Ottawa Chapter Events

In.Sight 2017: MRIA Emerging Leaders Task Force & Ottawa Chapter Event: Call for Storytellers

Imagine the thrill of standing in front of an audience and telling a story about your experiences, or the pride of sharing a situation from your life or work to inspire others. Imagine seizing an opportunity to market your skills and services, and make new connections. No matter what it may be, storytelling brings us all together.

First launched in Toronto and now coming to Ottawa, In.sight is a storyteller series like no other. No matter what your level of experience – whether you are a student of market research, just starting your career, or have been in the industry for years – we want to hear your tale.

Maybe you took a chance and succeeded, maybe you overcame a tough situation in your career or studies, maybe you aced a job interview, maybe you did something so crazy that even you weren’t sure it would work...until it did.

In.sight - Inspiring through Storytelling is an informal speaker series that will take place on August 23rd in Ottawa, presented by the Emerging Leaders Task Force and the Ottawa Chapter of the MRIA. In.sight will take place in an informal pub setting in downtown Ottawa with a limited number of seats. We are now accepting speaker submissions and would love to hear your story and help you share it.

Send us a brief (max. of 400 words) by Friday, July 14th, 2017 summary of a story you want to tell, and include your name, title (e.g. student, analyst, director, etc.), and how many years you’ve spent in the industry. While we like all kinds of stories, this event is geared to the market research industry and as such, so your story should relate to it. Be creative, dramatic, funny, and imaginative. Here’s what you would want to keep in mind:

•No research project findings or confidential research data. No slides necessary!

•Masked identities of clients, colleagues, projects etc., where applicable.

•Some fiction or exaggeration is acceptable

•Stories can be on a variety of topics relating to the field and study of market research

•An In.sight committee member will be available to assist you with refining your unique story

•Your story should be between 10-12 minutes long

Read about last year’s event on the Emerging Leaders Blog here.


Here are some reasons why you should consider being part of this event:

If you are a student or new to the marketing/market research industry:

•Promote your storytelling skills and make an impression among colleagues and prospective employers

•Practice your skills and get feedback from more experienced members in an informal setting

If you are an experienced marketer or market researcher:

•Promote storytelling as a valuable skill

•Give back to the research community by providing our next generation of researchers with valuable feedback

For submissions and/or questions, please email Dan Jackson at

Your tale is just beginning...


The ELTF and the Ottawa Chapter of the MRIA



Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 - 5:30-8:30 pm

The MRIA's Emerging Leaders Task Force (ELTF), in collaboration with the Ottawa Chapter and the Client-Side Researcher Council (CSRC), will be hosting a storytelling series like no other. In.sight - Inspiring through Storytelling is an informal speaker series that will take place on August 23rd at the Heart and Crown pub in Byward Market in Ottawa (in the Mother McGitney's Room, the back section facing Murray St.). Come out for some good company, networking, and drinks, and listen to your colleagues tell their best stories about living a lifetime of adventure in market research, overcoming adversity, challenging themselves, and innovating to succeed. Seating is limited, so register soon!

Speakers TBD.

Price (Early Bird expires on Friday, August 18):

Member: Early Bird, $25; Regular, $30
Student Member: $15
Non-Member: Early Bird, $35; Regular, $40

Event Details:

Date: August 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Heart and Crown, 67 Clarence St, Mother McGitney's Room

Registration: Through the MRIA Portal (link coming soon)

Be sure to register early – space is limited!