• 01/06/10 Communications , Event Planning , Special Events , Sustainable Event Management # , ,

    Celebrating Excellence in Style

    By Karran Finlay, Marketing Director, KFM

    Last month, the KFM team had the opportunity to be part of something great. We participated in the planning and celebration of the BC Chapter of IABC’s (International Association of Business Communicators) 30th Anniversary Celebration.

    Photo Credit: Ballistic Arts Media Studio Inc.

    On Wednesday, May 5th, 150 IABC/BC members arrived at Harrison Galleries, in downtown Vancouver, to raise a glass to the BC Chapter’s successful 30-year history – a history that has garnered the Chapter an international reputation for progressive and professional communication.

    Photo Credit: Ballistic Arts Media Studio Inc.

    The event included a celebratory welcome, an awards ceremony, and an anniversary video produced by some of IABC/BC’s finest. Guests networked, sipped Champagne, and sampled a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres created by Nu Restaurant and Lounge (by C Restaurant). And who can forget the delectable desserts from Butter Baked Goods!

    Photo Credit: Ballistic Arts Media Studio Inc.

    In the role of Event Manager and as one of the event sponsors, KFM had the luxury of working with members of the IABC/BC team in several capacities; As the Event Manager, I worked with the most incredible team of volunteers. The group was made up of current IABC/BC members who volunteered their time to support the momentous occasion. I’ve never worked with such a dedicated, talented and professional group. I was honoured to volunteer my time with such an inspiring group on an exciting and rewarding event. It was also great to work with industry suppliers that we, at KFM, love! Graphic Zoo, DJ Leanne, Upright Decor, and Lavish Liquid – you guys rock.

    Photo Credit: Ballistic Arts Media Studio Inc.

    As one of the event sponsors, KFM was proud to support IABC/BC’s 30th Anniversary Event alongside other reputable brands such as Pink by Yellowglen, Ballistic Arts, Rigamarole, Whistler Water and CNW. We truly value the opportunity to support educational and important industry associations.

    There’s great value in being an IABC/BC member. We network with and learn from the best communicators in the industry. The BC Chapter of IABC is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in Canada. If you’re interested in attending future IABC/BC events or if you wish to become a member, visit IABC/BC online.

    Photo Credit: Ballistic Arts Media Studio Inc.

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  • 20/04/10 Event Planning , Special Events , Sustainable Event Management # , , , ,

    Working While Relaxing. It Exists.

    Yes, the comfort of one’s hotel room (when traveling for work) matters a great deal. And my favourite experience to date has been my recent stay at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

    I was in town on business and wanted to find a place that would let me relax while working…does that exist? Well, yes, as a matter a fact it does. It exists at Laurel Point. From the moment in stepped foot in my hotel room, I loved this place.

    My room looked out on to a beautiful Japanese Garden framed by the Ocean. I fell asleep each night to the peaceful sounds of the garden and to the soothing scent of a complimentary relaxing yuan zhi sleep mist that had been placed by my bedside.

    I felt like I was at the spa every time I entered the bathroom – the soaker tub was equipped with lovely Molton Brown bath gels and a relaxing seamoss stress-relieving hydrosoak. There were samples of Molton brown’s cooling eye cream and moisturizing lip rescue (translation: lip balm). Not only do I love Molton Brown products, but Laurel Point has brilliantly picked intuitive items from the Molton Brown product assortment. This is not just your standard shampoo and conditioner offering…it feels a lot more like a private spa boutique right in your very own hotel room!

    There’s also a brand new fitness facility, a glass enclosed indoor pool with a view of the garden, an award winning restaurant (Aura), and my favorite…in-room spa services. Seriously…I’m not joking. Hotel guests can experience a rejuvenating and healing spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of their own room. It’s awesome.

    They also welcome pets (which is actually very handy for many travelers these days) and they’re the first (and only!) carbon-neutral hotel in British Columbia – which aligns nicely with the sustainability efforts that KFM employs.

    Not only would I recommend this hotel to any business or vacation travelers, but I have complete confidence that planning an event or conference at Laurel Point would be a great experience.

    I didn’t want to leave and I’ll definitely be back.

    p.s. As luck would have it, I just won a $250 gift certificate to the Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa at the Pacific Rim in Vancouver! I won’t really be able to share how I’d feel if I was staying at the Pacific Rim on business, but I’ll you all know what I think of the spa!

    KARRAN FINLAY MARKETING (KFM)

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