February 13, 2008

Sheldon Kagan International, a Quebec-based event planning firm, is launching Salon Affaires de Montreal, a one-day conference and trade show for the meetings and incentive market. The event will take place Sept. 24 at Montreal's Place Bonaventure convention center.

The National Council of La Raza has decided to relocate its 2009 annual convention to Chicago. The Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group last year promised to pull out of Kansas City, Mo., in protest of a mayoral appointee to the city parks board who was a member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, a group allegedly hostile to Hispanic immigrants. The 2009 meeting now will take place July 25-28 at the McCormick Place West Building and could draw as many as 20,000 attendees. A spokesperson for the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association said the controversial parks board member has resigned, and the NCLR has indicated an interest in returning to the city in the future. The NAACP, which once threatened to relocate its 2010 national convention away from Kansas City in solidarity with the NCLR, now intends to keep its meeting in the city, according to the CVA spokesperson.

Freeman, the convention and events services company, has partnered with BDMetrics, provider of technology for face-to-face marketing events, and will jointly develop new digital technology and services that will benefit their mutual clients. Another result of the partnership will be easier, more streamlined integration of BDMetrics' web tools with Freeman-produced shows, and possible cost savings for clients, according to a Freeman spokesperson.