Conference and Event Planner
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Conference and event planners plan, organize and co-ordinate conferences, conventions, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, trade shows, festivals and other events. They are employed by tourism associations, trade and professional associations, convention and conference centres, governments and by conference and event planning companies, or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, incl. typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- Alberta Learning Information Service - OCCinfo
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Sokanu - Occupational profiles:
- Event Coordinator Video - from Discover Tourism (Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council)
- A Day in the Life of a Wedding Consultant - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Wedding Consultant & Dress Designer in Calgary - Interview from StudyinCanada.com
- Wedding Planner in Toronto - Interview from StudyinCanada.com
Conference and Event Planners come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. A university degree or college diploma in business, tourism or hospitality administration is usually required. Several years of experience in hospitality or tourism administration or in public relations are usually required and may substitute for formal education requirements. Certification relating to special events, meetings or conference management may be required. (National Occupational Classification).
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Labour market information
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- Government of Canada Job Bank: Trend Analysis - Job Market Report
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners job outlook (U.S.)
- Salary Survey (2016) - from Meetings & Conventions magazine (U.S.)
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Event Professionals of Manitoba
- Meeting Professionals International
- Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) - independent event planners
- International Live Events Association
- Financial & Insurance Conference Planners
- The Professional Convention Management Association
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Manitoba Tourism Education Council
- International Festivals and Events Association
- Planner Directory - from CanSPEP
- Event Professionals of Manitoba - Members list
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