GO WEST 2018


Packed with incredible speakers, innovative vendors, inspiring education, this once-a-year experience is the perfect opportunity for Canadian event professionals to connect, collaborate and learn.

February 12 - 13, 2018 | Edmonton, Alberta

Marriott at River Cree Resort


GO WEST is an annual event that focuses on education, innovation and networking. The latest ideas are presented in support of the events industry to enhance attendees’ knowledge and network. 

GO WEST is a national event that is held in Western Canada. It reaches meeting and event planners working independently as third-party contractors, as well as in-house planners in the government, association, university and corporate markets. This event is also for event professionals working with suppliers, associations, DMOs, and other organizations supporting the events industry.



Announcing our amazing speakers & workshop presenters lineup



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Day 1 - February 12

11.30 am - 12.00 pm REGISTRATION CHECK-IN - For planners attending the kickoff event

12.00 pm - 1.15 pm THE EDMONTON ALL IN KICKOFF (by invitation only)

We will be kicking off GO WEST 2018 with the unexpected! Our host city is pulling out all stops with a cool setting, locally inspired food, and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Due to space limitations attendance for this event is by invitation only. 

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12.45 pm - 1.30 pm REGISTRATION CHECK-IN

1.30 pm - 2.30 pm THE MAIN STAGE | Opening Keynote: 2018 Event Industry Trends and Forecasts by David Merrell

As an event design guru David Merrell has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of social and corporate events. His expertise comes from many sources and he’s bringing it all to you in this fast-paced and entertaining session. 
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2.30 - 4.45 pm THE MAIN STAGE | Creativity, Event Design & Trends (3 back-to-back sessions with no breaks)

"The Pink Poodle Theory: Proven" Keri Miller, e=mc2 events - Using the power of intuition (and a little bit of science) for trend hunting + design inspiration...with proven results.

"30 F&B Trends in 30 Minutes!" Shannon Boudreau, The Lazy Gourmet - A fast-paced session forecasting food and cocktail trends to incorporate at your events this year.  

"Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity." Tahira Endean, BC Innovative Council - Using intentional design drives the delivery of people-centric, purpose-driven events. This session will look rapidly at the intentions and smart tips to building trusted, return-worthy experiences.  

"The Idea Hunters- Got Talent " Janice Cardinale, The Idea Hunter - Janice will take you through a fast paced & impactful presentation that will inspire, motivate and leave you with enough ideas to fill a calendar year.


4.45 pm - 6.30 pm THE SOCIAL EVENT– the WOW you were waiting for! 

Escape to the mountains while you sip cocktails, make new friends and enjoy beautiful Banff & Lake Louise mountain views.  An experience you will not want to miss!

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Day 2 - February 13

8.00 am - 8.30 am "TASTE OF REGINA" MORNING COFFEE | Your Conventions Regina team will be serving Royal Regina Roast by Regina's Caliber Coffee Roasters.

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8.30 am - 9.30 am THE MAIN STAGE | Disruptive Innovation - Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Experimental by Shawn Kanungo

Competition is for losers. Today, our competitive global market is unforgiving and ruthless –no one is spared. Consumer expectations and behaviors, shaped by new market entrants, have also changed more in the last 10 years than in the last 100 years combined. How do we survive? Learn more...

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9.30 am - 11.00 am THE MAIN STAGE | Branding, Marketing and Social Media (4 back-to-back sessions with no breaks) 

"Marketing That Matters in 2018" Kelly Doody, The Social School - What marketing strategy is effective and why you have to get on board whether you like it or not!

"5 Essential Brand Strategy Ingredients for Elevated Vision" Derek MacDonald, Boom Goes The Drum - Learn how to put your brand at the centre of everything you do.

"Personal Branding: Perception is Reality" Hailey O’Bright, The Idea Hunter - Why personal branding matters. Learn how to take the vision you have for being the best version of yourself and ensure that other people believe and see that in you.

"Creating Experiences not Events" Olivia Pilip, Boutique Collective - From invites to on-site signage, the look and feel of the event is a reflection on your overall brand. Olivia will talk about developing a theme and carrying it through your event, including all elements of the marketing mix.  

11.00 am - 11.30 am THE MAIN STAGE | Tech Showcase - moderated by Tahira Endean

Gavin O'Driscoll, EventMobi
Rahul Goel, PheedLoop
Ray Jackson, Roy Jackson Design
Anthony Vade, FMAV

Transition to The Experiential Hall (lunch is being served at the hall)

11.30 am - 4.30 pm THE EXPERIENTIAL HALL | This is not your regular trade show! Instagram friendly experiential booths and educational opportunities connecting event planners with vendors in a room full of action stations, games, tech showcases, floral workshops, and innovative food & drinks.


4.15 pm - 4.45 pm CLOSING RITUAL


Regular rate | $500

This rate grants full event access, including THE MAIN STAGE, THE EXPERIENTIAL HALL and THE SOCIAL EVENT.  


Tourism Saskatoon has partnered with the Event Professionals Foundation to offer 5 bursaries to planners to help offset the costs of attending GO WEST 2018.  To qualify planners must manage a conference that travels and can provide future consideration of Saskatoon as a potential host city. These bursaries will include an evening dinner on Feb 12 with the Tourism Saskatoon team.

Note: Planner Bursaries were awarded to eligible applicants.



Sponsorship Opportunities

This is an opportunity to market your brand and offerings to 200+ event professionals from across Canada. This event is unique as it is a national conference being held in Western Canada.

A customized partnership opportunity is available for you. We are open to unique ideas you may have to help market your brand and offerings. We follow the same customized process utilized by sponsorship industry professionals to maximize the return on your investment. 

Example of a Customized Sponsorship Opportunity:

Education Session: $2,500

  • Ownership of education session
  • Introduce the speaker
  • Logo on onsite digital signage
  • Logo on program materials and signage
  • Logo on website
  • Minimum of 3 posts on social media
  • One complimentary full event access 

If you are interested in partnering with GO WEST 2018, please contact Nela Kovacovic at 780-444-3773 or by clicking on the link below.

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Exhibit Opportunities (sold out)*

*Contact us to be added to our waiting list

We are including a tradeshow component to GO WEST 2018. This is an opportunity for DMOs, hotels and venues, audio visual companies, design and décor companies, and other event industry suppliers to showcase their brand and services to 200+ event professionals.

There are 40 exhibit booth spaces available. We recommend exhibitors incorporate an experiential element into their booth design. This can be as simple as serving Gelato samples to more complex offerings such as gaming. We are more than happy to work with you to maximize your attendee experience.


Monday, February 12 (Day 1)
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Exhibit Booth Set-up

Tuesday, February 13 (Day 2)
8:00 am - 11:00 am | Exhibit Booth Set-up (Hand Carry Only)
11:30 am | Tradeshow Open (lunch is served in hall)
4:30 pm | Tradeshow Closed
4:30 pm | Closing Ritual

Exhibitor Fees (subject to increase without notice)

10’ x 10’ booth                       SOLD OUT
10’ x 20’ booth                       SOLD OUT

The fees include pipe and drape, one table, and two chairs (power, furnishings and audio visual equipment will be available though the show services provider at an additional cost).

EXPERIENTIAL HALL (tradeshow) access is included for one booth staff. An additional exhibitor badge will be available for purchase at $100 for one additional staff member.

Exhibitor Fees do not include access to THE MAIN STAGE (conference) or THE SOCIAL EVENT. Full event access is available to exhibit booth staff for $500 per registration (max. of 2 per booth)

Exhibitors at GO WEST 2018 will be given first right of refusal and preferred rates for exhibiting at GO WEST 2019. 

Look who is showcasing at GO WEST 2018:

Alberta Meeting & Event Guide
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Business Events Victoria
Calgary Stampede
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
Canadian Special Events Magazine
Choose Lethbridge
Conventions Regina
Copper Point Resort
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
Destination St. John's
DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton
Doubletree by Hilton Regina
Edmonton Expo Centre
Edmonton Marriott at River Cree
Edmonton Tourism
ETC Décor

Event Technology Solutions
Fairmont Western Mountain Region
Fort Edmonton Park
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
Hotels Red Deer
Ignite Magazine
invert720 Productions
Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Niagara Falls Business Events
Nova Hotels
Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conf. Centre
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
Production World

River Cree Resort and Casino
Royal Hotel Group
Shaw Conference Centre
Showtime Event & Display
Spark Event Centre
Speakers Bureau of Canada
Speakers' Spotlight
Special Event Rentals
St. Eugene Golf Resort
SW Event Technology
Timewise Event Management
Tourism Kelowna
University of Alberta Conf. Services
Tourism Saskatoon
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Yukon Convention Bureau

Host Venue


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Edmonton marriott at river cree resort

300 East Lapotac Blvd
Enoch, Alberta T9E 0V4

780-484-2121 or 1-800-960-4913

$155 per room | single or double occupancy

If you wish to book your room beyond February 12, please call hotel directly to extend your stay (1-800-960-4913). 

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Advisory Council

Up until 2006 the Western Canadian chapters of Meeting Professionals International hosted an annual conference called GO WEST. This conference was well-received and traveled between Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Due to the demand on volunteer hours the conference did not continue and was a loss for Canadian event professionals.

Building upon that legacy, we are thrilled to see GO WEST coming to fruition once again. GO WEST 2018 is being produced by the team at Timewise Event Management Inc. An Advisory Council has been formed to provide input on setting the program and direction.

The following individuals have graciously contributed their time on our Advisory Council to help us ensure the success of GO WEST 2018.

BRENT TAYLOR (Chair) Partner, Timewise Event Management

Partner, Timewise Event Management

JENNIFER BERGMAN President, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

President, Jennifer Bergman Weddings

TAHIRA ENDEAN Event Producer, BC Innovation Council

Event Producer, BC Innovation Council

SHERRY HONEY Director of Sales & Marketing, Chateau Lacombe Hotel

Director of Sales & Marketing, Chateau Lacombe Hotel

MANFRED KALK Associate Director, Alumni and Events, Alberta School of Business, U of A

Associate Director, Alumni and Events, Alberta School of Business, U of A

KAREN KITCHEN Executive Director, Hotels Red Deer

Executive Director, Hotels Red Deer

CYNTHIA LAMONT Senior Manager, Operations & Events, CSUR

Senior Manager, Operations & Events, CSUR

CAITLIN MCELHONE Lead Planner, CM Events

Lead Planner, CM Events

CHERYL ROSE Executive Director, Timeless Sales Solutions

Executive Director, Timeless Sales Solutions

ERYNE SARABIN Lead Planner, Tycoon Event Planning & Promotion

Lead Planner, Tycoon Event Planning & Promotion

WES SCOTT President & CEO, EventWorx

President & CEO, EventWorx