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Event team and blog

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 over 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: 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: 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: email Miranda

Event blog

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Connecting with stakeholders through virtual events

With in-person events being cancelled, a crucial element of the stakeholder experience has been placed on the back-burner. It’s these personal interactions, that make people feel connected to the organizations they support, and it’s so difficult to replicate that feeling in a virtual setting. Difficult, but not impossible.

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5 event trends to look out for in 2021

COVID-19 has forever altered the landscape of events and have changed the priorities of planners and attendees alike. Here are five trends we predict will impact events in 2021.

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6 tips for engaging attendees during virtual events

Engaging attendees virtually can be a challenge. Check out these tips for keeping them entertained and excited about your event!

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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 virtual event tips for event coordinators

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

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7 mental health tips for event planners

We as event planners, co-ordinators and managers spend everyday working hard to make things perfect for our clients, but it’s important to take a step back now and then to ensure we’re making things work for ourselves.

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Hybrid events and the future of the event industry

Event planning professionals are looking at what the future of the event industry might hold once large events are allowed.

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4 questions to ask while planning your hybrid event

Hybrid events offer the flexibility that many are looking for, plus, if done correctly, a wow-factor that will impress attendees.

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4 tips for stakeholder management in virtual events

Having a virtual event doesn’t mean you can’t give your stakeholders an amazing experience that is meaningful and beneficial to them.

Venue awards

2016 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos
2016 Best Venue for Expos/Tradeshows award
2015 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos
2015 Best Venue for Expos/Tradeshows award
2014 Best of Award for best venue for trade shows and expos
2014 Best of Awards winner

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