Corporate Social Responsibility: ECOS Project Final Report

By | Corporate Social Responsibility, ECOS, Environmental Leadership, Event highlights, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Meeting Professionals International

MPI Foundation Canada and Freeman Audio Visual Canada partnered for a sixth year on our joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) Project – a framework to support sustainability in communities based on the principles of People, Planet and Profit.

Having taken place between July 2014 and May 2015, all MPI Canadian Chapters participated with respective local Freeman branches. Although the impact of the project varied widely between chapters, overall the teams positively impacted approximately 3095 community members with volunteerism and generosity.

Atlantic Canada Chapter
Eleven members volunteered for five hours at Feed Nova Scotia greeting sponsors, receiving donation drop offs, sorting donations and re-packing donations for shipment for Feed Nova Scotia’s Adopt-a-Family program.

British Columbia Chapter
During the annual BC Education Conference (BCEC), attendees were given two opportunities to support the ECOS Project. A wine raffle resulted in $125 being raised for the BC Hospitality Foundation, and a food drive led to two boxes of food being delivered to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Calgary Chapter
In support of Making Changes, an organization that empowers women to make meaningful contributions to the community through education and meaningful work opportunities, the ECOS team collected donations of gently-used clothing and volunteered at bingo games that raised money for the charity.

Edmonton Chapter
In-kind audio visual support was provided for the Edmonton Food Bank Awards Gala. MPI Edmonton also donated its social fund money and member contributions.

Manitoba Chapter
The team collected three boxes of toys for the Christmas Cheer Board. They also donated $500 and 9,924 grams of baby food to the Winnipeg Food Bank.

Montreal & Quebec Chapter
Just in time for Christmas, a Freeman truck and driver picked up donated goods from the community and delivered them to Sun Youth, a Montreal organization that offers services to youth, seniors, low-income individuals and special-need families. Eighteen ECOS Project volunteers also assisted Sun Youth in distributing holiday gifts, books and food to very appreciative families.

The ECOS team also encouraged members to help make National Meetings Industry Day and Convivium 2015 sustainable events and donated left over food from both meetings to community members in need.

Ottawa Chapter
As part of a fundraising dinner that follows the CSAE Tête-à-Tête Tradeshow, the ECOS team supports the Ottawa Network for Education’s School Breakfast Program. In addition to a financial contribution, members also assist the program by serving breakfast at schools across the city over the course of the year.

Toronto Chapter

The Toronto team collected toys and cash for the Breakfast with Santa Foundation and the MPI Toronto Chapter Education Reserve Fund. Throughout the year, they also raised funds and dozens of books for the Children’s Book Bank. During the Toronto Education Conference, members collected stuffed animals and toys which were delivered to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. And lastly, the MPI Toronto Golf Tournament collected gently-used business clothing for the Yonge Street Mission.

*Labour estimated at a conservative $20/hour; value of food estimated at $2.00/pound (food bank valuation).

For a full version of this report, please contact the MPI Foundation .

Montreal Director of Sales Honoured with MPI Montreal & Quebec Volunteer of the Year Award

By | Awards, Corporate Social Responsibility, ECOS, Freeman Audio Visual Employees, Industry News, Meeting Professionals International, Women in AV

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada is very pleased to announce that Montreal Director of Sales Danielle Piche has been awarded Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Montreal & Quebec Chapter’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledges a planner or supplier who works in the shadows for the industry by getting involved in community and social causes.

“Danielle is committed to promoting the objectives of MPI Foundation Canada and its influence in our industry, whether acquiring financial collaborators for the Canadian Economic Impact Study 3.0 (CEIS 3.0), facilitating MPI educational initiatives or supporting the Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) Project,” said Montreal & Quebec Chapter President Sarah Maisonneuve.

“She also helped pioneer our chapter’s participation in the Sun Youth Christmas gifts distribution program, a cause that is very close to her heart.”

Piche has been an MPI Foundation Canada board member since September 2012.


La directrice des ventes de Montréal décroche le prix du Bénévole de l’année de MPI Montréal et Québec

Freeman audiovisuel Canada a le plaisir d’annoncer que Danielle Piché, directrice des ventes pour Montréal, a reçu le prix Bénévole de l’année de la part de Meeting Professionals International, section Montréal et Québec.

Ce prix reconnaît le travail d’un planificateur ou d’un fournisseur de notre industrie qui a œuvré dans l’ombre au profit de sa collectivité et de causes sociales.

« Danielle a montré son engagement à faire la promotion des objectifs de la Fondation MPI Canada et à en renforcer l’influence dans notre industrie en recrutant des collaborateurs financiers pour l’étude d’impact économique canadienne (CEIS 3.0, pour Canadian Economic Impact Study), en favorisant les initiatives éducatives de MPI et en apportant son soutien au projet ECOS (pour Events for Communities of Sustainability) », a rappelé Sarah Maisonneuve, présidente de la section Montréal et Québec.

« Elle a aussi mené la marche pour que notre section participe au programme de distribution de cadeaux de Noël de Jeunesse au Soleil, une cause qui lui tient à cœur. »

Danielle Piché est membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation MPI Canada depuis septembre 2012.


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Freeman Audio Visual Canadais pleased to announce it will continue its sponsorship of and participation in the Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) project, in partnership with the MPI Foundation and MPI Canada, for another five years.

Launched in autumn 2009, the ECOS project is a framework to support sustainability in communities based on the principles of People, Planet & Profit. Each year, MPI Canada chapters select a local community organization to receive chapter support. The community group is selected from one of the following sectors: Food, Water, Shelter and Education.

A Freeman Audio Visual Canada liaison in each branch then teams up with the MPI chapter in their respective cities to provide additional support and resources on behalf of the company. Since this is a national initiative, all employees, family and friends are invited to volunteer for these worthwhile causes.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has sponsored the program since its inception. “ECOS aligns perfectly with the integrity of our brand, our commitment to a national corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative and our industry leadership role,” said Heidi Welker, Vice President Marketing, Freeman Audio Visual Canada.

“With donations of funds, delivery resources and manpower throughout the past five years, Freeman’s contribution to the ECOS project has been instrumental,” said Shelley Williams, Chair, MPI Foundation Canada. “We look forward to continuing this collaboration and creating real, transformative change in our global communities through simple, relevant actions taken locally.”



Freeman audiovisuel Canada est fière d’annoncer qu’elle poursuit la commandite ainsi que sa participation au projet « Events for Communities of Sustainability » (ECOS), en partenariat avec MPI Foundation et MPI Canada, et ce, pour les cinq prochaines années.

Lancé en automne 2009, le projet ECOS est un cadre d’action conçu pour encourager la durabilité dans les collectivités. Il est fondé sur les principes suivants : les gens, la planète et le profit. Chaque année, toutes les divisions de MPI Canada sélectionnent un organisme communautaire local qui recevra le soutien de la division. Le groupe communautaire est choisi parmi l’un des secteurs suivants : nourriture, eau, abri et éducation.

Un agent de liaison de Freeman audiovisuel Canada de chacune de nos succursales est jumelé à un agent de liaison du chapitre MPI de sa ville respective afin de fournir un soutien et des ressources additionnelles au nom de l’entreprise. Puisqu’il s’agit d’une initiative à l’échelle nationale, tous les employés, leur famille et leurs amis sont invités à offrir leurs services de bénévolat envers ces causes louables.

Freeman audiovisuel Canada commandite le projet depuis sa création. « ECOS s’harmonise parfaitement avec l’intégrité de notre marque, avec notre engagement envers une initiative nationale en matière de responsabilité sociale d’entreprise et avec notre rôle de chef de file dans l’industrie, » affirme Heidi Welker, vice-présidente — marketing de Freeman audiovisuel Canada.

« Grâce à des dons, des fonds, des ressources et des effectifs depuis les cinq dernières années, la contribution de Freeman au projet ECOS a joué un rôle important », a déclaré Shelley Williams, présidente, MPI Foundation Canada. « Nous nous réjouissons de poursuivre cette collaboration et de faire partie d’un réel changement dans nos communautés par des actions simples et pertinentes réalisées localement »

Corporate Social Responsibility: Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) Project Fifth-Year Final Results

By | Corporate Social Responsibility, ECOS, Education, Environmental Leadership, Meeting Professionals International


Freeman Audio Visual proudly partnered with MPI Foundation Canada for the fifth consecutive year on the Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) Project, a long-term corporate social responsibility commitment that has created an opportunity for the meetings and events industry to give back to its local communities. Here is a recap of this past year’s results.

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