Meet the team
Katie Sleep, Manager, Conference and Event Services
Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Studies from Brock University, a Teaching and Training Adults certificate from Georgian College and is currently on track to complete a Master of Arts in Leadership at the University of Guelph in 2019. She has more than 15 years of experience in conference and event services, having started as a banquet server during her university years and then worked her way up to the position of Senior Manager, Conference and Banquet Services at Blue Mountain Resort where she worked for 10+ years. Katie joined the Georgian team in 2015 and is excited to have the opportunity to work in the same place where the hospitality industry’s future leaders are being trained. Katie has also project managed the Georgian College Auto Show since 2016, and has thoroughly enjoyed working directly with students to plan and execute the college’s largest community event.
Kirsten Spencer-Arscott, Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services
Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts degree with specialization in Psychology from Nipissing University. After graduating, she moved to Barrie and completed a graduate certificate in Event Management from Georgian College. Before taking on the role as a conference co-ordinator, she worked in various customer service roles across the retail and food service industries, including co-managing an ice cream parlour. She’s always been drawn to the idea of event planning, which allows her to put both her organizational skills and her creativity to good use. She loves working at Georgian because she loved school and now gets to work with students, faculty and staff every day. Her favourite events to work with are those that support the student community, such as networking nights and professional panels.
Miranda Rawn, Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services
Miranda graduated from Georgian College with a three year diploma in Hospitality Administration in 2016. She spent her summers in her co-op placement at Taboo Resort in Muskoka, after which she moved to a full-time job as an event manager at the J. W. Marriott Rosseau Muskoka. Miranda joined our team in April of 2019 and already has a breadth of Georgian event experience under her belt. She is excited to be back at her Alma Mater working on events that contribute to students, staff, and the Barrie community at large. Her favourite event to work on so far as been a retreat with Simcoe Community Services where residents and their personal support workers could enjoy a few days of fun, games, and good food.
9 Dietary Restrictions Every Event Planner Should Be Aware Of
So, you’re planning your event’s dining menu, but you’re not sure which items to pick. Before you get too far in your decision-making process, it’s important to consider who may be attending your event and what their dietary needs and restrictions might be.
9 Things to Consider When Planning an Accessible Event
Taking the lead on supporting accessibility within our Georgian Conference and Event Spaces, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide as to what you should consider when planning your next accessible event . Making sure every guest feels welcome and safe should always come first.
How to make the most of your summer in Barrie
If you’re at the Barrie Campus this summer, there are plenty of fun things to do around town once your sessions are finished for the day or as a whole group. Whether you’re a foodie, an artist or a nature lover, this list will help you plan awesome summer adventures.
How to plan the perfect giving event
Planning a Gala, Leadership Conference, Alumni Event or Corporate Charity Fundraiser is no easy undertaking. So, to bring your ideas, greater mission and audience together in a meaningful way, we’ve put together a list of items you’ll need to consider when planning the perfect giving event in Barrie, Ontario.
The 11 Best Hors D’Oeuvres to Serve at Your 2019 Event
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a delightful dining experience at your upcoming Barrie Conference, Gala, or Event. With catering from the talented chefs behind The Last Class and Chartwells, you’ll access gourmet dishes and exceptional service. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Book your meeting today!
Are you ready to book your Barrie meeting? Call us or visit us on-location to take a tour of our meeting venues. We can’t wait to show you the perfect space for your event!