September October 2017

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September | October 2017 | Ignitemag.ca | 25 by Laura Bickle B U S I N E S S R I S K Y It is a sad fact that events that attract crowds can also attract people who want to do those crowds harm. The recent attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, and the Boston Marathon are chilling reminders of group vulnerability. Incidents such as these have heightened concern and prompted dialog among the international event community: At IMEX America in Las Vegas a year ago, the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI) was launched along with an alliance with the US Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Safety Act Office. The issue has also been at the forefront of many global education sessions and in May, IMEX Frankfurt announced it was offering terrorism insurance to its exhibitors. Trevor Lui, the director of operations & sustainability at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., who was in Las Vegas for the EMSSI announcement, felt compelled to consider the state of the issue in his home and native land. And what he saw concerned him. "The rest of the world is talking about it but it's really low-key in Canada. We have our fair share of the marketplace when it comes to events so why aren't we addressing this at the same ARE WE TAKING EVENT SECURITY SERIOUSLY ENOUGH?

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