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 December 01, 2014
Virtual Edge Institute Annouces 2015 Strategic Partnership With Meetings + Conventions Calgary

 2015 is a big year for Meetings + Conventions Calgary as they join forces with the Virtual Edge Institute [VEI] in a multi-pronged strategic partnership.

Calgary, well known as a leading hub for innovative technology, will be supporting the future of the meetings industry through this partnership, by helping professionals further embrace the benefits of hybrid and digital events. The new partnership will support educational and informational opportunities throughout the year, face-to-face as well as online; including VEI's popular Virtual Edge Summit.

"Meetings + Conventions Calgary has always been a strong advocate for face-to-face events, and believers in the power of hybrid and digital events to augment face-to-face programs and achieve business objectives," said Peter Gregus, Meetings + Conventions Calgary's Managing Director. "In a world where organizations are now challenged daily to extend their global reach, we want to educate meeting professionals on how to best integrate these valuable hybrid and digital events into their own event and education portfolios."

To further demonstrate their commitment to the meetings industry and hybrid/digital technologies, Meetings + Conventions Calgary will also sponsor VEI's Digital Event Strategist [DES] certification program throughout 2015, by offering scholarships to meeting professionals who desire to pursue their certification.

The Digital Event Strategist certification is designed to help individuals and organizations develop a means to effectively plan, produce and measure the results of their digital engagement practices. The DES program is already globally recognized with graduates spanning from the US, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Israel and Singapore.

The Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) is now accepting scholarship applications for Meetings + Conventions Calgary Digital Event Strategist certification scholarships for qualified candidates on the VEI website.
The scholarships are available to meeting professionals seeking to further their education for digital and hybrid events. Meetings + Conventions Calgary is the exclusive sponsor of these scholarships - supporting the application, online course and exam fees, a $1000+ USD value.

"Meetings + Conventions Calgary's level of support for the hybrid/digital event community is unprecedented," said VEI's Carolyn Clark. "We are both laser-focused on dedicating 2015 to the delivery of quality educational and the advancement of the virtual discipline. The DES scholarships will assist those that have current budget constraints, but require this education to advance their organizations in 2015 and beyond."

"We are pleased to be supporting this incredibly important educational initiative provided by VEI," said Peter Gregus, Meetings + Conventions Calgary's Managing Director. " The DES certification program provides meeting planners with the knowledge to run online events and teaches them how to utilize these events to extend the reach of their organization, both within its own membership or company and throughout their industry worldwide. The data is clearly showing the value of online events and Meetings + Conventions Calgary supports meeting professionals to better understand the techniques needed to navigate this space successfully."

The Q1 scholarship application deadline is December 19, with recipients to be notified the week of January 12. Those awarded with scholarships will be eligible to participate in the DES LIVE online 8-week course starting January 28, taking place online each Wednesdays and Fridays at noon EST.

Find out more about Meetings + Conventions Calgary's Digital Event Strategist Certification Scholarship and apply online here

Virtual Edge Institute

The Virtual Edge Institute (VEI), the definitive authority for digital and hybrid meeting strategy and production, is a global organization dedicated to advancing engagement around digital events, meetings and learning. VEI supports and contributes to research, education, thought leadership, promotion, and the digital events community. VEI also produces and supports the Digital Event Strategist Online Course and accompanying DES Certification designation.