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About our team

Let our experienced, professional team guide you through the event planning process. Contact us today to learn why Georgian College is the ideal place to host your event! We look forward to helping you plan and organize you next meeting, conference, trade show, reunion or party in Barrie.

Meet the team

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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.

phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1135
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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.

phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1213
email Kirsten

Cassandra Ecclestone

Cassandra Ecclestone, Conference Assistant, Conference and Event Services

Cassandra graduated from Georgian College with a diploma in Business – Marketing. Following that, she taught marketing concepts in southern China to international management students, and worked as an event co-ordinator in a hostel in Peru. That inspired her decision to return to Georgian to study Event Management. Scheduled to graduate in April 2019, Cassandra enjoys learning the industry from the inside as a co-op student in Conference and Event Services. After finishing this program, she hopes to use her training to travel the world. Her favorite events to work are ones that benefit Georgian students.

Event blog

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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.

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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.

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Venue awards

2016 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos
2015 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos
2014 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos

Contact us

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!

One Georgian Dr.

Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
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