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1. How is the Hall of Fame different from other industry awards?
M+IT’s Hall of Fame is the longest-running independent awards program in the Canadian business events industry. Eligibility is not dependent on membership in any specific association or having any particular designation.

2. Who is eligible for the Hall of Fame?
The Hall of Fame was created to honor outstanding individuals in all facets of the Canadian meetings and incentive travel industries. With the exception of the Industry Planner category, suppliers and planners are equally eligible for all categories.

3. How many years experience do you have to have to be considered for the Hall of Fame?
Rising Star is the only category that has a specific length of time working in the industry as a criterion. However, categories like Industry Planner and Industry Builder do trend towards individuals with a solid body of work in the industry. The newest category, The Big Idea, is open to anyone who has had, well, a “big idea.” It doesn’t matter whether it was in their first year working in the industry or their 30th. Also, please note: The two to five year time limit applied to the Rising Star category applies to all work in the industry. For example, if an individual worked as a planner for three years, then jumped to the supplier side and worked as a sales rep for three years, he or she would have a total of six years work experience in the industry and therefore, would not  be eligible for the category.

4. How many people have to nominate someone for them to be considered for Hall of Fame?
ONE nomination is all it takes to be considered for any Hall of Fame category.

5. Are self-nominations allowed?
Self-nominations are welcome but we encourage industry members to nominate their peers.

6. I’m not sure which category to nominate someone in?
Each category has specific criteria. If you’re not sure which category best fits the nominee, check out the “Categories” page for in-depth descriptions.

7. I don’t see Industry Veteran in the list of categories on the nomination form. How do I nominate someone?
The Industry Veteran award is awarded at the discretion of the judging panel and M+IT. To be considered for the honor, you must first nominate the individual in one of the categories listed on the form (with the obvious exception of Rising Star). You may note in the comment box under “Nominator Information” that you think the individual would make a good candidate for Industry Veteran.

8. May I nominate a Hall of Fame member for induction in another category? No.

9. How do I find out who nominated me?
We’ll tell you. Unless anonymity is requested, nominators will be cc’ed on the congratulations email sent to the nominee the Monday after the call for nominations closes (Monday, April 16, 2018).

10. How does the  judging work?
When a nomination is submitted, it goes directly to M+IT’s editor. The call for nominations closes on Friday, April 13, 2018. At that time, the editor emails the nominees (cc’ing the nominators) and sends them forms asking for category specific information. The nominees must complete and return these forms to the editor by the deadline (Monday, May 14, 2018) to move forward in the competition. No reminders will be sent. The completed forms are then given to the judges, who select the finalists on the basis of the criteria outlined on the forms and the categories page on the Hall of Fame website.

11. When are the names of the finalists announced?
The editor will notify finalists on Monday, June 25, 2018. At that time, M+IT will post a press release announcing the finalists’ names on meetingscanada.com.

12. I still have questions, who should I contact?
Phone or email M+IT editor Lori Smith at 416.614.5819 or lori@newcom.ca.