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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 completed a Master of Arts in Leadership from 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
email Katie

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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

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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.

phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1110
email Miranda

Event blog

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5 virtual event tips for event coordinators

Are you still trying to wrap your head around going virtual? Learn from our experience! Here are our top tips for event coordinators for organizing virtual events.

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Virtual events – a whole different way of engaging

There are a so many differences between an in-person event and one that takes place online. Here are just a few of them.

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5 team-building activities conference guests actually enjoy

Check out these fun and engaging team-building ideas that people actually enjoy participating in!

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7 things to consider when selecting the right keynote speaker

Here’s a list of the top seven things you need to consider when choosing a keynote speaker.

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9 dietary restrictions every event planner should be aware of

Do you need help navigating your menu and catering options? We can help!

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7 ways to make sure your event is environmentally conscious

Hosting an environmentally conscious event in Barrie doesn’t have to be complicated.

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9 things to consider when planning an accessible event

Your comprehensive guide to what you should consider when planning your next accessible event!

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Barrie Waterfront

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!

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10 event swag bag items people actually like

We’ve put together a list of ten event swag items that your event attendees will actually like and show off to their friends. Check them out!

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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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