514-633-8829 Contact: Patrick Cheff, Senior Technical Coordinator E-mail: ventes@sbiav.com

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2

Montreal

MTL

Techni-Logique 1349, rue Gay-Lussac, Boucherville, QC J4B 7K1 P: 450-449-1717, Toll Free: 1-877-491-1717 F: 450-449-1739 Contact: Pascale Blouin E-mail: p.blouin@techni-logique.com

QC

22

1

Montreal

MTL

QC

Vision Audiovisuels Inc. 275 Métivier local 120, Quebec, QC G1M 3X8 P: 418-688-2222, Toll Free: —, F: 418-688-7777 Contact: Daniel Simard, President and Operation Director E-mail: dsimard@vision-av.com

16

Quebec

QBC

Xerox Canada Ltd. 3400 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 900, Montreal, QC H3Z 3G1 P: 514-939-8105, Toll Free: 1-800-363-7307 x.8105 F: 514-939-8198 Contact: Jacques Beauregard, Manager, Special Event Services E-mail: jacques.beauregard@xerox.com

QC

Toronto

MTL, MISS

SK

GV Audio Inc. 1355 Scarth St., Regina, SK S4R 2E7 P: 306-565-3111, Toll Free: 1-888-565-3111, F: — Contact: Derek Gould, Production Manager E-mail: derekg@gvaudio.ca

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1

Regina

REG, SASK, CGY, EDM, WPG, TB

Pro AV 1370 Cornwall St., Regina, SK S4R 2H5 P: 306-565-0100, Toll Free: 1-800-349-6612 F: 306-525-4599 Contact: Rick Kowalyk, President E-mail: rkowalyk@proavltd.com

SK

25

2

Regina

SASK, REG

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Description Website

Complete sound and lighting services. www.kloda.com

Complete sound and lighting sales and rentals. www.kostar.ca

Simultaneous interpretation services. www.lmbsystems.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. Sound - Lighting - Video - Mobile staging. www.mediaspec.qc.ca

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Montreal

MTL, TO

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.pro-staging.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.sbiav.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.techni-logique.com

Complete audio-visual and staging services. www.vision-av.com

Photocopier sales and rentals. www.xerox.com

Audio sales, rental and production company. www.gvaudio.ca

Audio-visual sales and rentals. www.proavltd.com


2011 Audio-visual index by city and region BANFF

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Sharp’s Audio Visual

BARRIE

Metrocom Audio Visual Ltd.

BRAESIDE

Capital Audio Technical Services Inc.

BURNABY

Access Computer Rental Precision Media Promax Audio Visual Systems Inc.

CALGARY

Abcan Audio Visual Inc. ACAAudio Visual (Banff) Ltd. Allstar Show Industries Inc. Apex Audio Visual AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Cine Audio Visual Evolution Presentation Technologies FM Systems Frischkorn Audiovisual GV Audio Inc. Inland Audio Visual LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Mediaco The Presentation Company MVI-MultiVision Inc. Precision Media Presentation Partner Presentation Services Audio Visual Sharp’s Audio Visual Unique Communications Ltd.

CHARLOTTETOWN Frischkorn Audiovisual

DARTMOUTH Basil Audio-Visual Precision Media

EDMONTON

Allstar Show Industries Inc. Apex Audio Visual AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions AXE Production Cine Audio Visual Evolution Presentation Technologies FM Systems GV Audio Inc. Inland Audio Visual LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Mediaco The Presentation Company Precision Media Sharp’s Audio Visual

FREDERICTON

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions

HALIFAX

Advanced Systems AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Century Computer Rental Duocom Canada Inc. Frischkorn Audiovisual Sharp’s Audio Visual Sound System Plus

KAMLOOPS

SW Audio + Visual

KELOWNA

SW Audio + Visual

KINGSTON

Baldwin Presentation Systems

KITCHENER

Duocom Canada Inc. Edcom Multimedia Products Inc.

LETHBRIDGE

Apex Audio Visual

LONDON

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Edcom Multimedia Products Inc

MARKHAM

Vernon Technology Solutions

MISSISSAUGA

3L Sound & Lighting Ltd. / 3L Productions Inc. Advanced Inc. AV-CANADA Century Audio Visual DE Systems Edcom Multimedia Products Inc Frischkorn Audio Visual (siège social) Presentations 2 Go Ruoff & Company Stage-It Inc. Stagevision Inc. Star Productions Inc. Xerox Canada Ltd.

MONCTON

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Frischkorn Audiovisual Ivan’s Camera SSI Audio

MONTREAL

APL Multimedia Avtec Professional Audio-Visual Services AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions CCR Solutions Concept Audio-visuel Conception / Productions Reno DE Systems Duocom Audio Visual Duoson Multimedia Frischkorn Audiovisual G.E. Technologie Globale Audio Visuel Group Kloda Focus Kostar Productions LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Pro-Staging Services Audiovisuels SBI AudioVisuel Techni-Logique Xerox Canada Ltd.

OAKVILLE

Design Audio Visual

guide OTTAWA

AV-CANADA AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Baldwin Presentation Systems CCR Solutions DE Systems Duocom Canada Inc. Express Audio Visual Frischkorn Audiovisual Globale Audio Visuel Kostar Productions Mediaco The Presentation Company Podium Audio Visual Wall Sound-lighting

PENTICTON

SW Audio + Visual

QUEBEC

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Kostar Productions LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Vision Audiovisuels Inc.

CCR Solutions Center Stage AV Duocom Canada Inc. ET Downtown Rental FM Systems Frischkorn Audiovisual Gabriel Audio Visual LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. MCR Micro Computer Rental Mediaco The Presentation Company Metrocom Audio Visual Ltd. MVI-MultiVision Inc. Precision Media Presentation Services Audio Visual Production Design International Inc. Pro-Staging Services Audiovisuels Quest Audio Visual Sharp’s Audio Visual Stage-It Inc. Videoscope Westbury National Show Systems

TROIS-RIVIÈRES Duoson Multimedia

REGINA

Evolution Presentation Technologies GV Audio Inc. Inland Audio Visual LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Pro AV Sharp’s Audio Visual

VANCOUVER

Audiovisuel Collins

Allstar Show Industries Inc. Apex Audio Visual Audio Image AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Clark’s Audio Visual Services Ltd. Evolution Presentation Technologies FM Systems Focus Audio Visual Services Ltd. Frischkorn Audiovisual Leading Edge Audio Visual Services Ltd. LMB Interpretation Systems Services Inc. Mediaco The Presentation Company Precision Media Proshow Audiovisual Broadcast Rocky Mountain Production Services Sharp’s Audio Visual SW Audio + Visual Vernon Technology Solutions Woodhouse & Associate Inc.

ST. CATHARINES

VERNON

ST. JOHN’S

VICTORIA

ST. LAURENT

WHISTLER

RICHMOND

Allstar Show Industries Inc.

SASKATOON

Evolution Presentation Technologies GV Audio Inc. Inland Audio Visual Precision Media Pro AV Sharp’s Audio Visual

SHERBROOKE

Spectra Audio Visual

Atlantic Audio Visual Eastern Audio Ltd. Audio Visuel Dynamique Ltée Vernon Technology Solutions

THUNDER BAY

Evolution Presentation Technologies GV Audio Inc.

TORONTO

3L Sound & Lighting Ltd. / 3L Productions Inc. Apex Audio Visual Ashen White Audio Visual Ventures Inc. AV-CANADA AVIAS Inc. AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions

SW Audio + Visual Sharp’s Audio Visual SW Audio Visual AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions Rocky Mountain Production Services Sharp’s Audio Visual

WINDSOR

AV-CANADA Band-Ayd Systems International Inc. Edcom Multimedia Products Inc.

WINNIPEG

AventPro – The Audio Visual Event Professionals Cherry Tree Productions Evolution Presentation Technologies GV Audio Inc. Inland Audio Visual

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TEA BE OR NOT…

History of the

CN Tower

Celebrating 35 Years of Innovation

For 35 years, the CN Tower has captivated the Toronto residents and tourists who comprise the over 1.5 million people that visit each year.  Thirty-five years after it was built, the CN Tower remains a famous Canadian icon and Toronto landmark, an engineering Wonder of the Modern World, a critical telecommunications hub and a first-class entertainment, dining and event centre.

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id you know that the CN Tower is recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers along with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Panama Canal and the Chunnel under the English Channel?

Leading Edge Facility Over the years, the CN Tower has been maintained as a leading edge facility and in doing so, has fostered a legacy of innovation.  Upgrades and expansions have ensured the Tower continues to provide visitors with a world class experience.  Some of these include:  • 1986 - The world’s first motion theatre ride experience, Tour of the Universe launches at the CN Tower.  Upgrades and new programming ensure that this theatre ride experience continues to thrill. • 1994 - The world’s first glass floor at 1,122 ft (342 m) opens to thrill guests with a “walk on air” experience. • 1995 - The CN Tower is designated an engineering wonder of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. • 1997 - An award-winning 9,000-bottle wine cellar, the world’s highest at 351m, is added to 360 Restaurant. 30

• 1997 - Two additional elevators are installed to accommodate growing numbers of visitors. • 1998 - A major base expansion adds 75,000 sq. ft. of attractions and shopping. • 2002 - A dramatic exterior upgrade as the Radome is replaced (white level at the base of the main pod). • 2002 - State of the art security technology is added to complement existing procedures. • 2006 - Meeting space is added as demand for corporate meetings and special events increases. • 2007 - An innovative energy efficient LED exterior lighting system is installed featuring a nightly light show and special occasion lighting throughout the year. • 2008 - The world’s highest glass fronted and glass floor paneled elevators are introduced. • 2009 - BOMA Best Level 1 – National Green Building Certification recognizing the commitment to sustainable best practices at Canada’s National Tower presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada. • 2010 - A state of the art 3D theatre experience is introduced.

CN Tower ticket information, call (416) 868-6937 360 Restaurant reservations, call (416) 362-5411 Or, visit the CN Tower website at: www.cntower.ca For online tickets or for more information about the CN Tower EdgeWalk, www.edgewalkcntower.ca, 416-601-3833 or 855-553-3833.

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When it comes to rehydrating after a workout, why not reach for something a bit different? Try one of the world’s healthiest beverages: tea. A 2005 study claims that drinking green tea can boost endurance by improving fat metabolism. Mice were given green tea extract and put on treadmills, where researchers found the mice that were given the most extract could run 30% faster than their counterparts. There was also less lactic acid in the bloodstream after their workout. More research is needed, but there are other reasons to add more tea to your diet. Both green and black teas are full of polyphenols, which scientists say can help prevent cancer and promote “good” cholesterol production in the body. Tea Please!

Farm to Truck to Farm Quebec – The mobile food truck phenomenon has found its way to the remote winelands of Ile d’Orléans. Panache Mobile, an offshoot of Quebec City’s Panache restaurant, has set up its gastronomic wheels on the estate of Sainte-Pétronille Vineyard with a gourmet menu that is bound to tempt even the fussiest foodies. With the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Waterfalls and acres of lush vines in view, this is not your typical grab-and-go dining experience. Linger over lobster hot dogs, organic Charlevoix sausages and Angus beef tartare with truffle vinaigrette, paired with a local Sainte-Pétronille vintage. The farmto-truck menu also features Louis d’Or cheese and dishes made with vegetables and herbs that are grown not far from the vineyard. Panache mobile is open every day from June 24 to Sept. 5. www.saint-antoine.com/en/index.html



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