Hello, honorary Newfoundlanders!
Well, the caplin are rolling and the whales are close to shore, bringing, as many of you came to realize, fog, wind and cool weather – what a contrast and delight for the senses. But we didn't let the weather bring us down. What fun we had networking, learning, and getting to know our fellow MRIA members!
We hope you enjoyed sampling our place as well as the engaging discussions on where we are headed as an industry and how we can keep challenging ourselves and embracing change. We attempted to provide a setting for delegates, speakers, research buyers and research providers that highlighted contrasts in thinking and encouraged all of us to see things differently.
The conference taught us many things, not the least of which was just how vibrant and alive our industry is and how committed we are to evolving. Also, it taught us that it requires the talents and time of many individuals across many organizations to make things happen.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the MRIA national office, the conference speakers, and the many volunteers who made the conference an event to remember. Your commitment and dedication are greatly appreciated; we could not have done it without you.
We miss you here on the "Edge," and George Street misses you too. May our paths cross again. Come back often!
Have a great summer.
Carolyn O'Keefe and Corinne MacGillivray-King
Chairs, 2012 MRIA National Conference
Now Available: Photos & Presentations
Conference photos are now available in the following galleries:
- Photo Booth
- Rally in the Alley
- Wednesday - May 30, 2012
- Thursday - May 31, 2012
- Friday - June 1, 2012
Conference Presenations are avilable for delegates, by clicking here.
Congratulations to Abhay Tiwari and to
Gyan Harshvardhan, CMRP!
IPD would like to congratulate Abhay Tiwari once again on winning the A.B. Blankenship Award. Abhay received his prize and was publically recognized during the recent 2012 National Conference in St. John's Newfoundland. Gyan Harshvardhan, CMRP, is the proud winner of this year's Joseph Doyle Award!
Photos provided with compliments of
Nelson S. Davis of AIP Global
MRIA Announces Winners of 2012 Excellence in Research Award
MRIA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Research Awards competition, sponsored this year by Market Probe. Submissions were made in most of the eleven categories and the seven winners announced at the Gala Awards Dinner held during the 2012 National Conference that recently concluded in St. John's Newfoundland. Winners received the coveted and beautiful Excellence Crystal as a tribute to their pursuit of excellence and for setting a shining example for future winners. For more information, click here.
2012 Conference – Keynote Speaker
MRIA is pleased to announce that SEAMUS O’REGAN, correspondent with CTV National News and the former co-host of CTV's Canada AM, Canada's #1 national morning show, will be our keynote speaker.
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and raised in Goose Bay, Labrador, Seamus studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin; marketing strategies at INSEAD, the international business school near Paris; and received his Master's of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge.
On Canada AM, Seamus interviewed such newsmakers as former U.S. president Bill Clinton, prime minister Paul Martin, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Shania Twain, William Shatner, Conrad Black and Prince. He is one of the few journalists to have interviewed four former Prime Ministers -- Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, John Turner and Joe Clark -- together.
Canada AM took Seamus across Canada and around the world, from NORAD headquarters inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. A good sport, he trained (briefly) with the Cirque de Soleil and piloted (very briefly!) a CF-18 jet fighter.
Seamus led CTV's extensive coverage of Live Earth and the Concert for Diana. He hosted The Giller Prize, Canadian fiction's most coveted literary award, three times, as well as the television special The Next Great Prime Minister.
Seamus became the first journalist to be named to Canada's "Top 40 Under 40," and he was named to Maclean's magazine's 100 "Young Canadians to Watch" in the new century.
Seamus serves on the boards of the World Wildlife-Canada; The Rooms - which houses the Provincial Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador; and The Company Theatre group in Toronto.
For more information visit www.speakers.ca/oregan_seamus.aspx
Things to do in Newfoundland
- The ‘True’ Flavour of Newfoundland: Rally in the Alley
(AKA George Street Pub Crawl)
- McCarthy’s party optional PRE & POST tour offerings
- HALF-DAY TOUR OPTIONS
- TOUR #1 - City of Legends and the Far East of the Western World
- TOUR #2 - Birds, Bergs, and the Irish Shore
- FULL-DAY TOUR OPTIONS
- TOUR #3 - Outports, Lucky Rocks, and John Guy’s Colony
- TOUR #4 - Lighthouse Picnic at the Colony of Avalon
- LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN ST. JOHN’S
For complete social events details, click here.
Things to do in St. John's
For conference delegates who wnat to explore St. John's on their own, we highly recommend visiting the Downtown St. John's website at downtownstjohns.com.